The perks of being an Instructor
Truth be told, a lot of things instructors do are not all that glamorous. There's paperwork (So. Much. Freaking. Paperwork.), chasing over zealous students (similar to herding cats) and reducing panic (it's a new experience to most after all). But, every once in awhile you get to surround yourself with handsome gentlemen that know what they are doing.
The fine men you see in this picture are a father and sons team. And get this, the sons had not been diving for SIXTEEN YEARS!! I know. Mind blowing. Anyway, I was fortunate to have dad in an Advanced Open Water course and a subsequent Search and Recovery Specialty course. He mentioned that he wanted to get his sons back in the water and up to speed again. Naturally, I said "Heck Yes!" (or something similar) because I LOVE seeing families dive together. It makes my heart grow.
Now was I nervous because they had not been diving in so long? Absolutely. You never know what you're going to get in these situations and I was fully prepared to get my workout for the day through chasing and wrangling. Thankfully these guys were absolute naturals and extremely easy going. Phew! Dodged that bullet.
My point here is that being a dive instructor is an amazing position to have. Out in the sun all the time, awesome locations, in the water nonstop, etc. But, there's a lot of what we do that is challenging. Lifting 30 tanks is not really all that fun. Just sayin. There's stacks of paperwork (I genuinely do not like paperwork). There's dealing with a wide range of people and skill levels and sometimes, challenging. It can be hard on the body and the mind. So when I get a class of handsome guys that are naturals in the water and super fun. I'm going to count my blessings that day. So thank you guys! And if they wait another 16 years to go diving again, we're going to have words.