My Dive Buddies Episode 2: Tec Clark’s 15 week OW Course! How detailed could you make an Open Water scuba diver course if you had 15 weeks to teach it?! This week, my friend and fellow content creator Tec Clark, host of The League Of Extraordinary Divers and The Dive Locker podcasts, joins me for a pint of Guinness in my dive locker and we talk Diving in Academia – something I know nothing about!
As the Associate Director of Aquatics and Scuba Diving for NOVA Southeastern University, Tec runs one of the – if not the – best academic aquatics program in the country. His Open Water Scuba Diving training runs a whole 15 week semester and his students graduate Open Water Diver with more skills and abilities than the average dive master. Is this practical in the commercial scuba diving schools? Absolutely not. But as Tec explains, what his students are able to go on and achieve in their diving careers has been truly remarkable.
I turn the tables on Tec, as the always entertaining Scuba Guru goes from Interviewer to Interviewee! I’m asking him how he deals with the enormous weight of mentoring so many Instructors that he has brought up through the ranks of scuba diving over the years and Tec faces ‘The 10 Questions We Ask Everyone!’ (Jules Verne is a real person!)
It’s a long episode. Here are the timestamps:
Tec’s bio: 00:55
Diving in Academia: 04:15
15 Week OW Course: 06:14
The difference for Tec’s Students: 08:44
Does Tec’s model work commercially?: 17:44
The performance based mind-set: 21:17
The difference between Tec’s training and the real world!: 24:50
Tec faces The 10 Questions We Ask Everybody!: 32:53
Instructor mentorship: 34:40
“Down the hatch!”: 42:48
You can connect with Tec in the following ways:
The Dive Locker Podcast (Absolutely essential listening for all dive professionals.) Here is the Episode where I am the Guest and we are talking about safely adding Technical Diving to a Recreational Dive Center:
The League Of Extraordinary Divers (Fascinating stories from prominent Scuba Diving characters.)
I really hope you guys enjoy watching this series of videos as much as I enjoy making them or else it wouldn’t be fair!
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My Dive Buddies Episode 2: Tec Clark’s 15 week OW Course!