NAUI Board of Directors Election
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Jean Marc Claes
Hasselt, 3500 Belgium
Fax: 32 11 740 602
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Let me surprise you! Why write down all the steps and successes we all have or try to reach! Off course I started scuba diving as a youngster. Off course I became a profession at the age of 18 and got complaints from my parents who were thinking I had gone crazy. Who can built a professional career in scuba diving, remember, I am from Belgium, middle Europe, with no ocean around!
My life in scuba diving, brought me in 88 countries, visiting many NAUI dive centers and members and learning from all of you. My constant goal to get out there with all of you, raised many questions to as ‘why’ I was doing this! The answer is easy: to learn, to feel and dive into new areas, to learn to understand the challenges we all face, every day again and again. Now, as a B.O.D. candidate, I want to bring those experiences into the NAUI organization and use that knowledge for all of you. I feel confident that my 30years in scuba diving can bring new ideas and refreshment. I do dive and teach on a daily bases and I will continue that path, because only that way, I know and feel what is going on for all of us! My biosketch is just not finished yet…that will take another 30years or more!
What makes a good B.O.D. member? The positive results I succeeded to get or the failures that have put me on my knees over and over again in my 22year career? It is the failures that I remember better than all the successes. As a candidate for the Bod, I learned more from failures then from success and so my goal is to protect the individual members from making mistakes so success will follow. I cannot build your business, but I can provide you the tools to do so! Those tools, we (the B.O.D.) should develop learning from our failures and rethinking our strategies, not by looking at others but by rethinking our own actions and developing new ways to be able to serve the demand out there for dive training. It is necessary to think in different cultures as countries differ a lot. As a Belgian, I live in a country with 3 cultures and 3 languages. Living in Europe, I face 22 different cultures, even expanding as we speak. Globally, NAUI faces so many… It takes a lot of energy and guts to think about all those cultures and adapting NAUI to it! To be able to stay strong and successful, NAUI needs to change accordingly. In a world of pure and strict business, NAUI provides a warm haven to all individual members and this needs to be a prime goal for the future.
Answers To The
BOD Election Questions
1. During a career as a dive professional, you experience “what and who” is out there. You develop a view on the diving market and learn how to be successful. This part can later be transferred to all NAUI members. As a Professional, you need to pay attention to all Members and clients, starting from the smallest fish! Being a NAUI member for so many years, you get to know all categories of members and so when becoming a professional, you recognize where help and change is needed.
2. There is no way to stop progress, we have to take evolution as it comes and adapt! While listening to those in the field and studying what is happening around us, we can change and grow. The world is a big place and so, we have to be open to different cultures, approaches and nuances and not make the mistake to work globally with the same strategy but be open to provide to all NAUI Members the possibilities to give input and change accordingly, part by part. What works in 1 part of the world, can be absolutely not successful in another part. Be flexible and make sure that all individuals can be heard, will give a better view for progress, just standing close to those in the field.
3. Diving standards will have to change and be adapted, in the same way that our society changes and our world changes. As progress brings new inventions and new possibilities, we have to adjust to stay open and flexible to all members. To give our members ‘the freedom to teach’ means that we have to create that freedom and so adjustments of standards are necessary and a never ending story! Not only do we see new inventions, but also we see new countries opening up to scuba diving and those members who desire to explore new fields, should be given to tools (standards) to do so! The world is a big place where diving is not everywhere the same, let alone be professionally settled. By adapting standards, we create new possibilities…