NAUI Board of Directors Election
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Krakow 31-162 Poland
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Wieslaw, working for 29 years in the Nuclear Physics Institute in Krakow has wide knowledge of science aspects of diving. As a diver for more than 37 years has also a great practical experience not only in diving but as a NAUI CD and Technical CD in teaching how to teach to dive. His leadership skills has gained in his own company developing sophisticated control systems, new Helium Analyzer and gas blending system.
Wieslaw Kantor is experienced as a board member in foundations helping handicapped people in Poland. He is member of Lyons Club Krakow, Poland.
As a President of Artificial Reef Foundation has combine his passion to the underwater environment protection with practical application in restoring the Polish seashore.
Wieslaw Kantor is owner of the NAUI diving centers in Poland and Croatia and is active in teaching diving and having ITC and CD Workshops for many NAUI Instructors. He taught ITC’s for military and police special forces.
Behind his Polish native language, he fluently speaks English, Russian, Croatian and can communicate in Czech, Slovakian and other languages.
Wieslaw holds the qualification of Yacht Master Offshore riding his boats in Adriatic Sea.
He has devoted his passion to the NAUI, translating almost all NAUI Instructor Guides and other famous diving books to the Polish language.
His efforts gave more than 75 new NAUI instructors in Poland.
His passion to underwater photography was rewarded by winning in 2011 the “Best Dive Site” category in NAUI “Just Dive” photo contest.
What I would contribute are the skills in conducting a good growing company, more than 37 years of diving experience, diving science knowledge. I may contribute the support of all “My Instructors” that I have taught through the years, they become not only the best NAUI instructors but also my good friends. Travelling a lot all around the globe it is easy for me to make friends with many people but I also have my own opinion on their work, and can have a good advice if necessary.
My support for NAUI will be focused on giving the Board wider international representation bringing a local problems to the consideration of BOD in the goal of developing NAUI all over the World. Even in US there are a big communities of different nations that are looking to buy materials and books in their languages. The inspiration for taking part in this election were mails and phones I get from them.
I will put my effort in improving, the best in the industry, NAUI teaching materials, and standards promoting them not only among professionals but also among those that never think they could dive.
I have a great experience in teaching handicapped people to dive and in is my personal mission to improve this great ability with NAUI standards and teaching materials.
My own motto is: “Inspired by Experience” and I want to give the best I can have for NAUI.
Wieslaw Kantor, Poland
Answers To The
BOD Election Questions
1. Working as a NAUI Instructor and CD I had a lot of opportunity to convince good divers to become NAUI Members. NAUI membership allows you to continue diving activity as a professional but also requires active diving, continue to educate yourselves and teach others. Members are the best examples for others to choose similar way. NAUI membership gives the “freedom of teaching” that we should explain as self responsibility of every member to stay with the CREDO and S&P.
2. NAUI put a lot of efforts to promote diving and is doing it very well but of course everything on the earth could be done better. In my opinion it could be done more on local markets of many countries. DEMA, and all other global events are very important for the global image, but for a country on the other side of the globe much more important would be local actions that the people could understand, participate and enjoy better. We are “nonprofit” but without money it is hard to do much. We should develop the non for profit activity: handicapped, scientific and environment focused diving and in this same time follow the market demand providing the best quality standards and new products. The important step in this direction is done in the new S&P introducing side mount, scooter, etc.
3. The training standards are good foundation for building the stable future of NAUI. Because NAUI is a World Wide organization, my suggestion is to review them to be sure they are in accordance with the local law of country where NAUI is operating. They also should follow the new developing in diving science and be flexible to follow the market demand but without deteriorating the safety. They also need to be improved in some courses as they give not enough information for Instructor. For example Underwater Archaeology, Photographer etc. The Instructor Guide regarding this courses are not up to date, almost empty without any useful information and are not any help for Instructor.