NAUI Board of Directors Election
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Williamsville, NY 14221
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Dallas became a NAUI Instructor in 1974 and has been actively teaching and promoting NAUI since. He has also served on the NAUI Board of Directors from 2006 to 2011.
As a NAUI Course Director, Dallas conducts leadership workshops for new NAUI members plus Staff Instructor and Instructor Trainer Workshops in both the US and Canada. He is also authorized to teach a wide range of NAUI Technical Diving Programs.
In 1993, Dallas opened a NAUI Pro-Facility, Discover Diving in Buffalo, NY and today co-owns and
manages the business with his brother, offering NAUI instruction exclusively. Dallas continues to teach a full range of NAUI programs including recreational and technical diving programs, and leadership development. In addition, Dallas leads group travel to many international destinations including the Caribbean, South America and Pacific.
Dallas is an instructor with Professional Scuba Inspectors, teaching vital safety programs to dive professionals and others.
Dallas also works as the AAUS Dive Safety Officer for the State University of New York at Buffalo. In his role he monitors dive operations and training for the university, authorizes new scientific divers and participates in marine research studies.
Dallas has also worked in resort destinations in the Florida Keys crewing dive vessels, escorting divers and providing NAUI instruction.
In addition to his extensive diving credentials, Dallas recently retired after 34 years as a school psychologist. He also served twenty years as a volunteer fire fighter including 12 years as captain of a pumper company.
NAUI is a respected organization and our membership embodies the “Quality Difference” that is the hallmark of NAUI leaders. We have earned our reputation for excellence with great success and our organization is well positioned for growth, but we need to move forward with a clear plan for the future.
Relying on my experiences as a NAUI dive business owner and a past member of the NAUI Board, I believe I am uniquely qualified to work with my fellow board members and help lead the NAUI Board in developing a strategic plan that will task our service corporation, NSG to identify, train and recruit future members and develop additional business partners around the globe. We must promote the benefits of NAUI membership and invite only the best to join NAUI.
I am running for the NAUI Board to bring an independent voice to the table and to put NAUI first in all board discussions; I am running because I want to protect our heritage and ensure our future as an association dedicated to the ideals of democratic governance! I believe the best way to accomplish these goals is by electing directors who will bring fresh ideas to the boardroom. I am committed to working with all nine directors to develop a strategic action plan with clear objectives for NSG and NAUI to implement together and get our association moving forward again! We need an independent board that will put NAUI first!
Answers To The
BOD Election Questions
1. NAUI leaders benefit from not only the best training standards to guide their professional conduct, but are also the best trained by virtue of the training progression required for all NAUI leaders. The recent requalification workshops for all NAUI Instructor Trainers and Course Directors reflect the commitment to quality training and the experiences from those workshops focused on review and development of quality methods and indicators when training new NAUI members. Additionally, candidates generally participate in hands-on, real-life training under the supervision of NAUI Instructors, Instructor Trainers and Course Directors who mentor the candidate, focusing on development of professional skills as an underwater educator. Once the candidate has mastered the leadership and teaching skills expected of a NAUI Leader/Instructor, they are fully prepared to offer their professional services as a NAUI leader or instructor. And, as a professional underwater educator, NAUI Instructors are able to not only follow established curriculums, but are authorized to develop their own curriculums to best meet the unique needs of their students. Following such exceptional training, who would be better than a NAUI professional to work in the diving community?
2. In any industry, businesses must adapt to changing conditions or risk losing market share or worse. NAUI has key strengths including brand recognition for quality training and a reputation for highly skilled dive leaders, but these strengths must be supported with evolving methods and materials that will help keep NAUI competitive around the world. Two specific suggestions for consideration include:
1. Improved use of digital/online materials including eliminating the requirement to purchase paper since printed material necessarily entails increased production and shipping costs. Products that should be reviewed include NAUI educational systems, log books and delivery of digital c-cards.
2. Development of tools and programs to support NAUI affiliated businesses. To grow NAUI market share, especially in a shrinking market, we need to offer programs or services that will help NAUI Instructors and NAUI dive centers be more competitive.
NAUI has tremendous brand recognition. Together with NSG as our service partner, NAUI must offer the competitive products and tools that by extension will make NAUI members more competitive and make NAUI membership more desirable.
3. Inasmuch as NAUI just issued updated standards in 2012, there is little that requires change in the current standards. We have maintained our traditionally high standards including a minimal level of swimming and water skills in our students, rescue skills are required at all levels of training and NAUI Instructors have the flexibility to require additional time and exercise when required to meet levels of performance specified at each level of training.
Standards are a vital part of an organization because standards speak to our values and character as an association. Our motto “Dive Safety Through Education” reflects the importance we place on training and standards guide our actions as instructors. Our quality standards will appeal to potential members and divers who aspire to achieve higher standards of performance and as such, will create the opportunity for growth of our association and increase in NAUI certifications issued worldwide.
By having up-to-date standards that emphasize safety and focus on diver competency, we can be confident NAUI divers will be the best-trained divers in the world. And with our high standards, NAUI Instructors are also in the best position to provide services to their students, employers and to the diving community at-large.