NAUI Board of Directors Election
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Keith has been a NAUI member since 1973. Since that time he became a Lifetime NAUI Member and received several Outstanding Service and Continued Service Awards. In 1993 the NAUI Membership honored him by electing him to the first of 4 terms as a member of the NAUI Board of Directors. During those terms, he served several as the Board’s Chairman. He was further honored in 2003 with induction into the NAUI Hall of Honor.
In 1993, Keith left the full-time dive business to pursue a career in his degreed field of Engineering in which he currently serves as Safety/Security Manager for Ford, Bacon & Davis in Baton Rouge. As a consequence of assuming his Safety Management duties, Keith became associated with the Alliance Safety Council, a Baton Rouge company dedicated to increasing the safety of the local workforce through training – an almost perfect parallel to the principles upon which NAUI was founded. He quickly gained a role on its Board of Directors and served as its Chair as well.
Keith’s concurrent services on the NAUI Board of Direction, management of FB&D and the Alliance Safety Council created a “perfect storm” of opportunities to learn from each and apply to NAUI Lessons Learned in areas such as work processes and Strategic Planning.
Over the years, many NAUI “old timers” have expressed with dismay that today’s NAUI is not what it used to be. As a member of the NAUI BOD, I faced those claims and offered the best reply that I could at the time as to why that was or was not so. However, it was not until the recent NAUI 50th Anniversary that answers became clear and differing opinions converged.
At that event, members of the first ITC in Houston attended along with several other NAUI’s founders and early members. Many of them looked at the NAUI of today and reiterated that it is not the NAUI of old. But, in the same breath, they remarked that it was better and thanked us for keeping what they started alive and well.
As is often said, “The Only Constant Is Change”.
My position as a candidate for your Board of Directors is that NAUI must continue to change with developing markets, opportunities and techniques in order to remain a viable concern. But, NAUI must always remain loyal to the foundations of Quality and Safety upon which it was formed.
Every deliberation made to standards must be made with consideration of the impact on the business side of the Association. Equally important is that thoughts of improving business must be tempered with the effects on Quality and Standards.
These contradictory issues seem impossible to address, but with the right leadership, they can and will be resolved.
Answers To The
BOD Election Questions
1. The difference between NAUI now and 10 years in the future will be greater than that of NAUI now and 50 years in the past. The future will provide fewer opportunities for personal interaction in training, collaboration and sales. Most interactions will be via techniques not yet (but sure to be) developed.
NAUI must address and embrace new and emerging technologies that will allow it to continue to offer its members the optimal tools to conduct their training and business activities.
2. We must first decide what we are willing to do in order to increase our membership. There are many ways in which NAUI could grow the Association (e.g. lower entry standards), but historically such measures have been deemed unacceptable.
If we are to grow while maintaining our ethics and standards, we must first better market NAUI’s advantages to quality divers and dive leaders and show why NAUI is already the Association of choice.
Furthermore, we must seek and continue to develop incentives to membership such as “State Of The Art” training techniques and opportunities to collaborate (e.g. Webinars).
3. As described before, this is a sensitive subject. Standards and market share are often contradictory issues. But, standards that are, for no other reason, based on “that is how we have always done it” should be evaluated and considered for updating or removal.
Watermanship – more up-to-date methods of evaluating watermanship are available and should be considered.
Subject Matter – there is information that is still contained in our standards that may be found to be are minimally at best and possibly not required at all (e.g. Dive Tables). These should be properly and carefully evaluated for necessity.
Hours of instruction – Modern educational techniques may allow for better abnd faster learning and shorten course times
Number of dives – Better education and evaluation could allow for fewer dives
Quality does not require quantity and more is not necessarily better. Over the years, we have successfully eliminated education in J-vales and training in Buddy Breathing. There surely are others issues in our standards that can be addressed in order to make room for more efficient or necessary topics.