NAUI Board of Directors Election
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Mark A. Flahan
4257 E Patrick St
Gilbert, AZ 85295
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I currently am the Board’s Secretary and held that position for the last three years. During my tenure on the Board NAUI has undergone many changes which I am proud to have been involved.
I was born into a NAUI household and brought-up with the NAUI motto “safety through education”, the traditions of NAUI Membership and the importance of maintaining the highest quality superior underwater instructor training program in the world. My family lives and breathes NAUI. My father, active in NAUI for 40 years, including sixteen years on the Board, has provided me a unique perspective and understanding of the NAUI culture, philosophy and rich history of NAUI and NAUI’s relationships within the diving industry.
I was first certified as a NAUI Diver at age 12, earned my NAUI Instructor certificate at age 18 and became an Instructor Trainer at age 21. I actively teach all levels, Scuba Diver through Instructor and previously taught at San Diego State University, where I served as an assistant to the Diving Safety Officer. I have experience in both retail and educational settings.
I have volunteered many hours in support of NAUI and been fortunate to meet many NAUI members at NAUI AGM Meetings, DEMA and industry functions. I have working-relationship with Board Members and Headquarters Staff.
Current work: Arizona Department of Transportation GIS/Mapping
I represent a new generation of NAUI Instructors grounded in the traditional NAUI but eager to move forward embracing modern technologies ensuring the continuing luster of NAUI.
Answers To The
BOD Election Questions
- If re-elected to the NAUI Board of Directors I will continue to bring a perspective developed from growing-up in a NAUI household and raised with respect and understanding of NAUI’s values.
- I will continue to support NAUI members and represent their current needs.
- I propose that the Board evaluate and implement new technologies to better communicate with the membership, solicit member input, facilitate member-to-member communications and utilize social networking.
- NAUI’s web site must be state-of-art, regularly updated and user friendly.
- I will work hard to create an attitude and environment where NAUI Members can make a fulltime, lifetime career from NAUI diving instruction while earning a living wage.
- The Awards Committee can a do better job of recognizing and acknowledging NAUI Members for their service to NAUI and the diving industry.
- I will advocate for imprinting member loyalty on future generations of NAUI Members ensuring core values, which have maintained NAUI as the premier diving instructional agency, continue.
- The Board must commit resources branding NAUI worldwide.
- I believe when making decisions that will shape and guide NAUI’s future, the Board must respect NAUI’s legacy, global reach and motto “safety through education”.
- I will work with fellow Board Members to develop strategic plans consistent with NAUI’s mission and update it regularly.
- I have a positive working relationship with several Board Members, NAUI’s President/HQ.
- I ask for your vote and promise my complete dedication to helping NAUI succeed.
1. My vision for NAUI is that NAUI be “the standard” for diver training within the recreational diving industry. NAUI will be a thriving admired and respected diving educational association that is in concert with our motto of “Safety through Education”.
NAUI must continue to attract new members and hook the younger generation into SCUBA diving early on. To help foster this Board must evaluate and implement new technologies to better communicate with the membership, facilitate member-to-member communications and utilize social networking.
During NAUI’s process of attracting new members we must uphold our commitment to diving safety while increasing the enjoyment of diving for future generations to come.
NAUI members must continue to ingrain NAUI values in their new students and leadership candidates. By doing so it will ensure NAUI’s long term success!
2. In short, to increase the number of certifications: 1) increase availability of ITC’s by providing more opportunities for leadership and Instructor training, 2) increase demand for instructor training by developing more opportunities for instructors to make diving instruction a financially rewarding lifelong career choice, and 3) develop, support and recognize a pool of active IT’s and CD’s eager to train and mentor new members.
More specifically ….
- Increase the number of dedicated NAUI retail outlets providing opportunities and a demand for NAUI Instructors Create professional, business and career opportunities for NAUI Instructors
- Working to establish NAUI instruction as a well-paying career choice
- Working within the diving industry to establish the recognition of diving instruction as a lifelong career choice with appropriate financial rewards for instructors to make a living at diving instruction
- Developing tools and for instructors to use in marketing themselves to potential employers
- Increase availability of ITC programs by training and supporting active Instructor trainers and course directors worldwide.
- Continuing to provide support materials and opportunities for instructors to qualify, prepare and advance AI’s and DM’s into the ITC
- Develop a mentoring program to assist in the development of CD’s
- Develop feeder programs involving local members
- Ongoing development and implementation of NAUI Leadership programs with retailers
Establish NAUI as the only choice for academic institutions, universities and governmental agencies especially by emphasizing a NAUI Instructors academic freedom in conducting training activities
3. The NAUI Board has just revised the NAUI Standards to the 2012 Edition, the first major change in 16 years, since the 1996 Edition. There is no need for another immediate update. However, the Board must continue to monitor, investigate and evaluate new technologies, techniques and practices and make Standards changes as necessary to ensure NAUI maintain the highest codified, global educational minimum standards for safe participation in underwater activities for each of its courses reflective of the current state of the art in diving education and practice to ensure that each of its course graduates are properly trained to safely participate in diving activities at the level to which they are trained.
The NAUI Board should always be investing the possibilities of adding new courses and increasing future opportunities for NAUI members.