NAUI Board of Directors Election
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8422 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
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I learned how to scuba dive in Puget Sound in 1976, while I was serving in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Put simply, I immediately fell in love with diving. Upon retirement from the Army, I started training all over again with NAUI as an Open water Diver and worked my way through all of the courses up to Course Director and Technical Instructor.
I have grown from a small independent instructor to a store owner with a staff of 6 instructors. We were able to move our company forward with good planning, budget control and adapting to a changing market place. We are now one of the largest NAUI Training Facility in the world. I am also a past recipient of the NAUI Outstanding Service Award.
In the Army I had the responsibility of training and managing up to 400 people and millions of dollars of equipment. I’m currently on the Board of Director‘s for one of the Largest YMCA Associations in the country, where I have helped to develop a workable financial and long range plan that has increased their membership and financial stability.
I am currently a NAUI Instructor actively teaching classes every week, a store owner, I have the drive and experience to be your voice for change as a Naui Board of Director. Put simply I am asking for more than your vote, I need your help to move this agency forward.
I actively seek to help independent Instructors and store owners to grow and be successful in the dive industry and to promote NAUI. I have found that too many times our fellow instructors & store owners would like to talk to someone, but are afraid to ask a fellow NAUI instructor or store owner for advice.
With all this in mind I would like to set goals for the NSG Division to Develop the Following for stores and Independent Instructors:
- Update and expand the NAUI Prospecting Kit
- Develop a Quick Books start up system and Point of Sales, designed for the dive industry to standardize, P&L and Balance sheets to start establishing a base line for the industry.
- Develop a Marketing Template to jump start new stores & instructors
- Develop an excel spread sheet on pricing of dive courses & local or international dive trips,
- Develop a lessons learned blog on our web site where members can go to get different ideas or submit their ideas on things that work for them in all areas from teaching to business.
- I will insist our training materials be regularly updated
The bottom line is to get stronger, we need to work together, share our ideas, increase our personal bottom line and grow our membership by promoting NAUI.
I will push for the board to be more in touch with the members and to actively teach classes. WE NEED ACTIVE BOARD MEMBERS THAT PUSH US FORWARD!
Answers To The
BOD Election Questions
1. NAUI training from the very first Open Water Diver course you take all the way to Course Director builds upon a foundation with repetitive drills and course work to reinforce the previous training. As we add another new course the foundation of the new instructor gets stronger. We don’t just train someone on how to operate a DVD player. We train them to be competent instructors able to explain the why in how it is in diving. We need as an association to keep our standards high. To continue with at least a minimum CD/IT updates every two years. This update will help to bring us together as an Association sharing ideas, giving feed back to HQ on what is happening out in the field. By doing this we will be able to adapt our training standards and training materials and start to take back our place as the leaders in the diving industry. Personally, I have had enough of falling behind the other training agencies and playing catch up.
To turn NAUI around, we as the leaders and members of NAUI need to come together as an association. We should be sharing ideas and working with a board of Directors that actually have a passion for both teaching and diving. This ensures that those leading NAUI actively understand the current diving market place and training needs of our association.
2. This is a 2 part answer:
- Stop losing instructors to other dive agencies,
- Slow down the loss of the stores going out of business
- Teach Independent Instructors to be successful so they don’t quit because they think they can’t make a living.
This can be accomplished by the development of business programs designed to improve the bottom line. We do a great job training instructors to teach diving, but most are terrible business operators, we need to think outside the typical dive agency box and step up to the plate not only to train great Instructors but outstanding business people.
Step two an outreach program:
Currently University’s across this country are doing away with credit hour scuba programs. However they are increasing their budgets in Outdoor Adventure Programs. We can reach out to these schools and start training future young divers, get them excited about diving and bring them up to the instructor level.
We need to develop a template to set up training for our returning Veterans. The military has started downsizing its war time force. I know from experience these young men and women coming out are into adventure sports already. All we need to do is develop ITC schools that can tap into their Veterans Collage benefits to pay for their training and equipment. This will benefit the store owner with the ITC program, the veteran by using his veteran benefits he has earned and NAUI by increasing our instructor base.
3. The current 2012 NAUI standards revision is light years better than the old standards. It is a lot easier to navigate and to understand each course standard. However, we still need to go through and fix some typos.
Our current revisions will make it easier for us to cross over future instructors from other agencies as our minimum standards is more in line with the industry and as a NAUI member you can all ways set a higher standard for your students to achieve.
I believe, we need to move this working document to a downloadable PDF format that can be updated and NAUI leaders can download or look up an item on line off of the NAUI web site.
I am firmly behind having solid standards for safety and training to minimize our risk exposure as a dive agency. This will be extremely important in the coming years as insurance is getting harder to find for the dive industry.
An area that we do need to revisit is our Bylaws .These need to be updated in the following areas:
1) Complaint process
2) Membership Committee
3) Conflict of Interest
4) Standing Committee’s minimum member requirements
5) Relationship with NAUI & NSG