NAUI Board of Directors Election
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24 Jalan Delima
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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A Lifetime Member of NAUI, William Tong is a Workshop Director as well as Technical Course Director. He has trained hundreds of divers at all levels of recreational and technical diving, to leadership courses up to Course Directors and Technical Instructors across the region, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, etc. He actively seeks opportunities in less explored regions to open up new markets for NAUI.
William is multilingual, a skill necessary in the Pacific Rim region, which represents potentially the biggest single market for training recruitment and provision. He conducts courses effortlessly in English, Malay, Indonesian and Chinese dialects. He conducts regular courses & workshops for the government & private sectors, amongst which are the Malaysia Fire & Rescue Department, Royal Malaysian Navy, and recently the newly set-up Malaysian Coast Guard, which have fully adapted the NAUI training in scuba rescue.
William holds a French degree in the Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Honors). He has worked or has been in attachment to many resorts and dive centers across the Asia Pacific region, stints that will stand him in good stead with the wide experience that he has garnered.
What can I contribute as a NAUI BoD member beyond being an enthusiastic course director with diving related experience?
What I can contribute to NAUI is the management skills I’ve acquired in many years of studies and on-the-job experience in tourism. Diving being the eminent market segment in the tourism industry, NAUI needs to focus its presence in the scene of new dive destinations. With the availability and efficient dissemination of our excellent training programs and educational materials, NAUI must continue to strive to be the dive agency of the people, regardless of locality or linguistic background.
We need to move NAUI up in tandem with technological development. In this age, almost everyone has a mobile phone/tablet; in fact, plenty of instructors are using the laptop to give power-point presentations. We must move forward to embrace current technology. Technology is not staid; it keeps improving. So, embracing and keeping abreast of technology is good and we must make full use of it. Central to this combined theme is to ensure our exposure to the public via the print and electronic media in different countries and languages, and crucially, too, bringing to them educational materials in languages they can read and understand, thus increasing our worldwide reach.
Recruiting young and vibrant people is important. We have to ensure our core within the Association is populated by people whose youth and ease of adaptability, combined with skills and intelligence, can serve and benefit our members.
I will continue to expend the same energy to ascertain that as new markets and dive destinations are opened in the emerging economies and countries, NAUI will be ready to meet the requirements arising thereof.
Answers To The
BOD Election Questions
1. A vision for the future is an essential part of planning for an organization. Looking ahead 10 years, describe your vision for NAUI and the steps you would take to evolve the organization to that future vision.
Being the most respected dive agency, it is imperative that we capture a sizeable portion of the dive market that is reflective of our quality education. This endeavor, however, must be approached without compromising our very high standards. I would like to see that in the near future our highly esteemed texts are made more accessible – especially through the electronic media - and affordable. Accessible in that it becomes available in more languages and able to reach a wider audience, including via the electronic media like e-texts, and affordable to the extent it is packaged such that it does not inflict too much pinch on students and members alike. As numbers increased, the economy of scale will offset the sacrifice of price reduction, and this will augur well for NAUI and members.
2. Understanding that NAUI's success relies on training new Instructors, what would you suggest we do to increase the Instructor certifications?
One of the suggestions I would make is to train more trainers. The more Instructor Trainers and Course Directors we have, the better the chance to spread out and reach prospective leadership candidates. We must accomplish this while still adhering to our very basic tenets as spelled out in the Standards & Policies.
We must also emphasize and market dive training and provision as an excellent career prospect, especially within the educational institution, where the young and upcoming graduates are making career choices.
I would also suggest that Course Directors must be made incumbent to train a minimum number of instructors in every 2-year period in order to maintain their active-level status.
3. How do the current NAUI standards fit into the evolving diving market, and what changes, if any, do you believe the NAUI board should consider?
The recently adopted revision to the NAUI Standards & Policies (2012 Edition) have basically brought NAUI abreast to current dive industry requirements. Lowering the age criterion has been a long-standing clamor amongst members, and the Board has seen it fit to make this necessary change, having taken into consideration the huge exposure that pre-pubescent kids nowadays have, especially via dive and marine programs so often shown on television.
NAUI’s much-lauded academic freedom has been a huge selling point, and I am proud that we have again maintained this tradition in the current S & P.
My only contention is that Course Directors must train a minimum number of Instructors in a given period in order to maintain active status, as I have mentioned in Question 2 above. This is not just to weed out redundant CDs, but will ensure that current CDs will strive to actively train new instructors, thus strengthening our membership.