Show us an activity you enjoy doing.Tell us how you think it contributes to your personal and professional development Fernando Rodríguez de Colmenares Álvarez
Well , one activity I really enjoy doing is … SCUBA DIVING
First of all, we should know• What is Scuba Diving? It’s a form of underwater diving where divers wear equipment which allows them to stay below the waters surface for long periods of time. Scuba stands for self contained underwater breathing apparatus.• How do I start diving? First of all you need to get certified by any of the worldwide diving companies (PADI, NAUI, CEMAS, etc.) and take a first course called Open Water Diver.• Can I improve? Of course, there are different educational levels. This is a typical progress line: Open Water Advanced Rescue Divemaster Diver Diver Diver PRO
First rule i learned when i started diving you never dive alone These areand this my matesis me !!!It’s always a matter of partnership, you need to dive with a group or partner and rely on them as they depend on you.
other talents I learned that help develop my career pathBefore diving we need to PLAN our dives: First of all, we need to think before we act. Evaluate the conditions. Decide where to dive. Analyze specific emergency plans. Evaluate maximum depth, total dive time, type of dive, etc.To be organized is crucial, I always need to prevent inadvanced and make safety checkouts before goingunderwater.I learned to control my risks.I never stop learning new things and improving my skills.
As a Rescue diver I also developHow to prevent problems, and how to manage themif they occur.To evaluate risks. Think first and then act. I learned toimprove my judgment at the adversity.There is no single right solution to a problem, Ilearned to solve it based on the circumstances.To recognize and manage stress in other diversRescue and emergency skills
And now….as a Divemaster I am learning1. To have a model behavior so other inexperienced divers can learn and follow correctly, and motivate them through this new experience.2. Dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study.3. To teach and assist courses, how to speak in public and present dive briefings.4. To stretch my ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba diving.5. To supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
Personal development• Diving gives me the chance of meeting new people everyday, because I dive in different locations. Strangers at first, that you need to trust, that become comrades or even friends.• As I need to travel for diving, I also discover other countries, cultures and even get to practice other languages, because it is a global activity.• We mustn’t forget that diving is always a matter of having fun. It’s an sport that gives us the opportunity to discover the underwater world, which is always different, to have a real adventure every day.
Personal development• It’s such a different activity from my current life, that the silence, peace and tranquility of the sea gives me time to clear my thoughts and appreciate the present moment.• I’m more aware of the need for the preservation of the environment and appreciate more our oceans.• I also develop strengths and skills, because you are always learning and improving.