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“Why every diver can benefit from my online training”

Explained by ..ex-student, sidemount instructor and online course user



Vas Proud
I think that there is a miss-understood difference between a “traditional dive course” and this online video “course”. The products are quite different and it is not valid to compare them “like for like”.

With a traditional course, you are getting a certain amount of contact time with a dive professional and you are relying on them to give you training in the time available. If you have questions, you can ask – but are you taking notes? are you going to remember every word that was spoken? are you going to have a photographic memory for every skill you were shown or the equipment setup you used? If you now have other students on a course (which is the norm), then there is even less time for “you” and you will get a some diluted content and attention.

In my opinion, with the video “course” you are getting a different delivery method which solves a lot of the problems you would get if you only ever had done a traditional course. You can pause, rewind, re-watch and compare yourself over time as you progress. You also get a 1:1 delivery without distractions from other students.

So no one is saying these are a 100% substitute for actual in water training and they are not designed to be. They are designed to be a companion, to be a benchmark and also for you to see what top class instruction looks like so you can judge your own course and instructor!

 

If you genuinely do not want in water training, or can’t get it, then you can actually do a very good job of training yourself – I have met some people that actually did this very effectively – but this is not for everyone and not something I think that is the point of the video “course” – so you should not compare it like that.

I have taken in water training from Steve and also from some other (even more well-known!) names in diving – and the user experience is different vs. going with the online “course”. However, after four days of side mount essentials, did Steve actually transfer the same volume and quality of what is in these videos? – no way – that is just not possible. And how much did I take in, how much did I remember a year later and was I able to go from warm water, aluminium cylinders to UK, dry suit and steels with ease? – again, no way!

The cost of the video course is way less (around 15% in my case) than the water training for my entry level SM water training – and that is without factoring the costs to get to the UK sites, flying abroad & accommodation. If I then consider my tech SM training, it makes the videos a negligible cost overall.

So my opinion here is just that these are different products and that the value can’t be judged on the same ideas as we have been used to for say a four day training course. Buy the video course – Steve will no doubt refund you if you aren’t happy!

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Having myself taken many training courses from a variety of instructors over the years, I have found that, while sometimes the course I paid for was enjoyable and did indeed meet my expectations, there were often occasions in which a course I enrolled in and paid for did not fulfil these same expectations and was not a rewarding or enjoyable experience.

In hindsight, my training development would have been a much more fulfilling and enjoyable experience had I taken the time out to properly research each individual instructor and their training philosophy’s.

So I believe that you should retain the right to choose whether or not my teaching style and philosophy is the right one for you. I am confident in my teaching ability and understand that some people may choose not to continue their training. And so therefore, I am more then willing to spend the necessary time training with you, in order for you to make that decision.

I believe in always teaching to the best of my ability and I believe my training is more than worth your time and commitment. If you would like to know more, you can view what others have to say in the testimonials section.



You should be happy with what you pay for !!

My policy is, if you are not satisfied at the end of your first day, you reserve the option to cancel your further training days without further payment, no problems and no hard feelings.

If after day 1, you are 100% satisfied with my training then your in-water training continues. So for just one day of your time you get the chance to find out if I am the right person to be training you.

As a professional, I would much rather somebody be 100% satisfied with the training they receive than feel obligated to stick with something they are not necessarily happy with.

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