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|The Safety through SCUBA learning model|
|Written by David G Broadbent|
The Safety through SCUBA program has been established around the Experiential Learning Model (sometimes called the action-learning model). People learn best by being involved in the learning process, thinking about what was learned and then how to apply that learning to real life situations. This "doing" method is usually more successful than "showing" or "telling" learners how to do something.
To help participants get the most out of of the Safety through SCUBA learning experiences we follow these steps:
Completing this entire process helps participants gain meaning from what they learn and do.
How Safety through SCUBA participants learn
Here are some basic principles that apply to all learning situations. First of all, people learn in an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance. All Safety through SCUBA participants ultimately self select their involvement. Safety through SCUBA trainers are specialists in their field with both formal adult education qualifications and specialised PADI Instructor ratings
At the introductory session all participants identify and record clear self-determined goals for their learning. If they understand the purpose of learning, they can make these goals relevant and meaningful.
Each Safety through SCUBA participant will have different abilities. The same learning method will not be equally successful with all of them. Adequate learning requires motivation. Self-motivation comes from basic needs, personal preferences, feelings of self-worth and belonging. The environment of the Safety though SCUBA program is both novel and challenging with a formal PADI qualification at its conclusion. Such an environment maximises the motivational aspect of the learning environment; hence retention of the associated safety related thinking skills and lifelong application is maximised.
Several traditional teaching techniques add variety and excitement to the learning process:
Demonstrations are showing and telling how to do something. Safety through SCUBA trainers present demonstrations to help participants learn. Participants in turn can reinforce this learning by giving their own demonstration for the group. Often this is done at the next session meeting for review.
A demonstration has four parts:
The value of being able to demonstrate safety aware concepts across dimensions is reinforced throughout the Safety through SCUBA program. Demonstrations help participants: Acquire subject matter knowledge.
The value of being able to demonstrate safety aware concepts across dimensions is reinforced throughout the Safety through SCUBA program.
Demonstrations help participants:
Acquire subject matter knowledge.
Judging is making a decision and telling why you made it. In Safety through SCUBA, judging is comparing two or more processes and deciding which is better and why.
Successful judging depends on knowledge of the process and the standards that an acceptable process must meet. Participants then compare processes to those standards. The next step is to rank the processes and give the reasons why members ranked them as they did (remarkably similar to Risk Assessment isn't it?). An official judge provides feedback on the process standard and the ranking. This can be the Safety through SCUBA project leader or another expert.
One example of a judging class might be making the best choice of an eating plan when preparing for a dive to 17 metres:
A: pastry roll, butter, soft drink
Judging teaches members to make sound and valued decisions. It also teaches members to appreciate standards, to observe closely and to develop their reasoning ability.
Skillathon is a teaching technique involving Safety through SCUBA participant's in challenging, non-competitive activities. It is designed as a series of mini learning stations with an assistant at each station. Setting up a Buoyancy Control Device might be one skill. Another might be confirming correct and operational air supply, whilst yet another might be determining "pressure groups" after a dive or series of dives..
The participants rotate from station to station attempting to perform the task they are given. The Safety through SCUBA trainers allow all participants to test their knowledge and abilities before giving them any hints. Safety through SCUBA participants are given feedback on their performance and supported by the assistant when they falter.
Skillathons can help members evaluate their ability to solve the challenge presented.
Field trips and tours
A field trip or tour can be just around the corner, across town or in a different country. It is important to plan the field trip in advance with members to make sure the most learning takes place. Visiting the local diving sites will have more impact if the Safety through SCUBA project group has discussed what they are looking for in advance. Set the stage about what participants will see and define your expectations of behaviour
Different settings can create new environments in which members can learn and add excitement. Discussion of the experience afterwards is an important aspect of the learning process. Safety through SCUBA uses the experiential learning model to reflect and apply what was learned.
The Safety through SCUBA Program is based upon the words of Benjamin Franklin.
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn."