For decades PSS Worldwide has provided quality training in manner that promotes and encourages innovation and creativity. They led the evolution into the realm of eLearning and continue to recognize that it’s the student who drives the education process.
“First, and foremost, everything we do in this industry is driven by the consumer,” said Marghertia Aucelli, CEO, PSS Worldwide. “Too often agencies are more focused on the past, and their legacy, which causes them to lose touch with the consumer. Education has changed over the past 60 years and so should the process of how we educate and train divers.”
PSS Worldwide, like most agencies in the market, is a member of the RSTC and its programs are certified as meeting both ISO and EU standards.
“Since RSTC and ISO are setting the standards, every agency that follows those guidelines teach basically the same things in their courses,” added Aucelli. “What separates the agencies is how they conduct their training and the quality of the people who carry it out. So, quality control and flexibility in the training process is very critical.”
PSS has a detailed quality control process for every course to ensure its leaders are meeting or exceeding the student’s needs and expectations. It sees its instructors serving more as a mentor of the student through the learning process. The goal is for the student to see the instructor as a supporter instead of an idol or omnipotent diving guru.
“Ultimately, what differentiates the agencies are the people who represent them in the field, be they divers or dive leaders,” added Aucelli. “We are proud of the manner our divers and leaders are trained and consider them to be part of our #PSSPeople community.”
Beyond its #PSSPeople community, some of the unique and flexible training concepts employed by PSS Worldwide include:The use of the flipped teaching concept to involve and engage the student in the learning process A structured instructor hierarchy to recognize their varying levels of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) A recognition that large aquariums, dive pools, quarries and lakes are all enclosed bodies of water that can facilitate open water learning The fact that comfort as a swimmer equates to comfort as a diver The fact that divers should clearly know the limits of their training and understand continuing education is required for continued expansion of diving KSA’s Jr. Scuba Divers require additional attention and instruction ratios should reduce when Jr. Divers are being trained A requirement that an Open Water Diver must make at least one dive beyond 12M/40ft in order to be certified
To learn more about PSS Worldwide and meet its leadership, DEMA attendees are encouraged to attend one of the two informational sessions scheduled on either Wednesday, November 13 at 3:00 PM, in room W304A, or Friday, November 15, at 11:00 AM in room W304D.
Dive leaders and instructors from RSTC recognized agencies may attend one of two special rate ($150) crossover sessions being conducted at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, 9000 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, on November 11 or 17. Crossover preregistration and information is available at ww.pssww.org/DEMAxover.
Stop by booth #2770 to learn more about the PSS Worldwide training programs and the evolution of dive education and training.