I am not normally one to moan – however those of you that know me know that I like to scuba dive in warm water …. correct that …. hot water ! which is why we tend to go to Egypt alot and the UK (now let me see ….) hardly ever 🙂
We have just been luck enough to come back from, yet another week in, sunny Egypt. This time we were on a live aboard (cruise / safari) out of Sharm El Sheikh.
I have blogged before about the risks of putting to sea with a bunch of twenty strangers …. we definitely drew a long straw this time – what an amzing bunch of people 🙂 The highlight being Lucinda and a group of five stunt guys from www.3Run.co.uk. All six of them were using the trip to become qualified scuba divers, ranging from the first level of Open Water, through Advance to Nitrox and Rescue Divers, three of the guys were finishing their qualifications as Diver Masters. (Bob and I were also training to become Master Scuba Divers 🙂 )
Why am I mentioning this? because all six of them, to me respresented our young people, the ‘youth of today’ and I was honoured to meet them. They were dedicated, hard working, committed and conscientious. They each put in hours of study, hours of practical skills and spent yet more hours sitting tests and exams!
Maybe we need to speak to them and ask why they gave their free time, why they studied so hard …. of course if you know me – I did – on the last nite (or so we thought … but that’s another story) we all sat at the Camel Bar, a favourite divers resting place 🙂 and I grilled the guys in the niciest way I hope ….
As you know I come from an education background both practically teaching in college (all be it briefly) and university and at a strategic level …. I am always intrigued to see young people committed to educating themselves and looking at why certain teaching styles work better than others. The bottom line here was clear, straight from the 3Run guys themselves – they have goals, this will help them to achieve their business and personal goals. For Lucinda – I think the motivation was more about interest and enjoyment (she is also a natural under water 🙂
Anyway I digress as usual, I had a fantastic holiday, thanks Joe and Karin :), thanks felllow dive buddies, thanks Lucinda and the 3Run.co.uk guys (Mat, Cole, Sean, Chase and Sam) and of course Paul. Never again will I mention the temperature of the water (yeah right !) which at 24 degrees really was not that bad ….. especially compared to the -5 degree snow blizzard that greeted us as we left Gatwick. Ten weeks and counting til the next trip 🙂