Reef Friends EXPLORE!
It is done! After 3 weeks and 18 participants later, the trainers have selected 12 individuals who, according to the first round of screening, have the potential to become reef guides for the public.
Once again, it was very exciting to meet a group of new individuals with different expectations and interests, with with one common goal - to develop their knowledge of our local waters and progress to communicate that knowledge.
Without doubt, the participants will admit that some of the skills were a bit challenging, but definately were useful in gaining a better understanding of their dive competency skills.
The Reef Friends EXPLORE! program is intended to train suitably competent divers to lead guiding sessions in our local waters. The past few weekends truly mark the beginning of discovery, whether of themselves, of the local underwater environment, of science, or of the conservation movement in Singapore. The course that is to follow will undeniably lead to a growth in capacity, of course, largely dependent on the motivation and committment each individual has given to the course.
Participants will be notified soon if they have been successfully screened to proceed with the remainder of the course, and if they haven't been, how they can enrich themselves to allow future success.
All the trainers have invested several weekends over months to plan this program, and while we are all well practiced in the field, this program is a first for us as well. Therefore, a learning opportunity for us as well! And we are thoroughly enjoying it! Though sometimes with a lot of sweat, caffine, and debating! We look forward to beginning of the theory sessions and hope that all candidates will be well prepared for the classes as high expectations are running! It isn't actually the trainers who decide who the guides are going to be, but the participant, with determination and conviction. Show us you're a guide.