Wishing our gals good luck on their Instructor Exams!

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Wishing our gals good luck on their Instructor Exams!

Post by nwscubamom » Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:19 pm

Valerie and Georgia will be doing their Instructor Exams next weekend, and I wanted to be the first to wish them well!!

I'm extremely confident they'll both do incredibly well - and will both become assets to the Pacific NW's pool of fine instructors who go above-and-beyond in their teaching.

They're the cream and we're lucky to have them among us!

Good luck girls, and know I'll be thinking of you! I know you'll show up all the boys too :)

- Janna :)
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Post by bnboly » Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:28 pm

Good luck! But we all know both of you will pass with flying colors!!
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Post by Seth T. » Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:31 pm

Here's to the future instructors! :partyman:
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Post by Tom Nic » Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:57 pm

Congrats in advance!
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Post by sparky » Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:09 pm

you go Girl Friends :supz:

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Post by WylerBear » Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:52 am

No pressure here.

Seriously, thanks for the well wishes. I'm very nervous & very excited. Can't wait until it's done.
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Post by Pinkpadigal » Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:42 am

Georgia and Val,

You both are going to do great on the IE. IDC is much harder. You are just getting tested on what you already know. I am confident that you will pass with flying colors.

Do you know who your examiner will be yet? Leslie does a lot of them and she is great. Have a lot of fun this weekend =D>
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Post by Zen Diver » Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:57 am

I echo Georgia's sentiments; no pressure! I feel nervous and altho I know I'll pass at some point, I'm just not sure when that will be. I'll be very glad once it's all done.

-Valerie

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Post by WylerBear » Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:58 am

Gary Cruea is the examiner.
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Post by Penopolypants » Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:05 am

Good luck ladies!!
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Post by Scott » Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:28 pm

Hello Valerie,

Good luck on your IE. Considering everything else that you teach this should go well.

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Post by Cold_H2O » Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:58 pm

Best of Luck Ladies....
I know you both will do great.

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Post by GillyWeed » Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:00 am

Good luck Georgia and Valerie!!!
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Post by John Rawlings » Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:07 am

Valerie and Georgia really don't need good luck....they've always made their own luck by being knowledgeable, skilled, enthusiastic and prepared.

I have NO doubt that the PNW will soon boast two more excellent instructors!

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Post by Sounder » Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:46 pm

John Rawlings wrote:Valerie and Georgia really don't need good luck....they've always made their own luck by being knowledgeable, skilled, enthusiastic and prepared.

I have NO doubt that the PNW will soon boast two more excellent instructors!

- John =D>


I agree!! Way to go gals! =D> \:D/
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Post by Pez7378 » Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:44 pm

:book: + :prayer: = :wav:

Way to go ladies!! Yet another reason to have another club dive and party once you are both certified!

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Post by Ken G » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:06 pm

Good luck to you!

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Post by Zen Diver » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:16 pm

Thanks for the well wishing all. Right now I'm so nervous, tired and stressed I don't know what to do with myself. :pale: I'll be very glad when the weekend is done.

-Valerie

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Post by WylerBear » Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:33 pm

What Valerie said.
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Post by Cold_H2O » Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:48 pm

Ladies remember the rules...
Keep breathing slow steady breaths...
What ever problem you encounter take a moment to think it thru.
You can fix it where you are no need to surface or panic...

You both will do great.

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YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!

Post by Zen Diver » Sun Nov 18, 2007 5:41 pm

We PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just got home about 45 minutes ago, poor Georgia is still on the road :smt119 We drove up Friday around noon, were settled in our hotel room by early evening, got dinner and spent the rest of the evening studying and feeling as stressed as I ever have in my life. After a few hours sleep we were up at 0530, packing everything up to go to the YWCA for our day of exams. Spent about 12 hours there, doing written exams first, then pool work (skills circuit and confined water presentations), then back upstairs for classroom presentations before calling it a night.

The day ended with us scoring good marks and feeling MUCH better about things. Had dinner and actually had some time to read something NON-diving before going to bed.

Up at 0530 again today, to be at the dive site in North Vancouver by 0730. After driving thro downtown Vancouver and seeing all it's culture changes, including a drug deal going down, we found the site ("Cates Park)" and got ready.

Our IE was a group of 16 folks, mostly from BC area, with one examiner. We made it thro the OW skills in pretty good time tho, and my only worry was when it came to be my turn and my "students" did not have any problems! I was a bit paranoid, but everything worked out fine and we both scored well. By the time we did our Rescue scenario poor Georgia was shivering and shaking, she was so cold from a leaking dry suit (water temps were mid-high 40's). But, we scored the needed "Pass" and were all but done.

After a quick debrief (well, quick from 16 people) we did our closing ceremonies and were done. Even coming back thro the border was quick and painless and as soon as we were no longer "roaming" on our phones we began making some calls.

Woo-hoo! Now I can finally put away books and texts and maybe have some floor space again!

Thanks for all the support and encouragement from everyone here :prayer: \:D/ :supz:

-Valerie

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Post by nwscubamom » Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:17 pm

FANTASTIC!!!! I am very proud of you both.

Val, I haven't known you since you were a fledgling diver, but Georgia I have. It's been really cool to see the changes she's made over the years and how you both continually learn and master new things.

I admire you both and hold you in very high regard.

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Post by jackieg » Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:27 pm

Congratulations Valerie and Georgia! I had no doubt you would succeed!
Well done, buddies!

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Post by John Rawlings » Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:01 am

A completely expected result! Definitely worthy of a

WOOT!!!!!! =D>

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Post by Scott » Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:32 am

Congratulations Valerie! Time to have some fun again!
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