I was recently on another dive site that had an interesting discussion going. " Is it alright to yell at students" . I found the discussion very interesting because of the responses that were mad available to me. I was not allowed to take part in the discussion because I was not a member. So lets start our oun discussion. Is it alright to yell at students that asre not following instructions???
For my part it only acceptable to yell at students if there is a safety issue at hand. The extent of the issue is always up to the instructor. But I find that a calm voice, and an understanding mannor is usually th best way to reslove a porblem. The only time I every raised my voice at a student is when he kept spitting out his regulator under water. Even after discussing it with him several times he kept spitting out the reg. About the 15 th time he sipt it out I raised my voice and then explained that that was a severe safety issue and that if he continued he would not get out of the pool sessions, or get certified.
I cant tell you how bad I felt about the situation, but it was the only way that I could get him to understand what a problem it was. After that he never spit out his regulator again.
Since that situation, I have never raised my voice to a student again. It was a learning situation for both the student and me. I have now developed a mannor that lets me be more understanding and paitent with students, thank goodness for experience.