It’s morning. I am still stunned. Sarah, the PADI Course Director told us that there is usually a “24hr Shock period” before we get back to normal. Yup, she’s right!!
The last few weeks were really strenuous, as you know!! Not only on us, but on Sarah and Sean the Master Instructor too! They kept on telling us that a pass is not only an evaluation of the candidate’s abilities but also a reflection of their teaching!!
Can you say “pressure on everyone”!!!
I remember Sarah telling me that she would not let me participate in the PADI IE if she didn’t think I could do it! So She was a solid support for me throughout.
A pass seems all that is important to the team, to the Course Director and to PADI and Sarah told me I was ready. But I worried about passing. A lot.
When the PADI Examiner told me my score on the open water presentation yesterday…. I could only hang my jaw open! 2 water Skills, each with a briefing & debriefing. 2 scores, no make-ups. Anything lower than a 3.5/5 was a fail. I know it is not really important, but Wow! I got a 4.2 and a 4.6 on the open water skills! I was truly ecstatic! Same-same when I heard my physics exam score (92%) and the classroom presentation, no make-up: 4.7/5!
See, Saturdays confined water (pool) presentation score was a 3.6/5 So, ya, I worried!
In the end, the scores really don’t matter… I passed & got the handshake….. but when the Examiner said: You showed a strong performance throughout the IE…. I don’t think there could have been better words to let me know that not only do I pass, but I passed WELL. He saw it!
THAT….. is something to me.
Is not so easy to change your life direction at 44. All of you played a part in this.
Now…. I have to pack for Fiji!
Love you all.