Mark Slingo, the first paraplegic PADI Course Director

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PADI Course Director #482068
DDI Instructor Trainer #10-0076
EFR Instructor Trainer #482068
IAHD Instructor Trainer #1043
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Mark became a paraplegic in 23 years old after a falling three floors from a balcony  February 24, 2005.

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March 2008 Mark Slingo a British diving instructor based in Thailand has become the first wheelchair-user PADI Course Director. Mark completed the PADI Course Director Training Course in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

The PADI Course Director Training Course  is a 10 day program involving skill evaluations, grading evaluations,confined water teaching presentations, open water teaching presentations, and classroom presentations, as well a number of presentations by the PADI Staff members on Marketing, the psychology of evaluation and Project AWARE.

Mark’s achievement in gaining the PADI Course Director rating makes him the first wheelchair user to attain this, it was confirmed by the PADI staff.“Hopefully”, Mark says, “it will help highlight the fact that a wheelchair user can get to the top in diving and additionally highlight the benefits of diving for someone with a spinal injury’.

After having the accident which left him paralysed from the waist down two months following his PADI Instructor examination Mark has thrown himself back into the diving world and teaching and worked his way up the PADI Instructional ladder to reach this goal. The rating of Course Director qualifies Mark not just to teach people how to dive but the also conduct Instructor Development Courses where candidates are taught to be diving instructors.

Карьера Mark Slingo (по данным Linkedin)

PADI Course Director
Buccaneer Diving
In charge of professional development programs conducting the PADI Instructor and continuing education programs. Other duties include webmaster, marketing and overseeing internship programs, and coordinating international events and symposiums.

Disabled Divers International (DDI)
Offering DDI Instructor and Divemaster pro trading courses to learn to work with handicapped divers and the full range of DDI programs for disabled people to experience and get certified as scuba divers

Designer,Managing Director, Administrator, WebDesigner
The Divernet, Self Employed,  Thailand & Kenya
Январь 2011 г. –настоящее время (4 года 2 месяца)
Creator of The Divernet social network for scuba divers to enact with each other and share diving experiences as well as let divers know of new developments in the diving world and provide a portal for dive businesses to market their products to a target audience.
Freelance contractor building websites, ecommerce sites, CRMs, SMS communication systems and social networks for businesses in South East Asia and East Africa.

PADI Course Director
West Coast Divers, Freelance, Thailand
Март 2008г. – Сентябрь 2013 г. (5 лет 7 месяцев)
Running PADI IDCs withOcean Geo Divers in Phuket, conducting DDI Instructor training with Scuba CatDiving in Phuket and teaching PADI courses.
Responsible for coordinating dive centre activities and teaching IDCs, student level and handicapped instructor courses. In addition running the full dive career internships offered by West Coast through my website and running the Instructor teams at the dive school.

PADI Course Director, General Manager
Divers Lodge,  Египет
Март 2009г. – Ноябрь 2009 г. (9 месяцев)
Responsible for coordinating dive centre activities and teaching IDCs, student level and handicapped instructor courses. In addition marketing the diver courses through web campaigns and UK based agents and web design.

Mermaids Dive Center,Таиланд
Август 2004г. – Апрель 2008 г. (3 года 9 месяцев)
Worked first as Divemaster involving close customer interaction running Dive Boats for 20-30people/day and then from December ‘04 teaching clients to scuba dive and Oct’04 as a specialist Handicapped diver’s instructor (IAHD) and Instructor Trainer.This is in addition to marketing and logistical work.

The Great Equalizer: bringing diving to people with disabilities.
The Undersea Journal 2013

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