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Nicolle Pratt
PADI IDC Staff #178672

(503.459.1298)
Portland, Oregon
nicolle@pnwscuba.com

DIVING BIO

A good friend of mine, Melanie, talked me into taking an open water diving class while we were at UofO back in 1992. It wasn't a hard sell since it was offered as a university class and it was paid for with tuition! I went onto AOW and Melanie became an instructor and went on to work full time in the scuba industry running a dive operation in Bimini, the Bahamas (Bimini Undersea). I then dove recreationally on and off for 8 years. It wasn't too long before my dive buddies, including Melanie, started prompting me to look at going professional. Coming from a long line of teachers, I made the natural leap in early 2002 and have enjoyed instructing ever since!

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I am passionate about diving and dive safety which overlays eloquently into my teaching. I believe in quality, not quantity and teach my classes as such. I typically limit my classes to 4-6 students, but have taught classes with more. It is important for me when signing off on a student's final certification to firmly believe that the student has received the best instruction possible. I also find it important to teach courses with the idea of how the skills involved will actually be applied to real diving situations. To accomplish these various goals, I constantly seek out new ways to build upon my general dive knowledge as well as continue my own personal diving education.

OBJECTIVES

To actively teach scuba at all levels, including specialties, presently certified and insured to teach. To consult in dive travel and actively lead dive trips.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION HISTORY

PADI IDC Staff Instructor 12/02
(current teaching/insured status)
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ADI Emergency First Response Instructor
12/02
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer 5/02
(current teaching/insured status)
PADI Specialty Instructor
5/02

  • Underwater Navigator
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • DAN Oxygen First Aid
  • Boat Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Project AWARE

PADI Medic First Aid Instructor 2/02
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor 2/02
PADI Divemaster
7/01

PROFESSIONAL/INSTRUCTOR EXPERIENCE

Pacific NW Scuba
Vancouver, Washington USA 9/02 - present

Active teaching of scuba from Open Water Diver to Assistant Instructor, including various specialties. Lead dive planning consultations including introductory understanding of tide and current calculations/charts. Active involvement in giving formal and informal presentations, organizing and leading recreational dives, and tutoring divemaster, assistant instructor, and instructor candidates.

Ocean Odyssey Scuba Center
Vancouver, Washington USA 7/01- 9/02

Actively taught scuba from open water to divemaster. Actively involved with and taught SEAL Team (including specialty AquaMissions) and Bubblemakers. Conducted discover scuba and scuba refresher programs. Actively involved in shop associated dive club including giving formal presentations, leading meetings, and organizing and leading club dives.

Divemaster 7/01-2/02

Actively divemastered for numerous instructors, conducted scuba refreshers, and lead dive trips.

SCUBA INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Dive Shop Staff (1/02-4/02):
Ocean Odyssey Scuba Center
Vancouver, Washington USA

Assisted in class scheduling, general retail sales, and basic compressor experience. Assisted with dive shop marketing (including creation or authoring of various dive shop and equipment brochures), Web site page creation, and authored detailed dive site briefs.

Trade shows (7/01-1/02):

Represented the shop by assisting in the set up and working of the dive shop booth in various trade shows.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

Extremely computer proficient
(FrontPage, Word, Excel, Acrobat, PowerPoint…etc)
Experienced in Web authoring
(Internet, Extranet and Intranet)
Working knowledge of local and federal laws
(U.S.)

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