I’ve been giving this post some real thought. Where do I go from here? I will be done my Provincial Instructor Diploma Program after this course (and capstone project) and I really want to put it to good use.
I have a 5-year plan with Sail Nelson where I would like the business and my teaching to go. My one to two year plan is to re-certify my Intermediate Cruising Instructor certification (Spring 2019) and to complete a Coastal Navigation course to offer to my students (Fall 2019). In order to do this I will have to travel to the Coast to complete a team-teaching course and then send in a request to Sail Canada noting why it would be beneficial for me to offer navigation courses in Nelson. My longer term goal is to set up a sailing club or co-op for students who have completed courses through Sail Nelson (or other recognized sailing schools) where they can take out boats for day sailing.
As part of my Sail Nelson business, I plan to create more piktocharts and branded information for my students that I can offer free on my website. I also plan to go through my course curriculum and more clearly define my objectives and try to update my course delivery methods to make them a little more interesting. I will purchase a tablet that can be used on the boat for diagrams and teaching materials.
On a non-sailing note, I plan to take more business driven courses to continue to learn about how to run a business. I hope to find a mentor I can work with within the sailing business community. I also plan to take more advanced first aid training as I feel that my basic first aid courses are inadequate.
The PIDP has provided me with some solid insights into which direction I want to take my business and how to go about accomplishing that through my teaching. I still have a lot of questions and a lot of growing to do, but at least now I have a better idea of where to look and how to make them a reality.
Professional Development Steps
- Assess current course demand & note any new courses for next year.
- Update course lesson plans & create updated online templates and handouts.
- Prepare for Intermediate Instructor Re-cert.
- Update Navigation lesson plans and curriculum.
- Marketing plan changes for 2019.
- Register for advanced first aid course early 2019.
- Community Futures business course calendar.
- Continue to meet monthly with business coach.
- Find a mentor.