Cameron_R wrote:I've gotta say this is one of the more interesting threads we've had for a while
I find the instructor discussion interesting because I see thousands (slight exaggeration) of brand new instructors pouring out of the zero to hero (z2h) courses in NZ every year. They flood the market. Pete is working for free because he loves it, and is one of only a few doing so (or am I wrong here?). I would have thought that the flood of new instructors fresh from the z2h would be a MUCH bigger pressure on potential salary/remuneration rates for existing instructors?
Pete wrote:If you were a competitive cyclist then the cost of your sport in terms of time and money would be very close if not more - but people do it and pay without hesitation.
I totally agree, but then I wasn't talking about the shops when I wrote that.
It isn't about profit, it's about value.
I do agree that in general, we are all entitled to determine our own values and what we decide is valuable to us.
I think it's important that instructors are valued.... it then comes down to how.
ChuckyBob wrote:A better analogy would be a driving instructor.
Just about all driving instructors are professional. Sure there are some non paid instructors.
But if a student pays a company for driving lessons then wouldnt they expect a professional paid instructor?
Andy wrote:But, with regards to Paul's second point, how are you actually valued? Like I say, in the BSAC model you would be - that is why I suggested that in the long run you may be happier teaching in the BSAC view of the world. But in the PADi view of the world, you are not valued at all. You are a resource being taken for granted.
Andy wrote:So, the question is, would you trust your life to someone earning $8.33 an hour? What commitment do you really expect them to have to their job?
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