In your journey towards becoming a full-fledged seafarer, you will be meeting a lot of different instructors in your courses. Whether they’re GWO training providers, OPITO training providers, or safety trainers, they are all there for the purpose of ensuring you’re highly-trained and qualified for the maritime field. But aside from learning these courses, you also need to be able to evaluate your instructors. This is so they can improve and you know if the training you’re getting from certain institutions is worth it.
Below are the makings of a good maritime training instructor to look out for.
Expertise in their subject matter
Having the expertise and knowledge of the courses they’re teaching is the most important trait they need to have. Remember, the seafaring field is challenging and dependent on various technical information. If the instructor’s proficiency is not up to par, this may result in inadequate education, which can be incredibly dangerous in the long run.
Ability to explain concepts smoothly
Aside from the skill and expertise, your instructors should also have the ability to impart their knowledge in a comprehensive manner. While this isn’t the career to be in if you’re looking for a layman’s term type of explanations, the course teachers should still be able to discuss it in a way that’s less confusing and more digestible. Some courses only run for a day, so it’s necessary that these subjects are discussed efficiently so that one day doesn’t go to waste.
Can connect with the trainees during discussion
Let’s face it. Even if the seafaring training regimen is a challenging one, it can also be quite boring with the amount of technical knowledge shared. That’s why in order to be more effective, they need to know how to connect with their trainees better. This involves certain humanizing strategies such as being more relatable and confident, as well as common methods to sustain attention such as a dynamic speaking voice, eye contact, and more.
Understanding and patience with trainees
Much like when you were younger and in school, not every trainee will be quick to learn. Some are slower than others. This doesn’t mean, however, that they don’t have the potential to become great seafarers. A good instructor is able to see that, hence, they should have the patience, understanding, and drive to help said trainees reach their fullest potential.
These are the main characteristics that you have to watch out for when you’re evaluating course providers and teachers. And if you’re planning to be a maritime instructor in the future, take note of these so you can be a good and effective mentor to the trainees, relaying your hard-earned knowledge to the next generation of seafarers.