In the maritime training process in the Philippines, a student is only as good as the safety trainers that instruct them. Regardless if the curriculum is updated or not, if the basic training is not up to par, this can lead to a lack of necessary skills as a seafarer. This would then result in difficulties in maintaining smooth and safe operations, which can have disastrous consequences. At the end of the day, your maritime career is dependent on who instructs you and how they do so – among other factors.
With this, it’s important to look for the following characteristics in your instructors to see if they will be able to teach you what you need to know.
Expertise and technical knowledge
This goes without saying, but a good trainer needs to have the proper industry and technical knowledge in order to teach you effectively. How else would they be able to impart the necessary learnings if they know nothing about what they’re teaching. As a student, you can usually tell if they know what they’re talking about if they can answer your questions with no problem. Even if there’s something they do not know, they are willing to do research and get back to you in order to broaden their knowledge and theirs.
Presentation and communication skills
The second factor a trainee must look at in evaluating their trainers is how they teach their classes. Being able to present and communicate is important for ideal comprehension. You must look at things such as their voice modulation, eye contact, confidence, and general demeanor when delivering their lessons. The factors mentioned are key in sustaining the interest of students during the courses, which in turn will help them absorb everything and learn better.
Trainee management and evaluation
More than just teaching, a trainer is also someone who manages the trainees and evaluates them properly. They are the ones who determine if everything they’ve taught you has translated into actual skill. The ability to accurately pass or fail certain trainees is crucial in ensuring the ones who are ready get to work while the ones who are not are sent back for further training.
A trainer having good interpersonal skills can help make your training sessions much more engaging and less grueling and boring. An instructor’s interactions with you shouldn’t have to be limited to a robotic presentation of your lessons. They can make things more fun and interesting in order to establish a better connection with students. Being at ease with your instructor can make maritime courses more conducive to learning.
Last but not the least, accreditation from governing bodies such as OPITO and DNV is an important factor in determining the quality of a safety trainer. If an instructor and a training center is accredited, it means that they pass the international standards in terms of facility maintenance and the level of its curriculum. This means that you are sure to get high-quality instruction from them, a must if you want to be a good seafarer.
The next time you’re taking seafaring courses for certification, be on the lookout if your instructors have the above traits. While your willingness to learn and the actual quality of the program are still factors to look at, having an effective maritime trainer can still help in ensuring you get the quality education you need.