Students in Barry's Sport Management-Diving Industry program participate in a team building challenge

February 2007

Students in Barry's Sport Management-Diving Industry program recently traveled to the ropes course facility at Tigertail Lake Center in Dania Beach, Florida to participate in a team building challenge. Dive Rescue students teamed up with some of the upperclassmen for this event, which was led by Chuck Winne, a senior in the SMDI program. According to Chuck, the purpose of this trip was twofold. Each activity was designed to strengthen the students' leadership skills, as well as their ability to communicate and work together in a group. These are two major components of the Dive Accident Management & Rescue class curriculum, and the ropes course provided fun and creative methods of learning.

The other purpose of this trip was related to the fact that there are more freshman students in the dive program than usual. Chuck's goal was to help the younger students "mesh" with the upperclassmen to "form one complete group of divers instead of two or three smaller ones". The students began working toward this goal immediately upon arrival at Tigertail Lake, where they started the day by helping each other learn everyone's names, and soon moved on to helping each other overcome both physical and mental obstacles throughout the course.

The day provided an excellent opportunity for each student to learn more about each other and find their own place within the overall SMDI group. This experience has also helped all of the students to form bonds which will allow them work more efficiently together in future diving situations.

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