Anthony McLean of Prospect, Grand Cayman is Cayman’s newest Divemaster, having graduated from the intensive course in August 2005.
Upon his graduation from John Gray High School, Anthony was employed full time by Divetech in West Bay, says a press release. During his high school years, Anthony participated in a scholarship programme offered by Divetech to young Caymanians interested in the business of diving. He learned to scuba dive and subsequently followed on with his dive training, completing his Advanced Open Water, Medic First Aid, Oxygen provider, Nitrox diver, Nitrox blender and Rescue diver courses. Being employed at 16 years old, Anthony spent the next year and a half working on his Divemaster programme, and graduated recently at the age of 18 (minimum age to be a professional, insured Divemaster).
Commenting on his progress, Divetech’s Nancy Easterbrook said, ‘Anthony has been a great young employee, and has learned a lot about the diving industry as a choice in his career options.
‘He has assumed his responsibilities well, learned about the importance of customer service, the marine environment and his co-workers have enjoyed working with him.’
Anthony commented, ‘It was a lot different than I thought it was going to be, and a lot harder than I thought too. A lot of the pictures that you see make Divemasters look like they just have fun all the time, dive in clear waters and lounge around on the beach in between. I learned that this is not the case. The work was challenging but rewarding, and I have enjoyed it tremendously’.
Anthony plans on returning to College this January in Cayman to study computers, but hopes to continue working part time in the dive industry. Scholarship programs are available on a limited basis for any interested Caymanians year-round.