Eight more dive instructors have qualified through a local dive company.
The Instructor Development Course is the most gruelling course in the PADI syllabus, said Ash McKnight of Go Pro Cayman.
“Instructor candidates were assessed on their understanding of the PADI system including dive theory, classroom teaching presentations, confined and open water presentations and rescue diver skills.
“The candidates also completed their Emergency First Response Instructor Course as part of the programme, meaning that they are now certified to teach first aid courses to divers and nondivers alike wherever they choose to work in the world.”
Platinum Course Director Ash McKnight led the course and Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor David Patterson finished off with the instructor exams, which took place at Sunset House.
The PADI examiner felt the candidates were well-prepared for the two-day examination and was pleased to congratulate each and every one of them on becoming diving instructors at the closing ceremony of the programme, Mr. McKnight said.
“We had candidates from USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, and United Arab Emirates,” he said. “It truly was a multicultural course, with students from different countries all coming together for one passion – scuba diving”
Successful graduate JT Knox said that he had enjoyed himself.
“Where I come from there is little opportunity to complete programmes such as [this]. The course has been heaps of fun, I have learned lots and along the way made lifelong friends. My goal is now to find work here and call Cayman home”.
Mr. Knox said he, along with many of his fellow graduates, will continue to study speciality instructor ratings during the next few weeks. These include deep diving, wreck diving and underwater navigation.