Dive company Go Pro
Cayman travelled to Little Cayman to conduct first aid training and instructor training to many of the islands’ dive staffs and tourism personnel.
Staff from various dive operators converged on Little Cayman Beach Resort to take part in the course offered by Emergency First Response instructor trainers Ash McKnight and David Patterson.
Twenty-seven people took part in the Emergency First Response programme while six took part in the instructor course, Mr. McKnight said.
“For many of the participants it was a great way of refreshing their skills, but for a few students it was the first time they had partaken in a first aid course,” he said.
First aid training
He said Go Pro Cayman specialised in long-term diving internships and also taught first aid training up to and including instructor level.
“We felt it was the perfect opportunity to help out our fellow residents on the Sister Islands, the course was up to date and informative and I feel that the students are now fully prepared to help out in any first aid emergency, which is reassuring given how remote Little Cayman is and also the limited facilities they have to handle major emergencies,” he said.
Go Pro Cayman also taught an instructor course whilst on the island. This took place at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s Little Cayman Research Centre on the north side of the island. The classroom was generously donated by institute operations director Rob Hedges.
Mr. Hedges said he felt that there should be a handful of instructors in place on the island who could refresh first aid responders on a regular basis.
“There were only a few first aid instructors on Little Cayman and they didn’t really have the time to devote to training first aid,” he said.
“Now we have a selection of new instructors who are eager and keen to teach the islands residents and tourists alike.”