Caymanian looking ahead to career in dive industry

Getting under the sea to see the world is the focus of Ceyron James “CJ” Powell. 

The 19-year old is working at Divetech as a divemaster intern, said Emma Nicholby of the company. 

“He started with us a number of years ago as a work placement kid from the George Hicks High School. During this time, we took him through a number of courses until he gained his rescue diver,” Ms Nicholby said. “CJ has worked with us on and off during holiday periods and has now made a decision to commit to working towards his divemaster qualification.” 

The young professional was born in Jamaica and spent significant time in the Cayman Islands before he moved here permanently eight years ago. He previously worked at Mise en Place and, outside of his job, enjoys racing the 100 metres and 800 metres. Mr. Powell has also played for West Bay’s Elite Soccer Club and represented the HighTech Tigers track club abroad. 

Mr. Powell further explained why he enjoyed diving and training. 

“I am learning new skills everyday in and out of the water,” he said. “I enjoy working in the water and seeing and learning about all the different marine life Cayman has to offer. Divetech offers me the opportunity to work visitors from all over the world, who I love to share my passion with about diving and the Cayman Islands. 

“I have decided to pursue my divemaster ticket,” he said. “I am hoping to continue to instructor level as I feel the Cayman Islands is a great place to visit to dive and to learn to dive.” 

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