Dive clinic popular with tourism industry members

Dive equipment manufacturer Aqualung held an equipment service clinic on Thursday, 6 December for 16 attendees, all of whom are members of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.

The resort tech service technician training clinic gave participants the chance to learn basic servicing of rental fleet equipment. Having trained staff at a water sports company will allow for more thorough inspection of gear in that company’s rental fleet, with the trained employee being able to better identify when rental gear needs more than routine servicing.

Basic service and cleaning of the rental gear can also take place at the shop when an employee has received their certification of training from the manufacturer.

Ted Foreman of Aqualung, who ran the training session, said he enjoyed flying to the Cayman Islands on Cayman Airways, which touts itself as the diver’s airline. The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa hosted Mr. Foreman for the time he was on the island, and Budget Rent-A-Car provided a special rate on a rental car.

“Typically, this type of course would only be held at the annual Dive Equipment and Marketing Association’s annual expo in the US,” said Adam Gibbons of Divers Supply.

“Instead of each participant paying to travel to Las Vegas or Florida, as well as the cost of a hotel, meals, car rental and the US$250 registration fee for the clinic, it was a much more affordable training opportunity that Divers Supply was happy to coordinate,” he said. “Because of the support from Cayman Airways, the Westin and Budget, the cost to participants was only $125 — a true bargain to attend this training that will help our island maintain its designation as a safe place to dive.”

Another resort tech training with ScubaPro will take place in January for Cayman Islands Tourism Association water sports members. Aqualung and ScubaPro are the most popular brands of dive equipment in the rental fleets of Cayman Islands dive operators.

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