Safety was the order of business for special training sessions this January.
The Cayman Islands Tourism Association and Divers Supply arranged for dive equipment manufacturer SCUBAPRO to hold equipment service clinics.
The first day, a resort-technician training programme, had 26 participants. The second day was an advanced pro-technician clinic and 11 attendees participated the training that focused on higher-end models of regulators. These training clinics give participants the chance to learn basic servicing of rental fleet equipment.
The tourism association said that having newly-trained staff would allow for more thorough inspection of gear. Basic service and cleaning of the rental gear could also take place at the shop when an employee had received their certification.
Rene Dupre and Fraser Purdon, the training session leaders from SCUBAPRO, flew to the Cayman Islands on Cayman Airways and were hosted at the Grand Caymanian Resort for the length of their stay.
Adam Gibbons of Divers Supply said that typically, these types of courses would only be held at the annual Dive Equipment and Marketing Association’s annual expo (known as DEMA) in the United States.
“Instead of each participant paying to travel to Las Vegas or Florida, as well as the cost of a hotel, meals, car rental and around 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 and the Grand Caymanian, 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.”
In December, Ted Foreman of Aqualung was on island to host a similar resort technician session for 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, the association noted in a media release.