A group of Caymanian high school students trained as “rescue divers” and learned about the marine environment in a two-week summer course aimed at creating the next generation of environmental leaders.
The course, organised by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute and GoPro Cayman, involved 11 students, ages 15-17, interested in an environmental or water based career.
The students were given an introduction to marine conservation theory, the marine environment and tourism and current threats to the environment. They also spent time with the Department of Environment and local businesses to see how conservation and tourism work in practice, as well as with CCMI researchers at the Little Cayman Research Centre.
They also completed scuba training up to the level of rescue diver, the highest nonprofessional level in the PADI system.