11 Caymanians train to become divemasters

Five of the new divemasters, seated from left, Stella Whorms, Mario Whorms, Jessica Leggatt, and Alex Richardson, and Kaylone Warren, standing, far left, with, Parliamentary Secretary Heather Bodden, Tourism Minster Kenneth Bryan and Steve Broadbelt, owner of Ocean Frontiers. - Photo: Submitted
Eleven young Caymanians have trained to Divemaster level in an eight-week programme as part of a National Tourism Training Programme.
The Ministry of Tourism partnered with local dive operators Ocean Frontiers and Go Pro Diving to take the participants through the PADI certification course, with the goal of increasing the number of Caymanians in the dive industry.
“The Ministry of Tourism is committed to training displaced Caymanian workers for opportunities in the industry and to advance their skills. We need to ensure that anyone interested in a tourism career is able to access the resources required to pursue one, especially young Caymanians,” said Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan in a press release.
“Diving is one of the key activities that we are known for here in Cayman and it is encouraging to see that Caymanians are receiving these qualifications,” he added.
The trainers from Go Pro Diving and their group of trainees at Whitehall Bay. From left, Kameron D’Hue, assistant dive instructor at Go Pro Diving; trainees Kaylone Warren, Derron Kelly and Megan Nelson; Ash McKnight of Go Pro Diving; and trainee Jessica Moore. – Photo: Submitted

The PADI certifications covered in the programme were Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Nitrox Enriched Air, Fish ID Specialty, Lionfish Culling, Coral Conservation, CPR and First Aid with AED and Oxygen Provider training, and Divemaster.

Since becoming certified, several participants have been assisting with the coral restoration projects of Cayman’s reefs.

Anyone interested in learning more about the PADI certification course and future opportunities can visit the Department of Tourism website or email [email protected].

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