Scuba Diving in Cayman Islands

Dive Experience

Coral Conservation Divemaster program (6 weeks)

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6 Week Coral Conservation Program $8,800

If diving is something that calls to a part of your soul you never realized was there, then we have a great option for you. Available as an individual program or as an addition to an existing Student Coral Conservation Course, our Divemaster program takes things to the next level. Divemaster is the first of the PADI professional levels and requires a deeper understanding of dive theory, practices and alertness. Let our experienced staff lead you through the skills required to raise you own fitness and skills to the professional level.

Our Divemaster program is supported by Go Pro Diving and their excellent training to become a full fledged Instructor is a small step away after you complete our Divemaster course.

Each day will start with a classroom session to prepare us for our daily activities. Then we head underwater!

Your first two days will depend on your experience with SCUBA diving. Untrained divers will be taught safe diving procedures and by the third day will be PADI Open Water certified.. Experienced divers will begin working directly on Coral Restoration training and will be introduced to our nursery sties.. By the third day, all students will be participating in maintaining our nursery sites. With three locations and nearly one thousand corals to manage, daily visits to the nurseries is vital to maintaining coral health.

Day four will lead into more advanced coral outplant training, discussing outplant and site selection criteria. Understanding of the marine environment is crucial when planning future outplant sites and monitoring existing sites for stability and general health.

Day five we will move coral to one of our outplant locations. This important task will begin with workshops and documentation to record our actions and help demystify our actions underwater. Citizen scientist interaction is encouraged and discussions will be an integral part of our morning classes.

During the weekend, we continue our maintenance efforts, with multiple daily dives and interaction with local training programs where residents are encouraged to become involved in our program.

As our second week begins, we will introduce Advanced Open Water training. Every student completing our two week program will be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

During your second week, we will also take part in the Cayman Blue Iguana Conservation and Breeding program here on island. These amazing, blue Iguanas are critically endangered and we are proud supporters of the Blue Iguana Recovery project.

Expanded daily training and education on managing, identifying and handling corals will allow our week two students a chance to assume leadership positions working with our resident volunteers and incoming citizen scientists.

As you enter the third week of our program, we introduce more advanced dive skills and emergency procedures. By the end of your third week, each student will be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver and be trained in CPR and emergency first aid.

Additional education and training will nurture your understanding of what is required to manage and grow corals then safely return them to our reefs. Advanced theory regarding safe handling and thoughtful site selection will be critical for our four week program. Around the world, coral reefs are failing and we must look at not only the reasons why, but how we can work past those issues.

By the end of your fourth week, our program will turn and focus on developing leadership skills . Divemaster is the first level of professional diver and requires a dedicated mind that is eager to learn. Education in advanced dive theory, equipment , medical issues and situational awareness will all be the core of daily class sessions.

By the end of your sixth week, you will have completed some of the most thorough dive training available. Your skills as a diver and a leader will have grown and you will have an intimate understanding of exactly what coral is, how it can be saved and what we can do to save it that few other people in the world will ever develop. Continuation toward Assistant Instructor level training is available and even full Open Water Instructor certification can be made available to any of our graduates.

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Grand Cayman Eco Divers
Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
Dive Shop
Cayman Eco Divers is a husband and wife team dedicated to saving the coral reefs in Grand Cayman. Learn to dive with our experienced staff, or let us lead you on a new adventure every day as we explore our amazing coral reefs. Eco Divers has implemented a comprehensive coral restoration program and has created options for everyone to join us and participate in regenerating our local reefs. Even experienced divers can earn new certifications or distinctive specialties while they are here with our easygoing and informative style of teaching. Dive with friends who understand the importance of keeping groups small when boat diving. Nothing can overwhelm a dive faster than twenty divers piling into the water behind you after you traveled half way around the world. Our Thirty foot boat can hold up to sixteen guests, but we limit our groups to no more than eight at a time unless specially requested. Coral conservation is a daily focus for Eco Divers and we encourage any of our guests to participate in our frequent PADI Coral Restoration DIver distinctive specialty courses. Afterwards, you are able to experience our coral nurseries up close and personal. We even have a series of Advanced courses aimed at citizen scientists interested in focusing fully on our restoration program. One to six week packages are available with special rates that cover training, equipment, transportation to all activities and even LODGING! All our guests have to pay for is their airfare, souvenirs and their food while they visit us. Please refer to our packages for more details about our citizen scientist packages. So please, come for an afternoon, a week or a month. We welcome everyone from seasoned divers to those who have never even seen SCUBA gear before. Our guests have ranged from ages 10 to 84. Let us help you at every step of the way to build lifelong memories and friendships. It is always Sunny in Cayman!

Who's It For?

No Certification Required

What's Included

  • Lodging and training
  • work with live coral
  • Become a PADI professional!
  • Become a Divemaster
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