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Top Caribbean re­sort Anse Chas­tanet has part­nered with its in-house op­er­a­tion Scuba St. Lu­cia to pro­vide Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion of Div­ing In­struc­tors (PADI) in­struc­tor train­ing to stu­dents from Saint Lu­cia, An­tigua and Bar­ba­dos.

Anse Chas­tanet is beloved by le­gions of va­ca­tion­ers who reg­u­larly rank it as one of the Caribbean’s top re­sorts, and Scuba St. Lu­cia en­joys a strong rep­u­ta­tion as a trainer of ex­cel­lent Caribbean div­ing in­struc­tors.

The part­ner­ship be­tween Anse Chas­tanet and Scuba St. Lu­cia en­hances the tourism of­fer­ings of the East­ern Caribbean as vis­i­tors seek more wa­ter-based ac­tiv­i­ties.

PADI Course Di­rec­tor, Pa­trick Ham­mer and Scuba St. Lu­cia’s Man­ager, Georgiana Mer­lusca taught the first cour­ses, while PADI Re­gional Man­ager Nick Buskirk served as the exam in­vig­i­la­tor.

“By of­fer­ing train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to scuba div­ing pro­fes­sion­als in the re­gion, Scuba St. Lu­cia helps make the scuba div­ing in­dus­try a vi­able and at­trac­tive job propo­si­tion for Caribbean na­tion­als, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously as­sist­ing Saint Lu­cia and the East­ern Caribbean to gain trac­tion as one of the world’s fore­most div­ing des­ti­na­tions,” said Karolin Trou­bet­zkoy, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Anse Chas­tanet.

Ham­mer, a PADI course di­rec­tor since 1975, has cer­ti­fied more than 5,000 Open Wa­ter Scuba In­struc­tors (OWSI) and more than 8,000 Spe­cialty In­struc­tors.

In­struc­tor Devel­op­ment Course (IDC) of­fi­cials were de­lighted with the qual­ity of their stu­dents, all of whom passed the de­mand­ing PADI OWSI ex­ams. The par­tic­i­pants from Saint Lu­cia were Dave Mathurin from Scuba St. Lu­cia and Dani-Hill Her­man from Is­land Divers at Ti Kaye Vil­lage. Also trained were Jensen An­thony and Cor­tright Joseph from Cur­tain Bluff in An­tigua along with Sum­mer-Rain Worme from Bar­ba­dos, who re­cer­ti­fied her OWSI teach­ing sta­tus.

The freshly ac­cred­ited in­struc­tors learned not only how to teach div­ing cour­ses safely but also how to be use­ful role mod­els. They can now teach a va­ri­ety of div­ing cour­ses, in­clud­ing Dis­cover Scuba Div­ing, Open Wa­ter Course, Ad­vanced Open Wa­ter Course, Res­cue Course, Dive Mas­ter Course, Project AWARE Spe­cialty, AWARE Coral Reef Con­ser­va­tion and Peak Per­for­mance Buoy­ancy.

Cor­tright Joseph and Jensen An­thony also added to their pro­fes­sional cre­den­tials by com­plet­ing sev­eral PADI in­struc­tor level spe­cialty cour­ses.

The sea is also a lit­tle safer be­cause all par­tic­i­pants passed the Emer­gency First Re­sponse (EFR) In­struc­tor course con­ducted by Mer­lusca of Scuba St. Lu­cia. Now, they can teach their EFR stu­dents how to re­spond in case of an emer­gency. The valu­able course is avail­able for both divers and non-divers.

Scuba St. Lu­cia an­nounced that the IDC train­ing is sched­uled again for lo­cal and re­gional div­ing pro­fes­sion­als, start­ing on Au­gust 25, 2019, with the fi­nal ex­ams on Septem­ber 3 and 4, 2019. For more in­for­ma­tion, contact scuba@ansechas­

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