Our first-time diver programs consist of six to eight first-time divers, one or two Stay-Focused mentors, an athletic coach, a medical doctor, our Director of Programs, and the founder of the organization.
A typical first-time diver program schedule looks like this:
First-time Diver Program Schedule
|8:00 Breakfast||8:00 Breakfast||7:00 Breakfast||7:00 Breakfast||7:00 Breakfast||9:00 Breakfast|
|Arrival in Grand Cayman||Responsibility Code
9:00 Academic Review
9:00 confined-water skills
|9:00 Dives 1/ 2
|8:30 Dives 3 & 4||8:30 Dives 5 & 6||Departure|
|12:00 Lunch||12:00 Lunch||12:00 Lunch||12:00 Lunch||12:00 Lunch|
|Confined-water skills||Confined-water skills
6:00 Legacy Log set-up
|3:00 Ambassadors of the Environment Workshop||3:00 Turtle Farm visit||Beach activities
4:30 – 5:30 Set goals for 2015
|6:30 Dinner||6:30 Dinner||6:30 Dinner||6:30 Dinner||6:30 Dinner||6:30 Dinner|
|Start Legacy Logs||Work on Legacy Logs||Work on Legacy Logs||8:00 Legacy Log Presentations|
First-time divers complete their academic preparation using PADI’s eLearning program before arriving in Cayman. In the morning of their first full day in Cayman, instructors conduct an academic review session, to make sure all participants are comfortable with their knowledge of the information. The next step is confined-water (pool) skills, to introduce participants to their diving equipment, and to begin the process of learning to dive.
Diving in the sea takes place over several days, typically in the mornings, along with educational workshops and activities. Participants create a Responsibility Code at the beginning of the program, which is a Code of Conduct they all agree to adhere to throughout the week. By Day 3, they have also been introduced to the concept of a Legacy Log, a visual depiction of what their Stay-Focused experience has meant to them. Divers present their Legacy Logs to all members of the group on the last evening of the program.
“The feeling of taking my first breath underwater was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. It went against everything they teach you when you’re learning to swim, but swimming with fish 40 feet underwater isn’t something I thought I’d be taught to do.”
– Eli Ruiz-Torres, Stay-Focused diver, 2016.