2-Week Advanced Study Abroad Program.
St Matthews would like to officially invite you to visit Grand Cayman and see what makes our little island so special. This program is intended for medical and veterinary students looking to study abroad.
Two week program
Sun: Arrival on island and student check in/ orientation. Students will be issued dive gear and study material for use while on island.
Mon: Open Water Course part 1 will focuse on learning how to use and maintain SCUBA equipment. A dive on our local reef will conclude the days events.
Tues: Open Water course part 2. We will focus heavily on completing the required skills for PADI certification. Multiple dives on our coral nursery site with skills and examinations.
Wed: Coral Nursery and AWARE courses. These PADI specialty courses will be applied to your student record and will bring student understanding of our program to a level where students will be able to help interact with the live coral on our sites.
Thurs: Boat dive, this two tank dive will focus on examining our local reefs and monitoring reef health. Student roles can range between scouting new outplant sites, determining health of existing outplanted coral, and monitoring of overall reef health and growth.
Fri: Coral Outplant clinic, the focus will be on studying how best to handle and move live coral. Practical clinic for using epoxy to fix coral in place, and practical activity in afternoon will put live coral in students hands.
Sat: Advance Open Water part 1. Student divers will learn advanced skills for SCUBA and apply them to the coral nursery sites.
Sun: Advance Open Water part 2 Completion of Advanced course will certify divers for advanced dives and allow students greater degree of impact on daily activities.
Mon: Invasive Lionfish Tracker clinic. Learn about invasive organisms and their effect on the reef. Specialty training in managing invasive species like Red Lionfish.
Tues: Rescue Diver Clinic. Advancing into first aid, rescue and emergency training for divers, the Rescue course will provide valuable insight into safe diving practices and how to thoughtfully manage their own time underwater.
Wed: Rescue Diver Course. This day will be marked by practical exercises building student confidence and certifications as Rescue Divers.
Thurs: Once again, students will all gather and take part in a series of dives from our boat, the Eco Ray. Advanced students will be allowed greater range to explore and more detailed tasks while underwater.
Friday: Coral Outplanting clinic for our second week will take leadership roles handling and applying our live coral to the reef. Student interaction for the second week of outplant clinics will also directly involve students taking leadership roles in the days activities.
Friday evening, we will be having a wrap up party for our students. A chance to reflect on what we have done and some fun awards for everyone.
Sat: Check out and leave island. All good things come to an end. Each student will be brought to the airport with plenty of time to make their flights and connections back home. We hope their memories will last forever!