Let’s talk about Cayman, let’s talk about Ash Mcknght!!
Ash Mcknight is the owner and PADI Course Director at Go Pro Cayman. Hailing from Tillsonburg in southern Ontario, Canada, Ash has lived on Grand Cayman for 20 years. He is a vastly experienced Instructor trainer and for the last 3 years Ash has been awarded the Platinum rating by PADI. This denotes the highest level in the PADI system and shows Ash’s dedication to teaching the PADI system of diver education. Ash is only one of a handful of PADI Course Directors that dedicate themselves 100% to Instructor Development. In other words, this is Ash’s only job, working exclusively with the professional level training programs. Over the last 22 years of being a dive professional, Ash has trained thousands of PADI Divers and Instructors that are working all over the world. Besides conducting seven IDC’s in Caymans yearly, he also conducts pro training in the Dominican Republic and is also involved in cold water IDC programs in Pennsylvania, USA.
One of the things that Ash is most proud of is the fact that every single graduate of his programs have been able to find suitable employment after graduation. His vast amount of experience in the dive industry has allowed him to network with potential employers throughout the Caribbean from small operators to all-inclusive resorts, liveaboards and the cruise ship industry. He’s even got a few former candidates that are working on mega yachts! A job that he wishes he had himself sometimes!
Over the years many instructors that have decided to carry on with their continuing diver’s education and work their way up to Course Director Level have staffed Ash’s IDC programs. In fact, every student that Ash has recommended to PADI to be accepted into their Course Directors programs have been accepted, a testament on its own of the professional level of training that he provides since only about 70 candidates a year world wide are accepted into this program.
As a PADI Course Director Ash can offer you EFR Instructor Trainer, and a choice of 20 specialties to choose from. He is also a volunteer with the “Oceans for Youth” programs and run various programs in conjunction with the “Central Caribbean Marine Institute” located in Little Cayman.
So, Go Pro Cayman?
Go Pro Cayman is the first and only Five Star PADI Career Development Centre located in the stunning Cayman Islands and led by Platinum award winning Course Director Ash Mcknight…he’s Canadian too!!
Go Pro Cayman specialize in training Scuba Diving Instructors. Students will walk away from Go Pro Cayman with their PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors Certification, OWSI, attaining a worldwide-recognized certification. As a Scuba Instructor you will be able to teach anywhere in the world helping new students learn how to scuba dive safely and showing them all the amazing underwater sights that helped you develop your passion. Swap your suit and tie for a wetsuit and dive equipment, change your career for a scuba instructor, it’s really about making the decision and living the dream. You are in great hands with GO PRO Cayman. Their area of expertise is in Dive Training making them Cayman’s premier instructor training facility.
Go Pro Cayman are also proud to offer active job placement service at Go Pro Cayman. If you are looking for employment upon completion of your Internship look no further than Go Pro Cayman, they will make your dreams a reality. So what are you waiting for!
You can begin your dive training from the comfort of your own home prior to travelling to the Cayman Islands due to the convenience of PADI E-learning option. By studying online you can complete most of the theory segments ahead of time, giving you longer periods of thrilling underwater exploration.
Go Pro Cayman will take care of all transfers from the airport to their very own student housing if you request accommodation with your package. The student housing is located in central George Town close to shops, restaurants, bars and some very nice beaches. Go Pro offer a complimentary pick up service each morning.
Go Pro Cayman offer the Instructor Development Courses (IDC) as an 8 day course specially designed to prepare students for the Instructor Exam (IE). The environment is relaxed and stress free; there is a lot to learn and they want to make sure you have 100% chance of success.
The IDC will teach you how to use the PADI system to teach in a classroom, in the pool and also in open water. Thanks to the convenient PADI e-learning option, you will be able to study whenever you want on this online course to be ready for your internship, even before you head down to Cayman. During the IDC Ash and his team will review several topics related to the written exams taken during the IE. Students will take sample exams to identify areas of strength and weakness and work to develop the areas that need attention. During the IDC students will also be teaching the EFR Instructors course. As an added bonus Go Pro Cayman will include the PADI O2 Instructors specialty. The IDC is held at the Treasure Island Resort here in the Grand Cayman, where the confined water is only a step away from the Caribbean Sea.