Dominica Marine Tour Guide Training Program
In May 2005, twenty young Dominicans began training 5 days a
week in a pilot program called the “Dominica Marine Tour Guide
Training Program. The first of its kind program was a united effort
of the Public Sector and the Private Sector with The National
Development Corporation, Youth Skills Division and the Dominica
Watersports Association working hard together to complete this
Applications were accepted after extensive radio advertising
campaign and the applications were then screened by the Youth
Skills Division and the Dominica Waterports Association. After
an interview process 20 students were accepted. These students
undertook a demanding 3-month schedule that trained them in many
aspects of being a professional Marine Tour
Guide with international credentials that enables them
to get jobs anywhere in the world. This training includde all
of the following
Our goal was to produce competent and enthusiastic guides that
are not only potential employees for Dominican companies, but
also ambassadors for Dominica who can demonstrate the professional
standards that we demand here.
The students were hard working, enthusiastic, and appreciative
of this opportunity.
The final Graduation Ceremony took place during Dominica’s Dive
Fest on Saturday July 2nd 2005. Eighteen students completed the
course and these graduates were presented with their certificates.
Recognition of the importance of this program resounded worldwide.
The program has been written up in trde magazines in the international