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Become a Open Water Scuba Instructor with an Ocean Frontiers IDC

Are You Ready, Willing & Able to Become an Ambassador to the Underwater World? By IDC Course Director John Swanson There is nothing better than being able to teach and share your passion with others. Being a PADI Dive Instructor can change your life. You’ll get to work all over the world, meet people of different cultures and dive in amazing places. You’ll also get to do what you love the most: dive. PADI Instructors are the sought after dive professionals around the world because they have completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. I still stand by the fact that no other job has ever given me the reward and satisfaction that I get from certifying divers. The influence you can have on a student is tremendous. Teaching others to dive and giving them an exciting hobby is a tremendous feeling. Most people would naturally believe...
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20 Years of Diving Cayman's Frontier 1996-2016

20 Years of Diving Cayman's Frontier 1996-2016
Two decades of diving on the frontier of Grand Cayman's East End has been an incredible journey, only made possible by our loyal customers.  We have acheived many milestones over the last twenty years and are excited about what the future holds above and below the surface over the next 20 years.    In 1996 we opened our doors as the only independant dive operator servicing the East End of Grand Cayman.  Until 1996, the only other way to dive the East End was to stay at either the Dive Lodge or the Tortuga Club.   It wasn't possible to stay on the West side and dive the East End - this is how Ocean Frontiers got its start.  With our brand new dive boat, Nauti-Cat, an old Cayman style building for our dive shop and a big 9 seater Dodge van, we had our very first customer on Valentines day,...
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How Green are your shorts?

How Green are your shorts?
Ocean Frontiers staffers in company teal green swim shorts are a familiar fixture on Grand Cayman’s remote East End, manning the dive shop at the Compass Point Dive Resort or driving the dive boats and guiding dives. Those signature Ocean Frontiers green shorts have become a “hot ticket” item and status symbol among the company’s die-hard customers. Guests can win their own pair of green shorts if they dive all 55 dive sites at East End first – it’s called the “Green Shorts Challenge”. “My goal in starting the challenge was to get my customers interested in the diversity of diving on this side of the island because I thought some of them weren’t seeing it,” says Steve Broadbelt, co-owner of Ocean Frontiers. “This is a motivation for them and it’s working.” “I have completed the Green Shorts Challenge - as a matter of fact, I’ve completed the 55 dives twice...
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7 Dives that will Blow Your Bubbles

7 Dives that will Blow Your Bubbles
Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop is now offering a series of mind blowing dives in what are called 'Signature Trips'. Including The X-Dive, Dawn Stingray, Kittiwake Wreck Dive, Lionfish Hunt, Glow Dive, 3-Tank Safari*, Silver Rush and Macro Mania. Many of these trips are exclusive to Ocean Frontiers, invented by Ocean Frontiers or certainly pioneered by this award winning dive shop. "The X-Dive is my favorite dive in the Cayman Islands", brags Cayman Islands dive veteran and Ocean Frontiers Divemaster, Lois Hatcher. You dive an undisclosed location with your crew and navigate point-to-point along the Cayman Trench for a one-of-a-kind wall dive. This dive gives maximum time on the edge of the wall, giving the greatest chances for seeing the big stuff, including "Mr.X". "Dawn Stingray" does mean getting out of bed with the sunrise, but for those who want the ultimate Stingray encounter, this is it. The choice of BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic for how they photograph the Stingrays. Chances are if you have seen...
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1000 Scuba Divers Strong

1000 Scuba Divers Strong
1,000 Scuba Divers Strong, helped cull 10,000 invasive lionfish from our reefs since 2011. The names of those who helped are preserved in art to mark this environmental milestone during Earth Week. On behalf of Ocean Frontiers Ltd., Thank You!    The Art work was created by Diana Debaja and uses all of the names of those who have participated in our 1-tank or 3-tank Lionfish culls and tournaments. Spearers, Spotters and Containment Device holders are all recognised in this master peice.  If your name is here, you have done your part to help the environment and we hope you continue to help with this important work.    We recommend you download the original art file and zoom in to help find your own name - on average it is taking about 45 minutes to 'find yourself'.    Click Here for Download Link 
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Coral Species Census Project

Coral Species Census Project
Ocean Frontiers Ltd., Cayman Islands, is announcing a new environmental initiative named the “Coral Reef Species Census”, commencing from Earth Day, April 22nd 2014. The goal is to 2014 log every species of coral, fish and invertebrate we can find on our 55 dive sites on the East End of Grand Cayman. The objective for year one is to create a 'Virtual Time Capsule' of our dive sites and then complete another Census in 5, 10 and 15 years. The Census would not involve any measuring or counting- just a yes or no if they exist or not and the geographic location. The Census would also help us identify which sites currently have the most diversity and need additional protection (Marine Parks boundary review currently ongoing). The Census’ primary collection process will be done through customers taking photographs and then logging them by date and GPS / dive site location.  Afterwards,...
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The Lionfish Kings of Grand Cayman's East End

The Lionfish Kings of Grand Cayman's East End
Steve Broadbelt and his team at Ocean Frontiers have culled 10,000 Lionfish from East End reefs; Chef Ron Hargrave has purchased a total of 6000 pounds of the predators to cook up in delectable local dishes “Lionfish are beautiful, resilient and strong – a cool fish - but they are deadly to our reefs and if we don’t stop them something bad is going to happen,” says Matt Russell a dive instructor at Ocean Frontiers who has watched the invasion with deep concern for the marine environment. Russell is a dedicated, educated and skilled warrior in the fight against the Lionfish, consistently culling large numbers on dives – a record 56 Lionfish during a 2-tank dive.  He's also a member of the very exclusive "30 Club" whose members have removed 30 or more Lionfish on a single dive.  Matt also teaches customers how to safely and humanely remove the invasive species...
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Cayman a great destination for Macro Photography

Cayman a great destination for Macro Photography
Recognized for its stellar diving with dramatic underwater scenery and big marine life, Cayman is also home to tiny and photogenic marine critters – but you must look closely Under the calm, clear and shallow water of the Cayman Islands, virtually undiscovered, is a thriving world of tiny sea creatures that are no larger than a grain of rice – a wondrous variety of nudibranchs (soft seagoing slugs), indigenous worms, rare shrimp and critters yet to be found. This curious realm has mostly been overshadowed by Cayman’s large-scale dive experiences − dramatic drop-offs, striking wrecks, friendly stingrays – all prime photo subjects that continuously draw underwater photographers from all over the world. Were it not for avid diver underwater sleuth and photographer Everett Turner, a part-time resident of Grand Cayman, this vibrant “super macro” kingdom of underwater life might still be unknown. In 2012 Turner, his wife Essi Evans and friend...
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Ocean Frontiers Rated one of the World’s Best Dive Operations

Ocean Frontiers Rated one of the World’s Best Dive Operations
Ocean Frontiers, dive operator at the Compass Point Resort on Grand Cayman’s remote East End, was rated one of the world’s Best Dive Operations, and tops in Cayman, by Scuba Diving readers in the 2014 Top 100 Gold List Awards. The Cayman Islands were rated No. 1 for Best Overall Destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic. The magazine polls its readers every year and asks thousands of subscribers to rate their dive experiences in a variety of categories. “We’re excited and honored by this recognition because it comes from experienced divers who know first-hand the excellent diving we offer,” says co-owner Steve Broadbelt. “They are telling us that we do a good job – this makes me very proud of our dive staff because they work very hard.” Broadbelt shared the good news during a staff meeting in early January, and it added extra cheer to the morning dive boats. Dive...
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Grouper Moon Project Strives to Save the Endangered Nassau Grouper

Grouper Moon Project Strives to Save the Endangered Nassau Grouper
During the coming winter full moon, in late January and early February, the normally solitary and territorial Nassau grouper will travel a long way to gather at spawning sites. Watching the activity carefully (as they have been doing for more than a decade) will be marine scientists and researchers of the Grouper Moon Project, a collaboration of the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE) and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). The Grouper Moon Project had its beginnings in 2002 after an estimated 2000 fish were taken from the unprotected Little Cayman site. To reduce fishing pressure and allow the Department of Environment to monitor the site, Cayman’s Marine Conservation Board implemented an alternate-year fishing strategy. In 2003 based on Nassau grouper population numbers, the decision was made to impose an 8-year ban on fishing the aggregations. The ban was extended in late 2011 and is set to expire in 2019....
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