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CDNN :: Enhanced diver safety bad for bottom line says Cayman Islands scuba promoter

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by CLIODHNA DOHERTY

Steve Broadbelt
Local tourism promoter, condo developer and dive Ocean Frontiers dive boat operator Steve Broadbelt wants authorities in the Cayman Islands to continue ignoring basic dive boat safety procedures accepted at popular dive destinations throughout the world.

CAYMAN ISLANDS (1 May 2008) — The Cayman Islands Tourism Association's Watersports Committee would like to see a regulation changed that currently requires a look–out on board boats when divers are in the water.

A regulation under the Port Authority Law states: "At least one person shall remain on board and act as lookout on any dive–boat or other vessel whilst divers therefrom are down."

CITA Watersports Chairman Stephen Broadbelt said in an emailed statement to the Caymanian Compass: "This regulation had remained dormant for decades and for good reason"...

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