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Wednesday, March 22, 2006 – The Ministry of Tourism continues to encourage hoteliers to make use of the services provided by licensed Water -craft Operators within the sector.

Officials are calling for the cooperation of hoteliers in a bid to encourage compliance to set standards by all Water- craft Operators.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Ms. Maria Fowell says best practices are being encouraged under the guidance of the Water -craft Advisory Committee.

“The Ministry of Tourism in order to encourage the implementation of the water based standards wants to ensure that the hotels are encouraging those persons who have actually done the training and those persons who have been certified to be the ones that are operating within the area of their hotels.”

In light of this, the ministry has developed the Coxswain Certification Programme in collaboration with the Marine Police. The fourth round of the course began in January with 45 persons and ended in February.

“What tends to happen is that we have water-crafts that in the past have been licensed and the focus had been on the crafts, as opposed to the persons operating the craft, and it is felt that we should have a number of programmes in place to be able to train and certify those persons that are actually operating the craft.”

The course outline includes relevant topics on the theory of navigation as well as a practical aspect dealing with boat handling, First Aid and CPR training. Other study areas include captain's responsibilities, basic engineering procedures , and rules of the road.

Officials say by undergoing the formal training, water craft operators including water taxi operators will add value to the service they are offering to the industry.

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