For the soldiers, Monday, 18th June, 2012, was the second, of eight days of intensive training, along with their Caribbean counterparts, in advanced dive techniques, led by the Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Security Officers Receive Training in Dive Techniques
It was said that twenty one participants from Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Suriname are undergoing the rigorous training which includes bomb recognition and disposal, underwater searches and contaminated water diving.
Lead course instructor Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Tiffin explained that the contaminated water diving training would show participants how to operate in circumstances such as oil spills where the water would be hazardous and there would be low visibility.
Course instructor Master Seaman Doug Woodrow, who was conducting the explosive ordinance disposal diving, demonstrated for participants how to get outfitted in a bomb suit.
Dive training continues today Tuesday at the HMBS Pelican and at spots around Barbados.
Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored annual security training exercise. It is an inter-agency, multi-national exercise designed to enhance the collective abilities of Caribbean defense forces and constabularies to counter transnational organized crime and conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.