CU Divers Staff
Captain Brad Nelson, an Iowa farm boy, landed in Grand Cayman in 1988 after a brief interim in Florida. Brad went to work for the largest and best known scuba operator in the Cayman Islands, “Bob Soto’s Diving”. He quickly became one of the favorite DM's to dive with at Sotos. Brad looked forward to seeing his groups of friends return year after year so he could take them on new adventures. By 2000 he had become one of the longest tenured employees in the Bob Soto’s Diving family. Brad has logged over 7500 dives in Cayman Waters.
Hurricane Ivan hit Grand Cayman in 2004. It destroyed many boats and scuba operations, including Soto’s. Brad took a break from the water and got himself a land job. During this time he continued to work on his pet project, “Cayman University” (a fictional institution in Brad's mind) and figure out a way to get back to the ocean.
Captain Brad eventually found a boat for his divers, spent 18 months modifying and improving it and jumped back in the water
with both fins. He started his own dive company “Cayman University Divers”. Now, with the boat, “Campus Diver”, he is back showing off the wonderful clear waters of Grand Cayman on his guided, narrated underwater adventures. Diving with Cayman University Divers is open to all, and Brad invites everyone to come on down and join in the fun and adventure.
Master Scuba Diver Trainer Corey Cole came to diving late in life but has embraced the life fully and completely. He has taught on 4 different continents and is excited to call Grand Cayman his new home.
An avid traveler, Corey has dived across the globe to see the big and the macro. Only one dive in his native Canada though....
"It's too bloody cold!"
Corey has 14 PADI Specialties to offer, but loves teaching the Rescue course to trained divers most of all. "But my absolute favourites are the introductory courses where I can bring divers underwater for their first time. Seeing the look on their faces brings me back to my own first experience in this amazing underwater world!"