Saturday 19 September, 2020

The Cayman Islands' coast guard is growing, seeking Caymanian recruits

The government’s promise to transform the RCIPS Marine Unit into a Cayman Islands Coast Guard (CICG) Service began to take effect in mid-2018, when the Commander and Second in Command of the Coast Guard were appointed, with the first Coast Guard ship, the Cayman Defender, commissioned in late 2019, and operational in 2020.

The objective of Cayman's Coast Guard service is search and rescue and the detection and interdiction of boats arriving in Cayman waters with drugs/ guns or illegal immigrants. The service has the ability to board and search vessels in Cayman's waters and to make arrests if needed.

As the service grows, it is developing a need for new personnel and is currently seeking to fill ten available posts.

The post holders will be required to acquire the skills and competencies of an Ordinary Seaman in the CICG. Having successfully met the recruitment and selection criteria for entry into the Cayman Islands Coast Guard (CICG) each candidate will undergo 8-weeks of basic training, during which they will be evaluated as to their suitability for continuation of service within the Coast Guard.

Upon completion of the 8 week basic training and assessment, each Candidate will be given the designation of Coast Guard Recruit and be attached to one of the various operational detachments within the CICG, where they will continue to learn and develop their professional competence and proficiency within each of the core job functions learned during basic training.

The post holders will be Caymanians 18 – 35 years of age and will possess a High School diploma or equivalent and be able to successfully pass a basic numeracy and literacy test. Additionally they must pass a physical endurance and fitness test of running one (1) mile in 13 mins, 25 sit-ups and 25 push-ups both within one minute or less, complete a 200-yard swim within 12 mins and tread water unassisted for 10 mins. Due to the nature of the role candidates cannot be colour blind, or legally deaf in either ear.

The full job description, listing all requirements, and application form are available at www.recruitment.gov.ky.

The Cayman Islands Coast Guard is operationally independent but reports to the Commissioner of Police.

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