“We plan to use this information to have fewer injuries among the divers this year.” That is what two of the older boat captains said to me as they left our training today. Wow. Pretty incredible feeling, and a little daunting, to realize they are putting so much hope on the information you are giving them. I hope they manage to do it. It will be an uphill battle and attitudes and practices will have to change on both sides for it to happen. They all realize they can’t continue on this way, though.
But while today may have ended on a high note, it started out a little crazy. When Dr. Mejia picked me up at the hotel, he told he me he had just heard on the news that the city was going to shut down power to the eastern end of town at 8 am. We planned to conduct our training today at the offices of the Association of Industrial Fishermen for Caribbean and Honduras (in Spanish, the acronym is APICAH for Association Pescadore Industrial…). And those office are on the eastern end of town. So, we got there and waited. Eight am passed so we thought we were safe and we began to set up. Just as we were about to get rolling, the air conditioner turned off. It was 8:30 am. So much for being prompt. Since most of what we planned to present included laptops and projectors, we had to move.