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Brendal James Stevens
Promoter of Turtle Key and Bahama Tourism
Brendal James Stevens
Brendal James Stevens was born on Acklins Island and
grew up with the love of nature, ocean, sailing and the
environment. He started working in Tourism in 1964 at the age of
16, and for 41 years Brendal has dedicated his life's work to
Tourism in the Bahamas.
For the past 36 years, Brendal's professional work in Tourism
envelops the development of a facility for attractions and tours
for visitors to the Bahamas and his personal efforts include
Adventure Tours and Attractions, Water Sports, Environment
Programs for the coral reefs and oceans, Educational courses and
events for all Abaco regattas to promote harmony and growth in
both Tourism and the economy.
Brendal has been featured on film, television shows,
magazines, travel features, documentaries and tourism
material for the promotion of tours and services in the
Bahamas. He has touched world-wide audiences on CNN
Travel, ESPN, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Journal, Unique
Cuisine, Ming's Quest on the Fine Living Channel,
British TV "Wish You Were There?, Gourmet Magazines both
U.S. and Australia publications, Caribbean Travel, Abaco
Life (numerous times), and most recent AAA Magazine, the
Jan/Feb 2008 issue, for his Adventure Specialty Tours
that he has developed " Wild Dolphin Encounters, Snorkel
& Dive Reef Trip with fresh seafood prepared on an
uninhabited island, (Hand Feed the Stingrays Day).
Brendal's involvement with the Scuba courses -
Discover/Try Scuba, Open Water Diver Course and Open
Water Diver Referral Courses - have been featured in
television shows, on the internet, and in the magazines
mentioned earlier. Kayak Services & Tours, Sailing
Cruise on the Sea of Abaco with fresh Seafood prepared
on the beach day, snorkel and glass bottom reef trips,
island hopping tours and trips and Scuba Certification
programs are only a few that he has been working with
promoting educational courses.
From 1978 to present, Brendal has been involved with
training young Bahamians in water sports, education,
training standards and safety in his internship program.
His both male and female former students are now
professionals working in the Bahamian tourism industry
teaching and guiding others on the islands of Andros,
Abaco, Grand Bahama and Nassau.
In 1993, Brendal was awarded the "Platinum Pro
Instructor 5000 Award?, for his educational commitment
and contribution in teaching over 5000 students. This is
a special award of distinction that only 150 elite Scuba
Instructors worldwide had been awarded to that date in
the Scuba diving world wide industry.
He has also been awarded the Bahamas Cacique Award for
Sustainable Tourism which is the first one received in
the Bahamas Cacique.
In 1997, for the first All Abaco (Bahamian Sloops)
Regatta, Brendal sponsored the Class A and Class C race
with cash prizes. The years 1994-2004, he served on the
race committee board in helping organizing the races and
donated both his time and vessel for the races.
In 2003, with The Reef Relief Foundation, Brendal
donated his time and worked with the foundation in the
installation process for identifying the appropriate
locations for the 18 mooring buoys in this program. He
also donated one of his vessels, all the dive equipment
needed along with a dive guide for the help with this
project. The attraction not only protects our reefs, it
brings thousands of visitors each year to the Bahamas.
Because of this mooring program, the coral reefs and the
environment will have an added protection for years to
As the owner of Brendal's Dive Center, and as an
instructor, Brendal holds the following International
Accreditations and Certifications:
Scuba Schools International Training Facility
P.A.D.I. International Resort Association
Scuba Diving International Training Facility
Universal Referral Locations:
Specialty Instructor for:
Stress & Rescue
Instructor for Dive Control Specialist for Dive Master and
Assistant Instructor for diving professionals
Oxygen Provider Instructor
Instructor for Adult First Aid & CPR National Safety Council
Instructor for Adult First Aid and CPR Rite
Master Captain License and Sailing Instructor
STCW 95 License
Director of the Board of Bahamas Diving Association.
Through the tour and activities and adventure packages
Brendal has developed, he has been able to teach, guide,
and bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the
Bahamas and pass along the love of the ocean with the
respect of the environment to the very unique
destination we call the Bahamas.
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Bowling Green OH, 43402
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