Meet the 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 6000 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”, a natural extension of his continuing project. 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 Captain Brad invites everyone to become “Alumni”
Graham Johnson started his dive career in Canada back in 1974. His passion for diving and a love of the ocean spurred him on to gain a Marine Biology degree as well as become a certified commercial diver. Graham spent many years developing and operating fish farms in Nova Scotia before relocating with his family to Ohio where he managed medical practices. Good fortune hit in 2013 when the opportunity to move to Grand Cayman came. Graham returned to his passion and became a dive instructor.
Graham is the training director for Cayman University Divers. He is a PADI certified instructor as well as an Emergency First Responder Instructor.