Appropriate Precautions When Enjoying The Waters of The Turks & Caicos

The DECR would like to prompt vendors, visitors and residents to take appropriate safety precautions when enjoying the waters of the Turks & Caicos Islands.  

Water sports operators are reminded to uphold and adhere to the regulations of the National Parks Ordinance (Ordinance 11 of 1975, as amended) when operating in a National Park. In order to prevent water sport incidents, or incidents related to marine animals, the DECR also urges the public to be familiar with the following swimming, snorkelling and dive etiquette prior to jumping into the water:

  • DO use biodegradable suntan lotion whenever possible and allow time for all lotions to soak into the skin before going into the ocean. Suntan lotion is toxic to the reefs;
  • DO NOT touch, stand on or kick the coral; it is a living animal and you will harm it;
  • DO employ the ‘buddy system’ (swim / snorkel / dive with a friend and make sure someone knows where you are at all times) whenever going into the ocean;
  • AVOID kicking sand with your fins when snorkelling so that fine particles do not smother and choke living coral;
  • DO NOT remove corals, sand, shells and wildlife, whether dead or alive, from the Protected Areas. It is illegal;
  • For your safety, please swim within the “swim zone” (within 300 feet of shore in designated areas);
  • DO NOT fish in protected areas such as National Parks and Nature Reserves. It is illegal to do so. This includes ‘catch and release’ fishing or hunting for conch and lobsters;
  • For your safety, so as not to attract fish, DO NOT swim, snorkel or dive whilst wearing shiny jewellery, watches or accessories.
  • Be cognisant of vessels in the water, even if you are within a demarcated swim zone;
  • Water sport operators are to be cognisant of swimmers, snorkelers and divers in the water and maintain a safe distance from the shore and swim zones;
  • If you are a first time snorkeler, please adhere to these guidelines:
    • Practice with your gear first;
    • Stay relaxed and reduce your effort;
    • Learn to read ocean conditions;
    • Choose your first location carefully;
    • Choose a calm spot;
    • Be a steward!

The DECR hopes to encourage a safe and fun experience for both visitors to and residents of the islands, through the above guidelines. Should you have any questions on how to become a steward to your local environment, do not hesitate to contact the Department at 338-4170 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT 2018

The Ministry of Education is hereby informing the public that the deadline for applications for international scholarships, with the inclusion of ALL required documentation, has been deferred to May 31th, 2018 and for local applicants the deadline has been extended to August 17th, 2018. The deadlines have been deferred due to the limited number of applications being received by the Ministry. In accordance with the Scholarship Policy, the Scholarship Committee will award scholarships to successful applicants in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Youth Development Work
  • Technical Vocational Education (Plumbing, Electricity, Construction, Auto Mechanics etc.)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands Community College – Associate and Bachelor Degree programmes and;
  • From priority areas listed below:

Institutions Recommended (2018)

Areas of Priority (2018)

Areas of Priority (2018)

The Caribbean

Turks and Caicos Islands Community College

Mico University College

Shortwood Teacher’s College

University of the West Indies (All Campuses)

UWI School of Nursing

University of Technology

Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of the Bahamas

United Kingdom

University of Nottingham

University of Leeds

University of Leicester

Bristol University

University of Manchester

Oxford Brooks University

University College of London

London School of Economics

Cambridge

University of Newcastle

Imperial College

Warwick University

Education

(Max. Award = $30,000/yr):

Primary Education

All areas

Secondary Education:

Science

Mathematics

Physical Education

Foreign Languages

Education Management

Counseling

Health:

(Max. Award = $35,000/yr)

Medical Technology

Nursing (General & Public Health)

Emergency Medical Care Technician (EMTs)

Rehab Technicians

Engineering:

(Max. Award = $35,000/yr)

Structural

Electrical

Civil

Mechanical

Marine

Sciences:

(Max. Award = $35,000/yr)

Environmental Science

Agriculture

Marine Biology

Horticulture

Forensic Science

Veterinary Science

Technical / Vocational:

(Max. Award = $30,000/yr)

Culinary Arts / Food Sciences

Plumbing

Electrical

Mechanics (Auto and Aviation)

Technical skills (Construction Focus)

Spa Services Technician

Land Survey

Liberal Arts:

(Max. Award = $30,000/yr)

Legal/Paralegal studies

Social Work / Counseling

Library Science

Disaster Management

Estate Management

 

NB: This list is the 2018 approved modifications to the 2011 Scholarship Policy booklet.

ALL Universities must be found to be fully accredited

 

ELIGIBILITY

Scholarships and grants may be awarded to persons who satisfy the following criteria. To be eligible for any category of scholarship, the applicant must –

  1. Be a Turks and Caicos Islander, and reside in the Turks and Caicos Islands
  2. Have completed secondary education at any of the high schools, post-secondary education at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, British West Indies Collegiate, or any other 6th form College in the Turks and Caicos Islands
  3. Have no fewer than 3 passes in external exams for local scholarships or 5 passes for international scholarships in (CXC-CSEC, IGCSE, GCE) at Grade II/B or above.
  4. Produce evidence of acceptance in an accredited institution, approved by the Ministry of Education, to pursue a course identified in the priority areas.
  5. If a graduate of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, have a minimum Grade point average of 3.00 or equivalent B grade.
  6. If a Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Servant, produce evidence of approval from the Human Resource Management Directorate, through his/her Head of Department.
  7. Submit a completed application form and all supporting documents required for assessment by the Scholarship Board.

Applications must be submitted on the standard application form available at the Ministry of Education or Education Department, Providenciales. National Scholar Awardees must also submit a completed application package. International Scholarships will NOT be awarded to applicants wishing to pursue an equivalent course of study that is being offered by the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College.

Application packages should be forwarded to the Secretary of the Scholarship Board, Ministry of Education, Grand Turk, or the Education Department, Providenciales. All applications must be received on or before May 31th 2018 for international applicants and August 17th, 2018 for local applicants. 

Applicants who receive a full or partial scholarship shall be required to sign a bond agreement with the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, prior to commencement of payment.

Annual Hurricane Preparedness Month Campaign

The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, South Base Grand Turk, 1st May 2018

On Tuesday 1st May, 2018, the Department of Disaster Management Emergencies (DDME), launches its Annual Hurricane Preparedness Month Campaign under the theme “Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction to Build Resilient Communities”.

2018 Atlantic Tropical Storm/Hurricane Names

Alberto

Leslie

Beryl

Michael

Chris

Nadine

Debby

Oscar

Ernesto

Patty

Florence

Rafael

Gordon

Sara

Helena

Tony

Isaac

Valerie

Joyce

William

Kirk

 

Residents are reminded that the Atlantic Hurricane Season begin June 1st. The latest preliminary predictions, by hurricane researchers at the Colorado State University (CSU), as of 5th April 2018, indicates that the Atlantic Hurricane Season will be slightly above-average this year.  In total, the CSU team predicts there will be fourteen (14) named storms; seven (7) predicated to become hurricanes and three (3) predicted to reach major hurricane strength (i.e. Category 3 or above).   Consequently, the CSU hurricane researchers believe this season’s activity will be approximately 135 percent of the average season.  Last year’s hurricane activity was two and a half times greater than average.

The DDME, cannot over emphasize the importance of early preparation in spite of the predications. Hurricane Awareness and Readiness can help to reduce the impact of hurricane on our lives, communities and businesses. In fact, research has shown that families, individuals and businesses who know their vulnerability and who have taken concrete steps to prepare for an event are more likely to increase their chances of surviving than those who are not prepared.

The 2017 Hurricane Season – with the passage of Harvey, Irma, and Maria – reminds us how devastating and destructive storms can be and how important it is to be prepared.

According to Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of DDME:

“The DDME is always seeking new ways to reinvent how it prepares the nation for the various hazards that we are vulnerable to. Ahead of the commencement of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, over the past 7 years we have dedicated an entire month to raising public awareness on tropical cyclone and its chain of hazards such as flooding and storm surge etc. During the month of May, the state of preparedness for tropical cyclones goes into high gear. Let us remember, it only takes ONE storm to wreak havoc on our social, economic and environmental landscape! Irrespective of the CSU predictions, let us do our utmost as a nation and as individuals, to be prepared. Let us strive and let our reflections on past events such as Hurricanes Hanna and Ike in 2008 and Irma and Maria in 2017 and other events in neighboring nations such as Dominica, BVI, Anguilla and Puerto Rico inform our call to action for this Hurricane Season.”

In recognition of the 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Month, through partnerships, a host of activities have been planned to be held throughout the months of May and June. The goal is to assist stakeholders, residents and business owners to become more proactive as it relates to building disaster resilience throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.