81-year-old makes her first dive

For years, Marge Frisch would hear the wonderful stories and see the beautiful photos about Grand Cayman from her daughter Linda Martin.

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81-year-old Marge Frisch enjoyed her first dive with Absolute Divers.
Photo: Don Martin

Marge had always wanted to visit such a magical place, but her husband’s health challenges kept her from venturing very far from her Sun City Center, Florida home.

This week for the first time, Marge had the opportunity to visit Grand Cayman and took full advantage of the chance.

Like many people, her ultimate goal has been to go scuba diving and experience the underwater world that blesses these islands. The only difference with Marge is that she is 81 years old.

Marge keeps an active lifestyle in Sun City Center including swimming in the pool, walking and aerobics but they don’t quite offer scuba diving as an activity.

So, Marge began learning about diving and got comfortable with dive equipment in her daughter’s pool in Tampa.

Ready to take on the challenge, Marge teamed up with Mark Sahagian, owner of Absolute Divers and successfully completed her first dive this past Sunday at Stingray City.

‘What an experience of a lifetime,’ chirped Marge after boarding the dive boat. ‘The coral reef and tropical fish were amazing. Having all the stingrays swim up, around, under and over you is incredible. I can’t believe I actually did it but I am so glad I did.’

Sahagian said Marge did great.

‘At age 81, Marge is the oldest diving student I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. But let me tell you, she certainly doesn’t act her age.’ said her dive master Mark. ‘Once we got her ears cleared she was like a fish in the water, immediately taking to the stingrays and checking out the tropical fish and coral reefs.’

Topside, Marge had a busy week meeting several friendly Caymanians, enjoying home cooked barbecue, dining at The Cracked Conch and Paradise Grill and daily swims in the pool.

It’s safe to say that Marge will have some great stories to tell her friends, family, grandchildren and great grand children.

You can be sure that she will become a repeat visitor to Grand Cayman. As the saying goes, you’re as young as you feel.

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