A new shore diving and training
facility is planned for West Bay.
The facility will be new
construction on an empty lot at North West Point Road near the Turtle Farm,
with an exact location yet to be disclosed by Indepth Watersports, which is
developing the plan. The company is awaiting planning approval for the $1
Indepth Watersports is owned by Nat
Robb who moved the adventure dive operation to West Bay from Cayman Brac after
buying the company in early 2010.
Indepth offers excursions to Little
Cayman and Cayman Brac, taking divers out in Peaceful Warrior, a 10 metre rigid
hull and inflatable ex-Navy Seals boat. The company owner says the vessel enables
Indepth to take divers out to the North Wall in inclement weather.
“It’s got two big 450-horsepower
diesel engines and jet drives and cruises at about 35 to 40 miles an hour, so
it can get you to dive sites pretty quickly,” he said.
The diving industry has been
relatively flat over the past few years, he said, but the introduction of the
Kittiwake will give things a boost.
“It’s a great draw for divers –
people love wreck dives and it will be a very popular charter. I’m very excited
about the wreck coming. I grew up diving the wrecks off the North Carolina
coast. There are shorter rides to dive sites here, more coral and fewer sharks.
“As the economy gets better and
people start spending more money on leisure facilities, things will start
picking up for the industry. It’s also a matter of offering a level of service
that people are looking for – not being the least expensive out there but
giving people the best quality for their money,” he said.
He has found that the summer months
so far are up and down, with August traditionally the slowest month. Bookings
are now coming in around six to eight weeks in advance, representing a
shortening of the booking window that has become commonplace, he added.