Residents, visitors cash in on offering

In August, nearly 800 residents of Grand Cayman and their visiting friends and relatives enjoyed the Island’s spectacular marine environment while taking advantage of a 50 per cent discount on water sports through the Visiting Friends and Family Program offered by Red Sail Sports.

They went sailing aboard luxury catamarans for snorkel trips, sunset and dinner cruises. Resident divers enjoyed two-tank boat dives at half-price, and some young Caymanians even tried scuba for the first time with a Discover Diving Course, according to the company.

Approximately 50 members of the Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Church in George Town enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at the Rum Point Club experiencing the best Cayman has to offer – a beautiful beach, calm crystal-clear waters with water sports toys such as water bikes, paddleboards, kayaks and waverunners. On Seven Mile Beach a group of excited Caymanian youngsters ended their summer with a fast Banana Boat ride and called their water adventure awesome and fantastic.

“It makes me feel wonderful to hear that our young Caymanians especially are taking advantage of this promotion to enjoy the island’s water environment and learning just how special it is,” said Rod McDowall, operations manager of Red Sail Sports. “We live in paradise and Red Sail Sports wants locals to fully appreciate what we have here.”

Preserving the environment

Appreciating the marine environment is a good way to preserve it, Mr. McDowall said. Red Sail Sports, he said is celebrating its 25th year of being a major player in Cayman’s tourism industry.

Also 25 years ago, the Cayman Marine Park was established to install moorings at dive sites to protect Cayman’s spectacular reefs, one of the first such programs in the Caribbean. A programme is under way to increase the number of moorings from 330 to 365 dive sites.

“It’s a hand in hand relationship,” Mr. McDowall said. “It is in everyone’s interest to keep our dive sites and beaches pristine to keep fuelling tourism. People come from all over the world to enjoy what we have just a short walk or ride from our front door.”

Local residents can continue to enjoy and learn about the local marine environment through the year and into 2012. They may also bring their friends and family along.

Reservations may be made over the telephone, but the Island resident making the booking must be present when payment is made the first time. They are asked to bring identification and proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or passport with a work permit stamp. Once the information is on file, visitors may enjoy the discount for the rest of their stay. The discount is offered on a space available basis and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, explained the company.

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