Author The Cayman Bottom Times

The Cayman Bottom Times is news collaboration by five leading dive operators to promote the superb diving of the Cayman Islands, and keep the diving public informed of important developments and events. Divetech, Ocean Frontiers, Red Sail Sports and Sunset house in Grand Cayman, and the Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman, all members of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, represent more than 100 years of solid experience in a destination that is recognized as the birthplace of recreational diving. With a unique combination of deep wall and shallow reef diving, several wrecks, and world-famous Stingray City, the Cayman Islands has cemented its place as the top diving destination in the Caribbean. Offering diverse and wide-ranging dive programs on both Grand Cayman and Little Cayman, the members of this dive group represent the best Cayman has to offer; Divetech (www.divetech.com), Ocean Frontiers (www.oceanfrontiers.com), Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman (www.redsailcayman.com), Sunset House (www.sunsethouse.com) and the Southern Cross Club (www.southerncrossclub.com). For more information on The Cayman Bottom Times contact Adela Gonzales White at Adela.G.White@comcast.net or call (941) 350-8735.

Expanding Cayman’s Dive “Hit List”

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Dive leaders tout lesser-known sites: more choices for divers, stress relief for more popular sites Trinity Caves, Orange Canyon, Big Tunnel and Tarpon Alley – dramatic wall dives on Cayman’s West side that have attained legendary status among visiting divers and helped cement Cayman’s reputation as a world-class dive destination. Other sites such as Devil’s Grotto, Eden Rock and Sunset Reef are also on Cayman’s “hit list” of must-do dives on any vacation. But with 365 moored sites on all three islands, local dive leaders want to spotlight other sites worthy of being on Cayman’s Hit List. “Visiting divers can…

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Celebrating Cayman’s Excellent Dive Tourism

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Industry employees and professionals recognized for their contributions at the 2017 Cayman Islands Tourism Association Stingray Awards The dive industry workers who keep Cayman’s dive product at the top and make it a model for other destinations, were honored and recognized for their work at the 14th Annual Stingray Tourism Awards on June 20, 2017 at the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa in Grand Cayman. The annual ceremony is hosted by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) which hands out hand blown glass stingrays to the winners in 12 categories; accommodations, watersports, restaurants, attractions and transportation. CITA also hands out…

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Your Dream Job is One Giant Stride Away

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Ocean Frontiers Offers Instructor Development Course in Grand Cayman. Well known IDC educator brings his teaching style to the warm Caribbean waters and customized teaching facilities at East End. “Cayman is perfect! It’s one of the best diving locations in the Caribbean, and Ocean Frontiers is the best dive operation, bar none, and I’ve been diving all over the world.” John Swanson, a PADI course director for more than 20 years, will be teaching an Instructor Development Course (IDC) at Ocean Frontiers in Grand Cayman October 9 – 16. The dive operation is offering a 10-night package at the Compass Point…

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Southern Cross Club’s Jennifer Mills Takes Top Honors for Accommodations Manager at Stingray Awards

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Southern Cross Club General Manager Jennifer Mills took home the Stingray Award for Accommodations Manager of the Year during a ceremony hosted by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) at the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Ms. Mills was competing in a field that included the managers of the Kimpton Seafire, the Ritz Carlton and other large hotels in Grand Cayman. “I was delighted to find out that I had been nominated for the award this year, but I was really thrilled when I found out I had actually won, it was a huge surprise!” she said.…

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Ocean Frontiers Launches Top of the Line “Limo-Style” Dive Boat

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Ocean Frontiers Ltd., the dive operation that wrote the book on East End diving in Grand Cayman, has launched the first in a series of custom designed dive boats to a plan to upgrade and expand its fleet to accommodate the company’s growth. Co-owner and Managing Partner Steve Broadbelt says the new 46-foot Newton named “Gun Bay Diver” was built in the U.S.A. and designed to take the diving experience to the next level. “We listened to our divers and have gone one step further by adding features no other dive shop has done before, so we’ve designed a dive…

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Cayman’s Great Shore Diving Can Add Value to Dive Packages

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As one of the Caribbean’s top dive destinations, Cayman is renowned for fantastic wall dives, spectacular shipwrecks and unforgettable Stingray City, but avid divers know that Cayman’s shore diving sets it apart. Here they can maximize their bottom time and add value to dive package with easy shore diving. There are 365 dive sites on the three islands – reefs and shipwrecks in warm clear water, filled with all kinds of marine life. About 50 sites are accessible from shore, and 10 are organized shore diving locations with tank rentals, ladders, showers and other facilities. The rest are more suited…

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Red Sail Sports Welcomes Company’s First Caymanian Divemaster

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Red Sail Sports has hired 18-year-old local resident Lej Batiste as the newest member of its professional dive staff. He is the first Caymanian to complete his divemaster certification through the company’s dive training program since Red Sail Sports began offering dive services in Grand Cayman 30 years ago. Batiste joined Red Sail Sports as an intern with the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) work experience programme, and quickly established himself as an enthusiastic employee, an avid diver and a young man with a plan for the future. “I made my first dive in the summer of 2015 and…

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New Leadership at Divetech; Same Commitment to Customer Service and Tech Diving

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New Divetech owner and managing partner Jo Mikutowicz has been at the helm of one of Cayman’s leading dive operators for more than a year, and she is making her mark. Mikutowicz has big fins to fill. Cayman dive pioneer Nancy Easterbrook, a mentor, and friend, founded Divetech on the shores of northwest Cayman in 1994 and built it into an operation committed to conservation, education and training. “Jo has a sincere passion for diving, and after working at Divetech for several years, she decided it was for her, which I gladly supported,” said Nancy Easterbrook. “She is growing the…

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Cayman is Making a Splash as Sponsor for DEMA’s ‘Go Dive Now’ US Pool Tour

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Cayman Islands Department of Tourism sponsorship of tour boosts marketing outreach for Cayman’s dive operators through relationship building and media coverage. As principal sponsor of the Dive Equipment and Marketing Association’s (DEMA) Go Dive Now Pool Tour, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) is ensuring great media exposure for Cayman in major US markets, and the island’s dive operators are piggybacking on the promotion to reach more customers. The pool tour travels the U.S. attending large scale indoor and outdoor sports events and dive shows with a portable 4-foot deep pool that allows show attendees to try diving. “I…

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Conservation, Customer Service and Tourism Awards; 2017 is off to a Good Start at the Southern Cross Club

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So far, 2017 has been a remarkable year for the Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman. First, the online travel site TripAdvisor.com named the resort to its top 25 in the Caribbean in two categories based on customer reviews: Best Hotel for Service and Best for Romance. Adding to the awards, administrations manager Neil van Niekerk was named an “Emerging Hero in Tourism” by the Cayman Islands government, and resort owner Peter Hillenbrand was recognized for his “Long Service to Cayman Tourism.” Hillenbrand has also received a lifetime achievement award from the Cayman Islands Tourism Association for taking a run-down resort 40 years ago…

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