With the eye of the tiger and an uncanny ambidextrous ability, Caitilin Tincher our glamorous Lionfish culler is a legend in the water. Armed with a bucket and a pair of spears she is out to destroy. This week on a single dive Caitilin took out 38 Lionfish and promptly sold them to our local restaurant to ensure they would fulfill their destiny as Taco’s!
We watched in awe on a dive in January as a nurse shark put on a wonderful show for our divers on a regular dive. It cut up the dive group in a swim through and started to bury its head in a crevasse in the wall. When it emerged it had a live Lionfish in its mouth! It swam off scoffing the fish whole, then lay down for an after lunch nap!
During the past few months, here at Tortuga Divers we have had young Julian getting experience on the beach.
Today he has been doing Exams
GOOD LUCK Julian
Congratulations this month go to Tortuga Divers' Beach Supervisor Andy Petts, for representing Cayman at the Natwest Island Games and bringing home gold! The event, hosted this year by Bermuda, comprises athletes from 24 islands competing in 16 disciplines. Andy was invited to represent the Cayman Islands in the windsurfing category, and led the 14 competitors through 10 heats and 10 races to finish in gold medal position.
Andy sends his thanks to Red Sail Sports for their sponsorship and support, and has spent the month of August since his return offering free windsurf lessons to those renting windsurf equipment at Morritt's, both locals and visitors alike.
To arrange lessons with Andy, please call 947 2097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You decide your boating adventure − where and when you want to go − and our Red Sail Sports crew will make it happen aboard Red Escape, a 30’ Sea Ray Sundeck 300 sport cruiser.
Treat yourself, your family and your friends to an exhilarating half-day or full day private charter where you are free to explore at your own pace. Visit the island’s beaches including spectacular Rum Point, enjoy snorkel stops like Starfish Point at Cayman Kai, tour the protected mangroves of the North Sound and other popular spots. Swim with our famous stingrays at Stingray City or the Sandbar - what could be better? Or you can simply relax and go sight seeing while you sunbathe during this on-the-water adventure. Red Escape and her crew provide everything you need for an extraordinary day of fun out on the water, and be prepared to be pampered with attention.
Red Escape accommodates up to 8 people comfortably and the cruiser is equipped with a head, plenty of shade and a freshwater shower. It also has a sound system where you can plug in your iPod or MP3 player. The private charter includes soda, water & snacks on board, snorkel equipment, a US$50 voucher for food & beverage at Rum Point and 10% off watersports at Rum Point. You are welcomed to bring your own alcoholic beverages or cocktails. Guests staying at East End or North Side will be picked up at the Rum Point dock. For more information see your local Red Sail Sports representative or visit RedSailCayman.com.
Red Sail Sports also offers a number of other adventures for the whole family―glass-bottom boat trips to the Stingray Sandbar, Catamaran snorkel trips, sunset sails and dinner sails, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and more. At East End call the watersports shop at Morritt’s Tortuga Club at 947-2097, or visit the Red Sail Sports in the lobby at The Reef Resort. To reach Red Sail Sports at Rum Point Club on the North Side call 947-9203. For more information call the Red Sail Sports main office at (345) 623-5965, e-mail: email@example.com or visit www.redsailcayman.com.
See the Red Sail Sports Dive Shop or Concierge to book your private boat charter today. We are waiting to whisk you away!
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 30, 2012 –– Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman, one of the Caribbean’s premier dive operators, has been awarded the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Longevity Award for 25 years of outstanding service to the dive industry. The company, celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, has maintained a PADI membership since the day it opened its doors with two dive boats and a small but enthusiastic staff. PADI Regional Manager Mike Kurczewski presented the award to Red Sail Sports Operations Manager Rod McDowall.
“Just from a longevity standpoint it is quite an accomplishment,” said Kurczewski who has been serving PADI dive centers and resorts in Cayman Islands for 17 years. “To be able to be in business today in light of the economy, 911 and other challenges; to survive all that is a testament to their business acumen.”
McDowall says there are many reasons for Red Sail Sports’ resiliency through the ups and downs of global economics and natural disasters.
“We have adjusted to industry needs, embraced changes and innovations, been flexible and professional; we have maintained quality customer service and equipment more than a quarter of a century,” he said, “but none of that could have been achieved without exceptional staff at all levels who have made the company what it is today. Through the years they have given hundreds of thousands guests and families memorable vacation experiences.”
McDowall estimates Red Sail Sports has increased the rolls of scuba divers worldwide by about 50,000 people during the past 25 years. Thousands of vacationers enticed by the warm clear Caribbean water have taken a Discover Scuba Course which allows them, after pool training, to enjoy Cayman’s famed coral reefs on a supervised dive. After an introduction like that, many have gone on to become certified divers. Thousands more have completed or advanced their scuba training with Red Sail Sports.
“The dive industry’s success depends on the commitment and enthusiasm of the dive store and resort operators like Red Sail Sports, ” said PADI Executive Nick Jenny. “25 years of membership certainly demonstrate commitment and adaptability to the sport. To achieve this kind of longevity, businesses must be innovative and driven.”
Each year PADI Americas recognizes Dive Centers and Resorts who do outstanding work in diving and training, and who adhere to the standards set by the Association. The Longevity Award is first presented to members who retain membership for five years. Red Sail Sports is one of 29 members to receive the 25-year award in 2012.