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$1 million shore dive facility for WB

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 million project.

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.

Kittiwake boost

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.

 

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