The dive industry is just one of these industries and given that diving is strongly linked to the ability to travel internationally – which as we all know ended abruptly.
The Cayman Islands took the decision to close their ports (air and sea) in a largely successful bid to contain the virus spread. But since the customers have stopped coming the dive operations in Grand Cayman have been out of the water for weeks. Many have not survived and have pulled their boats out of the water for the very last time. There is no immediate prospect of customers returning until restrictions can safely be lifted and even then not until consumer confidence in air travel and ultimately their destinations being safe to travel to is restored. Things are looking bleak in the short term.
We will all come through the other side of this situation, but the world will have changed in many ways and in order to preserve those things we love, we need to support our local businesses if we wish to have them there, waiting for us, when we choose to return.
To this end we want to ask for your help in preserving a company (and its employees) that has been at the heart of the dive industry here in Grand Cayman for the past 30 years. Off The Wall Divers is a small team – 6 lovely people in all – who have been running a great little dive operation with small groups of divers, many of them customers for years. This small “family” have found themselves high and dry during these past few weeks. In some cases, going home was not an option, so staying put was the only way forward. But without income they are all feeling the bite. Times are really tough right now.
If and when this island comes back online, and it will, there will be costs involved with getting the business back up and running. Work permits, putting boats back into service, making sure every aspect of this business is safe and ready for its customers will all cost money.
We know that all of you have been giving to many good causes – but now we are asking you to donate whatever you can to help keep this great little company and staff stay afloat (pardon the pun). Whether it be the price of a 2-tank dive or a cup of coffee – whatever you can give will be so appreciated. Please help these people be there for you.
Fran, Haley, John & Marilyn
Team Save Off The Wall Divers
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