I am so excited! Salt Cay Divers was asked to represent the entire Turks and Caicos Islands at the Wider Caribbean Mammal conference. This request was due to their excellance in providing whale watching excursions in the Turks an Caiicos Islands.
For the past 15 years, Salt Cay Divers has been providing education and whale watching encounters with the Humpback whales as well as encounters with Dolpins.
The conference is with a group of Caribbean experts representing 42 different countries. This group is developing "Guidelines" for the encounters and observations of the Humpback whales, Dolphins and Manatees in the Wider Caribbean Islands.
The conference is being held in Panama City, Panama. This week we will go out on a field trip to experience Dolphins and Humpback whales seen in the Pacific to experience how the Panamanians provide Mammal oberservations in their country.
Salt Cay is still one of the few countries that allow in-water encounters with the whales.The group is strongly encouraging us to maintain the degree of excellence we have provided in the past by followng the guidlines set by this advisory committee. We have created a "code of conduct" for all operators and are hopeful that all will comply with the guildlines to insure safety and sensitivity in observing these magnificent creatures in the wild.
We need to ensure we do not harrase or interfer with the behaviors of the Dolphins and Humpbacks by following strict guidlines for encounters and observation of these mammals.
Our ultimate goal is the protection of these animals and safety to our tourists wishing to have the experience of a lifetime.
I am taking a special course where I will be identified as a Naturalist for the Humpback whales,allowing me to provide educational information and training on Humpback whales to all of our guests prior to departure on our excursions.
This is an added benefit to our guests as we will have the only identified Naturlist on island.Additonally, all of our staff will receive the same training so we all are able to provide education and information to our guests.
If you have not made reservations for this season, Jan-mid April, please contact Salt Cay Divers for all your travel plans. Hope to see you in Salt Cay soon. Debbie
Friday, October 7, 2011
Hello to all you divers, snorkelers and soon to be whale watchers. The staff is slowly returning to Salt Cay after their much deserved vacation. We are gearing up for a spectacular season!
Salt Cay Divers staff are currently remodeling boats, buildings and insuring all our equipment and rental gear is in tip- top shape for all of our guests.
Your comfort,safety and insuring you have a fun-filled vacation is most important to us. Our ocean is still averaging about 82 degrees F with gorgeous,calm,flat seas. As the waters cool down, our visibility increases to about 80 ft. These are perfect conditions for new and seasoned divers.
Salt Cay Divers will reopen November 1st. 2011 for all of our water and land activities. As a reminder, American Thanksgiving is coming up soon and we are running a spectacular special you can view on our website. Come do something different with your friends and family members and surprise them by joining us for some excellent diving and snorkeling.Relax by the ocean and enjoy fresh fish,conch and lobster. OK, I will even fix a turkey for those wanting a more traditional meal.
Our divemasters/instructors, Ollie and Richard will both be back along with Beto and Enye.Salt Cay Divers has been providing quality services in the areas of all water and land Eco activities for the past 14 years and in November, we celebrate our 15 year anniversary!
In reviewing our guest.s exit interviews from the last several years, over 93% of our guests commented that not only were Richard and Ollie one of the best but "The Best" divemasters they ever dived/trained with anywhere in the world! This is coming from very seasoned travelers.
All of the staff pride themselves on customer service, our safety record, providing opportunities for adventure,and striving to offer our guests a vacation they will remember and return year after year.
We all would like to thank each of you by offering different monthly 15% off specials throughout 2011- Sept.2012.
I am sure you will agree that staying with a KNOWN, quality dive operation insures you will have an adventuresome, safe, quality vacation. Want to try the unknown? Lets go discover a new dive site and we will name the site after you. Or go on our Lion fish hunts, catch your own dinner and Coral Reef staff will prepare it for you.
Thanks for the last 14 years and looking to spending our 15Th season with you in Salt Cay.
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