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Cayman Extends Legends and Lions into a Month-long Dive Event

From Sept 5 – Oct 3, 2015 Cayman’s dive industry celebrates its stellar dive product and honors dive legends

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – During the month of September, divers will be able to book some of the best dive deals of the year in the Cayman Islands during its 2nd annual Legend’s and Lions scuba celebration. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural weeklong event, Cayman’s dive industry is extending the celebration for a whole month. From September 5 – October 3 divers can take advantage of value-packed travel packages offered by dive operators and hotel partners using off-season rates during this traditionally slow time of year to offer the best possible prices.

“It’s a great time of year to visit Grand Cayman because the island is quiet and less crowded. The bargains help fill hotel rooms and dive boats, and our guests get the best deal possible for fantastic diving. It's a win-win for everyone,” said Red Sail Sports Operations Manager Rod McDowall.

In addition to terrific prices for diving, participants will also enjoy topside events that range from equipment demonstrations to photo clinics to special Lionfish seminars. Those who book their dive trip during the last week of September will also attend the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHOF) induction ceremony, scheduled to cap off the month of activities. They’ll also have a chance to dive with the industry legends being inducted. The Hall of Fame was established by the Cayman Islands to honor men and women who have made significant contributions to the dive industry. The nominees this year include:

· Peter Hughes - who helped establish several big name dive resorts and whose name is synonymous with live-aboard diving.
· Dr. Jose Jones - who helped integrate diving and founded the National Association of Black Scuba Divers, which currently has 50 branches worldwide.
· Bill High - the author of the book recognized as the authority on high-pressure cylinder inspection and a major contributor to each edition of the NOAA Diving Manual.
· Captain Wally Muller - who explored unchartered reefs and atolls in remote areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. He also established the live-aboard industry in Australia and worked with diving’s most famous videographers.
· Dimitri Rebikoff (1921 -1997) - the man who developed the first portable electronic under water flash, constructed the first underwater scooters and the first remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

2015 LEGENDS AND LIONS DIVE PACKAGES

Sept. 5-12, Sept. 12-19, Sept.19-26 packages will include the following:
· 7 nights accommodation
· 6 two-tank dives
· Photo Clinic with the option to submit photos for the final week competition
· Scuba social - e.g. catamaran to Rum Point Club for Beach BBQ
· Lionfish seminar with Lionfish dive
· Treasure hunt or similar activity
· Equipment manufacturer's demo

The final week, Sept 26-Oct 3 will include the following:
· 7 nights accommodation
· 6 two-tank dives, with the option to dive with ISDHF members
· Photo Clinic
· Photo competition (winners announced at Scuba street party)
· Scuba street party
· Lionfish seminar with Lionfish dive
· Tickets to the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

“LEGIONS AND LIONS” PACKAGE PRICES

Divetech: $1,499 per diver; $925 per non-diver (double occupancy/oceanfront)

Sunset House:  $1,473.95 per diver; $921.95 per non-diver (double occupancy). Package includes complimentary airport transfers, breakfast and shore diving.

Red Sail Sports/Westin Seven Mile Beach Resort: $1099 per diver (double occupancy)

Cayman’s dive leaders plan to grow Legends and Lions into the destination’s signature annual dive event promoting Cayman’s spectacular diving, presented by the best dive operators in the business, and topped off with exceptional Caymanian hospitality.

“We want our annual dive celebration to be on every diver’s calendar, so we will keep coming up with creative ways to showcase Cayman’s diving,” said Sunset House General Manager Keith Sahm. “We all know it's hard to beat the Cayman Islands as a dive destination - fantastic reefs and dive sites, great accommodations and airline service, and a dive industry that utterly believes in the dive product.”

To book a Legends and Lions package visit www.divecayman.ky.

About Us

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).

Media Contact: Adela Gonzales White at Adela.G.White@comcast.net or call (941) 350-8735.