I was on Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands a few months ago and did a double take when I saw somebody or something hovering high above the ocean.
“Did I have too many Caybrews or is that dude flying above the ocean,” I asked my buddy, a Cayman Island resident.
He told me it was this new “Jet thing that people are doing all the time in Grand Cayman and has been the hottest thing on the beach lately.”
I eventually dug a little deeper and found out that the “jet thing” was Jetpack Cayman, the newest water sports adventure on Grand Cayman and quite possibly the most unique water sports activity I’ve see in the Caribbean.
It basically provides clients with the experience of flying the world’s first recreational Jetpack. As soon as sufficient lift is applied, you and the Jetpack become weightless and levitate in the air. Jetpack Cayman is the first Jetlev Authorized Flight Center in the Caribbean and is a family-owned and operated business.
"We have flown several customers on their 16th birthday, quite a few men and women in their 70’s and everyone in between,” says Mike Thalasinos, director of Jetpack Cayman. “Our customers are both cruise passengers and hotel vacationers.”
The three dimensional freedom of movement is absolutely amazing, says Thalasinos. During your flight, you will have both a Certified Flight Instructor and a Flight Navigator focused solely on your successful Jetpack experience. In addition, prior to your flight, your Flight Attendant will provide comprehensive Jetpack instruction and a safety check.
No experience is necessary and all first time flyers receive one-on-one coaching via the safety helmet speaker. Most first time flyers power up and out of the water in just minutes and are guaranteed to fly or receive a full refund.
“I had visited Grand Cayman several times in the past and just loved the island. Grand Cayman is a prime tourist destination,” says Thalasinos. “As a British Crown Colony, the Cayman Islands enjoy the protection, language, law and tradition of the British Monarchy. Grand Cayman is also the fifth largest financial center in the world. Grand Cayman’s economic vitality, standard of living, literacy rate and low crime rate are positive attributes for the visiting tourist and for operating a business."
Jetpack Cayman offers agents a 20 percent commission on its Gemini and Apollo flights, but not for the cheaper Mercury Flight, which runs $159 a person. The Gemini Flight is 20 minutes and costs $249 while the Apollo Flight is 30 minutes and costs $359.