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Old March 10th, 2003, 02:19 PM
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Hi was wondering if anyone has done the Stingray Sandbar in Grand Cayman with a child before. i will be going with my daughter who is 7. Is this to young or deep for her in your opinion to go?? Have others gone with kids similar in age? WOuld you recommend it or pass it due to her age?? Any comments appreciated. She is tall for her age but am still not sure.
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Old March 10th, 2003, 02:29 PM
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The big questions is can she swim and how good of a swimmer is she? Is she confidant in water or does she need hand-holding? The sandbar itself is about 4' deep but there are deeper pockets. In addition the land is a long way from where you are at so that alone may be a factor in her fears. Bottom line, if she is frightened by being far from shore, not a good swimmer or unconfortable in water then she should not go. If she is comfortable with all of this then it is a wonderous experiance.
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Old March 10th, 2003, 02:32 PM
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Old enough, sure. Mature enough? Your call. Some people, including adults, simply freak out once the rays start swimming around . You have to decide whether your child will think it is cool and get excited or react badly. Is this a kid who "freaks" at bugs and spiders or one who catches them as pets? Is this a kid who hides when a strange dog approaches or wants to pet every puppy in sight? Is this a kid who extends a handshake to new people or who hides behind your leg?
If depth is an issue, simply put a vest or other flotation device on the child and all will be fine. The rays will not harm you, but they do swarm around in the water when food is offered (that's why they are there).
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Thanks a lot for your quick response and answers. I appreciate them all.. I think she will love the experience and not be scared as far as distance from land or the sting Rays themselves. She has interacted with a variety of animals before and has alwys handled the experiences well. Thanks for all thos who replied and keep em coming..
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Walter...she will love it. Amazing experience.

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We were there a few years ago, when you had the whole place
to yourself and 50-60 of your closest friends, not crowded like some days now.
Every age group was represented, from mothers with armloads, to seniors.
The only person to have a problem was a 6 foot tall, 18 year old Amazon of a girl.
She simply could not stand the stingrays around her feet. She went bananas,
got back on the boat, calmed down, and then enjoyed just watching.
Go give it a shot. If it is a problem, get back on the boat.
Have a great time.
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Old March 10th, 2003, 05:24 PM
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I read my daughter the responses here and decided if there isn't a height requirement she will go and use a life jacket just in case. She laughed at the last post of the girl and her feet with the stingrays. ahahaha Does anyone know if they provide life jackets or floatation devices there at the tour or do you need to bring your own from home??
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Old March 10th, 2003, 05:28 PM
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The boat will have vests (required) but not sure if they are for use at the site.

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Walter,

We were there last month with our 9 yr old daughter. I'ts about 4 ft deep, with some waves, maybe 5 ft. Our daughter had a blast!!! There is no danger other than stepping on them. They kept telling our daughter not to jump til she got used to it. It's the only spot in the world she will be able to experience this. So GO FOR IT!!!!!! If I could make one more suggestion see captainmarvins .com. They were GREAT!!!! Smaller boat than the one from the ship. Maybe 15 people tops!!! More personal service!!!
Have A Great Time!!!!!

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Old March 11th, 2003, 09:48 AM
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Paul J. Hart-

What excursion company did you use? It sounds like you and your child had a great time. We're set up with Nativeway Sports for this excursion.

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Did you see people of all ages on this tour. Do the kids / younger people or non swimmers wear life jackets? If so does anyone know if they were provided them or if they had to bring their own from home?
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Old March 11th, 2003, 06:48 PM
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We went through the ship and they provided life vests for anyone who wanted them. The tour our friends went on, through the ship again, required everyone wear snorkeling vests. I'm sure they will have life vests available. There are lots of non-swimmers who still want to get the stingray experience.
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