James A. Dailey

James A. Dailey

James "Jim" Dailey's 40-plus years of experience in, and knowledge of, the watersports industry and Cayman's marine environment are an invaluable resource for this country.

Mr. Dailey is today a consultant to the dive industry, having sold Underwater Supply Ltd, his 10-year old wholesale dive equipment business in September 2007. Always willing to share his extensive knowledge with others. Mr. Dailey remains the man people call at any hour for advice on everything from how to prepare for bad weather to where to find equipment repairs.

Mr. Dailey moved to Grand Cayman in 1967 after buying what was to become Surfside Watersports on the beach at the Galleon Beach and Royal Palms Hotels. From the beginning, Mr. Dailey wanted to involve the whole family in snorkelling, diving and watersports. He brought in Cayman's first custom-built glass bottom boat from England and began offering sightseeing tours, along with waterskiing, rental sailboats, windsurfers, jet-skis and later, parasailing.

Mr. Dailey sold Surfside in 1980, but remained active in Cayman's diving and watersports industry. He helped draft the country's first marine conservation and marine parks laws; was a founding member of the Cayman Islands Watersports Operators Association; and has always been a strong proponent for safety, training and operating code for Cayman's diving and watersports operators.

Mr. Dailey was also part of the founding team of Mariculture Ltd, which became the Cayman Turtle Farm; built and managed Pure Air Ltd, Grand Cayman's first compressed air delivery service and the first Nitrox station in Cayman; and co-founded DiveTech Ltd, Cayman's first technical dive operation, with Nancy Easterbrook. Mr. Dailey is married to Barbara Currie Dailey. His son, Timothy Dailey, resides in Grand Cayman with his wife Stephanie; and his three daughters: Julie Kirby, Barbara Chivers and Tanya Streeter live in the US with their families.