“Trust me, this helping me to live a better life; keep me away from violence. It’s my hustle and I love it”- Conrad Webster
After much thought I realised that the craft was common in the area, so I had to make myself “stand out”.
“Mi use 24 bamboo and build it, and then mi seh me a go try and design something different from the rest a man dem. So mi start decorate and add table and chair, music and a jerk pan for cooking,” Webster said.
“So mi cook lobster, fish, everything and you can play your games like dominoes, drink and party on it and so forth,” he added.
The raft, he said, can hold up to eight people, as he offers mostly couple and group tours.
The business is marketed by a friend living overseas who tweets and shares details about it on Facebook. As a result, numerous calls are made to Webster relating to enquiries and bookings.
“We take guests like 45 minutes to an hour down the river. And dem love it because normally I don’t treat anybody bad. I get good customer appreciation and stuff,” he said.
He noted, too, that although the water is shallow, guests are provided with life vests as a precautionary measure.
Foreigners are charged US$30 per person, while locals “pay whatever they have”.
His goal, he shared, is to rebuild a home, as arsonists destroyed the house he had managed to build before.
“Trust me this, helping me to live a better life; keep me away from violence. It’s my hustle and I love it,” he said.
Conrad Webster is a 31-year-old rafter catering to locals and foreigners who visit St Ann Jamaica for adventure and relaxation.