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Dive Review of Aggresor IV in
Cayman Islands

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Ewald, KY, Jefferson
Report Number 2567
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All ove the Caribbean, Galapagos, Palau, Hawaii, Cocos, Red Sea, Papua New
Guinea, Bali, Australia, Fiji, etc.  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Non except depth of 130  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
I found the complaints about the Cayman Aggressor IV in your July issue to
be nitpicking complaints that could be made about any live aboard.  Having
been aboard the same boat and with the same crew in April, I disagree
strongly about the nature and relevance of the complaints.  I have well
over 1,000 dives and have been on more than twenty different live aboards
in the Caribbean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Western Pacific, South Pacific,
and Eastern Pacific.  Seven of these have been Aggressors.  The Cayman
Aggressor IV was up to Aggressor standards.  I found the boat to be in
excellent condition, the crew friendly and competent and the food good. 
Capt. Sam was good natured and responsive to our requests.  

As to the particular complaints, I deem them without merit.   First, if the
marine heads clogged its probably because someone was not using them
properly.  We had no problem with the heads on our trip, but, as is true
with every live aboard, we were cautioned in their use.  Second, the
complaint that the generator was off line for a short period tells me the
problem was corrected quickly and did not interfere with the trip in any
way.  What a silly complaint.  Sometimes there are minor glitches on any
boat and no basis to complain if the problem is quickly fixed.  

Ive never been on a live aboard where there wasnt a caution about
conserving water.  Capt. Sam gave no further comment about conserving water
after the initial briefing.  The fact that he had to make additional
comments about conserving water on a particular trip tells me the guests on
that trip were not cooperating in water conservation.   A large gear rinse
tank was provided, but Capt. Sam did suggest that it was not necessary to
rinse off a wet suit in fresh water after every dive and asked that wet
suits only be rinsed when necessary.  This was a perfectly reasonable
request that gave nothing to complain about.   Likewise, there is no reason
to hose off or rinse a BC and regulator after every dive, but on our trip
the crew did not refuse, if asked, to rinse off a BC when hosing the deck. 

Not going into the interior of the boat in a wet bathing suit and not
carrying deck towels into the cabins makes perfect sense and I have seen
the same request made on many live aboards.   As pointed out there was a
head and two other small rooms off the dive deck where a change could be
made.  This was a request and not once during our trip was there any
attempt to enforce the request in any way, even though I saw guests go to
their rooms with wet bathing suits .  

There was always a crew member, and usually two, in the water on every dive
and we were always invited to follow them if we wished.  We were treated as
if we knew what we were doing and no demand was made that we follow a crew
member.  The complaint that there were not many offers by the crew to
provide guided tours is downright ridiculous from what I saw with the same

When I was on the boat with my cameras, and I have an elaborate set up and
am very careful with it, the water in the camera rinse tank was always
clean and fresh.  

Finally, the fact that the cabins are cramped is true on any live aboard. 

I found the Cayman Aggressor IV to be a very good boat, run be a friendly
Captain who was engaged with and very accessible to the passengers together
with a first rate crew.  Id give it an A for overall performance.  

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