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Dive Review of Cayman Aggressor IV in
Cayman Islands/GC, LC, CB

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Paul O'Connor, OH, USAa
Report Number 3624
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cozumel, Fiji, Turks & Caicos, Aruba, Saba, Florida Keys, Cay
Sal Banks, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No-deco diving, buddy diving, back on board with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Multi-tier camera table on dive deck.  Plenty of outlets for chargers. 
Crew handled equipment knowledgably.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The boat was almost full (14/18) and the group was varied, but fun to be
with.  The boat appeared to be in excellent condition, and in spite of
normal daily repairs that seem to be required on any ocean going boat,
there were no mechanical problems that caused any interruption of diving or
loss of service.  Capt. Alan Roberts was on board this week, apparently due
to termination of a prior captain.  This was a real bonus for us, as Alan
is a wonderful, knowledgable captain.  The crew was well-oiled and
extremely helpful.  The food was plentiful and very well prepared and

We were given a choice of staying near GC for our first day of diving or
making the crossing to LC so we could dive there the first day.  Even
though the crossing was predicted to be a bit rough, the group of
experienced divers opted to head for LC - that turned out to be a great
decision.  We took the southern route around GC which provided some
protection from the storms to the North, and the passage was actually not
bad.  We spent most of our time at LC and it seems like we dived most of
the sites on Bloody Bay wall, most sites at least 2 times and sometimes 3
times.  Night dives were available every night except the last night before
heading back to GC.  We also continued over to CB one evening for a couple
of morning dives on the Keith Tibbets.  

All in all the diving was excellent, with plenty of sharks, turtles, sting
rays, yellow rays, eels and the resident Nassau groupers.  Plenty of small
stuff too.  I think everyone was very satisfied with the diving.

The only down side for me personally was that I woke the last morning with
a knee that was aching.  I knew that I had not done anything mechanically,
so I was a little concerned about DCS.  I expressed my concern to Capt.
Alan and he immediately suggested O2 treatment.  Since I did get some
relief of the pain after the O2 treatment, DCS did seem to be indicated. 
Capt. Alan contacted DAN on my behalf, and long story short, I ended up
making a 2-1/2 hour Table 5 chamber ride at the George Town hospital with
complete relief a few hours after the treatment was completed.  

The dive deck head was refurbished just prior to this trip, and that made
changing of bathing suits before entering the interior of the boat a
non-issue.  Dive deck hot showers with soap were welcome - I didn't need to
use the en-suite shower once during the trip.

Prior reviewers have complained that the boat does not regularly make the
crossing to LC.  I don't believe this is true - the boat logs seem to
indicate that the crossing is made at least 80%, and maybe closer to 90% of
the trips.
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