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Dive Review of Red Baron Divers in
Cayman Islands

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by John Shumate, IL, U.S.A.
Report Number 8
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Mostly Bahamas, T&C, ABCs, Belize, Mexico, St. Martin, and Florida. 
Once to Hawaii, Silver Banks, St. Vincent, Saba, U.S. Virgins, BVI, and
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
     Red Baron had a dedicated rinse bucket for cameras which was separate
from the mask rinse bucket.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
     Nick Buckley and Patrick were very accommodating and interested in
their clients having a good time.  Beyond just leading dives (photographers
were allowed to go off on their own) and pointing out the unusual, they
made excellent restaurant recommendations tailored to what we wanted.

     They set up your gear (which always makes me nervous since I like my
tank high to help with my trim and generally worry about competence), but
they did things just right for me and didn't even have trouble with the
long hose and crotch strap on the Halcyon gear that a couple of us had. 
They also kept us well hydrated and entertained during our surface

     We spent every day but the last on excellent sites on the North Wall
until the last day when the winds kicked up and Patrick took the dive boat
around to the West Wall.  My favorite dive site, which I'd never dived
before, was Ghost Mountain, a big bommie with a swimthru at ~115' hanging
off the edge of the North Wall.  Small canyons running perpendicular to the
wall added to the pleasures of the site, and a passing hawksbill framed
himself in the swimthru when I exited.  Also, as an added treat, almost
every dive gave us eagle rays either off the wall or over sand.  Although I
love Grand Cayman's restaurants, until this trip unpleasant restrictions
and bad divesites had pushed my diving over to Little Cayman, but Red Baron
has changed that with their excellent service and careful selection of dive

     As a part of this trip, we also chartered the whole Cayman Aggressor
IV with other internet listserv SCUBA-SE NEDfesters for a week and were
pleasantly surprised.  We hadn't been on an Aggressor since 1996, and my
wife was delighted with the head and shower in our cabin.  The sign-in
board has been replace by the dive deck crew getting depth and bottom time
on your dive.  Perhaps because our group was mostly DMs and Instructors
with thousands of dives, the charming and efficient crew kept the
restrictions easy enough to allow us to have a good time, and we in turn
didn't abuse their trust.

     The substitute chef, Leigh, had mastered all of the offerings and was
always there with a fresh baked treat between dives.  If we decided to skip
the night dive, beer was alway on tap and high value Chilean wine varietals
were available with dinner.  In all, I really enjoyed this trip and got
lots of pleasing pics.  The Aggressor, of course, had excellent facilities
for photographers with a battery charging station under the camera table,
tv/vcrs in the cabins, and a large screen TV.          
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