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Dive Review of Lammer Law in
Galapagos Islands/Ecuador

December, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Donald A. Brooks, IL, USA (1 report)
    Report Number 678
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Over 1,500 dives around the world
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
68   to 78    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Essentially allowed to dive your own profile, but certainly do to
conditions, it was best to stay within your small group  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
In December 2002 we dove the Galapagos aboard the Lammer Law.  We had dove
the Galapagos several years before aboard another liveaboard, and the
experience and diving were fantastic.  We enjoyed it very much and looked
forward to diving the islands again. We especially looked forward to
spending most of the trip at Darwin and Wolf, where all the action is.

The Galapagos is awesome diving, but definitely not for the beginner diver.
 The currents are often strong and the seas are rough at times, but the big
fish life is superb.  The Galapagos are home to hammerhead sharks, manta
rays, and sea turtles.

Unfortunately, our experience aboard the Lammer Law left a lot to be
desired.  Although it is a trimaran (93') and designed to be fairly stable,
it is NOT for seas with conditions worse than calm.  In moderate to rough
seas as you can expect in the Galapagos, the Lammer Law heaves and twists
constantly and gives one the feeling that it is NOT seaworthy.  In fact, in
some of the rough seas we encountered, the boat 'creeked and banged'
extremely loudly.  In addition, sea water splashing up on the upper deck
would often leak through the port holes in the bow cabins.  Imagine being
awakened with a 'bucket' of salt water that has leaked through the window
and splashes down on you and drenches you and your bed.  Ever try sleeping
on a soaked mattress?  For several nights the crew slept in the lounge due
to the rough seas, rather than below deck where they normally bunked.  The
crew said that is quite often the situation in the Galapagos.

For the most part the crew was very helpful and performed their tasks very
well.  The food and the service were both good.  For diving, we had two
divemasters aboard, Fabian and Patricia.  Patricia was excellent and tried
very hard to accommodate the guests.  She was very knowledgeable and her
land tours were extremely informative.  She was also an excellent diver,
who cared for her guests.  Fabian was also an excellent diver, but he
definitely lacked the personal touch that Patricia genuinely exuded.  In
fact, his personality was often abrupt and rude.  In several instances he
was ‘flat out’ rude with his comments to several of the guests (including
myself) for no reason whatsoever.  His comments were certainly not becoming
of a trip leader.  He made the trip very uncomfortable for many.  I would
not recommend him as a divemaster for anyone anywhere.

The Lammer Law was to have nitrox for our trip, but upon our arrival no
nitrox was, as yet, avaialble on the boat.  That was okay, but with the
promise of nitrox aboard I had purchased a new ($600) nitrox computer and
looked forward to comparing it to my old nitrox computer.  Unfortunately,
the new computer was stolen off my BC two days later.  Early in the trip
Fabian asked about the computer and even asked if I had a backup computer
with me.  The next night my new computer disappeared, and being 100 miles
or so away from any other boats, it leaves no doubt that someone aboard was
responsible.  Since I had dove with all of the guests before and many
times, it only left the crew.  When I noticed the computer had disappeared,
I approached Fabian and let him know.  However, he or no other crew member
was very helpful in trying to recover the computer; but instead blamed it
onto to the fact that it probably had fallen off into the water.  This was
extremely unlikely since it had been secured to my BC with its strap/buckle
and a 'tie-wrap' for extra measure.  To my further disappointment, even the
owners of the Lammer Law (Duncan and Annie) were NOT helpful at all and
said there was nothing they could do.

My experience with the Lammer Law and Fabian certainly left a very bad
feeling for the Lammer Law and their owners.  Although, Galapagos is
awesome diving, I absolutely would never recommend the Lammer Law nor
diving with Fabian again.

Don Brooks
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