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

Cayman Aggressor IV, Aug, 2007,

by Paul O'Connor, OH, USAa . Report 3624.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No-deco diving, buddy diving, back on board with 500 psi
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Multi-tier camera table on dive deck. Plenty of outlets for chargers. Crew handled equipment knowledgably.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 presented.

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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