The new Roatán Aggressor will dive the best of the Bay Islands of Honduras. Guests will depart from Roatan and continue the itinerary to include Utila, Cayos Cochinos and the remote Sea Mounts. Dive sites will include Mary’s Place in Roatan, the remote Cocos Sea Mount, Black Hills in Utila where guests will see schools of Creole Wrasse, Atlantic Spadefish, Horse-eye Jacks and Toon Town off of Cayos Cochinos which is jam-packed with big clumps of bluebell tunicates, small crabs, flamingo tongue cowries and many more unique critters.
Roatán is an a very special island for divers in the Caribbean. The island of Roatán sits about 65 kilometres (40 mi) off the northern coast of Honduras. It is located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, and is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras. The island was formerly known as Ruatan and Rattan.
The island rests on an exposed ancient coral reef, rising to about 270 metres (890 ft) above sea level. Offshore reefs offer exceptional opportunities for diving.
The most populous town of the island is Coxen Hole, capital of Roatán municipality, located in the southwest. West of Coxen Hole are the settlements of Gravel Bay, Flowers Bay and Pensacola on the south coast, and Sandy Bay, West End and West Bay on the north coast. To the east of Coxen Hole are the settlements of Mount Pleasant, French Harbour, Parrot Tree, Jonesville and Oakridge on the south coast, and Punta Gorda on the north coast.
Here is an example of what I did for the Galapagos Aggressor Trips.
Understand who is diving with me? What is their skill level. Provide training and refreshers in anticipation of the trip (not for free of course). If they have gear, I make sure the gear has been serviced but even if it has been, I take it in to my dive shop / Austins and bench check everything to make sure it is all in good working order. Does the gear fit them, do they know how to use it? Ig they need gear, and they purchase fro me, I will order whatever is needed, and make sure they are kitted up and ready for the dive. Are they prepared for the dives? In the case of this trip, I inventoried and packed all gear for all divers. I showed up with other gear for other divers in the group that I did not see until on location.
I packed and travelled with three full sets of spare equipment. On my last trip, every single piece of spare equipment was used. Broken computers, regulators, leaky bcd’s broken fin strap, etc.
I travelled with full paramedic trauma kit containing AED, Trauma Supplies, IV Fluids, etc. When I arrived on the dive yacht, I examined the oxygen and the red and found them to be unprepared for an emergency. The AED had dead batteries, and the 02 bottles were only partly full and not enough to manage an emergency.
I selected gear stations for each f my diveres in my group. I set up and double checked all my clients gear to get it all dive ready. Hung up their wetsuits and sorted and secured smaller gear such as ooties, masks, div knives, etc. keeping everything organized. When the bell rang for everyone to prep for dive, all the clients had to do was slip into their gear and climb onto the smaller dive boat after I did a final gear check on everyone.
During the dives there were two groups of 6 a piece, each having a dive guide the works for the live aboard. Here is an important note. As the liveaboard guides with their video and still cameras are looking out into the abyss for whale sharks, mantas, or whatever, they are not paying any attention to the dive group thy are with. You can see pictures of the clients perched on or behind lava rocks looking out at the guides waiting to see stuff. But you can see me facing the clients with my back to the guide. I would be taking care of the divers 100 percent of the time. Dive staff were there only to point out the wildlife. There is an expectation on most liveaboards that if your on a live aboard, you are an advanced and experienced diver and there is not a lot of hand holding going on.
After the dive, I clean, and sort gear restoring it to it to its “dive ready” condition and location. Are flashlights charged, are dive computers completely charged and ready, etc.
Usually at about 530 am I would get up before the clients and double check that each tank was properly filled, reassemble gear if needed and double check condition of each and every one of my divers gear. Need a new mouth piece? no problem need a new inflator hose, no problem. broken fin strap, no problem. By the time they eat breakfast and head out to prep for dive it starts all over again. Gear on, double check, asisst as needed. Under water Im never far from my clients and THEY are my focus. Still though Im able to show them some cool things as well. Someone has a problem with their gear or is running short on air, I take them to the surface so the entire group does not have to come up and so that that diver is never alone. once safely aboard the small boat, I return t the group.
I take copious amounts of go pro video that I share with the guests. I am an additional resource that helps everyone in my party whatever the need. My homework ahead of time of obtaining sizing information allows me to travel with eh correct side gear for different diver.
• Gear supply and management
• checking and setting up gear
• Medical Equipment
• Dive Buddy
• Safety Diver
One thing is to have someone on board who is capable os the above bullet points, another thing is for all of that to be MY responsibility. My clients will not slip through the cracks because a professional n the boat is either not responsible or not there or busy. Let’s not forget that they are traveling with a paramedic who travels with his own medical equipment.
At the end of the trip, I rinse and organize all gear, check against inventory, and repack getting it ready for the journey home.