July 30 – August 6, 2015
Aqua Lung / Aggressor Demo Dive – Galapagos Island, Ecuador South America
Located 600 miles west of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands located both north and south of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. Of the many global dive destinations Galapagos ranks high on the “Adventure” list to get there. International divers on our trip included guests from England, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and the United States.
This was Aqua Lung’s 9th demo dive aboard the Aggressor, with CEO Don Rockwell and R&D Director Eric Thorstenson bringing enough dive gear and goodies to supply both passengers and crew on this 7 day dive voyage. Demo gear included Aqua Lung and Apeks regulators, buoyancy jackets, dive computers, masks, snorkels and fins. All guests quickly got into the mode of trying new gear and switched off regularly from one item to the next between dives. In appreciation of our guest’s willingness to demo the gear there were daily Aqua Lung branded give away items including T- shirts, hats, rash guards, key chains, water bottles, and other goodies. Team Aqua Lung also brought a couple of top secret prototypes for testing, show and tell, and to solicit grass roots product feedback from our special guests and crew who were interested in engaging us. In total Don and Eric brought eight large Aqua Lung bags filled with dive gear and goodies…
The well traveled guests from England, Canada, Australia and the USA ranged in dive skill from extremely experienced to intermediate levels of diving. Most of the Galapagos dive locations require divers to pay attention at all times for reasons such as strong currents, varied water temps, wind and wave height, but most of all for seeing the amazing and abundant animal life encountered on each and every dive. Because of Galapagos’ Pacific equatorial location it sustains some of the most diverse marine life in the world. The variety of different sharks were extremely plentiful with Hammerheads, White Tips, Black Tips, Silky’s, Horn and Galapagos, highlighted by several huge Whale Sharks during our time at Darwin and Wolf.
Our dynamic group of divers got into Galapagos Island mode and mood very quickly diving hard 3 – 4 times a day, eating three hardy meals with snacks in-between and finally recovering each night preparing for what the next day of adventurous diving would bring. Two very special hard working crew members, Walter and Winter, both 25 plus year veterans of the Galapagos Aggressor clearly stood out and lead by example humbly setting a pace for the rest of their team. We took pleasure seeing this level of experience and professionalism within the ranks, staff and crew of the Galapagos Aggressor operation.
Galapagos is one of the most magical destinations on this great earth. We were fortunate to see, live and experience it! On behalf Don, Eric and Aqua Lung we thank all of the fantastic guests, crew and Aggressor operation for another great life experience dive adventure. Don has checked this one off of his bucket list.