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Wayne Brown


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TRIP REPORTS
2016
Red Sea - 08/2016

Belize IV-04/2016

Raja Ampat-01/2016

2015
Bahamas-07/2015

Fiji-06/2015


Wayne B. Brown, Chairman and CEO
As Chairman and CEO, one of the most important parts of the business is to travel to Aggressor Fleet & Dancer Fleet destinations to ensure we are continuing to deliver the safety, quality and personal service that we have built our reputation on. These visits also allow me to not only spend time with all the guests but to feed my love for diving and photography as well.

Some of our busiest times are when we launch a new destination. From training the crew to ensuring all the expected amenities are in place, we try to ensure a smooth start to every destination. Fortunately for us, we get lots of practice with all the new destinations we have been adding and the ones we are in process of adding now!

Hope to see you on my next dive charter!


Bahamas, Carib Dancer - July, 2015

Our week started out Sunday morning with a beautiful sunrise! We started diving at a shallow reef called Periwinkle. I was certifying my new son-in-law’s mother so this site was a perfect introduction to open water dives. Located just off Rose Island about 10 miles from Nassau, the three colorful large coral heads that make up Periwinkle Reef sits in 18-20 feet of water. We encountered a huge variety of small tropical fish, stingrays and a very friendly school of sergeant majors. After enjoying Periwinkle Reef we made our way to the Exuma Islands where we found Great Barracuda, Schooling Atlantic Spadefish, a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks and a Beautiful Spotted Eagle Ray. We finished the day on Flat Rock Reef where guest enjoyed a night dive that was full of marine life and more octopuses than I think I have ever encountered on one dive. Before we realized it, we had over an hour bottom time in and decided the hot chocolate we knew was waiting for us topside was calling our name.

On Monday, we visited a staff favorite, Dog Rocks. The amount of hard and soft corals on the reef and the variety of marine life and all the swim thru’s and canyons made our guest Donnie say after he exited the water, “I believe that was my best dive ever”.

Over the last few days we enjoyed some of the reefs and walls the Exuma Islands has to offer and during these dives we had seen some sharks. But it was time to spend some underwater time with lots of sharks and the best dive site for that is the wreck of the Austin Smith. The top of the wreck sits in about 35 to 40 feet of water and while the wreck is fun on its own, we do see up to 10-12 Caribbean Reef Sharks while diving the Austin Smith. A few of the guest enjoyed some up-close and personal encounters when a Caribbean Reef Shark would swim only a few inches away. My student even completed all her remaining skills on this dive to get her Open Water Diver certification! We, of course in Aggressor/Dancer tradition, ‘made her a cake’ once back on board! This is a team effort from all the staff and guest as we top the newly certified diver with flour, eggs and definitely chocolate sauce!

After the sharks, it was time for an adventure from Mother Ocean. The Washing Machine Dive is a drift dive between Highborne Cay and Oyster Cay when the tide is rising. During this rising tide the deep waters of the Exuma Sounds makes its way to the shallow Great Bahama Bank. When that rising water is force through the small opening between the two islands it makes for a fun underwater current to ride. Riding this current along is enjoyable, but due to the contour of the bottom, a diver gets spun around like being inside of a washing machine!

One of the things I love about being in the Bahamas is the diversity of what it has to offer. We made our way to a nice beach area just off Big Major Spot and swam with Pigs. Yes, that’s right, as guest entered the water near the beach pigs would swim out to greet them in waist deep water, which for the pig was over their head. It’s a wonderful encounter that only a few get to enjoy as we normally only make it this far on our ten day charters. After swimming with the pigs we made our way to one of the staff’s favorite dive site in the Bahamas, Jeep Reef. The depth around Jeep Reef averages about 24 feet. The reef is made up of scattered colorful coral heads surrounded by a bountiful array of tropical fish.

We had some much fun on the Austin Smith with the sharks earlier in the week that we just had to visit it one more time and again, it was as thrilling as the first time!

Our last dive of the week was an early morning dive on the Blue Hole. As we slowly descended inside, we had several pairs of reef butterfly fish darting along the wall finding their breakfast. There are always small grey reef and nurse sharks that make the Blue Hole their home as well as large stingrays laying in the sand and lots of all the varieties of angel fish hanging on the coral heads.

The weather this week was some of the best I have encountered for an entire charter. Seas were very calm and almost flat and the water temperature was 85 degrees! Leaving the Bahamas is also very easy for US citizens. The TSA has agents working the immigration and customs lines so you effectively clear when leaving and when you land back in the US, you just go straight to your connecting gate or out the door if that is your final destination

Now it is back to ‘work’; repacking for charters to the Belize Aggressor III and Turks & Caicos Aggressor II next month!


See you aboard!

Wayne B. Brown
Wayne B. Brown
Life's Worth Diving For™