Carib Dancer – Bahamas
Aqua Lung / Dancer Fleet Demo Dive
When I notified friends that I was off to Eleuthera and the Exuma Islands, I got the blank look, as even savvy geographers have trouble placing them. The reality is that even though they sound remote, they are all part of the Bahamas Islands. I’ll let you in on a secret, they not only sound remote, they offer dives that feel remote. While others day trip out of Nassau, the Carib Dancer got us to the good stuff! The reefs, wrecks, walls and marine life were as good as the Caribbean gets.
Tom Phillipp here, Product Manager for Aqua Lung. Accompanied by Don Rockwell, the CEO of Aqua Lung International, we recently completed Aqua Lung’s 8th Demo Dive with the Aggressor / Dancer professionals. This trip was aboard the Carib Dancer based out of Nassau, Bahamas. Immediately upon boarding we knew we were in for a good week as we were greeted by Captain Dennis Gautreau. Captain Dennis had hosted us on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor in Oct 2010. To say that Captain Dennis knows how to run an Aggressor / Dancer boat is an understatement. He will make sure that you get what you came looking for: great diving, fantastic food, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff and a clean, comfortable boat.
Aqua Lung, the official dive equipment supplier for Aggressor / Dancer fleet, sponsors a couple demo dives each year. We bring 4 – 5 large bags of our latest dive equipment as well as a few items not yet on the market. It’s all laid out on deck for all to play with. Did you ever wonder what it was like to play with an integrated i3 inflator system, kick with the different settings on a HotShot fin or wear a minimalistic BC? Our fellow passengers got to do that and a whole lot more.
While being ever respectful of our fellow guest’s vacation time and their need for peace and relaxation, those that had an interest joined us for some presentations. Our topics may be about new equipment or something more practical like the finer tips of caring for your regulator and BC.
The benefits go both directions as Don and I learn a lot by observing and asking questions to our fellow divers. We were fortunate to have 7 international divers on board from places like Austria, Germany, England and Costa Rica. This provided us with a firsthand opportunity to learn what the latest diving trends are abroad. It is often inspiring and gives us fresh ideas to take back to Aqua Lung and share.
Whether viewed as a bribe, a thank you or an attempt to brand our fellow guests, we had a lot of fun handing out gifts to all each day. In the end, we had a great time, learned more about dive equipment, made new friends, had some amazing dives. We hope that we will see you on the next Aqua Lung Demo
Written by: Tom Phillipp, Product Manager for Aqua Lung
CEO Aqua Lung International