Bahamas Aggressor Captains Log – 24th June to 1st July 2017
Air Temp. 77-84+ F
Water Temp. 80 F
Visibility 50- 120ft
Captain - Matt Rutledge
Engineer - James McKenzie
Chef - Gabi Ruben
Instructor - Caitilin Tincher
Steward - Eddison Johnson
Kiera, Katelyn, Kimberly & Paul, Charlotte, Jonathan & Kristi, Mike, Tim, Teresa & Mark, Mike & Jasmine
Saturday 24th June 2017
All the guests boarded at 4pm. Welcome to all new guests. Welcome back to guests returning back to the Bahamas Aggressor. On-board refreshments and then the guests set up their dive equipment and were shown to their cabins. A safety briefing from Captain Matt preceded the evening’s dinner. The Bahamas Aggressor remained in Old Bahama Bay Marina overnight.
Sunday 25th June 2017
Two morning dives were completed at ‘Sherwood Forest’ dive site, situated around 35 minutes travel time from Old Bahama Marina. Two relaxed shallow check dives were completed here and all guests were happy with their own diving equipment. Divers found spiny lobsters plus many lettuce sea slugs and stingrays.
After the second dive, lunch was served on-board while underway. Bahamas Aggressor headed to ‘Sugar Wreck ’
Two afternoon dives plus a night dive were completed on this early 1900’s shipwreck. A sugar molasses transporter that fouled in shallow water. The divers found a loggerhead turtle plus porcupine fish and hundreds of bream and snapper. Aggressor remained overnight at the dive site.
Monday 26th June
The Aggressor headed to ‘Shark Paradise’ dive site. Two morning dives were completed at this site. Divers interacted with many Caribbean reef sharks, 5 lemon sharks plus a large tiger shark, affectionately named Emma.
Lunch was taken on-board, while remaining at the site. Further afternoon dives were completed at the same site; Divers continued to see numerous lemon sharks plus an additional male tiger shark.
Dinner was served while still at the dive site and then Aggressor moved back to the ‘Sugar Wreck” dive site. A single night dive completed here and divers found 5 turtles plus a few spotted eels.
Aggressor moved to inshore calmer waters for an overnight stay at anchor.
Tuesday 27th June 2017
An early morning departure was made from the anchorage, heading northward to ‘Mini Wall’ dive site. Two morning dives were completed at this site. Divers found numerous reef and lemon sharks throughout the dive plus divers found spotted eels.
The Aggressor moved to ‘Hogfish” reef for two afternoon dives plus a night dive. Another Tiger Shark met divers as well as numerous other lemon and reef sharks. The night divers found nurse shark and basket stars. With calm seas, the Aggressor remained at the dive site overnight.
Wednesday 28th June
During breakfast, the Aggressor moved a short distance to ‘Shark Paradise’ dive site. Two morning dives with currents that provided over 10 lemon sharks and a tiger shark for the divers. After lunch, the Aggressor headed north to ‘El Capitaan’ dive site. Two afternoon dives were completed at this isolated reef. Divers found schools of Spadefish plus barracuda and a nurse shark. After the dives, the Aggressor headed to ‘Sugar Wreck” dive site and after dinner was served, a night dive was completed in calm conditions. Divers found loggerhead turtles, green turtles and hawksbill turtles. An octopus and squid were also favourite finds for the night divers. The Aggressor headed to calm inshore waters for an overnight stay at Anchor.
Thursday 29th June
Aggressor headed to one of its furthest and most isolated sites, North West from Grand Bahama Island. Two morning dives were completed at “El Dorado’ dive site. Steady currents for the Divers who found many schools of bream, snapper and perch as well as a very large number of barracuda, blue tangs, pompano fish and Horse Eyed Jacks.
After lunch, the Aggressor headed south and a final stop at ‘Shark Paradise’ for the afternoon dives. Over 6 lemon sharks immediately met divers; many reef sharks, large groupers and a large nurse shark.
Dinner was served on-board while underway. A journey back south to the reefs near Grand Bahama.
Before the night dive, there was the evening entertainment; a presentation of the weekly video filmed by Instructor Caitilin. A night dive was completed at ‘Sherwood Forest’ dive site. Divers found sharp tailed eels, moray eels, an octopus plus many spiny lobsters. Aggressor remained at the dive site overnight.
Friday 30th June
Divers completed the final dive at ‘Sherwood Forest’ dive site. Divers found blue tangs, groupers, snappers plus many lettuce sea slugs, flamingo tongue cowries and moray eels. After the dive, the Aggressor headed back to the West End of Grand Bahama Island and arrived at Old Bahama Bay Marina for Midday. Lunch was served on-board and guests relaxed in the afternoon or visited the Marina.
Guests and crew met together in the late afternoon, on the sundeck, for drinks and refreshments, to discuss the weeks diving.
Congratulations to the following divers for completing diver further education courses whilst on-board.
Kristi Kehayias- Advanced Open Water & Enriched Air
Tim Radney – Night & Boat diver Speciality
Teresa Calson – Enriched Air
Jasmine DeFehr - Advanced Open Water & Enriched Air
Mike DeFehr – Enriched Air
Awards were presented to the following divers
100 Dives Milestone Award- Jonathan Kehayias
Plus IRON DIVER awards were presented to the following divers for completing all available dives, throughout the week.
Katelyn Randal, Kimberly Randal, Paul Randal
Jonathan Kehayias, Tim Radney, Mike Lawell,
Saturday 24th June
At 8am, the crew said farewell to all the guests.
The crew thank everyone for joining us on the Bahamas Aggressor.