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Galapagos Crew
Meet the Crew

Galapagos Dive Sites
Diving Environment:
  • June - November: The water is cooler, 60-75F, 16-24C; Whale Shark sightings are greater.

  • December - May: The water is warmer, clearer 70-86F, 21-30C; Larger schools of Hammerhead Sharks, Manta Rays and Eagle Rays.

  • All dives from tenders. Up to 20 dives are offered during the week.

  • 5 - 7mm wetsuit recommended. See Captain's Logs to get exact water temperatures.

Diving From Tenders:
  • Number of Tenders: 2

  • Length: 8 ft x 20 ft. All diving is from tenders. Shore excursions are offered during the week.

Juan Carlos Yepes - Captain
Captain Yepes love for the ocean started at a young age when he sailed the Pacific Ocean with his family of fishermen. Fascinated by the beauty of his birthplace, the Galapagos Islands, he was determined to make a career out of sailing and exploring the National Park. Juan Carlos has been onboard the GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR™ for more than 17 years, his technical competences and his adhesion to safety make him an outstanding Captain!

Walter Torres
Open Water Scuba Instructor,  Galapagos Marine Reserve & Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide
From Cuenca, the highlands of Ecuador. He has been in close contact with nature since very young. Walter joined us 18 years ago and has a natural talent to find the most unusual marine species.  His favorite species is the awkward Mola Molas, they resemble a fish head with a tail attached!

Ruben Intriago - Open Water Scuba Dive Master &  Galapagos Marine Reserve Guide
Rube has been working with Aggressor for more than 4 years. He is passionate about making sure everyone onboard is enjoying themselves. On his free time he enjoys practicing sports: he’s probably the best volleyball player on board (…but don’t mention it to the other crew members!)

Nelson Martinez - Open water Scuba Instructor & Galapagos Marine Reserve Guide
Nelson started his career in the Navy, where he worked as a treasure hunter searching for remains of a Spanish Galleon from 1576 off the coast of continental Ecuador.   After several years in the Navy he decided to refocus and start searching Galapagos Whale Sharks instead; he therefore became a certified Open Water Scuba Instructor and joined us in 2000.

Lening Barrera
Open Water Scuba Instructor, Galapagos Marine Reserve & Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide
Lenin has shared with us his love for diving for more than 4 years now. He grew up in the Galapagos Islands, where he was brought up with a great appreciation for mother nature and sports. Eventually, Lenin became a certified Open Water Scuba Instructor and joined the Aggressor fleet, he loves the Islands and its unique marine life:  “there are no bad dives in Galapagos” he says.

Freddy Castillo - Dinghy Driver & Relief Captain
From Loja, Ecuador Freddy joined us 8 years ago.  He is nicknamed “El Colorado” (Reddish), since his fair skin tone gets red with the sun very quickly. He is thankful for the job he has on board, working on Aggressor boats has given him the opportunity to meet very interesting people from different walks of life.

Junior Manuel Yepez - Dinghy Driver
Junior grew up in the Galapagos Islands and close to Aggressor, since his uncle and father have both held the position of Captains in our yachts. In 2004 he fulfilled his childhood dream when he joined Jesus del Gran Poder as a Dinghy driver.

Vicente Rosales - Engineer
Vicente is our Engineer on Board; he’s been working with Aggressor for more than 15 years.   Passengers at the Jesus del Gran Poder get to know him very well, since he’s the one welcoming guests with hot towels after the dives (the best way to warm up after an exciting dive with Whale Sharks!)

Enrique Santana - Engineer
Enrique join Aggressor in 2003 and would never like to leave. He says he has the best job in the World!   During his off time he enjoys spending time with his family and watching football.

Patricio Piguave - Kitchen Chef
Patricio is passionate about his job, his motto is “cook with the heart”. If you ask him, he will tell you that his secret ingredient is the love his puts into his food. During your trip with him, you can look forward to his signature Farewell Dinner, which includes Roasted Turkey and stuffing!

Salomon de la Cruz - Restaurant & Housekeeping Services
Raised in a small town in Manabí, Ecuador, Salomon’s passion for his job and the Galapagos Islands is quite evident.  He loves meeting new guests every week and enjoys spending time with the passengers after their dives, and mixing them their favorite refreshments!