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The Hype and the Reality:  A Tale of Two Aggressors

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Galapagos Aggressor I and II
Galapagos Aggressor I and II

According to Wayne Hasson's hype, the Aggressor Fleet is "The Ultimate in Liveaboards."  For at least one dive group, it was the ultimate nightmare from the moment they arrrived in the Galapagos and boarded the Galapagos Aggressor.

The vessel was listing noticeably to starboard. Safety equipment appeared to be inadequate and safety procedures were never explained to the guests.  The vessel was in a terrible state of disrepair. Toilets were broken. Showers didn't work. Cabins smelled of toxic fumes from industrial compounds recently applied to interior partitions.  Provisions for the voyage were lacking and the vessel's water tanks were empty.  It gets worse. 

Almost immediately after the dive group boarded the vessel and geared up for their check-out dives, the captain grounded the Galapagos Aggressor on a reef, punching a hole in the bottom of the hull.  By this time, the guests were starting to fear for their safety and demanded to speak with Aggressor Fleet owner, Wayne Hasson. 

And then it all started to add up. After the group leader, a PADI Course Director, described the nightmare of what was happening aboard the Galapagos Aggressor, Hasson responded by telling him to deal with it or file a lawsuit. "That's why we make you sign waivers," Hasson said.

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