We came here with a few clear objectives in mind. For Claus and Peter it was to document the close and intimate encounters one can experience by diving the northern Galapagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf in a closed circuit rebreather.
For me the main objective was to “test drive” the upcoming rebreather charters here and to work hands on in what rebreather support will be like. I also had a second objective and that was to define the potential interest of the northern islands for dives requiring more "advanced" techniques and profiles.
Darwin Island only has one dive site, the Darwin Arch. This is the most famous dive site of the Galapagos and one of the world’s top places for encounters with marine megafauna. A real world class dive site; unfortunately conditions were not favorable and Claus and Peter’s objective started to look a bit far from achievable; on the other hand, my objective was pushed to the limit.
At four one hour dives a day, all before 4pm, the logistics of boosting high pressure oxygen and topping up diluent with 9 open circuit divers around, no dedicated area for rebreather support and a particularly unhappy rebreather proved a considerable task load. As a result, I’m changing my diver to booster /oxygen ratio for rebreather support. Also, the value of being in the trip with more CCR divers and performing CCR profiles was proven very high.
Even with the adverse conditions we managed to get some interesting shots in the two days spent in Darwin Island. Dr. Claus Meyer proved himself a very relaxed and patient photographer and he managed to work his magic with whatever was in hand.
At the end of the second day we are moving to Wolf Island, some 22 miles south of Darwin.
Jorge A. Mahauad