I have been on other liveaboards ... the crew was the best ever ... boat was superior to all others.

Clara Frisch

The Vessel

Designed with You in Mind

The Aqua Cat was specifically designed with scuba divers and adventure travelers in mind.

  • 900-sq. ft. dive deck with individually assigned dive stations and storage
  • Cabins with king, queen and twin beds and private baths
  • Beds, bunks and pulldowns – flexibility for singles
  • Main salon with dining/living room areas and an alfresco deck
  • Upper deck with sundeck and bar

Non-divers can enjoy our land excursions and eco-adventures as well as relax, read, and sunbathe. Do as much or as little as you like! 

All diving is done right from the Aqua Cat

  • The Sea Dog, a 28-foot jet drive boat – perfect for shore excursions and eco-adventures
  • 2 dinghies for diving safety
 

Meet Our Crew

Ron

The Captain

With us since 1992, when he joined us as a dive instructor, Captain Ron has been captain aboard The Aqua Cat since she was commissioned in 2001. Hot Texas summers led to lifeguarding and later a Scuba Instructor in 1981 while finishing a Chemistry degree at Texas A&M University. Ron holds a 1600 ton license from the US Coast Guard and when not aboard, he enjoy’s riding motorcycles, hunting, or woodworking.

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Aqua Cat Captain Manny

Manny

The Captain

Manny is originally from Chile and has been in the professional marine industry for the past 25 years. he began his career as a commercial diver and transitioned to the recreational diving industry as a dive instructor in the Red Sea, Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas.  Manny first joined us on board the Aqua Cat as a dive instructor in the early 2000’s and later moved to the yachting sector where he developed his career to become a captain.  Manny has sailed the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Baltic and Persian Gulf and has over 10 Atlantic crossings under his belt.  He rejoined the All Star Liveaboard fleet to captain the Cat Ppalu for a year and has returned to Aqua Cat to man the helm.  Capt. Manny holds an MCA Master 3000gt license, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Instructor, and Chilean Commercial Diver.  He speaks Spanish, English and Italian, too!  He loves diving, free diving, horseback riding and a good history book.  Last but not least- he loves a good potato salad, at which he has become quite the gourmet at preparing!    

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Jason

First Mate

Jason was born in Tampa, Florida but raised in Las Vegas. He has a passion for flying with an expert level pilot ranking for hang gliders. You would never guess he has a fear of heights!

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Ingrid

                           Dive Instructor

Ingrid was born in Normandy, France and moved to the Bahamas during the early parts of her childhood. Growing up in Grand Bahama, she cultivated her passion for diving among many other water sports. Ingrid decided to follow her passion and became a Dive Instructor working at a Dive Center in the Bahamas for several years and eventually joined the Aqua Cat team. Other than SCUBA diving, Ingrid also enjoys horse-riding, free-diving, and hiking. You may not believe it but being a professional Shark Feeder Ingrid faces sharks all the time but is TERRIFIED of cockroaches!

 

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Oli

                           Dive Instructor

Oli grew up in several countries around the world due to his parents travels and jobs. Since living in the middle East as a young boy, he has developed an ever growing passion for the underwater world which inevitably led him to become a SCUBA diving instructor. Before joining the Aqua Cat team, Oli had previous experience working in Australia, Thailand, Mexico and Freeport in the Bahamas. He then decided to further his career in yachting and although he shows a keen interest in Cave Diving, you would never guess he is afraid of the DARK !

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Jake

Dive Instructor

Jake hails from Cambridge, UK and enjoys everything related to the outdoors including but not limited to football, cycling, SUPs, hiking and beer brewing. He is a history nerd who loves to travel. Jake has explored most of Europe, Honduras, many islands in the Caribbean, Malaysia, Indonesia and North America, too. His special power is that he can talk to fish, unfortunately, they don’t listen very well.

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scott

Dive Instructor

Scott was raised in Preston, Lancashire, UK and holds a certificate of motor vehicle technician.  he loves motorcycles, motor sports and is a gearhead.  He enjoys traveling to new places, diving and cycling in his off time.

 

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Charles

Engineer

Charles join us from Jamaica and is a skilled engineer who keeps everything running in tip top shape! When not up to his elbows in grease, he enjoys writing poetry. He has traveled throughout Europe, the US and the Caribbean. He loves to sing reggae songs, too!

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Tom

Engineer

Tom started as a dive instructor on the Aqua Cat way back when and worked his way up to captain on our Blackbeard’s fleet. He has since added engineer to his long list of accomplishments and returned to the Aqua Cat in this capacity. He has visited 6 of the 7 continents on Earth. One more to go!

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Jesse

Stewardess

Jesse is from Peru and joined the Aqua Cat team on day one! She started traveling after college and landed in the Bahamas after exploring South and Central America extensively. She is a foodie and loves anything with pasta, ceviche and Japanese food best. On her off time, you can find her playing volleyball on the beach!

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Karina

Stewardess

Karina joins us from her homeland of Peru where she studied Psychology. She loves karaoke, reading, salsa dancing and her 2 dogs and cats. She has traveled extensively throughout South America but has settled in the Bahamas with her husband. You would never guess this, but at one time, she wanted to be a nun!

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Kelly

Chef

Kelly is known as the princess among the crew! She is from Lima, Peru and attended cooking school in Argentina. She enjoys dancing, photography, rafting and canopy flying! She loves ceviche! Her father is a professional soccer player so she grew up with a soccer ball nearby!

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Yariela

Sous Chef

Yari, as she is known to everyone, comes from Panama and assists our chef with grace and speed. She loves to read and dance in her spare time. She loves to travel and has been all over the world.

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Jason

Dive Instructor

Jason is a laid back diving instructor born in South Africa, his love for the ocean has taken him all over the world where he has worked and lived in countries all over Europe, China, South East Asia, Africa and now, finally the Caribbean . He has a passion for adventure and wants to share the beauty of the ocean with everyone.

He is obsessed with soccer and enjoys surfing when he has the time. Jason has also been learning guitar for the last 5 years and still can’t play one song !! He is a strapping young lad whose talents know no bounds, but of all his amazing skills that he possesses , the one that he is most proud of, is that he can cook 2 minute noodles in less than a minute and a half.

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