This month, we'd like to introduce you to Roy Mora Cordoba, our Skiff Driver, back-up Dive Guide, and ocean hero. Roy has one of the most challenging and demanding jobs on-board; driving the skiff. Skiff drivers, like Roy, make it seem so easy, and almost effortless, but there is so much more to this job than just driving. Skiff Drivers help to navigate divers to the optimal dive site, make sure we are dropped in the perfect spot, watch over us the entire dive, safely bring us back on-board and then they return us to the mother-ship. All the while, providing a mini nature tour of Cocos Island, answering our questions, and supporting each and every diver's needs, as well as the needs of the Dive Guide.
Whale Rescue - Guanacaste, CR
Video Courtesy of Kelvin Kido
For those who have been lucky enough to have Roy as their driver (or better yet, as their Dive Guide), you know that his upbeat attitude and interest in your dive are only out-shined by his giant smile. Roy knows Cocos Island better than anyone, and his unique combination of skill, enthusiasm, and humility are why guests rave about him and why his crew love and respect him.
Roy is a true Ocean Hero! This video shows Roy and a fellow DM (Emilio) releasing a humpback whale and her calf that were entangled in a fishing net off the coast of Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. What you don't know about the video is that when Roy and the other dive-master discovered the whales, they were returning from a dive, which meant that they were leaping into the water with less than 500psi.
With only a small knife in hand, he fearlessly positioned himself on top of the whale, risking his own life to free them. After seeing the video, Dive Officer Edwar Herreño, said "Roy is a real hero and we are very lucky to have him working for us", and we couldn't' agree more!
Working on a live-aboard dive boat has its challenges, and we can't say enough about the hard work and dedication that all of our crew put forth day in and day out. They make sure divers are safe, happy, and seeing the best Cocos Island has to offer. Forget that these guys operate in an ever-changing moving office, but they also spend the majority of their life away from their family and loved ones, yet they always seem to be smiling, joking, and sharing a bit of themselves to ensure that every guest has a terrific Cocos Island experience.
Roy has been working in Costa Rica as a Dive Master since 1993. He began his Undersea Hunter Career in 2008 as a Skiff Driver. After a short break from the company in 2010, Roy returned recharged and ready for more! A native of Alajuela, Costa Rica, Roy loves nature and camping in Costa Rica's National Parks. We hope you have the chance to dive with Roy on your next trip to Cocos Island.