Dr. Alfonso “Docboy” Amores was a micro-surgeon and reconstructive surgery specialist when he came back to his home country to retire after more than 20 years of living and working in the U.S.A. But he was not the kind of man who would be happy to whittle away his years in a rocking chair while watching the seasons pass.
He instead chose to do cave diving explorations.
Unable to get satisfaction from breathing air or gas from a standard scuba set-up, he embarked to get educated in the use of a Closed-Circuit Rebreather (CCR). His weapon of choice was the Evolution CCR which he trained up to Trimix-level and of which he qualified as an IANTD Evolution CCR- Recreational Instructor.
In 2011 he made a dive with his unit to 100m/ 330ft.
Quite a feat considering he was already 65 years old at that time.
His efforts to go beyond certain barriers (like age) made people truly believe that he could do anything. Aside from being an extreme diver, he piloted his own plane (including a sea plane), skied on challenging ski slopes, organized noble medical missions, performed free surgery to indigents, educated children the value of the coral reefs and created marine sanctuaries. Yes, he could do anything he set his mind on.
We will not dwell on how we lost him. We will instead remember a man who cared a lot for his family and for his fellowmen. We will remember a man who made sure he lived life to the fullest!
The video below is a compilation of the dives we made in the Enchanted River on June 2011. We were denied entry by the cave at that time, but we were able to document a phenomenon previously unnoticed.
Verily, when certain doors are shut, other doors open to wonderful discoveries.
You will always live in our hearts, Doc!