You would never be able to tell from my entries on this blog, but I have a significant hearing impairment and wear hearing aids in both ears. No matter, I refuse to let it get in the way of getting out on the water for a fishing adventure here in Quepos. Although I can’t hear the reel screaming when a Sailfish or Marlin has taken bait, I certainly use other cues to determine activity on the water and the boat, and seldom miss the action! Some of my best lifetime memories are from fishing in Quepos…hearing impairment be darned!
If you or a loved one wants to fish, but has a special need that is making you hesitant to get out on the water here in Costa Rica, here are a few thoughts that can help you overcome that hesitation:
1. Most importantly let the Quepos Fishing team know you have a special need and see if they can accommodate you. Everybody involved, from the office all the way to the second mate has a vested interest in you having a successful outing on the water, and they thrive on repeat customers! In addition, the office staff is very much in tune with every captain and crew members skill sets, personalities, and English proficiency; they can match you up with the correct crew to ensure your chances of an enjoyable day. The office staff can advise the crew members ahead of time of the special need. It is a shared responsibility, but it starts with you. Once the special need is addressed, everything else is cake with www.queposfishing.com!
2. Remind the crew members of the special need when on the boat. It is human nature to forget, so sometimes I have to remind the crew to look at me or remove face mask when speaking so I can read their lips. A friendly reminder is usually all that is needed.
3. Keep a positive attitude and be flexible. It will be a learning experience for you and the crew with the accommodation to stay positive and flex with the situation. Crew members can adapt very quickly, as they want you to have a great adventure on the water and come back again!
4. Finally, this is a big one……Costa Rican culture is very progressive with regards to human development and most Ticos and Ticas are very laid back. This is probably why I have never had an issue with my hearing impairment in Quepos or Costa Rica, but I can’t say the same for other Latin American cultures. As a result, Quepos is my #1 choice when determining where to fish!
So, if you are debating fishing here in Quepos due to a special need, don’t fret! Send Quepos Fishing an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call at 1-800-388-9957 and see if they can get you onto a boat that matches your needs, and you will be on your way to a “Catch of a Lifetime!”