When they opened the resort in 1960, it was the first dive-dedicated resort in the Bahamas. It started with just four cabins. His brother, Jack, joined him. The ensuing years brought 17 more cabins, two more wives, step children, adopted children, former and future spouses, in-laws, out-laws, and a legacy of intertwined lives that continues on to this day. Half a dozen family members have been laid to rest here, some far too soon. Dick himself died in 1996, but his family carries on the vision.
Today, Small Hope is run by Dick's son, Jeff. The immediate and extended Birch family members are now spread between Andros, Nassau, Florida, and beyond, some as far away as Norway. But they all still find time to come home to Small Hope. Usually around the winter holidays you can see them at the bar, or in the dining room, or maybe even on the dive boat! See our Family and Staff.