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Dive Review of Careyitos Advanced Divers/N/A in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Careyitos Advanced Divers/N/A, Feb, 2006,

by Karen Donahue, Oregon, USA . Report 2347.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving No Where
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We needed to stay with our group, only common sense under the conditions.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments In February I learned to dive with Ricardo Madrigal and his crew - the Careyitos Advanced Divers team. Now that Im home I realize that, not only is the sport addictive, but that we could not have had a better learning experience. In our group of five friends, only one of us was an experienced diver, two of us were getting certified, and two were way out of practice. Though I know this boat takes out the most experienced of divers, Tony and Cielo were excellent and patient instructors for we two newbies, as well. Ricardo made sure we all were safe and brought on extra divers for one-on-one reinforcements when they were needed. From the first moment I fell back into the ocean I never felt a bit concerned for my safety. As I fumbled with unfamiliar equipment and tried to remember which button to push or cord to pull, Cielo was always close to reassure or give instruction. In the course of my twelve dives, and once I was certified, he graciously encouraged my new found underwater freedom. However, I knew the Careyitos divers were always there for us, not only Cielo, but the other experienced crew members who were diving with us as well. By the twelfth dive I felt quite confident and independent with my new skills, though, when I got too close to a creature with large claws, or was otherwise acting weird, a gentle tug reminded me that professionals were close by and ready to help. They made sure too, that we never missed that lovely eagle ray, or nurse shark or the myriad strange and fantastic creatures of the sea.
The on-board experience was wonderful as well. We all loved the boat, the unhurried atmosphere, the sun deck, the food (best salsa and guacamole in Cozumel), and most of all the people. I was not surprised by the number of return customers that shared the boat with us. One New York lawyer told me they keep coming back because, There really isnt anyone quite like Tony, the boat captain, and truly a warm and exceptional person. And of course, Ricardo is the Zen Master of diving.
Now that I am a confirmed addict, Ive talked to other divers and read reports and know that there are plenty of unpleasant experiences to be had on dive boats. The highest praise I can bestow on the Careyitos is to bring my daughter back next year to entrust her to these kind and patient dive professionals, and to Cielo, my sweet and clever teacher. Lena and I look forward to exploring our new world of diving together, knowing we will have had the best start possible on the Careyitos, and that they will be there for us when were ready to advance our skills. Please check their website at [advanceddivers.com link] />

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