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

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Donahue, Oregon, USA
Report Number 2347
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
No Where
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We needed to stay with our group, only common sense under the conditions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
     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 [ link]

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