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Dive Review of Living Underwater in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Colin Clark, MN, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6165
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
85   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depended upon the dive, Jeremy would let us know what we needed to do
before each dive, sometimes he wanted to know when we hit 600, other times
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
In a word, fantastic.  Jeremy and the crew did a great job, every day.  We
stayed at the Iberostar and the Jewfish, a nice fast boat, picked us up
every day around 8am.  

Jeremy picked 2 dive sites a day depending upon conditions and experience
levels within the boat.   There was a maximum of 8 divers on the boat, 2
crew, and Jeremy.

Entry was over the railing, which is nice (I hate standing up and shuffling
to the dive platform with everyone else) and the Jewfish is quick - it took
only minutes to get to our dive sites.  

All diving in Cozumel is drift diving, and we encountered a couple of
different forms of it during our trip (6 days of diving).  Each dive begins
with everyone getting together on the bottom to make sure all is well and
then we head out.  

One of the big differentiators for me is that Jeremy provides steel tanks
(with DIN if you like), 95's and 120's.  This is a very different diving
experience than using aluminum 80's.  Also, he lets you run - our longest
dive was almost 2 hours.  This makes for a great, stress free environment.

Jeremy was able to work with divers of different skill sets on the boat,
offering timely advice or assistance only on an as needed, when needed

During our dives, we saw turtles, eels, sharks, lobster, sponges, corals,
structure, swim throughs, anemones, etc.  We saw lots of stuff.  There's
still a bit of sand here and there on top of the reefs from the hurricanes
(the last time I dove Cozumel was in 96).  The dive wasn't rushed, you did
what you wanted with your buddy (there were 3 of us) and Jeremy was always
there lending a watchful, yet unobtrusive, eye.

Because it's drift diving, when it was time to begin returning to the
surface, Jeremy would shoot a bag to the surface and we would begin our
ascent.  You went up when it was time for you to go up - one person or
buddy team going up was not the end of the dive.  At the same time I
believe you need to foster beginners early in their learning to make sure
they keep coming back, I don't like cutting my own dive short just because
they run out of air.  Jeremy let you dive according to your abilities.

Jeremy was always able to find something to look at - we saw a couple of
juvenile trunk fish, which are great.  I had never seen them before - they
look like little bumble bees.  I don't know how he found them.

On the surface, the boat would position down current, you approached the
boat, removed your bc in the water and then the crew would lift that in. 
Next remove fins and climb out on ladder.  All very comfortable and safe. 
Sit down, have some water and fresh fruit; maybe a candy or two (provided
on boat).

Living Underwater provides valet diving - once you bring your gear on
board, you don't touch it again.  Unless you want to.  They change the
tanks out for you during your surface interval.  The surface interval is
spent at a beach complete with shower, food, beverage, and trinkets
available for purchase.  The food and service was great.

All in all, diving with Living Underwater is what it should be, good
people, great diving, and excellent service.  We will be back to dive with
Jeremy and his fantastic crew (already scheduled return flights).
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