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Dive Review of Sand Dollar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Leo Goetz, NY, USA
Report Number 2162
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I descended to 50 feet and was in the water for approximately 8 minutes
when my regulator & my spare failed.  I swam to my dive buddy &
used his spare.  The dive master swam to us, checked my regulator and
confirmed that it was not functioning.  We ascended to the surface & I
returned to the boat.  I returned to the SAND DOLLAR DIVE SHOP and
requested that they repair my regulator & tell me if the first stage
was malfunctioning.  I telephoned them and was told that something was
seriously wrong with my regulator.  I asked if they were able to get parts
for the first stage of the Apex Regulator and they ignored the question and
told me it would be ready for the next dive.  When I arrived at the dive
shop they told me that nothing was wrong with the regulator.  I was given a
spare regulator for the dive at Devil's Throat.  I subsequently told a
SAND DOLLAR dive master about my experience and the conflicting evaluations
of my regulator.  He told me that he did NOT TRUST THE TECHNICIAN and
recommended that I use the spare regulator as a safety measure.  The dive
was spectacular but I would never dive with SAND DOLLAR again.
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