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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
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
currents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
100   to 125    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  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
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
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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