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Dive Review of Scuba Club Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/COZUMEL

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ernie Plourde, CT, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5477
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth was dictated by the Nitrox mix,the dive guides were there but did not
restrict any of us. I traveled with a group of 11, all had computers and
were knowledgeable,we were given our own boat.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
The camera station was the engine hatch, the rinse tank was a garbage pail
with fresh water, only one which was a little cramped as I shoot video and
a couple of my buddies use double strobes on a Ikelite setup, like I said,
cramped but we made the best of it.If the other photographers were
strangers, it may have been tense also. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We were picked up at the airport and rode 15 minutes to the resort. We were
told to go to the dive shop immediately for the briefing,waivers etc,
pretty routine. The staff suggested a check out dive off the back of the
property just to make sure we didn't have any gear problems, good advise.
We got our weights, geared up and off we went, no one had any issues.A
little later after we got all of our luggage we had dinner, the food was
average, but the service was good. Considering that the resort was full, we
didn't wait much at all.Early to bed, breakfast was at 7:00, but coffee was
out at 6 AM.The boat leaves at 8:30 and we were asked to be there by 8:15,
no one was late and off we went for our first dive. 5 minutes into the ride
out, the engine started smoking and splashing oil, glad we were still close
to port.The crew radioed another dive boat and we were towed in. The divers
on the other boat offered to squeeze us onto their boat or we could wait 2
hours for another boat, hey, we are on vacation and not in a hurry, we
waited.We finally got our boat and off we went. Almost all the diving in
Cozumel is drift diving, no navigation, no air consumption concerns, just
easy diving and that's what we got. The package included 2 AM. dives and
air for any shore diving you might want to do, Nitrox is extra,$10 per
tank, a 32 or 36 mix only.The best dive of the week was Devil's Throat, a
hour and 15 minute boat ride, this was not a drift dive but a deep dive,
130 to 140 fsw through caves and swim throughs.Because of the depth, it was
a short dive and most of us were close to deco. but all in all worth
doing.A interesting note on the growing Lion fish population, we found one
about twice the size I have seen in the Pacific for that species. The guide
carried a make shift spear gun with a mask strap for propulsion,worked like
a charm. The fish was euthanized and later filleted and fed to a free
swimming spotted moray, no waist. The dive operation ran pretty smooth and
they learned our names quicker than we learned theirs,impressive. Well the
week went quick, great weather,good diving and good company, I would
recommend that you put them on your list.      
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