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

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Juli Tracy and Dick Gamble, CA, USA
Report Number 2386
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Various Caribbean, Palua, Fiji, Yap, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time was pretty much up to the divers as was depth.  No one checked or
cared much about what divers did.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
They did put extra rinse tanks in for cameras, and had camera
"table" on board the boat, but other divers used the table for
all kinds of gear.  Rinse tanks were provided at the dive shop for after
the dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
1 stars    
Our first trip to Cozumel and we were looking forward to it, after all the
good talk we had heard from friends.  However, the Hurricanes in 2005 seem
to have drastically altered the diving.  Either that, or there was way too
much hype about Cozumel BEFORE the hurricanes!  Dive sites were very bland,
lots of sand covering corals, few fish, and the currents so strong that you
couldn't photograph the few there were.  DID see some eels (a few, lots of
angels and schools of grunts, but there was very little color anywhere.
Besides that, there was a very cold wind blowing, and the boat was
basically unprotected, so we froze between dives and on the drive back to
Scuba Club Cozumel.  The divemasters were not very attentive, either -- on
the first dive, one of us had to surface for more weight and couldn't get
the attention of the boat, although he had just entered the water.  Then
another of us had trouble clearing and lost sight of the group of divers
and the wall by the time she descended, so ascended after a safety stop and
also couldn't get the attention of the boat.  Eventually a boat from a
different shop picked her up, but it had been about 20 minutes and the
current had taken her some distance.  The third diver in our group also
lost sight of the main group (which, by this time, had only one diver and
the divemaster, who, apparently, never even noticed that the other divers
had disappeared), and ended up with another group, surfacing and also
waiting for pickup.  Twice more during the week divers had to wait many
long minutes to be noticed and picked up.  The divemasters didn't watch for
their divers, as we are accustomed to, (unless of course we tell them we're
going off on our own), and the people on the boat didn't notice much of
anything.  It felt very unsafe to be diving with these people.

Scuba Club Cozumel itself was quite nice -- rooms were well appointed and
the food was decent.  The loss of their docks and shore storage lockers due
to the hurricane is a minor nuisance, necessitating dragging all the gear
to the boats each morning from the dive shop.  Two mornings we were there
the boats weren't able to come up to the temporary docking spot, so divers
were bused into town to the town pier to board.  (We didn't go those days,
which turned out to be fortuitous, since a majority of those onboard became
seasick, including crew members.)

Overall, Cozumel was a HUGE disappointment, and we probably won't go again.
 We had booked two weeks and cancelled the second week, returning home in
spite of change fees.  The diving was poor, the dive operation felt unsafe,
the weather was terrible, we were miserable onboard because of the cold,
and generally, our vacation was terrible!!  (Note: the people were the high
point of the trip --friendly and trying to do as much as possible to make
things better.)

HIGHEST POINT:  We took a digital photo course while we were there, given
by Bonnie Pelnar.  If you have a chance, book one of her courses.  We both
learned a tremendous amount and enjoyed all of the classes.

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