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

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Laura, VA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4292
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
South Pacific, all over the Caribbean - warm waters only - I get cold
otherwise even with thick exposure suit on.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Went to Scuba Club on recommendation from my local dive shop owner. Spent 4
days diving and managed to get in 13 dives. This resort caters to divers so
I would recommend it. I was a solo traveler this time. Overall, it worked
out fine for me. Room was on third floor of resort so required schlepping
bags up three stories. No one was around to assist at the time I checked
in. But that really did not bother me. Room was nice and roomy with tile
flooring and a balcony where I could dry out my wet suit each day. AC
worked well and even tho my room fronted on the street, it was quiet at

Food was fine, wished there had been more local dishes, tho. Staff was very
friendly and competent. 

Shore diving - plenty of it, did 4 dives while there in about 20 feet of
water off the hotel area and it allowed for plenty of relaxed critter
viewing. Although even here, currents could be an issue. 
There are plenty of rinse tanks to rinse gear and lockers nearby to store
gear. Bring a padlock. 

Boat diving and dive operation - dove w/ the dive master Geyser, who was
excellent, on the boat Dive Cat. He allowed me to dive my profile. I am a
very conservative breather so had plenty of air when I came up. Currents,
of course, were an issue at times, this being Cozumel, so all dives were
drift. Not sure I would bring a newbie here given some strong currents. I
would fault dive operation on a couple of things - no introduction to the
boat itself - i.e. head operates this way, get back onto the boat this way.
Also, no roll call after the dive. The staff on board the boat, 3-5
persons, all locals it seems, were able to keep track of everyone. They
were also very helpful but a better briefing could have been had and I like
the idea of a head count after the dive. The boat had a laminated set of
dive site illustrations on board so that was good to take a look at that
prior to diving in. First dive of morning usually took 45 minutes to an
hour to get there. Sufficient surface intervals and a short boat ride to
second dive were there. Afternoon and evening dives available if sufficient
number of divers signed up - 6 usually. That did not seem to be a problem
while I was there. Most dives averaged about 50-80 feet. 80 feet was the
maximum depth they wanted us to dive at. Fine with me. On some dives,
current was strong enough that visibility suffered. 

All in all, would recommend Scuba Club for a dive vacation. However, this
is my fourth time here, two of those times for diving, last time being in
1999. I will NOT go back to Cozumel - the town has been ruined by the
cruise ship industry. 4 of the behemoths land every day but Sunday,
disgorging their masses to shop, eat, and drink all the while making a
spectacle of themselves in the streets of San Miguel. One cannot walk a
foot without being hectored by someone trying to sell you something, a lot
of it junk. This was not the case in 1999, prior to the cruise ship piers.
I saw several instances of littering by cruisers, who prominently display
name tags and cruise ship affiliation on their chests. I also spoke (in
Spanish) to some shop owners who finally wound up admitting to me that most
local people have seen no financial benefits come their way from the cruise
ship business. 
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