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

Scuba Club Cozumel, Apr, 2009,

by Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 40 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 4721.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Hawaii, Key Largo, Provodenciales, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Lake tahoe
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max was 100 ft; mandatory 3-min safety stop at 700 psi; divemaster led
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated rinse tank. Plenty of table space, but no area dedicated for cameras; divers mixed gear, towels, etc. on tables.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my first trip to Cozumel. I knew it was primarily drift diving, but I wasn't expecting currents so strong at times that it was "drive-by diving." I prefer to be able to hover and observe if I see something interesting. I'm small (100 lbs + gear), and I often had a hard time not getting too far ahead of the divemaster (Miguel) and had to kick hard just to stay in place. I liked the long dive throughs on several sites. However, I have to think that with thousands of divers going through them every month, that they are pretty much clean of any life, though there were some critters hiding in ledges. It was windy most of the week (April 1-8), though only on the 7th were any boats cancelled (our group's was because we were flying out the next day and couldn't wait until they made a go/no-go decision at mid-morning; one boat with 5 or 6 divers went at 11 am and did two dives). Food was excellent; not "gourmet", but you couldn't go hungry! Rooms were super clean, as were the public areas. Our room was one of the "penthouses" with 40 steps to climb several times a day! Every room has a drying rod, table, and chairs on a patio or balcony for drying gear. Also, lockers near dive shop and shore dive area (use your own lock). Did the C-53 wreck dive (awesome) and the twilight 2-tank (one at twilight and second after dark) as extras; also, a twilight and a night dive from shore. If you do the boat night dive, they hold your dinner for you (we ate after 10 pm!), which was made to order. I was surprised there wasn't the variety of fish I had seen in other parts of the Caribbean, but we did see yellow rays, large grouper, lobsters, and turtles on most days. Overall, very good value for the money.
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