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

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Laura Austin, VA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 6469
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Roatan, Utila, Cayman, Florida, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface with 700 psi or stay with divemaster (about 60 minutes for each
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Cozumel--and drift diving--is difficult for photographers, particularly for
macro, and for anyone interested in spending time in setting up their
photos! Some excellent subjects, although everything moves too fast. 
There is a table designated for cameras on each boat, but nothing on shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
This was our second visit to SCC--our first was five years ago. Although
drift diving is not our favorite, it makes a nice change, and those
currents must bring in a lot of food because so many of the fish (i.e.
angels) have been super-sized! Also, it is near impossible to beat Cozumel
for price and value. 

Last time around we'd had Geiser as our divemaster for only one day, but
he'd made such a favorable impression on us that we requested him again
this time around and I'm glad to say he was with us for the entire week.
Geiser has that combination of competency, patience, and knowledge that is
the mark of all good divemasters--and he much prefers "marine
life" to going deep just for the sake of saying you went deep. There
was one nice gentleman with us for some of our time who had a big camera,
but also some unfortunate bouyancy problems; I was impressed that Geiser
spoke to him about it, as so many DMs would be more worried about annoying
their customers and losing their tips than protecting the reefs. (The diver
wasn't angry, btw, so I guess Geiser knows how to handle this situaiton.) 

Most packages include two dives in the morning, unlimited shore diving
(ironshore) and one night dive. They do have an afternoon wreck dive, the
2-tank twilight, and additionals night dives--all extra. The boats go out
at 8:30 and return close to 1 p.m. or even later, so it can be pretty late
by the time you finish lunch. SCC's flotilla of boats include all sizes and
speeds, but none of them are all that fast and all of them have heads on
board. IMHO, the one real drawback to SCC is its distance from the dive
sites--at least 45 minutes each way. 

We had a mix of weather while we were there--our first day diving was
extremely choppy and getting back on the (small) boat was a challenge, as
only the larger boats have lines for the divers. The portmaster closed all
diving the next day, although they did let us do a shore dive in the late
afternoon. It was so cold--I added a vest, skin and hood to my 3 mm, but
was wishing I'd bought that 5 mm I've been thinking about. The rest of the
week was partly-sunny to sunny and it warmed up quite a bit. Visibility was
very good and got even better as the weather improved.  

Scuba Club Cozumel is not a luxurious AI (those are further south) but here
diving is not an afterthought but the main event. SCC is set up for divers
and other divers are whom you will meet--an interesting mix of newbies,
experienced, tech divers, and the Cozumel hard-core who have been coming to
Cozumel for 20-odd years and would never go anywhere else.

The resort is close enough to downtown to walk--and very close to a huge
Wall-mart type store where you can get food, drinks, sunscreen, clothes,
etc. The rooms are large and have lots of space for all your dive gear, a
balcony, and, most importantly, really hot water and lots of it. Also,
everything is extremely clean. They have water coolers on each floor and
provide all guests with a pitcher. Most rooms have a view; if you are
concerned about noise, request a room away from the dive shop and the
street side. All rooms come equipped with internet access--yeah!

The food is not fancy, but it is good and filling. The breakfast buffet has
something for everyone (including lots of fruit); lunch (my favorite) is a
salad bar, plus American or Mexican items; dinner is an appetizer, entree,
and dessert. Drinks are extra. They have a Mexican-style BBQ once a week
with a pinata. 

The pool is tiny, there is a lovely row of hammocks facing the water
(perfect for an afternoon snooze), and no beach. I can't imagine how bored
the non-divers must be here, although you do meet spouses and they seemed
happy enough.   

Service is generally excellent. Bring your own towels for the boat and your
own lock for your dive locker. They don't have a place to hang your wetsuit
by the pier--I wore mine back to the room, rinsed it in the shower, and
hung it on the balcony, so no worries. Nitrox is $10 extra per tank, but
very few appeared to be using it. 
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