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Dive Review of Nautilus Dive Tech in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo San Lucas

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Kelley McDaneld, CO, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6748
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
restricted by incompetent diver's air usage  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
5 stars   
1 stars    
My husband and I decided to try a day of diving in Cabo San Lucas after
diving both in La Paz and in Cabo Pulmo. We had low expectations because we
had heard about the crowds and the Vegas type of development of the area,
but we certainly did not expect it to be some of the worst diving we have
ever done.  Unfortunately the diving only ranked slightly above the
checkout dives I did years ago in a lake in Arkansas. My husband had spoken
extensively with Casey, the Nautilus Dive Tech shop owner, the day before
about our diving experience and what we were interested in doing. When we
got to the shop we filled out necessary paperwork and started loading up
the truck to leave for the marina. It looked like it was just going to be
the divemaster, Greg, and us. At the last minute they told us that another
diver would be joining us. The diver that joined our group was a
PADI-certified AOW diver who had been trained by an instructor at Nautilus
Dive Tech. That instructor had recently been let go, and it soon became
apparent why as the guy was unable to even set up his own equipment. It was
unclear to us if he had actually paid for diving that day or if the shop
was letting him come along to try to retrain him. We headed out to the bay
for our first dive near Pelican Rock, but before we got there we had to
stop and get gas, which took 20 minutes or more. Greg gave a good briefing
and we got ready to enter. There were tons of boats in the area with
snorkelers, partiers, you name it onboard. It was important that we
surfaced together due to boat traffic, which according to Greg had recently
proven lethal to a dive master in the area. 

Only 10 minutes into the dive, the incompetent diver was out of air and had
to use the divemaster's spare reg. The diver was unable to use his inflator
hose and had no idea how to achieve neutral buoyancy. Our total dive time
was cut to about 25 minutes and we came up with almost 2000 psi. There
wasnt a lot of fish life in the area and the sandfalls were a mere
trickle. Just when we were getting around the rock to check out the other
side, we were instructed to start our safety stops. Needless to say, I was
upset that our dive had been cut so short due to the incompetence of a
diver that the shop had "trained". The owner obviously knew how
incompetent the diver was, and despite this he knowingly put the diver with
us. This is very poor business practice, and seeing how poor this guys
training was, we would never recommend Nautilus Dive Tech for any

The second dive was done a little further out in the bay at Los Moros. A
short time into the dive, the divemaster had to ascend with the flailing
diver and allowed us to stay down to finish our dives. In addition to our
poor experience with this operation, there was not much to see underwater
in the bay. The water was murky and there were hardly any fish. We would
never return to this area--we would stick to sites outside of La Paz and
sites in Cabo Pulmo. On a positive note, our divemaster Greg did his best
to try to rectify the situation, and his briefings were very thorough. Greg
is an ex-Navy diver with a lot of interesting experience and knowledge. It
is too bad he is not working with a better dive operationone that cares
about all paying customers.
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