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Dive Review of Dive with Jorge and Victor in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Dive with Jorge and Victor: "my new way to enjoy Cozumel", Oct, 2015,

by jeffery j franks, TN, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 8467.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This report is a bit different from others I have written. While ostensibly about a dive in Cozumel a few weeks ago, it is really more a brief noting of long term change in the reefs, my dive team, and how i have changed in my diving I dove with Jorge Aviles (dive master) and Victor Ramirez (captain) who have formed their own, new dive company (divewithjorgeandvictor). I did probably 300+ dives with them when they were with Buenaventura Diving, but the latter outfit has been sold and no longer exists. Needless to say, given the number of dives we have done together, I have the greatest respect for both of them.
For those who dive in Cozumel a lot, I don't think my next statement will be too surprising. In the 10 years since Hurricane Wilma caused much damage to the reefs (and town), the reefs have steadily recovered. The reefs are in good shape and fun to dive.
But now I have had to change and I will tell you about the changes I am making, in case you have circumstances that can be related to mine. I'm an older diver (70 years) with several surgeries including a triple heart bypass in 2009. Since then I have modified my diving , at first by not doing 2 dives per day every day, and finally to doing only1 dive a day and not necessarily every day. Based on discussion with my cardiologist and a DAN hyperbaric specialist, my standard dive profile is now 1 dive a day, with maximum depths of 45 feet, using nitrox 36 (or 32 is ok), not struggling with the current, staying down for 1 hour or a little more, and I do all my diving in Cozumel.
For the readers who know Cozumel as the place of deep dives with potentially powerful currents, it may seem a bit odd that I'm doing this in Cozumel. Until recently I too sort of automatically thought of Cozumel dives as being deep and fast. But, here is the thing. There are a lot of beautiful, relaxing dives in or close to this relatively shallow depth of 45 feet. And they are a lot easier on my body. I have been and continue to recruit possible dive companions who, for whatever reasons, might find that my current diving style could fit their circumstances. And, Jorge and Victor are sympathetic to and very accommodating of my present circumstances. So if you find that you might want or need to change your diving style, you might want to contact them.
Oh, and the dive? A nice, leisurely 1 hr and 10 min glide along La Francesa with middling current and lots of life--the usual set of smaller fish, turtles, nurse sharks, barracuda, grouper, a big green eel and so on.
Websites Dive with Jorge and Victor   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 85-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100- Ft/ 30- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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By David Cutler in ID, US at Oct 08, 2015 10:42 EST  
Hi Jeffery I am also an 70+ diver and every year i now stay and dive on the mainland in Puerto Aventuras. I always dive with Aquanauts and we do a am dive,back by noon, 40-60 feet,1 hr+. My point is i totally agree deeper dives are not necessary for enjoyable dives.
By report author: jeffery j franks in TN, US at Oct 08, 2015 11:10 EST  
might be a lot of us. thanks for writing.
By Greg Evancio in AB, CA at Oct 15, 2015 20:10 EST  
Older divers like you give guys like me hope for the future! Thanks for writing the report.
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