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

Scuba Club Cozumel, Aug, 2008,

by Laura, VA, USA ( 1 report). Report 4292.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits, time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 night.

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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