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

Scuba Club Cozumel, Mar, 2012,

by John Miller, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 6468.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Tobago with Sport Diver Mag; Turks/Cacos Aggressor; Cayman Aggressor; Utila Agressor; Belize; Key West; Bar Harbor Maine and this is our third trip to Cozumel.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 700 psi and 3 minutes at 15ft
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera buckets and tables. DM and boat crew OK camera handlers.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The rooms are ok, hard beds. plenty of room and porch with coat racks. Dining was ok and service by wait staff excellent. Stayed 10 days and ate all my meals on-site. Coffee and hot tea available most hours. Dive shop is run very efficiently, with PADI instruction available. Although I've been a Master Diver for three years, got my DM Card with excellent and demanding instructor who has worked in Austin and Houston TX.

Wreck dive yesterday should have been called by the DM as currents are the worse I have ever been in. One of the Scuba Club's boats was on the site 30 minutes prior and could have warned our boat. Literally had to use the wreck's structure to pull myself to the mooring line to surface and the DM had to tow my wife. Another lady (PADI instructor) lost her camera from her wrist.

Today, a 14 yr old girl, who I had assisted in her PADI OW referral training last week here, was on a dive with her dad, us and others. Due to the size of the group it was split between two DM. The plan called for a max bottom depth of 80ft drift on the wall and then go to 50. I was on the wall at 85ft. I saw this girl 15-20 off the wall and below me. Her dad was on the wall and at 80ft. The girl did not have her depth gauage or elevator buttons in her left hand and was slowly sinking. I kicked as hard as i could and caught her at 104 ft to bring her up to her dad. The DM was nowhere around. Ten minutes later the DM was at 60ft on one side of a coral head and the girl was nowhere to be seen. I found her on the otherside (wall side) of the coral head at 90ft and her dad was nowhere around. They began their ascent to their safty stop about 10 minutes later due to dad being at 700PSI, DM was down around 55 ft and did not see them ascent. No floatee being used. DM was not concerned that two of the group had surfaced and w/o deploying a floated so I deployed mine as boat traffic was heavy. After my safety stop as I surfaced our boat was picking the girl and her dad out of the water. I intend to report this operation to PADI as I consider the lack of concern for newly certified divers in these conditions unacceptable. Others may believe this is a top notch operation, but in my opinion it takes to great of risk for the inexperienced divers. Their position seems to be if you have your C-card you can take care of yourself.
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