Cozumel 2011 Recap

My experiences with the U of A Scuba club in Cozumel were resoundingly successful – so much so that I’m taking on the planning of next year’s trip! I didn’t post as much as I’d wanted to, so here are some of the other fun things we did while we were in Mexico.

Extremely soft sand near Coconut's bar.

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Cozumel 2011: Update Uno

Nolan and I have been in Mexico for a few days now and we’ve been busy! Monday was a training day for me, and I completed my Peak Performance Buoyancy dives. On Tuesday both Nolan and I did four dives in front of Blue Angel; completing half of our Fish ID and Underwater Naturalist courses, along with half of my Underwater Photographer dives:

A Conch shell and bottle on the Blue Angel shore dive
A Sharp Tail Eel hunts among debris on the sandy bottom
A peaceful Yellow Ray that I accidentally disturbed displaying his spine
A Spotted Eel watches curiously from his hidey-hole

Nolan did his first night dive with me, followed by massages on the beach to cap things off.

On Tuesday we rented a vehicular death-trap: the Tuk-Tuk, and did a tour of the island, stopping at the San Gervasio ruins, and continuing on to the east side of the island to see Coconuts bar and the beaches.  Thursday morning we got up early and headed back to a beach on the east coast to watch the sunrise. The Tuk-Tuk was returned (thank Ixchel!) sans incident, except for running out of gas that left us stranded no less than a single block from the gas station.

Here’s a picture from the Prima Trattoria restaurant on Wednesday morning to give you guys a better look at the downtown and port of Cozumel.

The view from the Prima Trattoria of downtown Cozumel

Cozumel 2011: Are You Excited Yet?

The clock is slowly counting down the hours before my trip to Cozumel gets underway, and every minute closer to the departure I get the more excited!

Instead of the 12 divers we had originally planned to host on the trip, we’ve now expanded to 15 divers and one non-diver. Of those divers coming, eleven will be doing some form of training or another: one divemaster course completion, five advanced open water divers, four night specialties, three deep specialties, two search and recovery specialties, one emergency oxygen provider specialty, one nitrox diver specialty, one underwater naturalist specialty, one peak performance buoyancy specialty, one digital underwater photography specialty, and one fish identification specialty. If you compare that to last year’s trip, where we completed four advanced open water certifications and one night diver specialty, you can see why I’m so excited!

The weather there looks pleasant enough too.

Cozumel 2010

Now that classes are done, allow me to astound you with an account of our aquatic adventure in Cozumel this February! The trip was organised by the University of Alberta’s SCUBA Appreciation Club through Ocean Sports in Edmonton and the Blue Angel Dive Resort in Cozumel. Let’s just cut to the chase, it was a FANTASTIC trip. Our smiles alone should tell all, but if you’d like to read more, hit the link below.

Courtesy of Ahmed A.

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