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briefings were informative for the most part. We dove with three Dms, Jesus, Miguel and Alberto. Jesus and Miguel were outstanding, Alberto is new and learning, but still very qualified. We saw octopus, seahorses on 3 occasions, spotted, golden and sharptail eels, eagle rays, a turtle, and a myriad of other fish and creatures. No green morays (where have they all gone?) Visibility wasn’t unlimited as it has been on our other visits, probably 50-75 foot, but to Northern California divers, that’s super.

Scuba Club Cozumel, May 2000, Barb Seamon, Strongsville, OH. Vis: 80 to 150 ft. Water: 82 degrees, calm and flat, strong currents. Dive your own profile: no. Dive restrictions: each dive varied; begin ascent w/ buddy when down to 500 psi; 750 on deeper dives, or specified time limit; preset depth/profile for group. We had a great trip. Group of 24, 2 non-divers. Had large boat and 3 dive masters to ourselves; split group into 3 smaller groups; we were a little chilly in skins-added hoods and vests. Lots of fish life, huge crabs and spiny lobsters (shellfish on steroids); turtles, nurse sharks, beautiful large eagle ray, tiny critters, sea horses, pointed out by our divemaster, Ramondo, who carried a magnifying glass. Lots of toadfish, splendid toad and drums. Highlight was Punta Sur and diving Devil’s Throat that exits the wall at 120’. Excellent service at Scuba Club; only problem was some of the group on upper floors had water pressure problems. Great shallow night dives right off hotel pier; octopus, lobsters,

crabs, eels and the largest porcupine fish I’ve ever seen. Great dinner at Pepe’s. Usually had moderate current but still got some good photos.

Scuba Club Cozumel, July 2000, Dave Foler, Amy Memis-Foler, Buffalo Grove, IL Water 80-84 degrees F., vis 100-150 ft. Refrigerator in the room, no TV or phone. Hang wetsuits on the balcony/patio. Lockers (bring your own lock) are by dive operation. Large rinse tank needed its water changed more often. The resort staff was very friendly and helpful. The food is good. They serve dinner at a leisurely pace. Orientation in a classroom. Two tank boat dives in the morning, back in time for lunch. You can pay extra for scheduled night dives or dive off the shore. Shore dives are unlimited. The house reef is rather skeletal. Took one shore dive at night and saw an octopus. The current, however, was too strong, and we ended our dive early. All the boat dives were drift dives. Outstanding coral and sponges at Palancar Caves. With 60 ft. high formations it is possible to dive at 30-40 ft. on top of the coral, or at 60-80 ft in and out of the swim throughs. The crew was friendly. They changed our tanks between dives, sometimes too quickly before we were able to read our air- integrated computers and record in our log books. We followed the divemas- ters on all dives. They enforced safety stops and surfacing with 500 psi. Our deepest dive was to 83 ft. They were always concerned about the strength of the current and our safety. Drinks and snacks on the boat. Plenty of shelf

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