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This week was a great week of diving as we welcomed Scott and Janessa into the world scuba diving, and by the end of the trip they were both fully hooked. We completed their Open Water class, their Nitrox class, and their first ever night dive. Great going guys! We also welcomed Ty and Tracy back for their 6th visit with us in 6 months! They clam they came back to see our daughter Coral, but I think the diving played a small part, too. They’ll be with us the next 9 days!

June 10, 2018 AM Boat Trip

Captain: Domingo
Divemaster / Instructor:
Ray
Weather:
Perfect day for diving!
Water Temperature:
80 degrees

Dive One

Site: Palancar Caves
Max Depth: 60 feet
Dive Time: 45 minutes
Key Animals: Hawksbill Turtle, Spotted Grouper
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes:  Our student divers did an excellent job yesterday, so we go and visit Palancar Caves. It is a bit more challenging of a dive, but I think they are ready. A slow descent is a must as our students need to make sure air spaces are equalized. We share the ‘ok’ signal and then we start swimming between the coral pinnacles. There is a turtle and Janessa has the opportunity to get close and see it eat from the coral. Then Scott points at the grouper that is swimming along the reef, just cool! We ticked the air supply and 1000psi was the minimum we agreed on the dive plan so we can ascend and complete a few underwater skills, good job guys!

Dive Two

Site: Cedral Pass
Max Depth: 55 feet
Dive Time: 50 minutes
Key Animals: Southern Stingray, Nurse Shark
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes:  Janessa said she was afraid of sharks, but as soon as we see one she just followed it and enjoyed the view! Scott and I were laughing underwater, we knew it was just the icebreaker – no more fear! Many fish surround us and one of those was the southern sting ray. Such an awesome creature to watch feed from the sand. Once we surface we were just happy, cool dive!

Dasyatis americana, but more commonly know by the name of Southern Stingray. When we get lucky we can sneak up really close and observe them feeding from the sand.

June 11, 2018 AM Boat Trip

Captain: Domingo
Divemaster / Instructor:
Ray
Weather:
Mostly sunny, yes! 
Water Temperature:
80 degrees

Dive One

Site: Colombia Reef
Max Depth: 70 feet
Dive Time: 45 minutes
Key Animals: Garden eels, Green Turtle
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes:  Scott and Janessa want to keep diving after certification, but now enriched air nitrox knowledge is on the docket. Along with Ty and Tracy, also diving 32%, we analyzed the gas. No need to go deep, just enjoy what is around, and Colombia reef is so spectacular that its  great place to do just that. We also had Robert and Janet join us for their last day in Cozumel. Three couples with us today – nice! Many eyes to find stuff, just the way we like it. The field of garden eels that are really shy seemed to get the most attention. At the safety stop Robert and Janet and i had a close encounter with the sea turtle that lives in this reef. She always say hello or good bye, very friendly.

Dive Two

Site: Cedral Wall
Max Depth: 60 feet
Dive Time: 50 minutes
Key Animals: Hawksbill Turtle, Splendid Toadfish
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes:  The current was slow and it let us enjoy this site. Big sponges and many fish! The Cozumel endemic splendid toad fish made his appearance. Ty shines his light to see the beautiful colors it has. Later we drifted and found many fish and of course the typical sea turtle that is normally found around here – they like the sponges and all the meals to find here. As we ascend a few jelly fish were in mid water, Those guys look awesome with the sun light, great dive!

This Green Sea turtle ( Chelonia mydas ) is always hanging out at the south end of the island. It is quite friendly and will come right up to the divers and boats.

June 11, 2018 PM Boat Trip

Captain: Domingo
Divemaster / Instructor:
Ray
Weather:
Perfect day for diving!
Water Temperature:
80 degrees

Dive One

Site: Santa Rosa Wall
Max Depth: 70 feet
Dive Time: 45 minutes
Key Animals: Hawksbill Turtle, School of Jacks
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes:  Since we have nitrox tanks the plan is to visit Santa Rosa wall, maximum depth of 70ft so we can visit the swim throughs, at the end of the second one we found again the toad fish, two of them,, then drifting the wall a big sea turtle swim against the current right in front of us, long swim through to end up in the shallow are to finish the dive being able to see the bottom, that is a nice way to do a safety stop.

Dive Two

Site: C-53
Max Depth: 70 feet
Dive Time: 50 minutes
Key Animals: Silversides, Glassy sweepers
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes:  The perfect spot to do movie like pictures is the shipwreck C-53 Felipe Xicotencatl. It is safe to go in a few rooms as we can see the exit and the light entering the cut-outs is just spectacular. There are many fish like the school of barracudas, spotted eel, silversides and many more. Janessa did the ‘titanic’ position on the bow along with Scott while Ty was doing pictures and having fun. Safety stop on the mooring line. It’s so easy and relaxed when there is no current at all!

June 12, 2018 AM Boat Trip

Captain: Domingo
Divemaster / Instructor:
Ray
Weather:
Cloudy skies. Not looking good. 
Water Temperature:
80 degrees

Dive One

Site: Palancar Gardens
Max Depth: 40 feet
Dive Time: 50 minutes
Key Animals: Yellowspotted Ray, Southern Stongray, Hawksbill turtles
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes: Ethan and Ashley are young people so we need to plan the dive at 40 ft. We started in 20 ft of water at Palancar gardens with the parents Adriana and Jason, who has a camera ready. For Janessa and Scott it is their last day and they wanted to visit this world famous diving spot. It is surprising how good the kids are underwater, just fearless and at the same time attentive to directions and it pays off by having a turtle in front of us. Then those schools of fish typical of the gardens, blue chromis, creole wrasse, and so many more. At the end the southern sting rays, about three of them, just a good way to start!

Dive Two

Site: La Francesa
Max Depth: 40 feet
Dive Time: 50 minutes
Key Animals: Baracuda, many turtles
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes:  Following the same shallow dive profile we visit La Francesa. As we descend a school of barracudas showed up in different sizes – so cool! I wish we got to see that more often. The reef here is quite colorful, full of snappers and many other fish. Also the turtles appear to show their beauty. Awesome dive – even at 40ft!

The Yellowspot stingray ( Urobatis jamaicensis ) is often found foraging in the shallow sand flats.

June 12, 2018 PM Boat Trip

Captain: Domingo
Divemaster / Instructor:
Ray
Weather:
Raining 🙁  
Water Temperature:
80 degrees

Dive One

Site: Palancar Gardens
Max Depth: 40 feet
Dive Time: 50 minutes
Key Animals: Yellowspotted Ray, Southern Stongray, Hawksbill turtles
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes: Ethan and Ashley are young people so we need to plan the dive at 40 ft. We started in 20 ft of water at Palancar gardens with the parents Adriana and Jason, who has a camera ready. For Janessa and Scott it is their last day and they wanted to visit this world famous diving spot. It is surprising how good the kids are underwater, just fearless and at the same time attentive to directions and it pays off by having a turtle in front of us. Then those schools of fish typical of the gardens, blue chromis, creole wrasse, and so many more. At the end the southern sting rays, about three of them, just a good way to start!

Dive Two

Site: La Francesa
Max Depth: 40 feet
Dive Time: 50 minutes
Key Animals: Baracuda, many turtles
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes:  Following the same shallow dive profile we visit La Francesa. As we descend a school of barracudas showed up in different sizes – so cool! I wish we got to see that more often. The reef here is quite colorful, full of snappers and many other fish. Also the turtles appear to show their beauty. Awesome dive – even at 40ft!

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