A friend had a friend on the island for a few days, who is leaving today. So, yesterday we decided to go diving, just a little fun trip with the three of us plus Matthew as the divemaster. We headed out shortly after lunch and as we were on our way to the first site, lo and behold, a pod of dolphins! If you read my blog, you’ll know I LOVE DOLPHINS! Awesome start! We went to Yucab Wall for a great first dive and then during our surface interval – Whoa! The dolphins again. This time Desiree and I slid into the water and snorkeled with them for a few minutes… as I entered the water there were five of them right in front of me. Amazing. Wow, Whoa and Woot!
The second dive had a long way to go to match that, but it did not disappoint. We were at Chankanaab Shallows, one of my favourites, and saw “the usual.” Several HUGE crabs and oodles of little things: spotted drums, jawfish (one of which was brooding eggs in his mouth), pike blennies, a gazillion silversides, and four sightings of the reclusive peppermint basslet (one of my favourites).
All in all, a great dive day!
November brought the final group for 2010 from Ocean Sports in Edmonton, Alberta, to Cozumel, Mexico.
This was a small but lively group of eight divers; three were repeaters from previous trips, two were students of ours, and three were brand new to us. All had a wonderful time! Despite two days of port closure (no diving) we managed to visit some of MY favourite sites (although I have been accused of saying each site is my favourite upon surfacing from a dive): Dalila, Chankanaab Shallows, Palancar Horseshoe, Yucab, Las Palmas, Santa Rosa and a wonderful, octopus-filled night dive at Paradise Reef.
In addition to the diving, we also had a few courses, completing Emergency Oxygen Provider and Enriched Air Diver classes, as well as finishing up two Rescue Diver certifications. It was a busy and productive week!
We posted a few photos at AtkinsScuba.com’s facebook page.
We now await the next group who will arrive in January. There are still a few spaces left in the trip planned for March: see the Dive Travel page for more details!
The November group from Ocean Sports is here in Cozumel RIGHT NOW (full report on their trip next week). We’re closing the January trip shortly and want you to have one last chance to sign up!
Join us at Blue Angel Resort in Cozumel: Check-in Sunday, January 16 and Check-out Sunday, January 23, 2011 (Cost is $749 USD per person, based on double occupancy).
Full details available under Dive Travel!
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