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Oh, Canada!

After a fantastic nine months in Thailand, we are back in Canada! These cold, crisp waters kept calling to us… or something like that. We are now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and are looking forward to reconnecting with you, our Canadian diving community!

We just announced our 2017 trip, this time to Bonaire! Check here for details, then sign up!

 

Cozumel this winter? Sure!

Once again, we’re offering two awesome trips to sunny Cozumel, Mexico during the winter. Check out the dates, then sign up and show up!

January trip details here and March trip details here.

Email for more information or to sign up!

atkins scuba at blue angel in cozumel

Indonesia, here we come!

The trip is all planned. All you need to do is sign up, and show up!

Summer 2014, July 16 to 26 to be exact, we’re heading to some of the best critter diving on the planet: Lembeh Strait. For details about this awesome adventure, click here.

lembeh resort

Come see this guy!

 

Exciting news, coming soon!

Is it winter in your world? Do you want to dream about an awesome tropical vacation? We’re putting the finishing touches on a trip announcement and it’s a biggie! Watch the Dive Travel! page for details – coming soon!

Banggai Cardinalfish Pterapogon kauderni

Cozumel: Blue Angel Scuba School!

We are safely back in Cozumel, after a fourteen-day drive! Click to read the story of our #EpicAdventure!

We’re settled in and we’re staying a while! We are working with our friends at Blue Angel Resort to help make this a destination for top-notch, safety-oriented scuba training that is FUN! We’re in the midst of launching the Blue Angel Scuba School, and we’d love for you to come along on our journey. You can “like” us on Facebook, “follow” us on Twitter, and check out our YouTube channel for some great videos of “A Day in the Office.” p.s. one of the videos has DOLPHINS!

We’d love to see ALL of you! Post a photo of yourself, leave us a message, or best of all, come visit.

Guest Post: Brian Wright

As I prepare for upcoming trips to Cozumel, I thought I’d post this report from one of the participants on the March, 2011 trip.

Brian

It had been a couple years since I certified and with only one “pool” refresher under my weight belt, I was trying to find a trip to ENJOY diving, not just doing skills for certification.  I stumbled on the Ocean Sports trip to Cozumel in March 2011 and thought the price, especially the small single supplement cost, was great.  It was a big leap for me to travel and dive alone in a place I’d never been.

I was concerned about a lot of aspects of the trip but was really wondering if I could “hold my own” with experienced divers and would my lack of experience be a safety risk.  (p.s. – I wasn’t the diver who assembled their rig backwards on day one).  I had swapped a few emails with Kari, Ocean Sports and the Blue Angel dive shop in advance to ask a few questions and get rental gear set up – whenever I mentioned to anyone I was diving with Kari and Matthew the response was the same – “you’ll have a great time, see a lot and be perfectly safe.”  Ocean Sports even matched me with a roomie for the trip.

When I arrived, Kari recognized me right off (she’s a Facebook stalker I think) and made me feel welcome.  The dive group ranged in age from mid-twenties to mid-sixties; some were just certifying and some were very experienced dive veterans; some had been on the trip before and some were rookies like me – everyone was welcoming and easy going. It developed in to a fantastic trip and a great holiday.  The whole dive group was very supportive and fun – I left with many friendships and “future” dive buddies. 

I saw so much during the dives that always seemed to uncover some new wonder.  The Blue Angel was a small resort but a great place to stay – dive boats docked out front every morning, dive shop staff were helpful with everything and the food in the restaurant was great (at a good price and wonderful staff).  I also got to visit great local sites and eat at places that weren’t in the guide book, as Kari and Matthew took the group out to some of their favourite haunts.  The whole package made for a relaxed, enjoyable week.

Matthew and Kari were professional and knowledgeable (OK she’s a bit of a fish nerd) in my “book” learning (I completed my Advanced Open Water course on the trip) but also impressed me with their love of diving.  I always felt I could push my personal limits but whenever I looked around, they were there to suggest, encourage and scold (a couple times I deserved it).  Kari even hid her laughter (until after) when Young Bryan and I did our version of underwater navigation. The biggest testament to Kari and Matt is that I went down a struggling newbie and came back with my Advanced Open Water (so some days were 4-tank days) but also with the huge confidence in my abilities and a renewed passion for diving. 

I’m already looking at the calendar to see which trip next year I will return on but the difference next year is I will stay longer…

making underwater navigation look easy!

You can find Brian on twitter @MrBrianWright and you can read the trip report from Brian’s adventure here.

Congratulations on successful completion of the Advanced Open Water Diver course, and since this post, Brian has also completed his Enriched Air Diver program as well! As always, we’re so pleased to be a part of a positive dive experience! And we can’t wait to welcome Brian back on his next Cozumel adventure. You can be part of it! Check here for trip dates for winter 2011/2012!

Guest Post: Ross Lockwood

We met Ross Lockwood in early 2010 when he visited Cozumel with the U of A Scuba Club. Ross completed his Advanced Open Water during that trip, and he hasn’t looked back. I asked Ross to share some thoughts on his experiences; here’s what he had to say…

Ross

I’ve had the great fortune of sharing the last year with Kari and Matthew Atkins. After completing my Advanced Open Water course in February 2010, it was a no-brainer for me to continue my training with them. Throughout the summer I worked on improving my dive skills with them in the pool and in Alberta Lakes. Over the summer I completed my Rescue Diver, Enriched Air Diver and Emergency Oxygen Provider courses and began my Divemaster course. Now that my Cozumel trip for 2011 is over, I’m happy to share that I’ve completed my Divemaster program, along with seven specialties: AWARE – Fish Identification; Digital Underwater Photographer; Night Diver; Peak Performance Buoyancy; Underwater Naturalist; Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver. I’ve also received my Master Scuba Diver rating.

It’s no small feat to complete that much training in so little time, especially when both student and instructor have full-time jobs! It’s a testament to AtkinsScuba that so much could be completed so efficiently. Add on top of that my personal feelings that I received the highest quality training available, and it’s not hard to see why I chose to train with them, and why I will continue to dive with them in the future. It’s difficult to articulate how thankful I am for Kari and Matthew – they’ve definitely made one of my life goals a reality. THANK YOU!

Ross Lockwood: Divemaster (self-portrait!)

We’ve obviously spent a lot of time together! And we continue to do so. Ross is now a regular contributor to AtkinsScuba, and is currently assisting with a Rescue Diver program as well as an Open Water course. Thanks, Ross! Congratulations!