Christmas Day

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays! We spent our day diving with some wonderful friends. And met these guys!

All the best to you and yours,

Kari and Matthew
Atkins Scuba

Sign up, then show up; it’s that easy!

Looking for your next adventure? Planning a winter getaway to Mexico? Or hoping to scratch one of the biggies off your bucket list? We’ve got a trip for you!

Lembeh Strait Cozumel Mexico dive trip

All you have to do is sign up and show 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

Two trips to Cozumel in 2013!

Hello! As we noted in this post, we’re currently in Cozumel working with our beloved Blue Angel Resort to make the Blue Angel Scuba School a vibrant and exciting training venue.

We’d love it if you’d come visit, and to make it easy for you to do that, along with some like-minded diving friends, we’re putting together two group trips in 2013.

Check out these details, and when you have questions send us an email!

Thanks to our friends Amy Walczak and Warren McKay for their support in poster-making and photographs. Amy is a self-proclaimed dive junkie; you can read her fantastic blog here, and check out Warren’s photo blog here!

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.

Congratulations, Open Water Divers!

Summer in Alberta is a beautiful time of year, and by August, Narrow Lake has warmed up considerably! We headed there last week to complete the Open Water dives for a family of four, and it was a fantastic two days in the water. As we learned in class, if the ears don’t clear, call the dive and come back another day; it was a little disappointing when one guppy had some trouble equalizing on the last dive, but we’ve rescheduled her for the first week in September.

Congratulations, Allaries! You did a great job!

Kari, Maya, Christie, Emma, Matthew and Kent

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!

Congratulations: Rescue Divers!

Many divers will tell you that their Rescue Diver course was one of the most challenging and also rewarding diving experiences they’ve had. We welcome two new members to this group! Congratulations to Amy Walczak and Jon Hudson, who completed their training in Narrow Lake on a rainy Friday in July!

Amy and Jon bringing an unresponsive diver to shore

Way to go you two! And thanks to Ross Lockwood and Warren McKay for their able and much-appreciated assistance!

Ross Lockwood, Amy Walczak, Warren McKay, Jon Hudson

You can see more photos on our Facebook page.