As you may have heard, the core of Atkins Scuba is currently in Thailand working on a new venture (that’s the “onward” part). Matthew and I left Victoria, B.C. just over a month ago. Since then we’ve been soaking up sunshine, immersing ourselves in “The Land of Smiles” and getting our feet underneath us. Our new home is Palm Beach Divers; where Matthew is Course Director. Our goal here is to build an awesome and successful IDC business (upward!). Our time here may also hold dive travel opportunities for YOU as we get ourselves organized. More on that later…
We started running trips in 2007; the year after we became instructors. During the years since, we have seen so many of you join us, and then join us again… and move forward as divers. We’ve watched you grow, improve, become dive buddies and ultimately friends.We have so much love for Cozumel, and so many of you have asked about a trip for 2016 – so we have recruited a new member to our team (outward!).
In order that we can provide the same great service and fantastic dive adventure we’ve always wanted for you, we have asked Stephanie Murphy to host this year’s trip to Coz. Stephanie has been on an Atkins Scuba trip every year since we began, and so she is well suited to continue our tradition! She joined us as an Open Water diver in 2007, and has worked her way through several courses – AOW, a gruelling Rescue Diver program, and several specialties along the way including Digital Underwater Photographer, Underwater Navigator and Night Diver – and is now contemplating her Divemaster course! She also has our insider knowledge of all our favourite restaurants and spots in Cozumel. Please join us in welcoming Steph to our team!
We got some very exciting news yesterday; during our stay at the Lembeh Resort this July, two of the region’s most experienced underwater naturalists will be there also. It’s Fish Geek Week, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about that! Gerald Allen and Mark Erdmann will be there from July 18 to 26, 2014 and will be conducting a number of presentations, as well as being available for questions, dives, and general hanging out.
This wonderful opportunity comes at no cost to us, so take advantage!
For full details of the trip, click here. Come and get your Geek on!
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!
Congratulations to Cheri and Curtis on their Open Water Scuba Diver certification! November 2010
The migration south is complete for this year, and we’re now up and running in Cozumel, Mexico. Matthew is busy working at Blue Angel Resort as an Instructor and Divemaster, so if you’re in the area stop by to visit!
We recently had two of our students from Edmonton arrive to complete their Open Water Scuba Diver course. Here they are with some friends (who did a Discover Scuba Diving experience with Matthew) wet and happy!
We also visited the east side of the island last week to help with the turtle release. You can read about that adventure in Kari’s blog.