Cozumel 2016 - First Update
The trip down went smoothly. Though the airlines are coming up with more and more ways to add fees to your ticket.
Exiting the shuttle, the sign in the lobby welcoming "Diving Enterprises" assured us we were in the right place. From then on everyone went out of their way to make sure everything was as perfect as they could make it. They really do try harder here. Throughout the hotel they greeted us by name and always asked how things were going and what they could do to help. Over the next few hours the rest of our group of 24 arrived from their various flights.
The first day's dives were pleasant but not spectacular. There were some very good moments including turtles, eagle rays, lobster, eels, and more. We had a very nice, large, dedicated boat for our group, with a professional and fun crew.
They helped us assemble our gear or left us alone as we wished. Thorough briefings before the dive made sure everyone was ready to go and new whet to look for. After the dives we enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by a relaxing afternoon. Dinner became a group affair as more an more of the gang came and joined us at the tables.
Monday's dives were more colorful than Sundays with more critters and more current. We added more eagle rays, turtles, moray eels, crabs, to our sighting along with splendid toadfish, chain eels, and lots of arrow crabs. The current was more challenging but well within everyone's capabilities. Another afternoon of eating, drinking, goofing off, napping, or just doing whatever. Monday night we had a nice little private party/welcome party with drinks and snacks. That's also when they took the group photo. The photos will be sent to me to give to everyone after we return.
Tuesday we dove a very beautiful wall with lots of swim thorughs and caverns. Our depths ranged form 70 to 108 feet on that dive. The second dive was about 60 to 70 feet most of the time. LOTS of lobster and giant crabs. One lobster I would estimate to be about 2 foot long in the body, was out on the top of the reef surveying it's domain. It showed no fear and was obviously not afraid of anything else in the ocean. It marched across the reef while we took picture after picture.
Not everyone has time to sit through classroom sessions. Or maybe you want the freedom to do all your class work on your computer, iPad, or tablet.
You now have your choice of three different learning methods for the Open Water Scuba Diver course:
Traditional Book and Video -
You will have a book to read and a DVD to watch prior to the start of class. The DVD helps to understand the materials and preview some of the skills. You watch the DVD and complete the book at home as you want.
All your knowledge development is on your laptop, windows tablet or desktop computer. The interactive program is accessed through the internet where you can read the materials and watch the associated videos embedded in the appropriate section. Your records are uploaded to PADI and available forever. No classroom, you do it all on the computer.
You can choose to do it all on your iPad or Android tablet. The fully interactive program is on your tablet for you to access as you proceed. Your progress is updated through the internet to record your understanding of the materials. The videos are fully integrated into the program. No classroom here either.
Now you can choose the best learning method for you. All options are available for any Open Water Diver course at no extra charge.