After the group arrived for the first week, they did some shore dives to do weight checks and get comfortable with their equipment before heading out on the boat the next day. Continue reading
After the group arrived for the first week, they did some shore dives to do weight checks and get comfortable with their equipment before heading out on the boat the next day. Continue reading→
Hello from beautiful Cozumel. We’re sitting in the lobby of Hotel Cozumel. We hear a rumor that you may have ice back home. Don’t worry we have ice here too, in our drinks.
Our trip started with a 5 am flight out of Tulsa. After arriving in Cozumel, and getting through the airport and immigration, we took a short bus ride to the hotel. We checked in, grabbed a bite of lunch, and then headed to the swim beach to do our checkout dive and maybe another dive or two. Then back to the room to unpack, clean up, and off to dinner. After a wonderful and exhausting day, it was time to head off to the room to get some much need sleep.
Up early the next morning for a 6:30 am breakfast, then to meet the dive boat at the dock at 7:45 to get loaded and off before 8:00 to Cozumel’s world-famous dive sites. Continue reading→
Since there is a group of people getting ready to leave the country and head to Mexico, today is the perfect time to address some of the most commonly forgotten items.
Never Leave Home Without It! Okay, that might be a bit extreme, but if you are going on a dive trip, this is your ticket between getting to dive and not getting to dive. So maybe that should be restated to say, never leave home on a dive trip without it.
One good backup plan is to get yourself registered online through SDI so that you can download a digital copy. Remember, this card is the difference between giant striding off that boat and sitting there riding the waves. Continue reading→
Be considerate to other divers as well as boat personnel by following these suggestions:
Where do I (you) dive in Southwest Missouri? The ocean isn’t anywhere around… Ah, a question we’re asked frequently. The answer: There are numerous places to dive if you live here in the Ozarks and Southwest Missouri.
First of all, we have numerous cricks (creeks for you more uppity folks), where you can find the lost treasures of the canoe people. When they inevitably tip over and dump their treasures to the bottom of the crick. You’re sure to find glasses, wallets, cell phones (and many phones still work), keys, and other personal items are just there for the diving. Be careful and don’t dive in anywhere you are not trained and skilled to dive.
Since I was unable to attend Curaçao this past summer, I had to rely on those who did to do recaps. Dan and Grady volunteered Christina Frampton to write about one of the shore dives at Sunscape Resort in Curaçao.
Have you ever looked at something and your first impression is, “Oh my gosh, that’s awful” only to be immediately followed by the thought, “That’s amazing!” That was my reaction when I first saw what we now refer to as “Christina Reef” on the shores of Sunscape Resort in Curaçao. Continue reading→
You may have heard me talk about diving in Cozumel a lot, that’s because Grady and I have been to Cozumel around fifty times. Yes, that’s a 5 and a 0. It is still one of my favorite dive destinations. When people ask me where they should go for their first destination dive trip, Cozumel is always my first answer.
One of the big pros about Cozumel is you can do deep dives as well as nice shallow dives. There is always lots of fish life and the water always has at least 100′ of visibility. While some people certify while in the ocean, I suggest getting certified in the lake. Why? Well, because you’ll appreciate the visibility that much more.
One of the best reasons to dive is to see what other’s can’t see on land. What do you see? Turtles, nurse sharks, moray eels, angel fish, parrot fish, and sometimes even seahorses. And yes, I said sharks. Don’t let those sharks scare you. Sharks are an amazing creature and the sharks we dive with are very docile.
If you’re on the fence about going to Cozumel, don’t be. Why? So glad you asked!
You’re certified, where is your first destination? My recommendation, Cozumel! Hands down! The visibility is magnificent. The sea life is abundant. And… you can say you swam with the fishes/sharks. There’s great 80’+ dives as well as shallow dives. And did I mention the visibility? Or… the water temp. Especially in February when it’s snowing in the great state of Missouri.
We stay on the West side of the island so that means GORGEOUS Sunsets. If you’re a Sunrise person, rent a car and drive to the other side of the island, but be sure you know where you are parking. Refer to number 5.
When you go on vacation, is getting as many SCUBA dives as possible important to you? Do you want to spend much time diving as possible? Would you like short travel times to the dive sites? Would you like to dive on less visited dive sites? Then a liveaboard dive trip might be for you.
Good Morning, have a good day. This is the way we started our days in Curaçao…..the Papiamento greeting for the ABC islands.
Papiamento??? Papiamento is a combination of 5 languages: Spanish, Portuguese, African, Dutch and Arawak Indian and has evolved much over the years into its own language, spoken on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Saint Eustatius. Our friends on Curaçao and the other islands speak, read, and write English, Spanish, Dutch, Paliamento, and many also speak French and German. I have problems with English. Continue reading→