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→
Let’s play a little game… It’s called Have you Met Dan?
But this year, we actually got him!
January 17th is Dan’s Birthday. Mark your calendars!! And this year he turned the big 6-0. He told Carlene he didn’t want any surprises on his birthday, no birthday party, no big fuss. And… he thought he got by with it… That is until……
Jump forward a little over a month and he and Carlene had plans to go on the first week trip to Cozumel. So plans were made to have a surprise birthday party for him while in Cozumel. Carlene hit Deb up for help and the plans moved forward.
Now, Deb and her entourage stood in front of the banner and had people “sneak” over to sign the card. They stood in front of the card like they were having a good conversation so as to keep Dan out of the loop. Continue reading→
Today, let’s cover the last installment of the statues located just off the coast of Cozumel and just to the right from Cozumel Marine World. The first statue we discussed was that of none other than Jacques Cousteau. The Second statue was none other than Sylvia Earle. Finally, the third statue is Ramón Bravo. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee or beverage of choice, and let’s learn about Ramón Bravo.
Ramón Bravo was a Mexican SCUBA diver, photographer, and underwater filmmaker who was born October 21, 1925. Bravo got his claim to fame initially being a famous Mexican swimmer who competed in the 1948 Olympics at just 23 years old.
This love of the water soon brought him to the sport of SCUBA diving. Once he was hooked, he became an underwater photographer, gaining both fame in American and Europe as an oceanographer. An oceanographer is involved in the study of the oceans physical and biological features. Continue reading→
For those of you who went to Cozumel, did you have a good trip? We can’t wait to hear all about it!! Today, I figured we might stay in Cozumel. Last week we discussed the Statues that are underwater near Cozumel Marine World. In fact, we focused on Jacques Cousteau. After that post went live, I got a message that they actually dove that site last Wednesday. How fun is that? Today, let’s look at another one of the statues. Today we’ll focus on Sylvia Earle.
Sylvia Earle was born August 30, 1935, in Gibbstown, New Jersey. As a young child, she and her family moved from New Jersey to Florida. Her parents were outdoors fanatics and ecstatic when she showed an early interest in outdoor exploration. That love led her to earn an associates degree from St. Petersburg Jr. College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, a Master’s of Science and Doctorate from Duke University. Continue reading→
As most of you know (and if not I’m letting you in on a secret) we still have a group trip going on in Cozumel right now. Who is jealous? Especially of those who went for 2 weeks and missed out on the nasty cold weather last week. Since we still have a group in Cozumel, I thought it might be fun to do another post on Cozumel.
Today we’re going to feature the Statues that are underwater just to the right of Cozumel Marine World.
Last year when we had a group down there, Deb and I were diving off the shore from the Cozumel Marine World Pier. That day we had a couple different groups go out. Everyone kind of dispersed in multiple directions. Deb and I went right. Not too far from the pier, we came across three statues. We knew one was Jacques Cousteau, but the other two were a mystery. Once we were back, I started doing some research and we found out that the woman statue was Sylvia Earl and the other male statue was Ramón Bravo. So the question is, just who are these people? I’m so glad you guys ask these questions ;). Today let’s focus on Jacques Cousteau.
Jacques Cousteau is kind of known as the Father of SCUBA Diving. 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→
Drake Weston turns 18 today, Happy Birthday to you.
And today’s blog post is about Drake.
When you have a family that is in the SCUBA business, you end up at one time or another teaching another family member to SCUBA dive.
Drake, grandson of Grady and I, grew up around SCUBA. With a father and grandparents as instructors, it was known that eventually, he would learn to dive as well. He started out using a Sassy (surface assisted youth unit) when he was around 5 years old. He even got to use it in Cozumel. 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.
The Mother’s Day trip took place at O’Dark 30. You think I’m kidding… I believe we were up around 3:30 to be at the airport by 4:30 for our 6:50 departure time or something like that. See, we were awake at O’Dark 30! After we made it through check in and airport security, it was time to find the coffee. I’m pretty sure some of us had our coffee before we got to that point. Wow! It was early. Our youngest passenger on this trip was 2. She was the brightest, sunshineyest, most awakest person of us all (yes, yes, I was an English Major… I did that all on purpose to prove a point….). The thing is, you didn’t hear any complaints from anyone because we were on vacation.