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→
I became a certified SCUBA Diver in 1990 as I have shared many times throughout the blog. That means that I have been a certified SCUBA diver for 28 years this year. In that time, I have had the opportunity to dive with multiple different dive gear combinations. Last year we did a feature of our favorite SCUBA Products. One of my favorites was my Black Twin Jet Fins.
A few years ago when the Seawing Nova fins were offered in purple, Nicole bought a pair. Around that time, I started thinking I needed to try them again. They had recently been redesigned, so it was time to give them a try again. Eventually, I bought myself a pair in white. After using those Twin Jet Fins for over 10 years, it is really hard to use a different pair of fins.
As many of you may know, we just returned from a 15-day dive trip to Cozumel in early March. Before I left, I decided to take the White Seawing Nova Fins to try as well as my trusty Black Twin Jet Fins. 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→
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:
We have heard for years that for a business the most important thing is location, location, location. In our case, that is not all there is to it. It is how you treat people. By word of, Facebook, and other avenues, people have heard about Extreme Sports Scuba because of our friendly, family oriented atmosphere.
On more than one occasion, people have sought out our business bypassing other SCUBA stores in the process. I can’t speak for them, but I knew this was home the minute I came through the door. I sure hope they feel that way too.
Here is a story of a couple we worked with last fall before they went on their trip to Hawaii. All pictures of text messages and pictures have been approved for our usage in this post.
We worked with a couple for their open water dives this past October. They bypassed several shops to work with us because of his past experience with us. So maybe, location isn’t always a total factor when deciding who to get certified through.
Because of everyone’s schedule, they did their open water at Beaver Lake during the Pumpkin Carving Weekend. That particular weekend happened to be a very cool weekend, but they survived and were certified divers by the end of the weekend. We were not only able to finish their open water but by the end of the weekend, we were also friends. We all can use more friends and good dive buddies, so it was a win-win situation as far as I was concerned.
What’s a great way to introduce someone to the underwater world? What’s a good way to explore shallow dive sites? What’s a good way to spend your surface interval? What’s sometimes the best way to get close to some of the most skittish marine life? The answer to all these questions is snorkeling!
If you’re visiting a tropical location that has SCUBA diving, there’s a pretty good chance that the same dive operation that you’re using on your vacation, can also take you to a dive site that is also good for snorkeling. Why would you want to do that, you ask? If you have a friend, parent, or significant other that has traveled with you that would like to see the underwater world, but doesn’t want to or can’t SCUBA dive. Snorkeling can be a great way to introduce and to share the underwater experience with your friend. Continue reading→