Welcome to Hotel Cozumel & Resort in Cozumel Mexico. Prior to May 2016, I had never been to Cozumel. My first trip I really wasn’t sure what to expect, so I’m putting together this post to try and help all newbies to Cozumel not feel so lost!
This is Hotel Cozumel & Resort, the hotel side. The other side of the street is the diving site. But more on that in a bit.
This is the main lobby. The check-in desk is actually right behind me (so not pictured in this picture). There are 3 floors.
This view you’ll see the check in desk to the far right, the bar almost in the middle, down the hallway right by the bar is the dining area for breakfast and dinner, and off to the left of this picture is where you get rental cars, etc.
If you’re interested in renting a car for the island, there is a car rental desk right in the lobby as well as other excursions you can do while on the island.
There are 2 ways to get across the street to the dive site. One is crossing the road, watch out for traffic! The other way is to go through the tunnel entrance. The tunnel takes you under the road. The morning I took most of these pictures it was before 7am and to get access to the dive site, I had to go through the tunnel.
If you’re lost, don’t worry, there are maps that will help you around the complex located in different areas.
Does anyone know what is coming up??? If you follow us on facebook, you’ve probably seen the “traveling” animals… Does that tell you that the Safari Hunt is coming up? It should!!! Who is ready? If you don’t know what that is… check out the fun had at the 2013 and 2014 Safari Hunts.
What else is there this weekend? There are a bunch of Open Water Check Out Dives. The best part about that is adding new divers to the mix.
So… as that first picture shows you… Be there or be square. If you don’t want to dive, come hang out because it’s a lot of fun!!!
Every November 11th the country sets aside a day to thank Veterans for serving this country and keeping us free, but one day we questioned why just once a year are veterans honored? With that thought process going, the Veterans Try Scuba was created. Extreme Sports Scuba decided to honor veterans with a Try Scuba Saturday.
Saturday January 10th was the day. Fliers were created and posted all over Facebook by our fellow divers, the local VA’s were contacted with the fliers, and everyone tried to help spread the word.
The Judo Club at Christ’s Community Methodist Church provided lunch of hotdogs, chips and cookies. Fellow divers showed up to help and a Great time was had!
We are pleased to announce that there were 6 veterans that showed up to dive with us!
When I woke up Saturday morning my car said it was 13˚F outside, the air inside the building at 5 Mile was a lot warmer and the best part was the water was 82˚F. Lovely to dive in to!
And now for a few more pictures.
The tanks sat in the trailer overnight. As we hauled them into the building, all of the valves frosted over. It was very fun to watch.
Depth – 5 feet, pool temp – 82˚F
Thank you to all who came out and braved the weather. It was a super day!
I was watching television this morning while I was getting ready to leave the house and saw a Sonic commercial. They said Cheeseons (spelling?) Greetings. Add that to the fact that we just celebrated Labor Day and Christmas will be here before you know it! Where did 2014 go anyway? Here is a very sobering thought… Christmas is 16 weeks away. But let’s not think about that… I might give myself heart palpitations!
Let’s talk about the exciting and busy summer that Extreme Sports Scuba had this summer. Between fun trips to Beaver Lake just to dive as well as to certify a lot of great divers, to the trip to Cozumel in July to the Safari Hunt (recap coming soon!) to giving kids at 5 Mile Children’s Camp the opportunity to try out Scuba Diving.
Let’s focus on that last one today…
5 Mile Children’s Camp is located right down there on the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma boarder behind Downstream Casino and if you’ve been to a Try it Tuesday at any point in time, you’ve probably swam or should I say Scuba Dived, Dove… tried Scuba Diving!… in the 5 Mile pool.
So starting the end of May until around the last week of July, every Wednesday night Extreme Sports Scuba packs up and heads to 5 Mile to allow that group of kids the opportunity to try Scuba Diving. This year the time frame was from May 28 through July 23. Typically we had 3-5 groups of 7-8 kids at a time. That means that we potentially had 192-320 kids try Scuba Diving. (You might want to double check my math for me please )
We would like to give a big thanks to those who helped, the list includes: Grady Weston, Deb Weston, Jared Weston, Drake Weston, Shaye Weston, Chuck Beaver, Kathy Bennett, Kim Brungard, Aerielle Cupp, Carlene La Due, Dan La Due, Danielle La Due, Jason La Due, Lee Lake, Doug Lord, Rachele Lord, Chris Parrish, Cam Parrish, Brittany Renfro, Mark Willoughby, and Nicole Willoughby.
2 Great Stories:
The first week was a group of girls. I was sitting on the side of the pool and a girl walked up and sat next to me. She struck up a conversation and I asked her how old she was, she told me she was 11. I said that I had a daughter that was 11 and she thinks I’m mean. That poor little girl got the wildest look on her face and Dan started laughing. I winked and said I was kidding.
The other great story came from the last week of 5 Mile and a group of boys. This was a great group of boys, a little ornery but still a great group. So at the end when we were packing our gear up, the boys were sitting in the hot tub talking to Kim asking different diving questions. I walked up and said, “Now I want to tell you something, there are two types of divers: those who pee in their wet suits and those who say they don’t but really do.” Then I walked off. Kim walked over and asked me if she should be ornery to them and I said, “Absolutely.” So she walked over to the hot tub and said, “Speaking of that I need to wash out my wetsuit,” and she proceeded to put the wetsuit in the hot tub. I’ve never seen a hot tub clear out so fast. Don’t worry though, we fessed up that we were just messing with them .
And this is the type of fun we have at 5 Mile in the summers! Now it’s time for some pictures!
Mark Willoughby & Doug Lord (and barely Visible Rachele Lord)
Jason La Due & Doug Lord
Jared Weston, Lee Lake, Jason La Due, Chuck Beaver, Mark Willoughby, Doug Lord
Jason La Due
He couldn’t stand up above the water so we got him a Milk Crate to help
This was after Dan La Due threw me in the water
Do you see anything wrong with this picture?
Here’s a closer look… Give up? Aerielle Cupp and I zipped the bag inside out for the boys at the shop to mess with the next day . That does make it difficult to carry….
Part of the certification process for all open-water divers is going to the pool and running through a specific set of underwater skills. Normally in the summer months we use Deb & Grady’s 10 ft deep pool, but in early May, their pool wasn’t warm enough so the junior divers used the pool at 5 mile for their pool class. Attached you’ll find a video of their experience. Look for the post finishing up their certification coming soon! Enjoy!!
Friday night May 16th Deb Weston, Rachele Lord, Jason (JT) La Due, Mark Willoughby, Lee Lake, and Danielle La Due met at Extreme Sports Scuba around 10:45pm. Why so late you may ask? It was a night dive of sorts, but only in a swimming pool. Is your interest piqued yet?
Neosho High School Graduating class of 2014 was having their Project Graduation at the Neosho Y and Extreme Sports Scuba was invited to be there.
The group showed up around 11:45 and allowed the students to give Scuba Diving a try. There were about 45 students who took the opportunity to scuba dive in the Neosho Y Pool.
It’s been said, the best place to try out scuba diving is in a controlled environment, such as a pool. The Neosho Y pool at its deepest spot is around 8 feet, so it’s a little deeper than the normal pool that we usually “try scuba diving” in. Once students felt comfortable in the shallower end, they were released to try the whole pool, however, Rachele, Jason, Lee & Mark were all in the pool to assist the students if at any time something went wrong.
All of the seniors seemed to enjoy themselves and there were even a few who became “fish” like and didn’t want to give up the dive equipment.
Even though it was a long night and the gang didn’t get out of there and home until closer to 4am, it was an extremely enjoyable evening sharing a sport that we all love with the graduating seniors. Thank you for allowing Extreme Sports Scuba to be a part of Project graduation. Congratulations to the Class of 2014 Neosho seniors and we hope you had a blast trying out Scuba.
Here it is the middle of May and we’re finally starting to approach warmer weather. This month we were hoping that we could have a Try it Tuesday outside in an outdoor pool, however if you’ve paid any attention to the weather here lately, we’ve been on a roller coaster of hot and cold so we chose to have it at 5 Mile Camp again for good measure. Turns out we made a good call since the high for the day hit around 58 degrees. Brrrr, that could have been cold in an outdoor pool.
So Tuesday night we met up at Extreme Sports Scuba and headed toward 5 Mile Camp for the May Try it Tuesday. The great part about it, is if you come try it and you get hooked now, you don’t have to worry about waiting months to get certified. Nope, if you come try Scuba and enjoy it, we’re now in the warmer months and are just waiting to get you certified. This is the perfect time to come out and Try Scuba Diving!
If you or some one you know would be interested in giving Scuba Diving a try, please by all means call Extreme Sports Scuba and talk to us. We’d love to get you out there to try it!
This weekend we got a great start on our next set of junior divers. There are 3 junior divers going through this class that will get certified very soon. Very exciting!!
Now if you went through your dive classes with Deb &/or Grady Weston, think back to when they were telling you how to set up your equipment. They made it a point to say that you should turn your gage into the back of your BC before turning on the air.
Do you remember why? It was just to make sure that it didn’t explode. Deb told us that she’d never experienced that but it was definitely a possibility.
So Saturday the kids went to the pool over at 5Mile to get their pool classes in. Chuck Beaver, Lee Lake and Mark Willoughby were in the pool to help Deb. They got all their equipment set up and had it waiting on the side while the kids did their swim test, underwater swim and float test.
As the kids were getting ready to do the 10 minutes of floating, Deb said 1, 2, 3 and then there was a loud BOOM!
Chuck was on one side of the pool, I was on the other, Deb was on the south side between us and Lee and Mark were in the pool. We all just looked at each other like who had the start gun? The kids weren’t affected by it at all they just started floating/treading water. The rest of us started wondering what happened.
Turns out, we now know why it is a good thing to turn your gauge into the back of your BC when you start airflow to it because Lee’s gauge actually exploded. Lee’s equipment/gauge had been set up and turned on for a good 10-15 minutes at the point the gauge exploded.
We found the plastic portion of the gauge all in tact about 15 feet away from where Lee’s equipment was laying. The face wound up on top of the dressing rooms about 30 feet away and we never did find the needle, it was like looking for a needle in a… you get the picture.
No matter how long you have been diving or how much experience you have, you can always learn something new. Take this lesson and apply it the next time you use one of these gauges. And as always have fun Diving!
Sunday April 6th we had a special edition of Try it Tuesday, the Sunday edition.
Back in March there were plans made to have Christ’s Community United Methodist Church Sunday youth group out to 5 Mile Camp pool for a special edition of Try it Tuesday for the youth. Well Mother nature had other plans and we were snowed out.
Plans were finally rescheduled for the youth to come out on Sunday April 6th so Extreme Sports Scuba and the Church youth group loaded up and headed out to 5 Mile Camp to try Scuba Diving in the indoor pool.
Extreme Sports Scuba arrived at 5 Mile before the youth group so it was time to set everything up so the youth didn’t have to wait for that to be done. Then it was time to hang out and chill until they arrived. The pool was a little cooler than it has been coming in at 81 degrees. Still, very nice, especially with Mother nature not sure what she wants to do with the weather outdoors.
Once the Youth Group showed up it was time to get in teaching gear. The youth were broken up into 3 groups so that everyone would have a chance to give Scuba diving a chance.
The first matter of business was getting everyone geared up with the proper equipment, a mask, a pair of fins, a BC with air tank and then helping the youth group get strapped into their BC.
Once everyone was geared up, it was time to give instructions. Chris Sloan, Doug Lord, Mark Willoughby and Jason LaDue were in the pool at all times helping the youth with any questions that came up throughout this experience. They received a crash course on what the regulator is, then took a few test breaths off of the regulator above the surface.
Then it was time to put their heads under water and take a few breaths. Next sit on the bottom of the pool and breath about 10 times and finally they were off.
Doug, Mark and Jason spread themselves out under water to help make sure there weren’t any problems once the kids were released, but again, the best thing about trying in this pool, if you get into a bind, it’s shallow enough just stand up. Chris stayed above the water but still in the pool, plus there were also certified scuba divers walking around the surface of the pool to help anyone who was above water having issues.
Once the first group of youth had finished trying out Scuba diving, we switched out equipment and went through the same procedure with the second set of students. Once they felt comfortable they were released to explore the pool. And of course the same steps and procedures went for the third group of youth.
Finally around 7pm it was time for the youth to head back to the Church so we pulled all the equipment out of the pool, put the gear away and the Extreme Sports Scuba team headed to Wendy’s for some Ice Cream (and dinner!). Ice Cream after diving in the pool is a must in our opinion!!