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ANGELA2821 Posts: 201
9/16/08 10:35 P

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Hi Chris, Welcome to the team. Don't worry Jessica, you are not the only one who hasn't been to Cozumel, at least now I know it is in Mexico!!

I have only ever dived in NZ, but some of these places overseas look amazing. I have only completed my Padi Open Water (got this about 12 years ago),but hoping to get my advanced this summer and do some wreck diving here.

Chris, I'll have to check out your photos - they sound awesome.

Look forward to catching up with you ..... Angela

OK, just checked the photos..... all I can say is WICKED!!!!!

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9/16/08 6:52 P

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You just brought me back to Czm with your review Chris! I did all of those dives too! Pelagicsal, another team member was there for a month or more! How awesome is that?

I stayed at the Iberostar 1 night last year when we had a cancelled flight going home,and the hotel is cute with the little huts! Reminds me of the flinestones!
We stayed both times at the Occidental Grand. Great hotel also with a dive op right there called Dive Palancar. They are more cattleboat and limit your dive time to 40 min. Convenient but they do not get too friendly with the customers. We did more dives with Aquatics sports or Scuba Cozumel(they go by both names) that another team member CJRomb recommended. I really enjoyed them but it was more of a full day out and they served lunch on the boat.So great if you are not in a hurray to get back after your 2 tanks.

Well thanks for the memories! Now I can dream of going back there ot anywhere else for another dive fix!

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We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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9/16/08 6:33 P

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Hi Chris, Welcome to the team! I guess I am the only so far who hasn't been to Cozumel???? Oh, well.. I'll get over it.

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9/16/08 3:38 P

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You're clearly not a man, BH... And all us men are all the more fortunate because of it. ;o)

TY for your generous compliments on my photography. I'm still learning the ins and outs of my new Nikon
D40X and will be posting some new pix soon. Do you have a photo page? I really enjoy seeing other people's work.

Chris


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9/16/08 3:18 P

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Chris, sounds like you had a great time! I was in Cozumel in Feb, but didn't have as good of a dive shop, as we only were able to do 30 minute dives. Really sucked, as far as that went, but, really enjoyed the salt water diving.

I checked out your Flickr page. You do awesome photography! That's one of my hobbies, too. And, you are a Nikon man...cool!!! Me, too!! Well, I'm not a man...but I use Nikon cameras...

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9/16/08 3:06 P

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Thanks for the warm welcome, Michela and BH! I guess all three of us have been to Cozumel. My wife and I went there 8/16 thru 8/23. It was also our second visit, with our first being in 2001. (I envy you, Michela. We would've loved to stay a second week!)

We bought an all inclusive package online and stayed at the Iberostar Cozumel, which is the same resort we stayed at back in 2001. We dove with Dressel Divers, a 5 Star PADI shop that was located right on the beach of the resort. The dive boats left right from the dock behind the shop, which made things pretty easy, especially for the morning dives. We thought the Dive Masters and overall operation was very good, and would recommend it.

I can't tell you how wonderful it was to get back into that warm and amazingly clear, impossibly turquoise-blue water of the Caribbean, and know the joy of diving again. It was almost like a religious experience for me, after being away from it for over three long years.

Here's some brief descriptions of the dives we did:

8/17/08 - Two 40 minute snorkel dives on the coral reefs of Cozumel. I free dived to 50-60 feet several times. The clear warm water, the coral and fish were beautiful!

8/18/08 - First day of scuba diving for us since 2005. Two 50 minute dives on Santa Rosa Wall and Yucab Reef. Santa Rosa was a little disorienting because of strong current and being out of practice with diving, but still great to be tropical diving again. Yucab was easier and a beautiful fish dive.

8/19/08 - Two 50 minute dives on Columbia Cordillera and Punta Dalila Reefs. Very beautiful. Saw several sea turtles at Columbia, and a large aggressive Barracuda at Punta. Punta got very shallow near the end at 30 feet, and I was under weighted with a light tank. I couldn't make my 15 ft safety stop because I was too buoyant and shot to the surface. Thankfully no ill effects.

8/20/08 - One 50 minute dive at Palancar Horseshoe. Coral formations very large and amazing! Added two extra pounds to my weight belt for better buoyancy control, which worked well. Another 47 minute dive at Paso Cedral. Lots of multi-colored fish there, and a couple large Groupers. Also saw a small 3 foot long Black Tip shark. Looked like a "Mini Jaws".

8/21/08 - Two 50 minute dives at Palancar Caves and Palancar Garden. Saw a huge school of small Jacks at Palancar Garden. Felt totally relaxed and back in the grove with diving again on our fourth day. My air consumption was excellent, with all that weight loss and exercise of the last six months really paying off.

8/22/08 - One 40 minute dive at Punta Sur. We got very deep with a max depth of 109 feet - second deepest dive ever for me. Felt a little disoriented from nitrogen narcosis due to depth, but I was OK. Second dive was 50 minutes at Paso Cedral, with many kinds of fish of all colors, large and small. We saw two more small Black Tip sharks, a larger Nurse shark (six feet) and the biggest Barracuda of the trip at over 4 feet long. Current was strong and a real workout. Did a six minute safety stop at 15 ft because of the deep first dive. Very tired for the rest of the day from the current and nitrogen absorption. But all in all, a wonderful trip, and really wish we weren't leaving tomorrow!

Unfortunately, we lost what should have been our first day of scuba due to a reservation foul up with the resort that was blamed on computer problems. But that was the only thing that went wrong the entire trip, so it wasn't so bad. All I know, is that we both came home two very happy divers...

TY for the comments on my photos Michela. I need to get busy and take some new ones.

Thanks again to both of you for the warm welcome, and I'll see ya next time in the lounge.

Chris


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9/16/08 1:46 P

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WOW! Just checked your pics! They are really INCREDIBLE!

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

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9/16/08 1:25 P

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Hey Chris! Glad you could join us! We are a fun group, and I'm sure you will get to know us all very soon if you join us in the Narced lounge and chat. We are a lively group! We look forward to hearing about all your dive adventures! emoticon

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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,183
9/16/08 1:15 P

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Hi Chris and emoticon again to the team! Yours is an amazing and inspiring story and it's good to hear how your life as changed around.
My boyfriend & I were in Cozumel July 19-Aug 2 this summer! It was out 2nd trip there and we loved it.

Tell me more about the trip, where you stayed, who you dove with. You can check out my page for some of the pics.

Hope to see you in the narced Diver lounge where we hang out to chat. We have a weight loss challenge that will be wraped up next week but hope you will join the new one that will follow that!



“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Good Morning fellow divers!

I was really happy to find a group centered around diving here on Spark. I started diving back in 1985 when I weighed 150 lbs and was in very good shape. I was a member of the New England Aquarium Dive Club, and went diving almost every weekend from May to October. I met my wife diving, and we were fortunate enough to take several wonderful Caribbean dive vacations together.

But by 1996 I hit a 10 year stretch of chronic unemployment, underemployment and constant job stress. It demoralized me to the point that I stopped exercising, started overeating, and ballooned up to 250 pounds, seriously overweight and in terrible physical condition. I was in such bad shape that I could no longer go diving, and the loss I felt from this was very painful and depressing.

The good news is that in February of this year, I finally found the determination to turn my life around, lose 60 plus pounds and get back into shape. One of my biggest goals, was to be able to return to diving again. I'm very happy to say that goal was finally realized just this past mid August, when my wife and I spent a week diving in Cozumel, Mexico. The diving was everything I'd hoped for, and much more. It was one of the peak experiences of my life to finally make it back to tropical diving again, after such a long and miserable absence.

So I'm really happy to be here, and looking forward to getting to know you all.

Chris

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