How to fit EVERYTHING in?
Posted 05 May 2011 - 03:52 PM
Posted 05 May 2011 - 04:05 PM
Please, please do research about the capturing of the dolphins before you go see them...be informed and then if you still want to do it...fine. Many dolphins die enroute to the island don't even make it to their prisoner life in the small cage/prisons.
Posted 05 May 2011 - 04:47 PM
If you are going to swim with the Dolphins at Chankanaab, the entrance fee is included
in your fee for this event...if you just want to go to Chankanaab and hang out you will pay $21.00 per person to enter. Renting snorkel gear is $10 per person and then if you want to eat lunch or have a drink, there is another cost. You can decide what you want to do.
If people want to scuba and are certified with their PADI cards, we can arrange that through dive shops we know and trust on the island. Do they have equipment or need to rent it?
Ruins are $6.75 entrance fee per person, plus transportation to get there and back to town or to your ship pier. send me a Private email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you some prices for your group. Thanks Susan
Posted 06 May 2011 - 08:40 AM
As for the scuba, you don't need to be certified. My husband had never dove before, but they have a beginners dive for something like $70 for over 1.5 hours. He was blown away & can't wait to dive again now.
We've done lots of other stuff here, but keep talking about Chankanaab; it's truly a gorgeous place.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 09:03 AM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 10:14 AM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 12:42 PM
I had DCS 3 years ago and no fault of mine, just happened and I was in the chamber for three different sessions....we live here, so no issue about changing hotels or flights, but I couldn;t fly for 10 days and I couldn;t dive again for at least a month.
The bill was $8,500.00 US$ and DAN insurance paid it all in full.
If you have unlimited funds I guess go ahead, but also the dive operator that you are using could lose their licence to operate if caught doing this. The Liability is just too great!
Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:37 PM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 04:58 PM
My question is why would you risk diving at all without any kind of diver insurance? You may pay each year (approx $120 per year for both of us on their family policy) and never need it but then one day you do need it? I just wouldn;t take the chance!!
Posted 06 May 2011 - 06:09 PM
Added: Reading from the Dan site it defines a covered dive as:Covered Dive means a recreational dive or diving while a scuba instructor, divemaster, underwater photographer, or while performing research under the auspices and following the diving safety guidelines of the American Academy of Underwater Scientists (AAUS). A dive begins upon entry into the water and ends upon exit from the water. A Covered Dive must begin while Insurance is in force.
So I think you might be able to get it and be covered?
Posted 07 May 2011 - 09:02 AM
Posted 07 May 2011 - 03:02 PM
As the DAN Field Rep in Mexico, I know that you do not need to be a certified diver to get dive accident coverage from DAN America or DAN World. As far as I know all the DAN regions allow you to sign up for at least some level of coverage before getting certified. Both DAN World and DAN America have a free coverage available to students enrolled in a open-water basic level certification course. That Student Diver coverage does not apply to people taking a Discover Dive or Resort Course. However, anyone including people taking a Discover Dive or Resort Course have the option to sign up for the full DAN coverages available in their respective region. It's very very rare that someone would get decompression illness after only doing a Discover Dive but it is possible. Each region of DAN has different levels of coverage and different prices.
Decompression Illness is actually not a very common thing among recreational scuba divers. If you look at the statistics of incidence compared to the number of dives occurring each year by recreational scuba divers, it is actually a very small probability. There are definatley certain things that make some individuals more prone to getting "the bends" compared to others and when it does occur it can be very serious. In the case of decompression illness, treatment in a hypberbaric chamber is the best case senario for resolution of symptoms. Unfortunately treatment for Decompression here in Mexico is VERY expensive compared to other countries in the Americas and the Caribbean. That's why I would never dive without my DAN coverage, no matter my level of certification or the number of dives I do each year.
I enjoy diving and recommend that those in your group who are interested in diving try it while they are here. Cozumel diving is like no other. It's easy drift diving, inexpensive compared to other dive destinations, has some of the most beautiful reefs in the world. It would be a shame to pass up the opportunity. Not everyone will be able to do it because of medical reasons, and some are just outright afraid to try. But for those who are able and wiling it is like stepping into a whole new world.
Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:49 PM
You can do just about everything the ship offers without going through the ship; however; if you go outside the ship, make sure you board in time; they will not wait.
Chankanaab is great; we always spend at least a day there when we go to Cozumel. You have the Dolphins, good snorkeling, nice beach, a lagoon, food, pool, etc.; it is a very nice place to spend a day.
As posted, there are a gazillion cabs waiting to take you anywhere you want to go on the island.
Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:31 AM
Although anything is possible to make any kind of life threatening error on a dive of 35-40 feet would take a incredibly stupid mistake. The area's where most of the Discover Scuba takes place are the same locations that are used for the Open Water Diver course. Due to the current I would certainly recommend doing the dive from a boat as opposed to doing it from the shore.
Personally if I was going to book a tour I would book locally and not through the cruise line. There are dozens of excellent local booking agencies here on the island that can help you and if you have a problem they are right here on the island to help you out. If something goes wrong with any tour and you are using a local agent any problems that may occur are very easy to address.
For certed divers DAN insurance is a must.
Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:04 AM
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