Advice On Dive Opperators
Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:04 AM
Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:25 PM
On Scubaboard's Cozumel board this is a perennial discussion. It tends to come down to a small number of highly-recommended operators, another small number of less-expensive options that are still pretty good, and a bunch of also-rans. Of course, there's much arguing about which shops belong in which group.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 02:41 PM
Posted 09 June 2012 - 02:47 PM
Many experienced divers prefer one of the smaller ops with boats that typically hold only 6 divers (hence the term 6-packs). These boats are faster to get to the dive sites which is a consideration if you are not staying in a hotel in the southern zone. But the ride is not as mellow or comfortable so you have to decide what you want and need on that front.
My husband likes a slower boat but one that doesn't hold massive numbers of people. 12 or so is okay. Takes longer to get to the site but the trip is pleasant.
Many suggest, however, staying away from what are sometimes called 'cattle-boats' -- large boats that hold a whole lot of divers.
So that's a little background knowledge from one non diver to another but I happen to know a little about it as you can't help but if you live here as it is one of the major industries on the island.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:58 PM
The lunch he serves is worth it alone, apparently his daughter holds several records for swimming the channel from Xel ha or somewhere incredibly far to cozumel. Laid back diving, very relaxing and believe you me he knows where to dive. We could always see his boat as his crew functions very well together.
I am surprised I never heard of him before but I can thank Steve Hamp for introducing him to us.
Whatever just an opinion.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 05:28 PM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:53 PM
1) Aquatic Sports & Expeditions run by Sergio Sandoval Suarez Jr. Coz. cell 987/111/1172. www.cozumeldivingwithsergio.com E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Aquatic Sports run by Sergio Sandoval Vinzano Sr.. Coz business #987/872/0640. www.scuabacozumel.com E-mail email@example.com
Both operations, in my opinion, are excellent. You can reserve places on the boats or even rent the boat(s) for your own group. You will love the personal attention, lunches, and service. I have been associated with the family for over nine years. Jr. Dives with a large boat in small groups of 6 & Sr. dives with a small boat in groups of six as well.
You can contact either Sergio directly or contact us and we would be happy to help you.
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