Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:23 PM
Agreed Mike, how many locals, how many boat captains don't know the rules here. Some of the rules are valid for the special circumstances encountered in Cozumel, many of the rules are just basic common sense. If stupidity was a crime, we could lock up half the people for violating Darwin's evolution thought.
Since locals that know the rules, often play games with "quien mas macho" and the Marine Park rules aren't even enforced regarding illegal fishing, poaching by boats that obey the water craft regulations.
One item of safety that could be addressed is that I regularly see people seeking information regarding rental equipment for doing their own shore dives. I am a very experienced diver, I have logged over 100 dives the last ten years in seven places, I just want to do my own shore diving from close to my hotel. Why should I have the added expense of paying for a boat and the services of a dive master that I don't need or want. If I can just rent equipment, I can do twice the diving and pay half the price. My buddy wants to go too on some of the dives and he has his own wet suit.
I used to see Paradise Reef like a parking lot on a busy day. More boats than Chedraui would have cars during a half off sale. What a wonderful place to have a marina. If the new and improved marina project actually manages to attract the "Mega" rich with their assorted speed boats and assorted toys that go with their "Mega" yachts, just how will the situation be handled with newcomers that have no knowledge of Cozumel and even if cautious and generally respectful of common sense and International rules.....oh by the way, be real careful even if you are staying within marked channels, obey speed rules and no wake zones as given the extreme currents and the vast numbers, divers may be scattered everywhere.
Would rules address topless model type sunbathers that want to sunbath on deck and recline against the windshield in front of the driver? Would clothing optional boats either present a distraction or blind other captains? Is it a fair trade if we can attract some more "Megas" to come here if we don't lose too many regular people or no one too famous?
There are always the Darwin award crowd among the tourists. The worst case I personally witnessed was when a honeymoon couple (drunk of course) decided to do a swan dive off the top of the Fiesta Party boat and the newly wed wife got sucked into the propellers which severed her femoral artery. At least it was fast and she was gone when they quickly got her from the water right next to where I was sitting in beached boat. It sort of ruined my whole afternoon, but I found it amazing that most everyone carried on as before and the beach volley ball game continued barely 25 feet away while feeble attempts of the impossible to resuscitate someone about seven pints low on blood.
To help avoid propeller accidents, I'd suggest strong measures to discourage excessive drinking while swimming, snorkeling, using water toys etc at the assorted party beach clubs when you never know when a local boat captain wants the attention of someone showing off her brand new 44DDs.
No enforcement with teeth, they might as well just say "pretty please".