Scuba Industry News

We’re going back to Cozumel!

 

We are excited to say that we have planned another trip back to Cozumel! We will be staying at the ever popular Scuba Club Cozumel Resort. This is a resort that was made by divers for divers. The trip will be running from January 10th-17th, 2015. Shaun Maguire will be the leader of this trip and will be able to help you with any scuba skills you might need fine tuned as well as help with any photography skills and of course he will be there to help you with anything you need as to ensure you have the best vacation possible.

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Why dive Cozumel? divemap

Cozumel is known in the scuba diving industry as one of the best scuba diving locations in the world. Every dive is a scuba divers dream. Teaming with schools of fish and boasting amazing view, Cozumel offers the avid scuba diver a vast playground. Cozumel is the Mexican Caribbean’s largest island, just 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Cozumel is 28 miles wide. Located near Cancun; Cozumel is an island destination for scuba divers and non-scuba divers alike. Although it is a diver’s mecca, even after decades as a popular vacation resort, it remains a serene, quiet and undiscovered piece of paradise. The climate is subtropical. Most of the scuba diving and snorkeling activity in Cozumel is focused on the reefs and shallow coral formations that extend from the southern tip of the island to just south of San Miguel on the west coast. There are two main coral reef systems surrounding Cozumel, Colombia and Palancar reefs. Easily accessible with plateaus beginning in less than 30 feet of water, Cozumel reefs boast abundant underwater sea life and brilliant colors, often referred to by many scuba divers as some of the best scuba diving of their lives. At Chankanaab Lagoon, one of the most visited sites on the island, divers and snorkelers can observe small coral and limestone formations at 6 to 30 feet . You will find warm waters with the average temperatures ranging between 77-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scuba Club Cozumel boatview1

Scuba Club Cozumel is designed and built by divers for divers as to provide all services in one convenient place. Located on the waterfront one mile south of the downtown ferry dock, Scuba Club is an attractive multi-level building of Spanish-Colonial architecture that blends into the waterfront.  Built in 1976 as Cozumel’s first dedicated diver’s resort, Scuba Club Cozumel is still a very intimate place where Cozumel Aficionado’s find convenience and good value.  The resort is private, safe and secluded from the crowds you’ll find downtown, but is still close enough to walk to town. The freshwater swimming pool is located next to the restaurant. There are only 61 rooms, finished in tile and stucco. Each has individual character with a feel of Mexican heritage. All rooms have a private terrace and are air-conditioned. The “Fat Grouper Grill” which is located downstairs is where your buffet style breakfast will be served and upstairs is the main dining room where you can find a wide range of meals.

Diving & Snorkeling

There is a PADI 5-Star Dive Shop conveniently located on the premises. Across the street in a small annex, there is a well-stocked retail dive shop as well as a gift shop. Guests can also enjoy shallow diving and snorkeling right in front of the resort. The house reef is a jagged limestone wall that gives refuge to many juvenile reef fish, lobsters, crabs, octopi and even the occasional seahorse.  The depth is about 15-25ft and access is easy from the pier using the specially built stairs with handrails. Divers board the boats every morning from our large private pier. The boat rides to the dive sites range from 10-50 minutes.

Package Includes:

  • 7 Nights’ accommodation at Scuba Club Cozumel
  • Breakfast Buffet, Lunch & Dinner Daily
  • 5 days of 2-tank boat diving
  • Unlimited Shore Diving
  • Tanks, Weights, Belts
  • Private Gear Locker (Divers need to bring their own padlock)
  • All Hotel Taxes
  • Trip Leader: Shaun Maguire
  • Free Wifi

Package Excludes:

  • Round-trip Airfare/Hotel Transfers
  • Beverages
  • Nitrox ($10/tank + 10% tax)
  • Marine Park Fee of $2.00 per person/day (Must be paid in cash)
  • Personal Dive Equipment
  • Dive Crew Gratuities
  • Dive/Trip Insurance (Highly Recommended)

Diver Double Rooms

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Single Rooms         

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Flights

There are a few flights which you can take to get to Cozumel. Unfortunately there are no direct flights from Boston to Cozumel. If you need assistance with flights, please contact us at 978-927-9551, we will be happy to help you book.

Delta – Stops in Atlanta – Average Price $660

US Air – Stops in Charlotte – Average Price $680

American Airlines – Stops in Miami or Dallas – Average Price $655

Payment Options:

Payment Plan: Pay a $500 deposit at the time of registration and pay the second payment (remaining balance) 90 days before the trip date which will be October 10th, 2014.

Pay In Full: Pay the full trip cost at the time of registration

Refunds & Details

*Limited Spaces Available (11 spots!)

 *Travel Deposits & Payments are Non-Refundable unless spot is filled

Boston Sea Rovers: March 8th & 9th, 2014

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Exhibits – Film Festival – Seminars – Discover Scuba
Great for the whole family!
The Boston Sea Rovers Show is one show you don’t want to miss. Join us for 2 days of everything ocean! The booths will be full of scuba gear vendors, vacation destinations, local dive stores, dive clubs and so much more. At night time you can join the film festival which is always something we look forward too. Throughout the day, head into one of the many seminars with topics ranging from travel destinations, invasive species, and ocean conservation. Sunday is kids day, so make sure to bring the whole family along! Don’t forget to stop by our booth (#30) and say hello and pick up some free goodies!
Where: Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Danvers MA
When:
Saturday March 8th:
The Exhibit Hall opens on Saturday at 8:45am
The Daytime Program runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Saturday Evening Film Festival runs from 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Sunday March 9th:
The Exhibit Hall opens at 9:15am on Sunday
The Daytime Program runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm

For more information on the ticket pricing, seminars and exhibitors, please visit: http://www.bostonsearovers.com/ 

Here are a few photos from last years Sea Rover’s Show where Bob was awarded with Diver of the Year!!

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Shaun’s Having Too Much Fun!

Shaun has been in the Bahamas this past week teaching an Advanced Course for St. John’s Preparatory School (I know, how awesome). Sounds like they are having too much fun with the awesome wall dives and all of the sharks they have seen. He sent me these short video clips of a flying gurnard and a shark! Keep an eye out for more photos and videos upon his return!

 

Boston Scuba Show: March 1st

The Boston Scuba Show & Dive Patrol are back in action on March 1st from 10am-3pm. Below is the official flyer with show details. 

The Dive Patrol presents

BOSTON SCUBA SHOW

March 1 st , 2014 – 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. (see the whole show from your own comfortable chair)

Holiday Inn, Rte U.S. 1 (north), Peabody, Mass.

FREE PARKING

Directed by Alan Budreau, Audio-Visual by Linda and Kerry Hurd

Featuring (not the order of presentations)

IN PERSON

JONATHAN BIRD (of TV’s BLUE WORLD )

with Diver Ed Monat (Dive Theatre of Maine); Dave Norman – an original North Atlantic underwater photographer, featured in his Cape Ann film; Fred and Chris’ new in-water movie, DIVING THE GLOUCESTER PENINSULA; Dallas and Linda Edmiston, GREAT LAKES DIVING; RECREATIONAL REBREATHERS by Alex Dulavitz of EAST COAST DIVERS; Alex Shure’s in-water explorations; Janet MacCausland’s SLIPPING INTO THE INDO PACIFIC; Bill Lovin’s RETURN TO TRUK LAGOON, with Deb Greenhalgh and Steve Lubas.

Be a member of the group picture with Jonathan Bird (copies available)

INTERESTED INSTRUCTORS (PAST AND PRESENT) MAY DISCUSS RECENT ISSUES WITH NAUI BOD MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Tickets at $15 at the door…or contact Chris Christensen, 2 Ocean Ave (1-H), Gloucester Mass 01930 check payable to The Dive Patrol

 

THE BOSTON SCUBA SHOW is not an equipment exposition.

If you want to see the latest scuba gear visit your local dive shop – you can handle all the gear, and have your questions answered by the authorities there…and there’s no charge.

Underwater in Salem Sound: Local Lecture Series

We aDr. Brad Hubeny, professor of geologic sciences at Salem State University, shown here coring in Salem Sound with graduate students, is one of the featured speakers in this year's Coastwatch speaker series.re excited that Salem Sound Coastwatch and Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library are sponsoring the “Underwater in Salem Sound” lectures again! The lectures will be held the last Wednesday of every month, January through April. These lectures are FREE and held at the Abbot Public Library at 7:00pm. 

February 26th: “History Revealed by the Sea Floor” presented by Dr. Brad Hubery

March 26th: “Changing Climate, Changing Fisheries” presented by Dr. Mike Armstrong

April 30th: “Shellfish, Shellfish Everywhere and Not a Clam to Eat” presented by Barbara Warren.

For more details on the presenters and topics head over to: http://www.salemsound.org/events.html

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For more information, contact Salem Sound Coastwatch at 978-741-7900 or email info@salemsound.org.

Dive Society Recap 6-12-13

back beachThis stormy weather is getting old but we were able to sneak a dive in at Back Beach last night before the Nor’easter really disrupts diving. Gusty NNW winds caused a little surface current but other than that conditions looked good. There was a lot of the red algae at the shoreline which made entry at low tide a bit difficult.  I’ll be happy when this finally clears up.

Visibility was 5-10 feet and the water is getting much warmer.  There was schooling Pollock which disappeared as soon as two very large Stripers showed up. These guys are like Tarpon in the Caribbean, they just appear in front of you close enough to touch… looking for a handout I suppose. Exploring the reef we found a lobster trap graveyard with flounder and one large Searaven using it for cover. Lobsters,  crab, skates also were out and about.

back beach 2Time: 46min.    

Depth: 25ft.        

Vis: 5-10ft.         

Temp: 54deg.

Dive Society: Old Garden Beach (5/29/13)

We finally got in the water last night and officially kicked off Dive Society. The weather has been rough but thunder showers predicted for dive time were pushed out a few hours. It was a gray but warm evening, not bad at all for diving.garden

We decided Old Garden Beach would be our best bet. They recently cleared the beach of debris from all of the winter storms.  There was evidence of the stormy weather as much red seaweed and algae covered the shoreline but it was visibly better just a few yards offshore. We headed out off the beach into the sand to find dozens of skates, some very large. We continued into the reef and there were just as many there too. Skates look pretty cool swimming over the rocks, a nice contrast as opposed to buried in the sand. There were several large decorator crabs about, a few flounder and some good size lobster. A school of Pollock accompanied us throughout the dive. A better dive than I anticipated.

Dive Details: 

Leader: Tom Conway

Time: 48min. Depth: 34ft. Vis: 10ft. Temp: 50deg.

Local Marine Life: Atlantic Torpedo Ray

Our goal is to show you how great diving in New England is. We have begun to tell you about the local dive sites, now we want to show you what marine life you can see around here. From now on we will be featuring local marine life and give you tips on where to spot them! This week we talk about the Atlantic Torpedo Ray.

torpedorayterritoryThe Atlantic Torpedo Ray is found on both sides of the Atlantic. In the west, its territory ranges from Nova Scotia to Brazil. In the east, you can find them from Scotland to Morocco. We also have the opportunity to view and encounter these animals. You can find these rays locally at Folly’s Cove, Lane’s Cove, Plum Cove and the pigeon cove area of Rockport/Gloucester. They tend to hang out in waters of 30ft or deeper.

These animals are bottom dwellers. You will find them nestled and buried in the sand in the daytime. They are nocturnal animals, so you will find them out swimming at night, most likely on the hunt for food. They are generally docile creatures and seem to glide by when swimming.

ray2You can identify the Torpedo Ray by its large round body with a large paddle-shaped caudal fin. Their eyes are small and set apart. Both dorsal fins are located on the tail, one larger than the other. The electric organs are located on the pectoral fins on either side of the head, which gives the rays skin a honeycomb-like appearance. They are dark brown/gray and some might show light spots on its body. The average size is anywhere from 2ft-5ft and a weight of around 30lbs. The largest Atlantic Torpedo Ray was reported at 5.9 feet and a weight of 198 pounds!

The Torpedo Ray feeds on primarily large benthic and pelagic fish such as dogfish, flounder, small sharks and mullet. The rays feed by lying motionless on the sandy bottom until their prey is close enough to them where they can “pounce” on them, wrap their pectoral fins around the prey and send the electric shocks to kill the animal. They maneuver the prey to their mouth and swallow it whole. Their jaw can distend so it can swallow much bigger prey than most expect based on the width of the mouth when closed.

A large Torpedo Ray can deliver a shock of electricity ranging from 170-220 volts. To give you can idea of that power, a standard wall plug gives out about 120 volts. So you don’t want to get too close to these guys! Torpedo_peruana,I_RR3489

As a diver, you need to be cautious of what is around you, especially marine life. Make sure if you decide to lie on the sandy bottom to catch lobsters or to take a photo that one of these rays is not buried in the sand beneath you. Other than watching where you are going, these creatures do not pose any threat to you while diving. It is actually quite a treat to see one of these rays!

Folly Cove: Torpedo Ray Video