SCUBA

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Jen and I will have been married for five years as of June 14th, 2008 and decided to do something special for our anniversary.  We figured that learning how to SCUBA dive would be cool since both of us are mildly phobic about the ocean and had never done anything with it before (and the mountains were getting a bit old so we figured a new hobby might be in order).  We decided to get certified rather than just jump in with someone because we thought that proper introduction and training would take something that would otherwise be scary and might fail and turn it into something fantastic (turns out we were right).  

The basic certification requires a few tests, four pool dives, and four open water dives where you go over scenarios like losing your mask or needing to make an emergency ascent or needing to use a buddies air supply , etc.  We did our pool work and coursework at Weaver's Dive Shop in Boulder.  We finished our Open Water PADI certification in Cozumel with Scuba Tony during a ten day vacation that started with snorkeling in Akumal, seeing the ruins in Tulum, and ended with 4 days of diving in the beautiful reefs of Cozumel.

Tony especially is a great guy to work with, the groups are small, the attention is sincere and focused and he really is good at helping people work past the initial fears of learning how to become a diver.  His Divemaster Eric and ship captain Carlos are also great guys and we really appreciated the in between dive fruit, drinks, and pier pick ups/drop offs at our hotel.  As of June 24th, 2008 we have also comlpeted our Nitrox certification.

Update: July 13th - 20th, 2009 We went snorkelling with whale sharks in Holbox and back to Cozumel.

Cozumel 2008

Certifications

Dives

Links

COZUMEL 2008 (9 dives for Jared, 8 dives for Jen)
















Update 2017 Cozumel

Jen and I went back to Cozumel in January of 2017.  Tony was no longer on the dive trips so we went with Blue Angel Dive Resort . Jen had just taken 6 months of swimming lessons and this trip was a real breakthrough for her.  Jen was comfortable and seemed to really start to enjoy diving.  Jen dove 16 times which was almost half of her previous total and anounced that she wanted to go to Fiji for our 15th wedding anniversary in June of 2018.  We met up with a bunch of other divers and had a great time diving with them.  We also had dinner with them several times.  I want to thank John and Becky and Stuart, Kathy, Jake, and Jared for making this such a fun trip for us.  It was a great time for us. We also saw our first sea horse and a strange companionship between a giant moray eel and a nurse shark that seem to bed down together.
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CERTIFICATIONS
Jared - PADI Open Water, Nitrox
Jen - PADI Open Water, Nitrox

DIVES
Jared
-Cozumel 2008 - 9 dives, max depth 80 feet, drift diving, 1 wreck dive, 1 solo dive

-Cozumel July 2009 - 11 dives,  max depth 111 feet, drift diving, first night dive, first dives with back plate and wings from Deep Sea Supply, 5-6 lbs weight, no wet suit,many nurse sharks, many turtles, very cool parrot fish, first octopus, first time diving with a computer (Sunto Vyper 2) awesome dives with Brian Morsony, TImothy Hallinan, and Brianna Harp.

-Buffalo 2010 (July), 3 wreck dives, 20 ft visibility, first freshwater dive, 15-28 feet, with Nate and Phil.

-Bonaire February 2011, 18 dives, max depth 132 feet, 2 night dives,  17 nitrox dives, many shore dives.  Biggest Moray ever. One wreck dive at the Hilma Hooker, one aborted dive due to tremendous numbers of upside down jellyfish.  With Brian, Tim, and Bri.

-Kona and Honolulu July/August 2015, 19 dives, manta ray dive, 2 night dives, 12 shore dives, blackwater/pelagic dive, 4 certification dives with Brandon Gracey on Oahu. With Tim, Bri, and Brian.

-Cozumel January 2017, 17 dives, 1 shore dive, first sea horse, dived with Blue Angel

Total  - 77 dives

Jen
-Cozumel 2008 - 8 dives, max depth 80 feet, drift diving, 1 wreck dive.

-Cozumel July 2009 - 5 dives, max depth 111 feet, drift diving, first night dive, first dives with back plate and wings from Deep Sea Supply, 3-4 lbs no, wet suit, many nurse sharks, many turtles, very cool parrot fish, awesome dives with Brian Morsony, TImothy Hallinan, and Brianna Harp.

-Bonaire February 2011, 13 dives, max depth 125 feet (on air), 2 night dives,  12 nitrox dives, many shore dives.  Biggest Moray  ever.  With Brian, Tim, and Bri.

-Kona July/August 2015, 11 dives, manta ray dive, 1 night dive, 9 shore dives.  With Tim, Bri, and Brian.

-Cozumel January 2017, 16 dives, 1 shore dive, first sea horse, dived with Blue Angel

Total - 53 dives

LINKS
Scuba Tony - A great dive master in Cozumel
SCUBA Board - A very informative and friendly forum
Deep Sea Supply - A maker of back plate/wing BCDs, highg quality and the owner gives a great deal of personal attention
Tech Diving Limited - A good Source of SCUBA equipment from a small, personal shop
Ocean First Divers - A good, Boulder based dive shop, offers technical courses
PADI - Information from the largest certification agency in the United States
Greatful Diver's School of Diving - Great Articles




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