I got certified in Aug 2011 and so my hubby and I headed to Cozumel to dive together for the first time. My hubby has been certified for several years and has used Del Mar before, actually his first ocean dive. So we stayed at Casa Del Mar and used this shop because it is so convenient. The staff are all friendly and knowledgable, Juan seems to always be smiling :0). I was extremely intimidated though, my very first ocean dive ever was to 91 feet and thru a ton of swim thrus!!! I don't really remember a whole lot because I was so focused on NOT bumping any coral. My anxiety caused me to of course blow throough my air in no time and my hubby and I had to ascend well before the others. The worst was when we hit about 18 ft I blew us right thru the safety stop!!! I was almost in tears. We did have a really large group with one guide at the front and one at the back. Juan gave me some tips topside on how to better handle my ascent and the second dive and ascent went much smoother.
The second day we had Francisco assigned to us, a group of only 6 or maybe 8. He was very attentive on the dive after visiting with us topside on my prior days dive. He was awesome at pointing out the sea life and making sure my husband got every possible opportunity to get photos.
We are heading back this May, on a group trip with our local dive shop. We will once again be staying at Casa Del Mar and using Del Mar Aquatics. We are super excited to get back to the beautiful reefs that Cozumel has to offer, and hoping we have Francisco again...:0) If you go, be sure to use Caesar to shoot video of your dive. He is AWESOME and his dvd is fabulous!!! I think we got 4 dives on the dvd for $70. Pretty darn awesome. Just ask about it at the dive shop. And Happy Diving!!!!
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