Where Do I Begin?
Upon checking in at the Dive Paradise shop at Hotel Cozumel,
we got to do our one free weight check/buoyancy shore dive.
Immediately the staff was attentive, and the Manager even came down to the pier to give his personal insight and advise from diving this exact location.
It only got better from there!
"Wech" (Julie's husband) was our DM on our first dives the following morning. He was more than helpful. So much so, it felt like I was in class and he was instructing! It was an honor to have him as a guide, DM and personal instructor.
On other dives, Matu, and the "Jurassic Park Duo" - Emilio & Antonio, were our DM's and they were a blast to dive with! We were diving "old school" all the way! Their enthusiasm and knowledge of the reefs (only Poseidon, God of the Sea is older and wiser-LOL!) was addictive, and we all had memorable dives.
I left "Gato" for last! He has a persona of looking and possibly acting like a drill Sergeant. He even teasingly referred to himself as the "Sheriff of the Sea"!
But underneath that tough, sea weathered exterior, his sense of humor and his love of what he does, shines through.
Through the luck of the draw, we had "Gato" on a lot of our dives (20) and we grew very fond of him!
ALL... of the DM's did dive briefings. ALL... of them stayed directly next to their particular group of divers. ALL... of them made sure throughout the dive, that we were ok. And most importantly, ALL... of them kept tight tabs on their group as they repeatedly counted the divers they were responsible for as we dove.
During surface intervals, every DM made sure we were having fun, and passed around soda's, cookies, watermelon, and papaya.
There wasn't a time when any of the DM's had most of the divers laughing, as we all shared our favorite moments under the sea!
This was my first trip to Cozumel so naturally it was my first time with Dive Paradise.
I cannot think of anything that Dive Paradise could had done better.
For us; it was simply perfection.
We were terrified about using Dive Paradise after reading all the bad reviews. But it was too late to change. Boy, are we glad we did not!
I know everyone can't be 100% satisfied. To many variables and expectations.
But we used many different Dive Masters, and were on many different dive boats with Dive Paradise (12 days of diving) and we NEVER experienced ANY of the complaints that we read on here.
We are new divers and they took pride in taking care of us. Under the water as well as above.
All we can say is that, if you give them a chance, you will NOT regret it.
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