Cozumel: 2016 Trip

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We have booked another trip to Scuba Club in COZUMEL from January 30th – February 6th, 2016. Our last trip to Scuba Club was a huge success. The resort is made for divers by divers. This trip is all inclusive giving you  2 tank dives for 5 days, unlimited shore diving and all of your meals.

Why dive Cozumel?

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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.

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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.

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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.

What will I see in Cozumel?

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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
  • 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)

Pricing

Diver (Double Occupancy)          $1295

Non-Diver (Double Occupancy)    $975

Single (Private Room)            $1550

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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 $550

American Airlines – Stops in Miami or Chicago or Charlotte– Average Price $550

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Payment Options:

Payment Plan: Pay a $500 deposit per person at the time of registration and pay the second payment (remaining balance) 90 days before the trip date.

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

Refunds & Details

*Limited Spaces Available

 *Travel Deposits & Payments are Non-Refundable unless spot is filled 90 days before the trip

HOW TO REGISTER

Give us a call at 978-927-9551 and either pay for the trip in full or leave a $500 deposit which will secure your spot in paradise!

Check out Videos from our past Cozumel Trips!

Boat Dive Schedule!

Join us on our boat dives this summer! All of our boat dives are 2 tanks dives and an Open Water Certification is all you need. Rental gear is not included in the $80 price. We will give you 50% off rental gear for these boat dives! Call us at 978-927-9551 or stop by the store to register. Spots fill quickly!boat dives

June 6th: 8:00am

  • Folly Cove & Captain’s Choice
  • DiveMaster: Shaun Maguire
  • 2 Tank Dive: $80

July 5th: 8:00am

  • Thatcher’s Island & Braces Cove
  • DiveMaster: Erich B.
  • 2 Tank Dive: $80

August 22nd: 8:00am

  • Kettle & Egg Rock
  • DiveMaster: Erich B.
  • 2 Tank Dive: $80

Call 978-927-9551 to register!

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series

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Presentation Tonight!
“On the Rocks–Life Underwater”

Reminder–The first illustrated talk in the “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series is tonight, Wednesday, February 25– 7 pm at Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library.

With his topic “On the Rocks, Life Underwater”, Ted Maney, Marine Biologist at Salem State University, will share information about the sea creatures that are unseen by most–those that cling to underwater rocks and hard surfaces.

Did you know that influxes of newcomers have created a competition for this limited real estate?

tedmaneyManey will also share the results of a 20 year study of subtidal communities off our coast at Halfway Rock and off East Point in Nahant. null

And, he will talk about a new Salem State project to create offshore mussel farming using underwater long lines in the Gulf of Maine.

Free and open to the public. Street parking is available.

At the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945

2015 Boston Sea Rovers Show

Boston Sea RoversIn a little over 2 weeks, the Boston Sea Rovers will kick off their annual show at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore in Danvers, MA. The show runs March 7th & 8th and is open to the public. This show is not something to miss. There are many activities to participate in such exhibits, seminars, nighttime film festival, kids programs and a discover scuba event. Not only will we have a booth at the show, we are also a sponsor of this wonderful event.

Exhibit Hall

Walk around the exhibit hall which is open from 9-5 Saturday and 9:30-4:30 on Sunday. The exhibit hall is packed full of gear and travel vendors, local shops and local dive clubs. It is free to walk about the exhibit hall. Make sure to stop by our booth. We will be having some great giveaways and you can brush up on everything we have going on for the upcoming season. Check out the full visit of vendors who will be in the hall. 

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Seminars

There are over 40 seminar speakers on all different topics which you can enjoy. Topics range from “New England’s Amazing Nudibranchs” by Jerry Shine  to “Diving in the Philippines” by Andrew Martinez to “Top 5 Tips for Creative Underwater Photography” by Berkeley White. The seminars run throughout the day on both Saturday & Sunday. Here is the full list of seminars.

Film Festival 

hallsWe personally love the nighttime Film Festival. The film fest is held on Saturday night at 8:00pm. This year there will be 3 different people presenting films. First is Howard & Michele Hall who are filmmakers specializing in marine wildlife films. Working as a team, Howard and Michele have produced and directed many television films including a National Geographic Special, three episodes of the PBS series Nature, and the five-hour PBS series Secrets of the Ocean Realm. In addition to winning the Festival Choice Award at Jackson Hole in 1991 and Best Cinematography in 1993, the Hall’s television work has resulted in seven Emmy Awards.

rickrosenthalSecond is Rick Rosenthal is a two-time EMMY award-winning cinematographer and marine biologist with over two decades of experience working in the open ocean. During this time, he has filmed some of most challenging wildlife subjects on our planet. In the 1990’s Rosenthal’s PBS/BBC film Hunters of the Sea Wind was one of the first to show audiences the wildlife of the vast open ocean – far from coasts and reefs. Since that time, Rick Rosenthal has filmed over 40 programs, including three award-winning, one-hour films on the great whales, Riddle of the Right Whale, Humpback Whales and Sperm Whales back from the abyss commissioned by the BBC, PBS and Discovery Channel. Rick Rosenthal was principal cameraman for BBC’s landmark Blue Planet series and the feature films Deep Blue, A Turtles Journey and Disney’s Earth. He filmed on BBC’s blockbuster series Planet Earth and was awarded his second Emmy for cinematography in 2010 for his work on BBC’s LIFE series.

nick caloyianisLastly there is Nick Caloyianis has produced and/or filmed in New England waters for many award winning television documentaries including, Jaws Come Home (among the highest rated shows on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week), “Shark Trackers”, “Andrea Doria:Final Chapter” and, “Realm of the Lobster”. Nick graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Zoology and thereafter began his Post-graduate work with Eugenie Clark, Ph.D. (also a Sea Rover). In 1974, he was awarded his first grant to study and film “sleeping” shark behavior with Eugenie off Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

kidsactivitiesKids Activities

9:30am-3:00pm
How Fast Can Your Escargot Go?
Just how fast can snails go? Come find out!
Join students from Salem State for fun snail races!


10:00am-2pm

Get Up Close and Personal: Sea Creature Touch Tanks
Courtesy of the New England Aquarium

Here is a full list of the kids activities. 

 

Parking: FREE

Exhibit Hall: FREE

Film Festival: $25/per person    Purchase Tickets

Saturday Seminar: $25/per person    Purchase Tickets

Sunday Seminar: $20/per person    Purchase Tickets

GoPro HERO 4 Firmware Updates Now Available

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A little over a month ago we had a blog post talking about the upcoming firmware updates for the GoPro HERO 4 Silver & Black Editions. These updates are now live for you to update your cameras. Here is what you need to know..

GoPro’s Official Press Release

Today, GoPro unlocked a host of new features for the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver that will amp the performance, capabilities and convenience of the cameras even higher. Run a quick update on your HERO4 software to enable even more dynamic content capture! The new features include: 

HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver

  • Time lapse video mode  – Capture Time Lapse videos automatically-no post-production needed. Showcase a sunrise, road trip or family gathering as a short, sharable video.
  • 30/6 burst photo – Introducing a new way to never miss a moment. Capture 30 photos in 6 seconds-perfect for longer duration fast-action activities like surfing and snowboarding.
  • Auto rotate – Automatically adjusts capture orientation to right-side up when the camera is mounted upside down.
  • Add HiLight Tags during playback – Now you can mark key moments both while recording video and playing back content on the built-in touch display to quickly find highlights for easy editing and sharing.  [HERO4 Black requires LCD Touch BacPac to utilize this feature]

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  • 720p240 fps video – Record ultra high frame rate video at a staggering 240 frames per second for liquid smooth slow-motion playback
  • 2.7K60 fps video – Capture cinematic, high-resolution 2.7K footage at an impressive 60 frames per second

Update your HERO 4 Here

AKONA Travel Bag Promotion

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Akona has a great promotion going on right now until February 28th. Buy the 10lb Roller Bag and receive the small duffle bag FREE! We have everything in stock so don’t delay! The small duffle bag actually hooks on to the big roller bag for easy carrying.

Akona 10lbs Bag: 267.2_SherwoodScubca_7_22_2013_2743_medium_311x255

Sleek, low-profile design holds a full set of gear and then some. The wide stance and low height give this roller bag exceptional stability and balance.

• Lightweight 420D nylon and 600D polyester accents resists stains and mildew.
• Sturdy support base allows the bag to stand upright even when fully loaded.
• Tough, precision bearing, replaceable wheels roll smooth and quiet.
• Lightweight pull-handle extends and locks at 12″.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 29.5″ X 18″ X 9″

MAIN CAPACITY: 4,779 cu. in.

WEIGHT: 9lbs, 6oz.

Akona 3lb Duffle Bag 

This carry-on weighs less than 3lbs.

• Carry on duffel weighs less than 3lbs. 321.2_SherwoodScubca_7_22_2013_2734_medium_311x255
• Two outer mesh pockets, two outer zippered pockets using a reversed nylon coil #5 zipper.
• The quick release side flap provides easy access to a towel
or a pair of snorkeling fins.
• Large U-shape opening to the main compartment.
• Swivel snap hooks secure the adjustable shoulder strap.
• Unzip the slip panel and stack your duffel on the top of the <7lbs or <10lbs roller bag for easy transporting.
• 1½” webbing handles at each end of the duffel provide quick grab points.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 21″ X 11″ X 1″, 2541 cu. in.

WEIGHT: 2lbs., 3oz.

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64th Boston Scuba Show

The 64th Boston Scuba Show is around the corner. This event has some great presenters this year. Check out this year’s flyer below for all of the details.

Boston Scuba Show 2015

THE 64th BOSTON SCUBA SHOW

FEB 28, 2015, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Holiday Inn in Peabody, MA Route U.S. 1

THE BOSTON SCUBA SHOW PRESENTS

Barry Clifford, and the discovery of Christopher Columbus’ flag ship THE SANTA MARIA…Martin Klein, inventor of side-scan sonar: 50 YEARS OF DISCOVERY AND ADVENTURES locating The Atocha, The Lusitania, and The Titanic (and then some)…Alex Shure and his Stellwagen Bank Underwater discoveries…Captain Ed of the StarFish Enterprise and his hilarious adventures in The Gulf of Maine…Steve Lubas and Deb Greenhalgh (Why We Never Go Diving Without Our Cameras)…Chris and Fred Calhoun with their new documentary, SCUBA DIVING – the FIRST 60 YEARS (and then some).  Applaud Mr Clifford’s and Mary Howard’s receipt of The Underwater Club of Boston’s PAUL REVERE SPIKE AWARDS.   Directed by Alan Budreau.  With Linda and Kerry Hurd.

See the whole show from your own seat 

FREE PARKING

Tickets at the door $15,  Checks payable to The Dive Patrol