Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Day 5

This was a perfect dive day; the water was great, and I saw some great stuff. The SCUBA II crew was excellent. I wasn’t able to get too close to the shark. The current was strong, but the turtle was in a perfect spot.

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Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Night Dive

Another excursion dive we got was the night dive. This was a great dive; the water was great, and I saw some great stuff. The dive crew was excellent. I found a new light at my local trift shop before we left and it was well worth the $7 I paid LOL

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Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Day 3

This was a perfect dive day; the water was great, and I saw some great stuff. The SCUBA II crew was excellent. Today we dove through some caves in the coral. Seen some beautaful coral and fish.

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Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Day 2

Day 2 started great; waking up to this view every morning is fantastic.

Today’s dives were great; I got to see some great coral walls and tunnels.

The Wreck Dive

I was signed up for a wreck dive in the afternoon. This is my first wreck dive, and it went very well. I was worried at first, but once I was there, it was amazing.

HISTORY OF THE C-53 WRECK

The C-53 was built in Tampa in 1944 at the Wilson Marine Ship Works. It was built as a mine sweeper for service during World War II and named under Scuffles. After the war in 1946, it was decommissioned.

In 1962, the C-53 was discharged and sold to the Mexican Navy. It was converted into an Admiral Class Gunboat and retitled ARM General Felipe Xicoténcatl (C53). It was named after Felipe Santiago Xicoténcatl, who was a General in the Mexican Army.

The C-53 was purchased to guard the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea in Search & Rescue operations. In addition to providing surveillance of illegal arms and drug trafficking.

Felipe Xicoténcatl (Cozumel C-53 shipwreck) provided 37 years of assistance to the Mexican Navy and finally retired in 1999.

DEPTH

(50′-70’/15m-21m)

DIMENSIONS

The C-53 is 184 feet (56 meters) long and 33 feet (10 meters) wide. It was sunk to the bottom of the Caribbean perfectly upright. It rests on the seabed 70 feet (21 meters) from the surface.

The Cozumel C-53 wreck stands 40 feet (12 meters) from the seabed, permitting divers to reach the wreckage by descending 30 feet (9 meters) from the surface.

LOCATION

It was sunk in Cozumel in June of 2000.

The location chosen for the wreck is just offshore from Chankanaab Park. The site was selected for many reasons, including easy access for divers in an area sheltered from strong currents. It was lodged on a giant sand bar where the ship would not cause any damage to the existing reef structures.

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Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Day 1

So this being my second trip to Mexico, this was my first time to Cozumel, and five days of diving to look forward to. We had arrived the day before at the Scuba Club Resort and did a quick dive to test weights and gear.

The dive boat leaves at 8 am, and I was at the dock at 7:30, LOL, heading out on two tank dives. Getting back in the saltwater was great, but I sucked down both tanks pretty quickly while readjusting and dealing with my dive partner. It was her first real saltwater dive. Overall the dive was bland, with nothing of note, pretty murky water.

The Food

After the dive, we got cleaned up and started into town. The day before, we got caught in the rain and stopped at a restaurant in the tourist zone; that was a mistake. So today, we ventured into town away from the cruise ships and resorts and ended up at Taqueria Diaz 100% at v. Lic. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell 150, 10 de Abril, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico.

OMG this place was AMAZING, we both ate and had a drink. and the bill was $12. Needless to say we ate it alot on the trip, and hope to go back. I found the weather most agreeable, a nice 85f. The people were very nice in general, the ventors in the tourist zones are very pushy and just have to walk by and dont engage.

All in all the first day was great start.

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