We checked into the Costa Club, our home
away from home for this trip. Extremely pleasant staff, great rooms –
some had more of a “view” than others did, but they were sizable,
quiet, the A/C cold and the beds spacious enough to provide comfort to
even the largest of cover-hogs.
| Wednesday, we checked in with the Dive Shop
and it was conveyed that we would not be able to get out then as well…
still a bit too rough (3-5ft???) BUT, they were pretty emphatic about our
safety, our comfort and our enjoyment, so I can’t really spite them
for their position. That said… the First Annual J2 Diving Pool Volleyball
Tournament began. While there were no screaming fans, no ESPN cameras or,
quite frankly, even a disinterested iguana watching, four of our group frolicked
in the slightly chilly pool with a flat volleyball displaying the grace,
elegance and agility of some of the finest professional athletes. Jerry
Lewis would have been proud!
Did I mention the beer was cold?
So, after a night of sleepless anticipation
(kind of like Christmas), we get a report back from Bill, who has already
been over to the shop harassing the local manager that diving is on the
agenda for the day… WooHoo! Imagine Bill dancing around like he
had to go to the bathroom, singing “we’re going diving…
we’re going diving…!” Not a pretty sight, but a visual
I thought I needed to share since we all had to see it. Sorry!
We ended up doing 4 dives Thurs, 4 Fri and 2 Sat… and a good mix of dive sites they were. From a fast paced night dive with lots of cool critters, to the Palancar Bricks with it’s massive 60+ feet of relief to a Minesweeper sunk three years ago that was set up for the most perfect Intro to Wreck class we could ever think about teaching!
|Our evenings were spent either overlooking the
water or in the hotel lounge laughing with our crew and hotel staff members
or recapping the dive events of the day. For me, it was a great blend of
friends both local and from farther away and family. The different views
offered by all on the dives, the different sights, descriptions and emotion
that emulated during these discussions was what pulled the entire trip together
for me. Don’t get me wrong… I was impressed once again with
the locations, but I appreciate seeing the world of diving through the eyes
of others as well.
Did I mention the beer was cold?Saturday night turned into a somewhat raucous night… guess we were due for that… Strange and unusual drinks AND drinking games were observed by a group from Texas somewhere. I think there are some pictures “to be released”, but they may have to be placed on another website… for those that may be faint of heart. Did I mention the beer was cold??????
The diving, the hotel, the staff of both operations, the dive sights and eventually the weather were all great. I think we made some new friends that will gladly welcome us back again, with the promise of new adventures and stories.
My thanks to Kris for her hard work on coordinating everything. Our appreciation to Bay Adventures who helped Kris greatly, Costa Club and especially Dive Paradise… Apple and her Crew! You made it an absolutely great week!
|That being said… I’m off to work on some video editing. Hopefully, some good film to go with the pics!|
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