There are a lot of Cozumel dive shops to choose from. How do you pick one? Some of it is based on your preference. Some of it has to do with reviews you read on popular travel sites.
Cozumel Dive Shops
In order to choose a Cozumel dive shop you need to consider the following recommendations.
1. Reviews on popular travel sites
2. A small boat or big boat
3. Do they provide equipment
5. Safety of boat and company
Reviews on popular travel sites
An important first step is to look at popular travel sites have to say about each dive shop. There is nothing better then hearing what your fellow divers have to say. Read at least 20-30 reviews, both good and bad. Often you will eliminate a Cozumel dive shop off of your list very quickly after you read the reviews
A small boat or a large boat
This one can be a little harder to decide on specifically in Cozumel. Small boats have less people, you get more 1 on 1 help, you get to know your fellow divers a little better, and generally the service is a little better. The negative of a Cozumel dive shop smaller boat is that the port closes frequently due to wind or higher waves. This immediately eliminates many of the smaller boats as they will not be able to go out. In contrast a larger boat rarely will have problems going on windy or higher wave days. However, Cozumel dive shops with larger boats have a lot more people versus a smaller boat. A smaller boat may only have 8 people while a larger boat could have 20 or more divers. In a larger boat there is a lot more congestion on the boat and in the water. There is typically not as much one on one service as there are just too many people on a larger boat. Choosing the right boat size for you will help you choose the right Cozumel dive shop.
Equipment and Cost
Cozumel dive shops are reasonably priced. For a 2 tank dive with equipment it generally costs about $95. However not all Cozumel dive shops have computers available for you so it is highly recommended that you buy one before you get to Cozumel or that you rent one from a local dive shop near your home. Generally Cozumel dive shops have pretty good equipment but you should always do a safety check on your equipment each time you dive.
Safety of Boat and Dive Company
Safety always comes first! You should ask before you book with a Cozumel dive shop if they have a fire extinguisher in their boat and if they have life vests for everyone. If they don’t at least have these 2 things then don’t use them. Also talk to the Cozumel dive shop before you book with them how they work with beginner divers and experienced divers. What depths they like to dive at, and what safety precautions they take during the dive. These are only a few safety tips, there are a lot others.
Here’s my personal recommendation for a dive shop. https://sunnycozumel.com/cozumel-dive-packages-recommendation