After a brief hiatus due to excessive diving, here’s the blog post you’ve all been waiting for. Well, maybe not, but here it is anyway. I’ve spent four days diving in Cozumel so far, and it’s been…fast. As I’ve discovered, Cozumel isn’t known for its currents for nothing. Our first day, our group dropped in to about 100 feet at Punta Sur, a great site to the south of the island. And it was great — we party crashed on a school of jacks and saw plenty of pinnacles covered in sponges, gorgonians and tube corals. The current at that depth, while present, wasn’t overwhelming. I thought, hey, no big deal — bring it on! And it was brought at our next site, La Francesa. I had no idea what 3 knots felt like underwater, and now I do: I know there were at least five turtles on this dive, but what I remember most is gripping the poor guide’s hand so tightly that he later jokingly complained that he couldn’t make hand signals anymore. At least I think he was joking. We did manage a few minutes of rest by using coral heads as current buffers, but then it was back into the fast lane for one of the wildest dives of my career thus far. The jury’s still out on whether or not I like current diving; I’d have to say this one was Current: 1, Becky: 0. But tomorrow is another day; here’s hoping for diving that’s like a slow country road instead of the Interstate.
Sport Diver managing editor Rebecca Strauss is blogging from Cozumel while on assignment for the magazine. In the office, she accomplishes everything she does at lightning speed, so we're certain she's going to end up loving Coz's high-octane drifts. Check back tomorrow for more on her adventures in Mexico.