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It Is Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams and Become a PADI Pro

Like many people I worked hard through college, and began my career. Working hard and long hours to achieve the American Dream was my mission. No balance in my life, working ridiculous hours so that I could afford expensive vacations, when what I needed was to create a life that I didn’t need a vacation from. After 30 years of this I had an epiphany. I had an epiphany sitting with Jorge and Kristin at El Moro enjoying some lunch and an adult beverage or two. Why couldn’t I be happy without all of the material trimmings that I had worked so hard to gather? Why couldn’t I have a simple life full of experiences and a few good friends? It was then that I was committed to a major change.

I returned home and went back to work, but with a different outlook. I basically had one foot out of the door, and my conviction to change grew stronger everyday.

I returned to the island in December of 2015 to start my PADI Divemaster training with Eco Divers. I completed my training in January 2016. For the record this was an amazing experience. After I completed my training I returned home and relinquished all financial interest in a large air conditioning company and walked away. I was sitting at home reflecting and trying to calculate my next move when Kristin called and said “hey anyway you could come down and work as a guide for a few weeks”? I said yes and had the tickets booked in a matter of minutes.

I spent a little over two weeks on the island, guiding trips, working in the shop and spending time with Kristin, who had also walked away from a very conventional way of life. I learned many new things, but mostly learned that it was the most peaceful time of my life. I earned enough money to have a roof over my head and some food and drink. I was working as a PADI pro and diving everyday! No phones, no computers and no desire to take over the world. It was an unbelievable feeling and it was then that I knew that I would never return to the corporate world, and that I wanted to be involved with diving much more.

So again I returned home forever changed, and immediately began training to be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. I became a PADI instructor in July of 2016 and began working for Flatirons Scuba in Broomfield Colorado. It has been a busy year, but I achieved PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer in January 2017 and PADI IDC Staff Instructor in May 2017. I am now pursuing PADI Master Instructor and then onto PADI Course Director.

There is nothing stopping me now. There is a whole world of possibilities for anyone that wants to let it all go and follow their dreams.

I thank Eco Divers and more over Jorge and Kristin for helping me get away from being rich and miserable.


Jay P. Brewer #374312

Top 10 reasons why I love being a PADI Instructor

In 2010 I gave up the corporate world for the island lifestyle and I am happier and healthier because of it! Financially, I make a little less but I make up for it with less stress and much more rewarding job. Here’s why I love working in Cozumel as a PADI Instructor:
10. Best office view!
9. Educating divers about ocean/marine life conservation
8. Diving is great exercise!
7. Discovering new personal abilities and strengths
6. Continuing education, learning new specialties
5. Helping people overcome their fears
4. Observing animals in their natural habitat
3. Meeting people from all around the world
2. I never have to go to “work” – I get paid to have fun!
1. When divers tell me “That was the best experience I’ve had in my life!”

What are your reasons why you love being a recreational or professional diver?

Why Cozumel is ideal place for your PADI Open Water

I recently just finished a PADI Open Water (OW) course with two students last week, Renee and Michelle. Renee had done her Discover Scuba with me about 6 months ago and knew she wanted to come back to continue with OW. She also recruited her friend, Michelle, who had never been scuba diving before. Just a few days before the course, Michelle expressed concerns about doing the full OW course. I explained that she didn’t have to commit to the full course, she could simply start out with the Discover Scuba Diving program (which is the beginning of the OW course) and if she liked it, she could continue or she could just do the one dive and call it day. Well, after her very first dive, she was hooked! I think a big part of that reason is due to the fact that Cozumel is a great place for all level divers, especially beginners. Here we have:
– Warm weather, warm water
– Pool-like conditions in the ocean
– 100 ft. visibility
– Actually get to see marine life from the very first dive (parrot fish, seahorses, angel fish, eels, stingrays, crabs, lobsters)


– Dive in a marine park/protected area – Parque Nacional
– Cozumel is part of the second largest barrier reef system in the world

Furthermore, Renee explained she wanted to avoid cold water dives in New York where you have to wear thick wetsuits, hoods, gloves, boots etc… which is why she decided to come back to Cozumel. I sent her the OW manual beforehand so she could study before and not have to worry about reading the manual during her vacation time. We completed all the Open Water skills in three days of diving and once they finished their written exam, they were PADI certified divers! You can use a few vacation days to do your certification – don’t worry, you won’t be sitting in a boring classroom and you will actually learn in the environment you will be diving in!

Cozumel’s Wreck – The Felipe Xicotencatl

If you really like diving in Cozumel, dive the C 53 Felipe Xicotencatl ship wreck, located at Cahankanaab sandy area at 77 ft deep and rising to 45 ft.

Sank in 2000; donated by the Mexican Navy.
Project was conceived, designed and carried on by ANOAAT local dive shops asosiation and the Parque Marino Arrecifes de Cozumel.

Cozumel´s Wreck This project started in 1998 at a DEMA show, we met some Canadian folks that where making artificial reefs for their diving areas by getting old boats from their goberment, cleaning and preparing them for sinking and diving safely, so they gave us the inspiration and once back in Mexico we started knocking doors to get an old, out of commition Navy boat.
On those days the National Marine Park ¨ Arrecifes de Cozumel¨ was starting, so in coordination with them as Federal Marine Authority, we started inviting all diferent groups of the community, the local authorityes and of course the ANOAAT members wich is the local Dive shops asociation.
After more than a year finaly the President Ernesto Zedillo authorized three boats for such a proyect, wich now are in Veracruz, Cancun and Cozumel.

The surrounding reef is a small patch that is in good shape and Chancanaab reef is far away from it since it lies on a big sand bar.

Jose in the Felipe Xicotencatl It is a fairly easy wreck dive with lots of natural light coming in to it, an easy acces from all sides and at a depth that can be dive as a first or a second dive.

In it´s good old days this boat was on service in the USA Navy under the name Scuffle .

In 1962, it was sold to the Mexican Government and set for duty on Mexican Navy under the name ARM O5 later on got the name that has till today in commemoration of Lt Colonel Felipe Santiago Xicoténcatléncatl

Diving Team Inside the Wreck So if you are looking for a wreck diving in Cozumel, dive the C53 I am sure you will like it.

The wreck from outside

Are you ready for an ecological diving in Cozumel?
If so, please contact us for reservations and/or questions!