PADI #2 & #3

24 Dec

We have finished our second and third day of PADI training.  We spent a few hours in the water each day practising skills and doing tests.  The work was hard but the scenery was beautiful so I could not complain.  We seen plenty of cool rays, a starfish, a huge puffer fish and more.  We are now done with the water part of are certification and we just have a couple more written exams to finish up next week.  We have learned a lot and we cannot wait to use our new-found skills on some more of the reefs around here.

Yesterday after swimming we had a busy day.  Daryl moved out of the apartment into his new place.  We helped him moved some stuff and went for a grand tour of the new place.  After that we helped out Ricky because he was getting ready to go to Mexico City for Christmas.  During this time we were searching all over for a good internet connection so that we could video phone our family for Christmas.  The internet at our apartment was down, we couldn’t get a good wireless signal at Hugo’s, Daryls house doesn’t have a hookup yet, the internet cafes we knew were closed, even Starbucks wi-fi wouldn’t work for us!  Rickys wi-fi hadn’t worked all day but that night we were able to find enough signal to talk to my parents at Chantel and Pauls place.  We are super glad the internet is back  at our apartment today so we don’t have to do that again! 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

A beautiful day for diving!


To the Beach!


Daryl and Nakitas new casa!


Daryl and Nakitas new address: 799 25 FROG.


5 Responses to “PADI #2 & #3”

  1. Mel and Cint December 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Merry Christmas you two!

  2. Mandy Casavant December 25, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Thanks for all the info! We’re gonna grab the bus from the airport to the ferry and pick up plenty of pesos at the airport 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

    • Cozumel-O-Muerte December 25, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      If you can get Peso before you come here (order it through your bank) you will get a better rate. The real time rate has been hovering around 13.4 peso/Canadian dollar. Once here the best exchange rate is through the bank machine where you will get your banks exchange rate(usually really close to the actual rate). Make sure the machine is in peso, not USD. Tourist area machines are usually in USD or both. In Mexico we go to scotia or similar banks to get the better rate. When exchanging cash from CAD to Peso the best rate you will find is in the 12.4-12.9 range and you will need a photocopy of your passport for their records. If you need to exchange cash look for the places that say “cambio” (means exchange in spanish). The best way would be to bring enough peso to mexico to cover your first day expenses (travel, food, booze,etc) and then we will take you to the bank when you get here.

      Interesting fact: when you check you bank account balance in a mexican bank machine it will show the balance converted to peso. Make sure to print the recipt so you can see if you are a peso millionare!!

  3. Chantel December 25, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Merry Ho Ho! I sent you a Merry Xmas email! I hope you have a great day today! I miss you tons!


    Paul, Chantel, Harley, and Chloe

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