2010 Legends Special - Cozumel

 
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2010 International Legends Of Diving
Honors Western U.S. Pioneers

Not just a dive trip...it's a dive event!

Dive with the Legends in Cozumel. In this Caribbean paradise the International Legends of Diving will feature Bob Meistrell and James Stewart,

two west coast dive pioneers, April 12-19, 2010. The 2010 trip is $300 less than the epic 2009 event in the Bahamas. It is also all-inclusive. And with good deals on airline tickets now is the best time to take the plunge.

Accommodations for the Sixth ILD series has been set for the Wyndham Cozumel Resort & Spa, an exclusive resort on the


Sand Dollar Sports

Cozumel island off the Yucatan coast of Mexico. An impressive set of packages is available for the diver and non-diver. An included dive package will be provided by Sand Dollar Sports.

Bob Meistrell, along with his twin brother Bill (deceased), founded Dive N’ Surf in 1957, one of the first dive shops to open in California. The Meistrells


NAUI is celebrating its rich history with a 50th anniversary bonanza at the Legends of Diving festival. Plenty of activities are planned for
the event including specials for the first 50 registrants. Jeff Rice (right) meets with Jim
Bram (left), NAUI president.

were known for experimenting with various materials and methods to delay the onset of hypothermia during free dives and while surfing. The Meistrells, working with other diving legends solved the problem with the introduction of a “wetsuit”. From there they went on to develop neoprene wet suits for surfers, and to serve the growing interest in recreational diving which led to the formation of Body Glove, known around the world as the leader in watersports clothing and wet suits.

James Stewart's love for the ocean began in 1941 when he put on a

scuba mask and took his first free dive into the cold Pacific Ocean. In 1952 Stewart began his long and productive association with Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Conrad (Connie) Limbaugh and Dr. Andreas (Andy)

Rechnitzer developed the diving instructor program at Scripps. Limbaugh recruited Stewart as a volunteer in the Scripps program where he assisted in research and diver training. The Scripps dive training program was developed just to train scientific divers in the proper use of scuba gear. It was this dive training program that paved the way for many sport and scientific diver training courses to be started around the world.


On hand will be Dan Orr, President and CEO of Divers Alert Network (DAN) who will serve as the master of ceremonies for the 2010 ILD Award Ceremony. DAN is a proud sponsor

Dan Orr, DAN, will
serve as MOC

of the International Legends of Diving. All divers and those interested are invited to attend this historic event honoring two of scuba diving’s great legends.

Nick Icorn, "The Keeper of the Flame", Joe Liburdi, with 58 years of diving experience, along with two legends of diving in Mexico, Sergio Vizcaino and

Alec Peirce - Scuba 2000

Alec Peirce

Manuel Lazcano, have also been asked to join the list of legends in Cozumel. Lazcano has led underwater photography dive expeditions around the world. Sergio Vizcaino is co-founder of the Federation Mexican Activities Sub-aquatic. Alec Peirce of Scuba 2000 returns to the Legends event with memorabilia and his presentation on Sea Hunt. Lloyd Bridges as Mike Nelson on Sea Hunt sparked a great interest in SCUBA diving in the early 60s.

A registration deposit of $200 for a single diver and $300 for double occupancy is required to secure your position at

this event. There are specials that are in limited supply, your deposit will ensure you get these prime vacations.

Meet and Greet these Dive Legends

James Stewart

Bob
Meistrell

Nick
Icorn

Joe
Liburdi

Sergio Vizcaino

Manuel Lazcano

Register Now for these Great Benefits

  • Register before February 29 and receive a 3% discount if registration is made by calling our office at 419-352-9203. Ask for Gwen Wyble.

  • The first 50 registered divers will receive a commemorative gold 50th NAUI Anniversary certification card. All dive affiliations are welcome to participate.

  • The packages offered are all-inclusive and includes two dives a day, meals, drinks, and free shore diving.

  • Your registration also includes the Banquet on Saturday night.

  • All guests receive a free entry into a photo contest sponsored by TUSA with judging by your fellow divers Saturday night. In addition to prizes by TUSA, the winners of the contest in three categories will have their photos displayed at NAUI headquarters and will also be sent throughout the NAUI World.

A Brief History of Diving - International Legends of Diving
from
Jeff Toorish on Vimeo.

Read the Full Press Release: Cozumel Dive Legends April 12-19, 2010

 

Sand Dollar Sports

Sand Dollar Sports was founded in 1984 by Suzanne Fernandez. Our specialty at that time was snorkeling tours. She successfully ran these operations with her husband for the next 7 years. In 1991 Sand Dollar Sports brought John Flynn on board to expand operation and create new windows of opportunity. During the next 8 years Sand Dollar Sports expanded its tour offerings to all the major cruise lines more than tripling its capacities while maintaining a spotless safety record. In 1996 the opportunity arose to begin working with the Reef Club Cozumel as their dive operators.

We started with the Reef Club and its original 260 rooms on December 17th 1997. From that day forward there was no looking back. We have grown and reinvested and continued to look forward as the hotel and its facilities have grown. In 2007 the hotel now known as the Wyndham boasts 402 rooms and a solid 4 star rating. The facilities now include 'Sabor' the only all inclusive adult only hotel in Cozumel.

Presently Sand Dollar Sports boasts a fleet of 16 vessels. 130 employees and 6 locations. We provide service on average to 250 guests daily or over 90,000 guests annually. This makes us the largest and safest dive operator on the island. We carry the most comprehensive insurance coverage available. Our clients include Crystal Cruise Lines, Cunard Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines and Azamar to name a few of the high end ships and customers that we work with. Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America and Princess Cruise lines are all long standing customers and would be more than willing to vouch for our record of customer service and safety.


Dive Boat - Express


Dive Boat - Arrecifes


Dive Boat - Ada


Dive Boat - Vicky

Free Shore Diving

Sand Dollar Sports is offering shore diving free of charge
at their location in Sunset Beach and in Chankanaab Park.

  • Weights and tanks will be provided free of charge

  • Guests are responsible for transportation costs

  • Chankanaab Park has an entrance fee and requires a guide since it is in the marine park (Guide is $10 for every 4 divers)

  • There is no shore diving on the southern side of the island. The reef is too far out, the currents are strong and there is a lot of boat traffic.

Other Legends of Diving Discounted Offers
The First Five Packages are offered by Sunshine Tours

Segway Adventure and Snorkel $ 45.00
Mini Jeep and Snorkel $ 65.00
Cozumel by Jeep $ 58.00
Jungle Buggy $ 65.00
Beach Horseback $ 62.00
Atlantis Submarine Tour $ 79.00

Discounted rates above available to Legends of Diving divers or non-divers.
Prices are in USD. These must be paid in advance for the discount.

 

Sabor Cozumel Resort & Spa

4 Star Resort Hotel


Sabor photos above - Available as an option. More photos at the Sabor site.

Exclusive Adults Only Section at Wyndham Cozumel

Unique complex designed for guests aged 18 years and over, Sabor is a chic and modern hotel offering a child free environment where guests can relax in a “European style”, with the exception of the restaurant, lounge and guest service areas.

This exclusive hotel within a hotel boasts 72 oversized units with mucho Sabor. All low-level room terraces allow direct access to the spectacular interconnecting swimming pools via fun slides that interlace the buildings and the pool making this a truly original setting.

For the fine palate, Sabor features the exclusive Mosaique, an outstanding a la carte restaurant offering a delicious fusion of oriental and international cuisine; the contemporary Cacao lounge bar perfect for pre or post dinner drink and the refreshing swim-up bar, Sabores.

Wyndham Cozumel Resort & Spa

Wyndham photo above - Available as an option. More photos at the Wyndham site

Wyndham Cozumel Resort & Spa in Cozumel Mexico, all inclusive resort, is best known for its friendly service, genuine hospitality, comfortable environment and excellent variety. Situated only 20 minutes from downtown and a stone’s throw from Cozumel’s spectacular coral reefs, this 2000 feet long beach front resort is a choice for your next vacation, romantic getaway, or recreational break.

The place to go for divers, golfers and spa lovers, Wyndham Cozumel has something for everyone. If you are looking for a child-free getaway, this extensive property also features a chic and contemporary adult-only section Sabor, which is ideal for couples, friends, groups and honeymooners alike.

As the island’s most significant resort, Wyndham Cozumel offers 402 guestrooms within 27 Caribbean style villas all designed to cater for the diverse needs of our guests. The resort features a wide range of recreational activities for guests of all ages which include two swimming pools, tennis and multipurpose courts, fully equipped fitness center as well as non-motorized water sports including hobbie cats, kayaks, snorkel equipment and windsurfing. Motorized sports are also available at an extra cost.

Wyndham Cozumel’s classic all inclusive programs offer accommodation, all meals and snacks, unlimited alcoholic beverages and soft drinks throughout the hotel’s four wide-ranging restaurants and two bars.

If you are fun loving person who enjoys a dreamy vacation with spectacular views, good food, great entertainment and friendly staff, you have certainly clicked on the right site.

Children 6-12 Stay for Free

The Sabor is an exclusive adult only section at the Wyndham Cozumel Resort & Spa. The Wyndham hotel offers a kids club, daily activities and theme parties, live nightly entertainment, shows held at the indoor theater and a private pier. Children from 6-12 years old stay for free in the Wyndham, maximum occupancy two minors with one adult at the single rate.

Diver Package Includes:

Non-Diver Package Includes:
  • Selected Accommodations

  • Selected Diving – 2 tanks daily

  • Room taxes and tips

  • Event Registration Fees and Welcome Pack *

  • Private Check-in

  • All meals, snacks, alcohol and beverages

  • Entertainment

  • Non-motorized watersports activities

  • Selected Accommodations

  • Room taxes and tips

  • Event Registration Fees and Welcome Pack *

  • Private Check-in

  • All meals, snacks, alcohol and beverages

  • Entertainment

  • Non-motorized watersports activities

Run of House - Guest may receive the best available room from standard to ocean view at the time of check-in and subject to the discretion of the resort. ILD can only confirm the room type at time of booking for upgrades to Sabor Islander or Pool/Terrace rooms.

Red Registrations - limited to the first 30 based on time of deposits

Diver

Caribbean - Run of House

Diver 5 day/4 nt 6 day/5 nt 7 day/6 nt 8 day/7 nt

Single

$857

$1,067

$1,267

$1,477

Double

$797

$997

$1,117

$1,133

Triple

$797

$997

$1,117

$1,133

Diver

Sabor Islander

Diver 5 day/4 nt 6 day/5 nt 7 day/6 nt 8 day/7 nt

Single

$1,137

$1,417

$1,697

$1,977

Double

$907

$1,127

$1,267

$1,297

Triple

$877

$1,097

$1,227

$1,297

Diver

Sabor Pool / Terrace

Diver 5 day/4 nt 6 day/5 nt 7 day/6 nt 8 day/7 nt

Single

$1,197

$1,487

$1,787

$2,077

Double

$927

$1,147

$1,367

$1,597

Triple

$877

$1,087

$1,297

$1,517


Red Registrations - limited to the first 30 based on time of deposits

Non-Diver

Caribbean - Run of House

Non-Diver 5 day/4 nt 6 day/5 nt 7 day/6 nt 8 day/7 nt

Single

$577

$687

$807

$917

Double

$537

$647

$707

$807

Triple

$537

$647

$707

$807

Non-Diver

Sabor Islander

Non-Diver 5 day/4 nt 6 day/5 nt 7 day/6 nt 8 day/7 nt

Single

$867

$1,047

$1,237

$1,417

Double

$647

$777

$917

$977

Triple

$577

$697

$817

$937

Non-Diver

Sabor Pool / Terrace

Non-Diver 5 day/4 nt 6 day/5 nt 7 day/6 nt 8 day/7 nt

Single

$917

$1,117

$1,317

$1,517

Double

$697

$847

$997

$1,137

Triple

$627

$767

$897

$1,027

 2010 Deposit - Please Register First

Single Rate Deposit Double Rate Deposit
$200
$300

Terms: Deposit due to reserve your spot in this limited time offer. Balance due before March 1, 2010. The International Legends of Diving (ILD) reserves the right to change the prices, dive and non-dive itinerary without prior notice. Two tank boat departures are at 8:00 am (check in at 7:30 am) and at 1 pm (check in at 12:30 pm). One tank afternoon boat dives will depart at 1 pm. A minimum of 6 divers is required per departure. Nitrox available at $10.00 per tank, reservations required 12 hours in advance and paid for at check in. Dives cancelled will be issued a credit only in the event the Port or Dock is closed, or other extenuating circumstances. No refunds will be made if diver decide to voluntary cancel any scheduled dive. Divers arriving to the boat inebriated should not dive and will not receive a refund if the boat captain determines the diver is not fit to make a safe dive. For the safety of everyone divers are reminded to obey the instructions of the boat captain, instructors, and divemaster at all times. Substitutions are not permitted. Certain restrictions apply. Please call Gwen Wyble, 419-352-9203 for additional details.


* All International Legends of Diving (ILD) events, diving and discounts are all-inclusive and open to guests who book packages through ILD. Individual event tickets will not be sold to outside guests.

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