Sandy: The first time we went on a scuba diving vacation was almost 20 years ago, in Cozumel. We remembered it being quite spectacular. Since then the marine life had been damaged by two hurricanes in 2005. Last week, on our first dive we drifted along the Santa Rosa Wall at 80 feet depth. The coral was still beautiful but not as healthy as we remember. Instead of the groupers being the size of a person, they were the length of a man’s leg, perhaps 3.5 ft. Our second dive was at Paso del Cedal where we saw more varieties of coral, colorful sponges and fish.
It’s curious how the regulator and snorkel is set up. My first instinct was to have the snorkel on the right but for scuba divers, it is dictated by the regulator which goess on the right. The snorkel is attached to the mask on the left side and is only used on the water’s surface so you don’t waste compressed air. I’m thinking that it is a little right biased because when your main regulator fails, the octopus (back-up regulator) is also on the right making it natural for right-handers to grab the octopus in a panic.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.