Congratulations to Norman – again!

Just over a year ago, we were pleased to announce that Norman McLiberty, one of Blue Angel Resort‘s long-time divemanster favourites had moved forward with his training and became an Assistant Instructor. Then earlier this year we announced that Norman had joined the ranks of Blue Angel Scuba School instructor staff.

Now we have new news! Norman has worked hard gaining experience teaching over the past six months, and recently completed his Master Scuba Diver Trainer preparation with Cozumel IDC. He is now a Master Scuba Diver Trainer!

Join us in congratulating Norman once again!

Norman McLiberty at Blue Angel Scuba School

Norman with a happy Open Water student

 

Congratulations to our Summer Students!

As we begin to approach fall (even on the island, the days do get shorter!) we offer congratulations to our students who visited during July, August and September!

Larry E, Celia E, Lindsey S, Todd S, Justin H, Kathryn L, Sue M, Ian W, Curt L, Alexandra K, Brian R, Kevin R, Edward P, Alex P, Marcelo I, Sandra P, Brett M, Molly B, Phoebe R, Christopher N, Jada W, Ariel Z, Marla Z, Sean Z, Astrid H, Gerben V, Kale H, Megan A, Susan P, Rachelle E, Stephen L, Linda C, Richard H, Damian D, Karin O, Barry C, Kathleen B, Ragnhild D, Kathleen G, and Rocio C!

Between them, this great group participated in Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Deep Diver, Enriched Air Diver and Emergency First Response training. Awesome job, everyone and we can’t wait to see you back for more!

underwater navigation

making underwater navigation look easy!

Congratulations!

Summer is here! The water is warm and lovely, there’s lots to see, and this group of intrepid souls chose this time to further their scuba education! Congratulations to our May and June students!

Dwight S, Mitesh K, Retta M, Ken E, Kristen M, TJ M, Anahid B, Mandy K, Rick M, Shun-Ling C, Michael G, Dan G, Robert A, Diane A, Scott A, Kristeen L, Reuben O, Jennifer G, Julie B, Emily L, Nicholas E, Kathy D, Dale D, Deanna T, Nora R, Chris R, Eadie A, Jacob T, and Ken B! Way to goooooo!

Between them, this group completed Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and Enriched Air Diver.

open water student!

This could be YOU!

Guppy Update: Congratulations to one of our students!

A while back we enjoyed a visit from the wonderful Zaichick family from Canada as they chose us for their Open Water certification. Ariel and her parents, Sean and Marla, had a great time! Here’s Ariel during one of her Open Water Dives.

open water diver cozumel

Ariel!

Well, now she’s got another notable accomplishment under her belt, and we wanted to share it with you. As part of a music class, she composed this arrangement, and it’s beautiful! Check it out on YouTube. AND to top it all off, her choir gets to perform with the Rolling Stones during their show in Toronto, and Ariel was interviewed by the CTV!

Way to go, Ariel! We’re proud of your accomplishments, in and out of the water!

Here is her composition:

And here’s the CTV interview:

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=933464

We’d love to feature YOU in a future guppy update! Send us an email and tell us your story!

Exciting announcement!

We have an announcement; two actually.

First we’d like to say thank you and bon voyage to the wonderful Juan Pablo Maturana. He joined us in January, and we knew that he would be with us for the winter season only, as he had plans to visit and teach in New Zealand in May. What we didn’t realize was how well he would fit into the Blue Angel family while he was here! Always with a smiling face, JP was a helpful hard-worker ready to pitch in to make your experiences wonderful. While he was with us, JP achieved one of his “goals for growth” by meeting the requirements for his Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating, and we congratulate him on that accomplishment!

We will miss him, and we certainly wish him well. More happy photos of JP and his students can be viewed here!

Blue Angel resort

Juan Pablo with Willie on the last day

And now for the exciting announcement; we think we have found the perfect replacement! Help us welcome our newest instructor, Norman McLiberty! You know Norman from his seven years of experience working at Blue Angel as a Divemaster, and you may have seen photos of his Assistant Instructor program here. He’s now an Open Water Scuba Instructor, and has already created some new divers. Welcome, Norman!

instructor at Blue Angel Scuba School

Congratulations, Norman!

Take the Master Scuba Diver Challenge!

A few weeks ago, we released a new page, encouraging you to “Take the Master Scuba Diver Challenge!” We recently had a diver complete his challenge successfully, and we’d like to congratulate him! Brian Wright, a diver friend from Edmonton Alberta, has visited Blue Angel on his winter vacation for the past three years (just like many of you). From the beginning, he had a goal: Master Scuba Diver. During his first visit in 2011, he completed his Advanced Open Water course; you can read about that adventure here. From there, he completed his Enriched Air Diver training at his home dive shop (friend to Blue Angel; Ocean Sports in Edmonton), and then on his next visit to Blue Angel in 2012, he spent two weeks completing his specialty requirements* and his Rescue Diver course. Brian wrote a review on Trip Advisor outlining his 2012 experience; we’re excited to see him say this:

“The biggest success is the huge boost in confidence in my abilities and a new passion for diving.”

That’s what we want for all of you. Each and every one of you. Increased confidence in your abilities, renewed passion for diving. That is what the Master Scuba Diver Challenge is all about! During his 2013 visit, Brian gained some more experience by just diving. Diving, diving, diving. We’re so proud of his accomplishment! Congratulations, Brian!

Master Scuba Diver, Brian Wright!

Master Scuba Diver, Brian Wright!

*The Master Scuba Diver rating requires certification in 5 PADI specialties. Brian accomplished this by completing his Enriched Air Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift Diver, Night Diver and Digital Underwater Photographer courses. You can choose others if you prefer! Click here for a list of options. And send us an email with questions! We can work with you to develop a plan to accomplish your goal!

Congratulations!

April was a great month here at Blue Angel Scuba School!

Congratulations to these April students who all worked hard to move forward.

Elizabeth P, Marcia R, Todd R, Theodore D, Nolan H, Catherine H, Jackie B, Jason T, Olivia T, Matthew A, Robert H, Aubrey T, Mack P, Juan R, Rinaldi R, Hans G, Carrie A, Aaron H, Rebecca W, Brent J, John H, Sharon H, Alejandra C, Marshall W, Kayla H and Randall H!

Between them, this group completed Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and Enriched Air Diver.

We are glad to see so many of you returning to us, and of course, are always delighted to see new faces!

This could be YOU at work!

This could be your office!