cave diving
photo: john noftall
SCUBA buoyancy control
"No performance requirement in SCUBA Diving is more poorly defined or less often achieved than....BuoyancyControl."
Nohoch Cave Diving
john noftall in Nohoch  
photo:  Chuck Stevens*
Many cave divers and cave diving students develop an interest in learning to speak some Maya. That's what everyone calls it but perhaps it is more correctly called Yucatec or Yucatec Maya.
John started to speak a little during his 1995 cave diving class and has continued to have fun conversing with local people every time he returns to Mexico.
About one million people on the Yucatan peninsula still speak this living dialect and there is even a local television news report given on a Merida TV station.
In 1997 John got a tattoo of a Mayan Glyph that represents his sign in the Mayan Zodiac.
When John started BuoyancyQuest, he wanted a symbol or logo that would reflect Mexico and represent the cave diving as well as the island of Cozumel.  Since the tattoo wasn't going away it got utilized as our logo. A logo for a SCUBA website that has a special appreciation for, not only Quintana Roo and the Yucatan, but the culture as well as the diving.

buoyancy control skills
Is the name of the deity that we  use as our logo.
This GLYPH is thought to represent an owl or a young eagle. It was originally translated as: "see in the darkness". It is the sign of the "INVINCIBLES", those who go beyond the surface. It indicates perserverance and even stubborness.

Buoyancy Control

CAVE DIVERS need exceptional fundamental skills.
Not all cave divers have them.
The ones who don't BREAK THINGS!

Not all cave divers deserve to be cave divers. Many of them show up to take a cave diving course with skills that fall short of good buoyancy control talent. Buoyancy Control Skills that are less than remarkable in a single tank are a far cry from buoyancy that is "second nature" in doubles. "SECOND NATURE" is the kind of buoyancy talent that is needed in a cave. Many of the divers who show up for cave training with substandard fundamental skills are open water instructors.
That is a disgrace and explains why buoyancy control is absent from much of the recreational diving community. Without a worthy example to imitate, how can we expect to see divers who can live up to the paper or plastic credentials that they hold.

cenote diving
John Noftall after a dive in Nohoch.....
BuoyancyQuest offers cenote tours after the thirteen dives of our Frog Kick & Buoyancy Control Skills Workshop. But only "AFTER" a week of  attention to building a sound foundation of basic dive skills that will support future goals.

We believe that  many divers allow themselves to be defined by ego and by their collection of "state of the art" equipment and c-cards. Too many of them end up as dangerously "over equipped  & under skilled"__ often in places where they don't really belong.

photo:  john noftall

Jeff Wiklund in one of the three open pools at chac mool after he and John returned from Xix Ha Tunich in 2003. The main line had been relocated since 1996 when John had first been to see this giant flow stone. Chuck Stevens described this as an ancient underground waterfall that created and left behind its' own image in calcium carbonate.

" Buoyancy Control SKILLS?"

Most divers are in such a hurry to collect c-cards and to buy fancy dive gear and to score bragging rights that they allow the proverbial cart to get in front of the horse.
 Make no mistake....
SCUBA Diving is an EGO Sport!  
SO FAR....fundamentals such as Buoyancy Control have managed to not become an "ego trip" or attract very much attention from most of the diving community. Perceived STATUS is more important than actual competence with fundamental skills.

We "pull no punches & take no prisoners".

IF you have nothing to learn....we can't help you!
NO HANDS buoyancy & frog kick & trim NO DANGLIES
Buoyancy Control, Horizontal Trim & NO DANGLIES
photo: maureen miller

When we are not diving Cozumel or Riviera Maya we are exploring other:  MEXICO Destinations
* Chuck Stevens was one of the primary explorers of the Nohoch Nah Chich Cave System in the late 1980s through the mid 1990s. Chuck was John Noftall's cave instructor back in 1995 and took this foto of John while introducing him to Nohoch in 2007. John was never a member of the exploration team.

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