Originally from California, I was certified through Wallin's
Dive Center, then in Redwood City, California in 1990. I
completed my dive training through Dive Master level at Monterey
Assisting scuba classes each weekend at Monterey Bay, I worked
for eight months before coming to Cozumel in May of 1992. At
that time, I took my PADI Instructor Development Course with
Karen and Ralph Erickson, the President and Founder of PADI.
Cozumel became my home in August , 1992. I began work with
Dive Palancar in December of that year. I now have many years
of experience living and teaching scuba here in Cozumel, Mexico.
I became a NAUI instructor in 1995 and then a PADI Master Instructor
in 1998. Qualification as a Master PADI Instructor rating is
achieved through professional training of many Rescue Divers
and that of Dive Masters.
May of 2000 saw a new era in my career. Mexican Immigration
granted me independent status. I began to work on a contractual
basis at Dive Palancar, billing them for my services. After
one year, I decided that it was time to strike out on my own
and become completely independent.
Scuba with Alison was born. Clients now contact me directly
for their diving needs. I still dive with old friends from Allegro
Resort, however I now have my own BCDs, regulators, wetsuits,
masks and fins. All of the equipment receives regular maintenance
by certified professionals and the equipment is in excellent
What I do
I have many customers that return to dive with me trip after
trip. I bought a brand new boat and we launched her in October
of 2007. I can take up to 8 divers
on our new boat, the Maximus. The Maximus is a very comfortable,
spacious boat and very, very fast. For training dives, I use
the shallow area outside of the Caleta marina. The site is called
Paradise and it is loaded with colorful fish, sponges and coral.
When you dive with me and need help choosing a hotel, condominium
bed and breakfast, I can make suggestions and help you with
- I firmly believe in personalized service
- I like to custom-tailor every dive to the individual divers
- I believe in small groups
- I feel that dive time should be limited to air supply or
computer no decompression limits
.and not based on a
- I take long surface intervals on the beach, if desired.
- We have fresh fruit, pastries and soft drinks between boat
- We have leisurely, flexible schedules