- NYUPS April 2014 Meeting: Chinchorro Banks and the Yucatan Trail
- April 1, 2014 7:00 pm
- April 1, 2014 9:00 pm
- March 20, 2014
- Characters NYC - Bar and Grill
- 212 459 8905
243 W 54th St, New York, NY, United States
April 1st, 2014
Chinchorro Banks and the Yucatan Trail
The NYUPS April meeting will feature a region with some of best diving and underwater photography in the world - Caribbean Mexico. Our special guest speaker, Javier Salas, is the owner of XTC Dive Center in Xcalak, Mexico. He will be joined by DPG publisher Matt Weiss to talk about the area's special diving.
The talk will cover the Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, part of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program, and go north through the Yucatan as far as Isla Mujeres. Javier and Matt will be showing photos of whale sharks, sailfish, bull sharks, crocs, manatees, wrecks and more. Javier will talk in depth about the diving in the region and there will be a special focus on diving Banco Chinchorro, the western hemisphere´s largest coral atoll, where he owns and operates XTC Dive Center.
WHERE: PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING IS IN A NEW LOCATION:
Characters NYC – Bar and Grill
243 W 54th St
New York, NY 10019
212 459 8905
MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Javier Salas (Mexico City, 1981) is, above all, a passionate diver, educator and environmentalist. Despite having been born away from the ocean, Javier has been diving avidly from age 10 and has logged close to 5,000 dives in a variety of environments. In 2005 Javier left a career as a tax accountant in Mexico City to pursue his dream of owning and operating a world class diving facility. He is currently the owner/operator of XTC Dive Center in Xcalak, Mexico. XTC is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center offering the full range of SCUBA Diving training and experience programs within the Xcalak Reef Marine Park, and the Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve.
NYUPS members Larry Cohen and Olga Torrey will be doing a presentation on diving Cuba on Saturday and British Columbia on Sunday at Beneath the Sea. Larry will also be on a cold water diving panel headed by Bernie Chowdhury, the author of the book "The Last Dive". Please check the schedule for times.