Don’t Be Gross
Don’t Be Gross

Life in Akumal is quiet and serene populated with days of incredible water recreation and excitement. When you dive into the depths of the ocean, you often spot things you have never seen before. If someone could see your face, they would see eyes lit up with excitement. Sometimes you get to capture it all on film if you are lucky and have the time. You want to share it with others, especially potential tourists that provide the town with valuable revenue. As divers, we represent our bay and we want to crow about what it has to offer. It is an incredible vacation spot for those who love the sun, the sand, and the sea. Who doesn’t? I am not one to ski in frigid climes for my days off. Give me the Yucatan Peninsula any time. There are numerous spots, each more glorious than the other. Come and stay for a week or more and have the time of your life.

As a diver, I am not immune to requirements of cleanliness. It doesn’t seem like something you would worry about when you frequent the sea. In point of fact, you want to keep your scuba gear moisture free when out of the water, particularly the regular and of course the flippers. I know more than one diver who has been infected with foot fungus from the mold that grows inside these swimming aids. Most people wouldn’t know it unless it happened to them at least once. Since toe fungus is gross—smelly, black and yellow, and icky—you want to be vigilant about drying everything out.

I remember one new diver who hadn’t gotten the word yet and was parading about town in flipflops and shorts. He was seated at a café table with legs crossed so you could see his feet bobbing up and down in the air. You could see more than that. You could get a close-up glimpse of a terrible toe fungus that lurked in between his toes. I immediately thought to myself, don’t be gross. Now who was going to tell him this was not cool? Who was going to remind him about taking care of swimming gear? Sure, it might be embarrassing, but telling him was the only way to stop this malady from spreading to the rest of us. I know he belonged to a gym and I wasn’t about to walk around or take a shower in any place where he might have been. Fungus is highly contagious so getting rid of it is a must.

Well, he did respond to several complaints and sprayed his feet with anti-fungal powder which did the job in two to three days. We now felt safe to walk in his footsteps wherever he went, apart from the water. You aren’t going to have a problem there unless you wear his unclean fins. After this incidence, it never happened again as no one wanted to be the next fungus victim. Our feet were now squeaky clean.