Last One In… Doesn’t Freeze Anymore
Last One In… Doesn’t Freeze Anymore

After a vigorous day of diving and snorkeling, the guys gather at the shop to rinse off and spare their showers at home from a load of sand down the drain. More than one of us has had a bad clog and needed to call an expensive plumber. No wonder some of us have tried to learn that trade. We don’t have much free time as you can imagine, but it became necessary and over time a few of us became proficient. Not only unstopping drains, but we can install a new tankless water heater as well. This we did at the shop to ensure that the water for rinsing off is at the optimum temperature—not too boiling, and not too tepid. We don’t expect the perfect temperature, just a decent one that works for most of us. It was a good decision and also turned out to be economical by using our own labor. I love upgrading appliance anywhere I go because it means you are being modern and up to date at heart. Plus, no cold, freezing water for the last diver who needs to rinse off before going home.

The shop has several owners and they honestly professed their inability to buy a new tankless water heater to replace the old warhorse. So, we pooled our tips from conducting tourist tours and found that we had enough for the best advanced model. After all, we were the ones that were going to use it. We are used to cold water although the ocean here in Akumal on the Riviera Maya is not like the Atlantic. But why suffer sudden spurts of icy water if you don’t have to. We are creatures of the sand and the sun and not one of us has set one foot in the Arctic. We are not about to in the form of an afternoon shower.

The life of a diver is not difficult and while intense, it is the life of ease. You have no sets of managers lurking about a corporate office. Your time is your own. You run your diving business according to your own needs and income requirements. You live in a paradise that is the envy of most. You could brag to almost anyone who would listen and they would agree. I have no complaints and taking a cold shower is low on the list to be sure. But when we did something about it and replaced the water heater, a lot of guys were mighty happy. Just one more little pleasure to add to the many that makes up our day. We are a tough bunch as divers go—real outdoors types. A hot shower is therefore a treat and not a must. Now it is our common practice thanks to our tips. In tourist season, we can do well. It is nice to put the money to good use. Even when there is a winter off season hiatus, there is always going to be more.