Congratulations to Gonzalo Arcila - 30 Years

(October 2012)

While The Akumal Dive Shop was  founded by Pablo Bush Romero for the use and diving operations of the Aquatic Sports and Explorations Club of Mexico more than 40 years ago, on the 29th of August The Akumal Dive Shop celebrated its 30th anniversary under the direction of Gonzalo Arcila.

Thirty years ago he came to Akumal after working as a commercial diver bringing recreational student divers from Mérida to carry out their open water practices at this beautiful place. He met Dick Blanchard who was in charge of The Akumal Dive Shop and decided to stay with him as lead instructor. Time passed and he got to the point of owning the company.

So, 30 years of great accomplishments cannot just pass without a big and memorable celebration! With all their staff, clients and friends, as promised, on the 29th of August there was a big bash to celebrate the shop's history through all these years, as well as to celebrate the chances that more than 120,000 divers have given them to show the beautiful reefs of Akumal and its wonderful aquatic life!

The Akumal Dive Shop General Director Gonzalo Arcila opened the night's celebration sharing his story of his beginnings as a SCUBA diver, how and how long ago he arrived in Akumal, a little bit about his old days as an instructor with the shop, and how cheerfully he had slowly accomplished the dream of his life: to create a place of tradition in Akumal. A short video illustrating his story was shown and presentations with stunning diving photographs were also shown to entertain guests during the rest of the evening.

There was traditional food from Yucatán, wine and drinks, so everybody was kept happy sharing this important moment, sharing the tradition!

To see more pictures from this event, click here.