Swim 4 the Reef: Extraordinary Event Extraordinary Cause

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“Everybody knows what to do, everybody knows what’s going on in the oceans and the rain forests… everybody knows what’s right. But there’s millions and millions of people out there who are completely uncommitted and I just ask them, look at what we’ve done here … though it’s not any earth-shaking thing, it’s something, WE DID SOMETHING and that’s what I ask everybody else to do.”
Paul Ellis

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Our Mission One Million – Join the fastest growing most noble movement on the planet.

To have a minimum of one million individuals take action to protect our oceans by joining and/or donating to an organization of their choice that shares our goal of protecting one of the most important and most beautiful living systems on our planet… the coral reefs. Get Involved.

Video coming. Titled - Swim For The Reef – Aquatic Sports & Expeditions – Cozumel

Swim For The Reef – Aquatic Sports & Expeditions – Cozumel

Since the swim, Paul Ellis has become even more closely involved with the island of Cozumel and has been a permanent resident for more than 10 years. He formed a partnership with Sergio Sandoval, Jr. creating the Aquatic Sports & Expeditions company to serve the diving public and Swim For The Reef’s research interests. They charter their beautiful, multi-purpose, 46’ dive boat, Swordfish, for diving, sport fishing and scientific expeditions. In addition to the dive business, Paul Ellis is active in the international education community. The State University of Quintana Roo and his foundation, Swim For The Reef, Inc., have formed a significant partnership for the purpose of inviting students from around the world to come to Cozumel and study, learn, and advocate for the importance and beauty of the coral reefs of the western Caribbean.

Sergio Sandoval Jr. has been involved with the dive industry since he was a small child, and his family’s love of the coral reefs made him want to be a part of reef conservation programs. He is an instructor and dive master, who shares the expertise learned through the years of training he received from his world famous father a legend in the diving world who introduced Jaques Cousteau to the Palancar Reefs News & Events
Aquatic Sports & Expeditions is a member of the Coral Reef Alliance and Swim For The Reef, Inc. We are also partners with Mexico’s National Marine Park in facilitating and teaching formal courses and required programs for local dive masters, captains, and crew which are a part of an overall effort to help the local and international dive communities value and protect the reefs.
With our partner, Paul Ellis and Swim For The reef, Inc. they are now aligned with The University of Quintana Roo, the Mexican state in which Cozumel resides, to provide logistical support and ocean expertise for the international students involved in the UQROO/Swim For The Reef study abroad program and the accompanying visiting scholars.
They visit the reefs almost every day and have been trained in knowing coral reef species and the many varieties of fish and plant life they support. As a part of Reef Check they regularly give information to the National Marine Park about the fish populations and coral growth. They are absolutely committed to diving practices which sustain the beauty of the reefs for future divers, and in furthering our knowledge as to their growth and development.

Go to our DIVER SPECIALS section of this website to see the expanding list of businesses on Cozumel participating in providing special Swim For The Reef discounting.

Since the successful completion of the Cozumel to Cancun swim in 2004, the Swim For The Reef organization has been very busy in Cozumel working on the mission and objectives of the swim. We are in the final planning process of creating a Mexican non-profit corporation which will oversee our work in building and maintaining a learning/research center whose focus is our precious Mesoamerican coral reef system.

In full recognition of the immense importance to the world of the coral reefs, and understanding that, as people, we first take care of who and what we love, Cozumel is offering a partnership with Scuba Divers around the world. It has always been Scuba Divers who have carried the island´s message back to their home countries that the coral reefs of Cozumel are unmatched,both with our deep towering columns of coral beauty, built over millions of years, and the many breathtaking shallow sea gardens of every color. This precious resource is being threatened around the globe by many factors, most of them of human making. Cozumel has the belief that by communicating a message of hope directly to Scuba Divers and offering them a place on our island as one of us, we will accomplish several significant achievements.

First, Cozumel wants to help create more Scuba Divers. These adventurous individuals are the coral reefs best ambassadors.

Second, Cozumel is encouraging all Scuba Divers, veterans and beginners, to take action and join with many others in the education process of non divers, including makers of international public policy on ocean issues, on the many reasons why the coral reefs are indispensable to the health of the open ocean and to all of us living upon the land, everywhere on Earth.

Third, Cozumel is extending a new atmosphere to our extended family, the visiting Scuba Divers from around the world. By presenting the diver´s certification card, hundreds of island businesses, including Mexico Water Jet Ferry Service between Cozumel and the mainland, restaurants, gift shops, and other types of business will honor the Scuba Diver as a local by extending to them the same discount gratefully received by permanent residents of Cozumel.

Fourth, In order to complete the partnership agreement, Cozumel wishes the assistance of the Scuba Diver in spreading the knowledge they gain from this experience to others, either in their personal interactions and/or, by joining us on another level, and becoming members of an international organization dedicated to our common environmental goal, the protection of one of the most important living systems on our planet, and certainly among the most beautiful, the coral reefs of Planet Earth.

Come to Cozumel and Get Involved. Breathe a Different Atmosphere.

Paul Ellis and the Swim For The Reef Research Expedition have headquartered on the island of Cozumel for more than five years now and are happy to be your point of contact for whatever your needs are while on the island. Paul can be reached via email at paulhellis@yahoo.com or phone 011-52-1-987-107-9895.

Go to our DIVER SPECIALS section of this website to see the expanding list of businesses on Cozumel participating in providing special Swim For The Reef discounting..

Example: Receive a 45% discount on your TOTAL trip to or from Cozumel/Playa del Carmen on the Mexico Water Jet ferry service.

August 5, 2004 - CANCUN, Mexico

Paul Ellis, a 61-year-old Texas grandfather and college educator on a quest to draw world attention to the plight of the ocean and its coral reefs, completed the 35-mile "Swim for the Reef" between Cozumel and Cancun today, successfully becoming the oldest person to swim Mexico's Yucatan Channel.

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