At the age of 23, Tiffany H. Carey moved from her hometown in Chicago to Lawrence, Kansas, where she attended the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. After graduation, she moved to Manhattan Beach, California, following a proposal of marriage. This year she joined Skin Diver as its copy editor, and finding the enthusiasm for diving infectious, decided to get certified. She dived the Sea of Cortez only one week after her final certification dive off Catalina Island.

Michelle Danner has been a diver for five days. A UC Santa Barbara graduate and native of California, her fears of the Pacific Ocean kept her feet dry. After becoming the managing editor of Skin Diver magazine in February of 1999, she began to appreciate the beauty of the ocean. Following more than a year of harassment by her fellow staff, she jumped into a swimming pool in Los Angeles and finished her certification in Cabo San Lucas.

After becoming certified in 1991, Tamara Collins spent two weeks diving the reefs of Belize and vowed she would write about it for Skin Diver. Two years later she became the magazine's assistant editor. Now the editor of Skin Diver Online, Tamara organizes online stories of incredible scuba adventure taking place around the world. This time it's her turn to hit the road. With laptop in hand she's off to Cabo San Lucas and the Sea of Cortez.

Ty Sawyer, Skin Diver's Senior Editor, has been to every Cabo Dive Fiesta--this one and the last one. He plans to repair the good name of Skin Diver after Tamara, Michelle and Tiffany caused the town to drop to its knees and cry, "Mercy, for God's sake, mercy."

This year Ty has pledged to hide the treasures for the treasure hunt better than he did at the last Fiesta. And somewhere offshore awaits the damn baitball that eluded him last year. But don't expect him to come back with a tan, as the Mexican Navy uses the glare off his body as an aid to navigation.

Daryl Carson, assistant editor of Skin Diver, is a man of mystery. No one can figure out how he made the journey from his homeland in the south to glamorous LA. It is rumored that he learned to read while walking from his double wide trailer to the school bus stop. He was fascinated by billboards and spent hours staring at them, trying to sound out the words.

Through pure determination and better oral hygiene, Daryl landed a job at Skin Diver about two years ago. It was the perfect combination of words and water. Today, he is allowed to travel to places like Cabo, where he dives and stares at billboards, sounding out new, foreign words.

The editors of Skin Diver are on a mission: To immerse themselves in the Cabo Summer Dive Fiesta and bring the experience home to you through daily uploads to Skin Diver Online. We will dive legendary sites such as Sand Falls, The Point, Cabo Pulmo and Gordo Banks, make new friends at the Fiesta's parties and soak in the ambience of Mexico.

Cabo is an outpost of diving, surfing and uncivilized civilization on the very tip of Baja California--the peninsula that divides the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Big animals play in these waters, so we will keep our eyes on the deep, distant blue--Manta Rays, Hammerheads and Whale Sharks may emerge when we least expect it.

We will pack light--shorts, T-shirts, sundresses and bikinis are all we will need in the heat of the Mexican desert. During summer the sun bakes the dry, rocky terrain, where empty beaches line sheltered coves, and mountains rise like oases of green in the shimmering heat. At night, the heat doesn't dissipate; it gathers in the dance clubs where the pulsing rhythms spill out into the streets, enticing us to join the sweat-soaked bodies gyrating on the dance floor.

We will mingle with divers from all over the world on the boats, at parties, restaurants and in the night clubs for a 10-day celebration of our sport. We will set up underwater treasure hunts, where the booty is big, and judge the photo contest, where the competition is stiff. And we owe it all to the sponsors of this event--the Los Cabos Hotel Association, Mares, Sea & Sea, NiteRider, Sport Chalet, Continental Airlines, Cabo's participating dive centers and, of course, Skin Diver.

First it's the girls, then the guys. The girls will get the party rolling; the guys will jump in mid-stream and witness the Fiesta's final hour at the blowout of the year.

It's all part of the job, but it's not just another day in the office.

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