Join us for A Celebration of Life

For Renee “Apple” Applegate

Event Details


Afternoon of January 12th, 2018


At Dive Paradise Dive Shop & Pier on Villablanca Beach in Cozumel, Mexico


  • 2:00 PM
    • Gather at Dive Paradise Dive Shop & Pier on Villablanca Beach in Cozumel
  • 2:30 PM
    • Blessing of Apple’s ashes
  • 4:30 PM
    • Boat procession to scatter the ashes at sea

Boats will travel their daily route: Beginning at the Villablanca Pier, proceeding past the pier at the Hotel Cozumel Resort, continuing to the Hotel Barracuda, and then circling back to the Villablanca Pier

All are invited in honoring Apple with a seaside ceremony by the waters she dearly loved!

For Future Updates

Check this webpage and Dive Paradise’s facebook page for updates and further details

We welcome any photos, stories, or questions – please send yours to:
[email protected]

Remembering Apple

“Renee “Apple” Applegate died August 13, 2017. She was the owner of Dive Paradise in Cozumel.

Apple attended the University of California, Berkeley. In 1976 she signed up for a scuba diving course with the Aqua Tutus Skin and SCUBA Diving Club. The course was a demanding one, held at Chabot College in Hayward, California. The semester-long course was rigorous with many hours of lecture and in-water work, but Apple emerged a certified diver with a passion for the sport.

In 1986 Apple was hired as the manager of Dive Paradise, owned by Tom Hartdegen. In 1994 when Tom died, Apple assumed control of Dive Paradise. Over the years, under her guidance, Dive Paradise has grown to four locations throughout Cozumel.

She was a PADI Master Scuba Instructor with over 30 years of diving and training experience. Recognizing her contributions to the diving community in general and to Cozumel specifically, Apple was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2003.

A celebration of life will be held on January 12, 2018 at Dive Paradise.”

-Republished with permission by Dive Training Magazine