Cozumel Dive Professional Loses Life in Tank Explosion Accident


Juan Canche Koh

by Gene Muchanski
Executive Director
Dive Industry Foundation

On August 26, 2014, Juan Canche Koh lost his life when a scuba tank exploded while being filled. Juan was a long-time staff member at Scuba Club Cozumel Dive Shop.  You’ll remember him from his friendly smile and the fact that you always had a steady stream of air and Nitrox at the dive center. Juan was in charge of the fill station for many years and was a permanent fixture around the dive shop, always happy to help one and all who needed it. Juan died of injuries suffered from the onsite accident. He will be sorely missed by all of us. Please keep his family and extended family at Scuba Club Cozumel Dive Shop in your thoughts and prayers.    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and we appreciate all your thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Some of you have asked how they can donate to Juan’s family. Please contact Sofia at as she will have this information.

Donations to assist Juan’s family can be sent directly to the family in Cozumel or sent to the Dive Industry Foundation, care of the Juan Canche Koh Memorial Fund.

To send Directly to Juan’s Family:  Please use Western Union, to:  Name: Silvia Sobernis (paternal) Rangel (maternal).  State: Quintana Roo.  City: Cozumel.  Mobile Number: 987-117-3876. You will receive a tracking number (MTCN).  Send the tracking number to Scuba Club Cozumel, Attention: Sophia at  Juan’s wife Silvia will need the tracking number to be able to pick up the money.

DIF-200To Send Donations in the United States:  Send check or money order to Juan Canche Koh Memorial Fund c/o Dive Industry Foundation, 2294 Botanica Circle, West Melbourne, FL 32904. Dive Industry Foundation is a U.S. non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations may be made via money order, check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express).  Payments may also be made using PayPal.  Account:   Tax deductible receipts provided to all donors.

If you are a member of the diving community and have ever dove in a resort destination like Cozumel, Mexico, you know that your enjoyment of the diving there was because of diving professional like Juan Canche Koh.  You also know how hard these dive staffers work to make your vacation enjoyable.  We ask that you give $5, $10, $20 or more to help with Juan’s final expenses.  Any amount is a blessing.  Think of this as Juan’s final tip.  Thank you for your generosity.

About Gene Muchanski

Executive Director at Dive Industry Association. Board Member at Dive Industry Foundation. Marketing Consultant to the Diving Industry. I have been a certified Scuba Diver since I was 15 years old and have been a passionate waterman for as long as I can remember.
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