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Cave Exploration

RAZOR SIDE MOUNT

RAZOR SYSTEMS

The Razor Side Mount System is a integrated system designed specifically for side mount diving. It can be used for both cold water diving

THE RAZOR SIDE MOUNT SYSTEM 2.5

RAZOR SIDE MOUNT SYSTEM 2.5
  • Razor Harness 2.5
  • Redundant BAT Wing 2.5
  •  T Weight System
  • Universal Spares Kit
Price: $692.00
  • THE RAZOR SIDE MOUNT SYSTEM 2.5 COMPLETE
RAZOR SIDE MOUNT SYSTEM 2.5 COMPLETE
  • BAasic Razor system 2.5
  • Spare Side Mount Bungee
  • 2 Double enders for the Expandable Side Mount Pouch
  • Expandable Side Mount Pouch 2.5

Price: $859.00

STUDENT KIT
  • Expandable Pouch 
  • 2 double-endeers
  • Spare Bungee Kit

3 X RAZOR WEIGHT POCKET

Designed to be used with the Razor weight pocket base layer to place the weight pockets exactly where you need them

REDUNDANT BAT WING 2.5

Primary wing has a standard Power Inflator and Manual Dump valve
Backup wing has an oral inflator

RAZOR LIGHTS & ACCESSORIES

TOOLS

Pozo Azul Exploration Project

Pozo Azul exploration: A fascinating cave exploration project!

Pozo Azul is currently the longest cave dive penetration in the world,
And more than 9.4km of diving accumulated over 5 sumps are required to reach the furthest point from the single entrance.

Located in the village of Covanera, Burgos, Spain, El Pozo Azul is probably one of the most challenging cave exploration project. Already 5 sumps (maximum depth 71m) had been explored. And in 2015 J. Mallinson pushed the exploration solo and discovered a 6th sump and spent a total of 60 hours inside the cave.

In 2001, Jason Mallinson first visited the site with Rupert Skorupka. At that time the known part of the cave was a 1st 700 m sump, then a dry tunnel of 300 metres, followed by a second sump penetrated for 780 m. On that same trip the sump was pushed to 1250 m.

Jason then returned year after year, sometimes with other top divers, and sometimes on his own.

In 2009 the sump was passed after 5160 m – the longest sump to be passed in the world, to reach Sump 3. This was passed in 2011 and proved to be over 3 km long. From this point, the sumps became shorter and the amount of dry passage longer.

Sumps 2 and 3 are actively linked and are in fact one long sump of more than 8km in length.

in 2015 Jason returned solo. He traversed more than 10 km of sump to explore dry passage and find a sixth sump.

http://www.pozoazul-cavediving.org/
http://www.pozoazul-cavediving.org/
Pozo Azul - Survey map http://www.pozoazul-cavediving.org/
Pozo Azul – Survey map
http://www.pozoazul-cavediving.org/

Technical Diving

You’ve been enjoying your diving and training, and you liked learning about diving? and now  you want to go further? Here are the different courses that will follow…

INTRO TO TECH & SIDE MOUNT

INTRO TO TECH COURSE

INTRO TO TECH

Start with the basics of tec diving. Learn dive planning, new water skills, gear configuration and improve streamlining, buoyancy and propulsion techniques. If you are planning to go on with your Tec diving in Backmount configuration this course is a must to set the right bases.

side mount cave dive at cenote the Pit - Dos Ojos Mexico

SIDE MOUNT

Do you want to explore your first step to technical diving and with two tanks. This course is ideal for you to get familiar with the side mount configuration. If you are already a Tec diver you will apply your skills to Side Mount. And if have decided that Side Mount is your configuration for your Tec diving this course will set the base.

Razor side mount course

RAZOR SIDE MOUNT

The Razor Side Mount course goes further than the basic Side Mount course. It covers all the basics for tech and cave diving and will be a great fundation for the following tech course. The Razor harness will follow you throughout your technical diving career.

TECHNICAL DIVING

 

Nitrox sticker SDI TDI - TDI Nitrox Course

NITROX

A first approach to technical diving and the use of mixtures. And for those already Nitrox certified diver it is the opportunity to thoroughly review the basic principles and fundamental laws of physics used in diving.

ADVANCED NITROX

ADVANCED NITROX

You will learn the physics and physiology for diving with gas mixtures containing more than 40 % oxygen. This is the opportunity to further extend of your dive time without going into decompression limits.

DECO PROCEDURES

DECO PROCEDURES

In this course you will learn to plan and execute dives with decompression, choose your gas and the development of emergency plans.

DEEPER DIVING

extended range dive training

EXTENDED RANGE

Exciting dives down to 55m/180ft but helium is nowhere available? you will learn how to safely do these dives using air and deco gases.

TRIMIX DIVING

TRIMIX

Add helium to your diving. Go deeper, easier breathing, and reduce narcosis. It makes your diving a lot safer and opens a lot of possibilities down to 60m/200ft.

Advanced trimix

ADVANCED TRIMIX

Congratulations! you reached the top level of Open circuit training. Use mix with less than 17% O2 and as deep as 100m/330ft. And be among the most elite divers.

Deep Cave diving in the Cenotes of Yucatan, Mexico

Guided Cave Diving in Yucatan – Mexico

PRIVATE GUIDING

In Yucatan there are hundreds of cenotes accessible to certified cave divers. Some of them might be easy to find but let us take you off the beaten path.

Why a cave Guide?
STOP Prevent your death! go no farther.
– Safe cave diving:

A cave guide is up to date with the dive conditions, with a large cave diving experience and constant practice. All our cave guides live and have been safely cave diving in the Riviera Maya for many years.

– Safety again:

A cave diving guide already knows the cave, the system and can assure that it suits your level and your cave diving skills.

– Fun cave diving:

We can take you on long beautiful cave dives, that maybe would take you an entire week of cave diving to find on your  own, if you ever find it…

 

– Time:

A Cave guide will drive you directly to the right cenote entrance,  point you the cave entrance and guideline.

– Access to the Cenote dive site:

Going with a local cave guide could save you the time and frustration to get to the dive site and be denied the entry.

– Culture:

All our cave dive guides have a true passion for caves in general and cave diving. They all have experience in underwater cave exploration and survey.

– More Culture:

Living in the Riviera Maya all fluent in Spanish and English (at least) you learn a lot about the Mayan culture, the local fauna, the loca flora etc…

 

CAVE DIVING TRAINING

Cenote Kukulkan, cavern dive in the winter morning light

CAVERN DIVER

First step in the Overhead environment. You will learn all safety protocols within the daylight zone. 

Deploying a guideline

INTRO TO CAVE DIVER

That’s it! this is the first step in the dark caves. You will learn how to do simple cave dives beyond daylight zone

Installing a jump spool in Cenote Minotauro

CAVE DIVER

Caves can be very complex, especially in Mexico, we will now combine all the previously learned skills with complex navigation, and more..

CAVE DIVING MENU

Cave diving in the Cenotes North of the Riviera Maya

Cenote Chac Mool.

Visit the famous monster, the biggest submerged stalactite

Cenote Chikin Ha – Cenote X Tabay

Right next to each other these two cenotes are actually not connected yet.

Great place for cave diving training you can go back and fully enjoy the place once your get your certification. You can do the traverse to Cenote El Eden (Ponderosa).

Cenote Cristal
Cenote El Jardin del Eden

Another amazing place that you probably already know if you did your cave diving training here in the Riviera Maya. If it is your first time cave diving here in Mexico this is the place to have your first experience in diving into the halocline. A nice circuit will bring you from one side of the Open water to the other one through the famous “River Run”. A jump from this line will take you to Cenote Escondido. And if you feel like a long dive you can reach Cenote Xtabay.

Cenote Minotauro

Minotauro is an underwater cave system that you want to know!

If you remember from the greek mythology the minotaurs was a creature with the body of a man and the head of a bull who lived in a labyrinth.

This system is a labyrinth with different levels. Starting your dive from Cenote Minotauro you may reach other Cenote Estrella, Cenote Winz,  Cenote Escalera.

All passages are fairly small but are accessible with back mount. And if you are diving side mount it can be really fun to go off to the side passages even for just a short time.

Nicely decorated with brownish speleothems and light sediment you will feel very privileged to dive these somehow dusty passages. Following the Ariadne line you will feel like Theseus hunting…

Maximum depth: 50ft/15m

Cenote Buena Vista
Cenote Taj Ma Ha
Cenote Xunnan Ha
Cenote Cop 1
Cenote Nai Tux Ha

 

Cave diving around the Dos Ojos area

Cenote Dos Ojos
Cenote Dos Palmas
Cenote El Toh
Cenote El Pit
Cenote Tak be lum
Cenote Sac Actun – Pet Cemetary

One of the most famous dive is probably the one leading to the spectacular blue abbys, with highly decorated passages. The rest of the cave is also highly decorated.

Cenote Nohoch Na Chich
Cenote Caracol
Cenote Fenomeno
Cenote Concha
Cemnote Nariz – Otoch Ha

Cave diving in the Cenotes around Tulum Area

Cenote Calavera – Temple of Doom
Gran Cenote
Cenote Carwash – Actun Ha
Cenote Kalimba
Cenote Zacil Ha
Cenote Angelita
Laguna Kaan Luum
Cenote Dos Pisos
Cenote Naharon
Cenote Mayan Blue
Cenote Jail House
Cenote Chan Aktun Ha

Cave diving in the Cenotes in the Chemuyil area

Cenote Doggi

Side Mount configuration to access this site.

Cenote Caterpilar

In the middle of a quarry, the opening of cenote Caterpilar happened by accident.

Cenote Xulo
Cenote Mosquito factory
Cenote Chan Hole (small Hole)