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Dive Course – Playa del carmen – Tulum – Yucatan – Mexico

Is cave diving for me?

You can think of cave diving as very demanding  and more dangerous than reef diving, but when executed properly, cave dives are safe and extremely rewarding. After completing your cave diver training, you will travel to amazing places such as Bahamas islands and the Cenotes of Yucatan in Mexico, discover places only few people  have ever seen and get a sense of exploration.

CAVE DIVINGTo become a cave diver you will have to go through rigourous training. The steps and levels can slightly differ from one training agency to the other, but your training will strongly depend on the instructors experience in cave diving and teaching. So make sure you get the right instructor for yourself.

Here are a few thoughts…

Can I become a cave diver?

First of all you need the right motivation: an interest for cave and for cave diving. If you’re a thrill seeker: pass your way!

TDI Cave diving course

Any Open water diver with sufficient experience and habilities can start a cave diving training program. You should be confident diving in low-light and low visibility conditions. You should be qualified or comfortable learning in a two-tanks system, either in sidemount or backmount configuration.

Cave diving demands a serious and confident approach, and discipline to meticulously conduct every dive, every time.

What will I learn during my cave diver training?

Air Sharing in Touch Contact


  • Anti silting swimming techniques
  • Use a line and reel
  • Stress management
  • Dealing with problems safely and calmly
  • Become an aware and safe cave diver
  • Geology, cave formations and conservation
  • a lot more…
What equipment will I need?
  • Two tanks configuration: sidemount or backmount
  • Three torches (Primary light source and two backups)
  • Line cutters
  • Reels and spools
  • Personal markers

Make sure to talk to your instructor before purchasing any item, to ensure that you’re getting the right gear.

Where can I learn to cavern dive?

Cenote Kukulkan, cavern dive in the winter morning light

First step of the full cave diver training, you should do your training in a cave diving area, to get real experience, and inspire you to continue your training to cave diver. The Cenotes of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula offer amazing training and diving sites, and remain one of the most popular cave diving destination in the world.

Where can I learn to cave dive?

The cave diver training is a two step course. During the first part, the introductory course you will learn to complete simple cave dives following a single continuous guideline.

The final part of cave training is mainly about adding complexity to navigation inside the cave. For that last part of the training we highly recommend the caves of Mexico. These very complex systems offer a large quantity of dive sites and scenarios possibility for training. The warm water and shallow caves will enable you to stay longer underwater, practice and focus on cave related skills.

Where can I cave dive after my cave diver training?

All around the world 🙂

Among popular places to go cave diving for pleasure is Florida, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, France, and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Do you feel ready to become a cave diver?

We might or might not be the right instructors for you, but if you have any doubts or questions don’t hesitate in contacting us.

Most of all, if you are ready, welcome to the amazing world of cave divers.


Diving Training

Deep Dark Diving dive training Philosophy

We offer high quality training in technical diving and cave diving in Playa del Carmen, all the Riviera Maya and in Yucatan, Mexico.

We strive to provide the best learning experience. The objective is to achieve the highest level and learn from each moment. Then by using what you learn you will improve your performance and the safety of your diving.

There is a minimum days required by standards for technical and cave diving training, but be aware that you will personnaly need to meet the diving standards.

All training is based on skills mastering. We do our best to share our experience and knowledge with you and ensure the efficiency of your training but technical or cave diving certification is not garanteed.

Fun diving on the coral reef in the Caribbean Mexico


70% of the earth surface is water. Start exploring! Open Water courses for beginners all the way to Instructor


Fun and Safe way to dive for recreational divers - Ideal for Cave divers, Solo Divers and Photographers

Installing a jump spool in Cenote Minotauro


Learn overhead diving in the most extensive underwater caves on the planet. Master buoyancy and precise control of every movement.


Experienced diver? It is time to extend your dives and explore new environments. Nitrox, Deco Procedure, Mixed gases, Stage Cave, DPV, CCR

Dive Razor Original


Plongée dans le Yucatan, Mexique  –  Cours de plongée et Plongées guidées

Deep Dark Diving offre un service personnalisé pour vos plongées dans la Riviera Maya et le Yucatan au Mexique

Dévoués à la sécurité et à la conservation, nous sommes spécialisés dans la plongée Cenote et la plongée souterraine. Nous offrons des plongées guidées ainsi que des formations en plongée souterraine et plongée technique pour plongeurs débutants et confirmés.

Nous avons une passion pour la plongée, une passion pour les grottes, une passion pour la plongée souterraine que nous aimons partager avec vous afin de vous faire profiter au mieux de votre expérience de plongée sous-marine dans le Yucatan.


Bull Sharks - Playa del carmen


Récifs de Playa del Carmen - Akumal - Plongée a Cozumel depuis Playa del Carmen - Requins bouledogues


Unique au monde: découvrez la plongée en caverne dans les Cenotes


Découvrez le monde caché des Cenotes du Yucatan – Stage – DPV – CCR


Cenote Kukulkan, plongée caverne dans la lumière hivernale


Premier pas vers la plongée souterraine. Vous apprendrez les procédures de la plongée sous plafond dans la zone de lumière naturelle

Introduction à la Plongée souterraine


Voilà! C’est parti dans l’obscurité totale et vous pourrez réaliser des plongées simples au-dela de la zone de lumière naturelle

Cours de plongée souterraine


Les réseaux souterrains peuvent être très complexes, surtout au Mexique. Vous pourrez maintenant combiner tout ce que vous avez appris avec des navigations complexes et plus encore


Introduction à la plongée technique


Bases de la plongée technique – Plannification – nouvelle configuration et meilleur hydrodynamisme – Améliorer flottabilité et techniques de palmage. Etablir une base solide. 

Cours de plongée Sidemount


Premiers pas en configuration Sidemount. Pour plongeurs tec souhaitant transposer leurs aptitudes à la configuration Sidemount. Ou pour débutants ayant choisi la configuration Sidemount.


Un cours de Side Mount plus approfondi. Il couvre les bases necessaires à la plongée technique et la plongée souterraine et constitue une base solide. De plus votre harnais Razor vous suivra à tous les niveaux de plongée technique.


Nitrox sticker SDI TDI - TDI Nitrox Course


Premier pas vers l’utilisation de mélanges. Pour plongeur Nitrox certifié c’est l’occasion de revoir les bases théoriques, la physique et les lois fondamentales en profondeur avant d’aller plus loin.

Cours de Nitrox Avancé


Physique et physiologie de la plongée aux mélanges contenant plus de 40 % d’oxygène. Rallonger votre temps de plongée sans entrer en décompression

Cours de procédures de d´compression


Plannifier et réaliser des plongées a décompression . Choix des gas et exécution de plan d’urgence.


Deco stop at Cenote the Pit, Dos Ojos


Des plongées superbes à  55m/180ft mais pas d’helium disponible? Vous apprendrez comment plonger en sécurité en utilisant de l’air et des gaz de décompression.

Cours de plongée trimix


Rajoutez l’hélium à vos plongées. Allez plus profond, respirez mieux et réduisez la narcose. Ca rend vos plongées beaucoup sûres et offre de nombreuses possibilités jusqu’à 60m/200ft.

Cours de trimix avancé


Félicitations! Vous avez atteint le plus haut niveau de plongée en circuit ouvert. Utilisez des mélanges avec moins de 17% O2 et à des profondeurs de 100m/330ft. Et faites partie de l’élite de la plongée.

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ISC Megalodon

Intro to Tech Diving

Valve shutdown in backmount configuration

The Intro to Tech Course extends recreational training by improving dive planning methods, in-water skills, and streamlining existing gear configurations.

After following this class you will become a more proficient diver and expand your diver skills and knowledge.

  • expand diver knowledge
  • start technical training
  • refresher for certified technical diver
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Minimum certification: Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
  • 25 logged  dives


What you will learn
  • In-depth dive planning,
  • advanced buoyancy control
  • finning techniques
  • gas management,
  • situational awareness,
  • proper trim,
  • gear configuration


Decompression Procedures Diver


The decompression procedures course is an exciting step further into your dive career.

Decompression ProceduresYou can train in your properly configured recreational gear with just an extra stage for the deco gas. You will only need and extra regulator and stage rig and you can still join regular dive operation which is a great advantage.

If you already are an Intro to tech or Sidemount diver you can use this configuration with an extra deco tank.

You will get the best out of this training if you already are an Advanced Nitrox diver or if you combine Decompression Procedures and  Advanced Nitrox.

These courses will be the foundation of all other technical courses.

Objectives of the Decompression Procedures Course
  • Extend your bottom time
  • Safely execute decompression dives
  • Dive deeper
  • Look deeper into the decompression theory
  • Extend your diving techniques
  • 3 days minimum
  • Dives: 4 dives minimum (including 2 below 30 metres / 100 feet)
  • Adv. Nitrox + Deco Procedures: 6 dives minimum
  • Depth: 45 metres/150 feet.
Course prerequisites
  • Minimum age 18
  • Minimum certification of SDI Advanced Adventure Diver, Advanced Diver, or equivalent
  • 25 logged open water dives
  • Primary cylinder(s), Independent or isolated back-mounted
  • Decompression mix cylinder(s) (with submersible pressure gauge and Labeled)
  • Depth gauge and bottom timer and / or dive computer
  • Regulator(s)
  • Buoyancy compensator device(s) (BCD) adequate for equipment configuration
  • Line cutting device
  • Ascent reel with lift bag /surface marker buoy
  • Oxygen (O2) analyzer; may be supplied by the instructor
  • Exposure suit adequate for the open water environment
  • Underwater slate
What will you learn?
  • Choosing the Decompression gas
  • The use of dive Tables and personal dive computers
  • How to set Emergency and contingency plans  (in order to face equipment failure, omitted decompression, etc.)
  • Decompression diving procedures
  • Choosing the equipment and configuration
  • Pre-dive checks and drills
  • Stress analysis and mitigation
  • Following a decompression schedule
  • Gas switching
  • Team awareness and communication
  • SMB/lift bag deployment
  • Proper trim, buoyancy and finning techniques
  • Emergency procedures (in case of equipment failures, catastrophic gas loss, omitted decompression, navigational errors, etc.)
  • Equipment considerations, cylinder labeling, analyzing nitrox mixtures, and gas blending procedures
 What’s next?

Nitrox     Advanced Nitrox     Extended Range     Trimix


Nitrox Course

The Nitrox Course is an entry level to start utilizing enriched air nitrox as a breathing gas.

Scuba diving nitrox gives you more no decompression time, meaning more time underwater especially on repetitive dives.

This simple one-day course can be done in a matter of hours, and it is in fact “dry course”. You can technically complete the course without going underwater even though, you probably don’t want to miss the fun part?!

TDI Nitrox Course
Double benefit : More time underwater, where you like and shorter surface intervals !
 Objectives of the Nitrox course?
  • Learn more about nitrox mixtures
  • Extend your bottom time
  • Less surface interval
  • Do repetitive dives
  • Move forward with technical diving education
Course prerequisites:
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Minimum certification of open water diver or current enrollment in an open water diver course
What you will learn:
  • Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox
  • The benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for using nitrox mixes from 22 through 40 percent oxygen content
  • Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure
  • Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations, cylinder labeling, analyzing nitrox mixtures, and gas blending procedures
  • Manage oxygen exposure.
  • Analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
  • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

Structure of the Nitrox Diver Course:

  • There are two options for this Course:
    Option one: Standard Course
    Option two: Course with 2 Cenotes Nitrox dives
What gear will you use?

Your Instructor will help choose and let you know if your gear meets the requirements.

  • Regular modern scuba equipment
  • Dive computers
  • Scuba tanks must meet oxygen service standards and be dedicated for use with enriched air.
  • Oxygen analyzers
  • Special cylinder decals.
Next Step

Now that you earned your certification and will extend your dive time, you might consider moving to the next level


Cenote Entrance Fees for Cavern & Cave Diving


Cenote Entrance fees to be paid before Cavern or cave Diving
Cenote diving

Here is the list of the entrance fees to the Cenote for Cavern Diving and Cave Diving in the most comon dive sites and training sites in the Riviera Maya – Mexico All prices are given in $ Mexican Pesos We do our best to keep the list up to date, but there might change on the last minute due to landowner decision.

Cenote Entrance fees

Chac Mool/Kukulkan (2 dives): 250$

Chikin Ha (2 dives): 250$

El Eden-(PondeRosa): 300$

Taj Ma Ha: 250$

Dos Ojos Barbie Line & Bat Cave: 380$

El Pit: 570$

Dos Ojos/Pit combined: 760$

Dreams’ Gate: 300$

Calavera (Temple of Doom): 300$

Gran Cenote

Carwash (Actun Ha): 250$

 Angelita: 300$

Zapote: 300$

Kin Ha: 200$

Pet Cemetery (Sac Actun): Closed for divers 🙁 but snorkeling is still worth a go!!

  • might be accessible to cavern divers on special request, entrance fee: 600$

More about Cavern Diving and Cave Diving in the beautiful Cenotes of Mexico. Or get Cave diver Certified or Technical diver Certified



Deep dark Diving likes to be flexible and take you on the dives that are best for you, so just let us know what you have in mind and we will do our best to arrange it!

We do personalized and private guiding and teaching.

Contact us for group packages for 4 or more divers. We will also be happy to help you out with transport, and hotel as well.


Cavern Diving Prices

Price for 2 Dives (Entrance fees not included)*:
  • 2 dives one location –> 130 $USD
  • 2 dives on different locations –> 140 $USD
  • 2 dives Angelita, Zapote or El Pit + one other location –> 150 $USD
  • Group prices upon demand (4 divers per guide maximum)

*minimum 2 divers, + 25 USD if one diver

A regular Cavern Diving Tour includes minimum two dives per day. You can combine the dive sites as you like, or ask us for suggestions. Check out the safety rules: Safety Rules for Cavern diving in the Cenotes


Cave Diving Prices

Price for 2 cave dives or 1 Stage dive  (Entrance fees not included)*:
  • Private guiding 1 diver: 200 $USD/day
  • 2 divers: 180 $USD/diver/ day
  • 3 divers: 160 $USD/Diver/ day
  • Group prices upon demand 
  • 3 divers per guide maximum
  • 2 sets of Tanks (twinset or Side Mount) or 1 set + 1 stage
  • 2 dives/day or 1 Stage dive – backmount or side mount
  • Use of reels and spools
  •  Use of toolbox


Guided dives Package:

  • 5 days of diving: 5% discount
  • 10 days of diving: 10% discount
  • Group prices and packages on demands

Prices includes:

  • Private guiding
  • Professional, Certified and Experienced Guide and Instructor
  • Bilingual (Spanish & English) local guides (other languages available too)
  • Oxygen & First Aid kit
  • Transportation from Playa del Carmen
  • Tanks and Weights
  • Gear storage
  • Drinking  Water in refillable bottles

Not Included:

  • Entrance fees to the cenotes, check it here: Entrance fees ($ Mexican Pesos):
  • Certification fees
  • Technical Gear (available for rental)
  • Pick up
  • Food and Drinks
  • Gases and instructor’s gases for Deep Diving (Trimix, Nitrox and Oxygen)

Cave & Technical Diving Training Prices

Teaching prices per day
  • Private teaching 1 diver: 250 $USD
  • 2 Students: 230 $USD/person
  • 3 Students: 210 $USD/person
  • Certified and experienced local Instructor
  • Tanks
Not Included:
  • Entrance fees to the cenotes
  • Certification fees
  • Technical Gear
  • Pick up
  • Food and Drinks
  • Gases and instructor gases for Deep Diving (Trimix, Nitrox and Oxygen)

Combined Courses Prices

Intro to Tech (2 days) 500$ USD
Advanced Nitrox (3 days) 750$ USD
  • Side Mount + Advanced Nitrox (6 days) 1500$ USD
  • Advanced Nitrox + Decompression Procedures (5 days) 1250$ USD
  • Advanced Nitrox + Intro to Tech (5 days) 1250$ USD
  • Intro to Tech + Advanced Nitrox + Deco Procedures (6 days) 1500$ USD
Decompression Procedures (3 days) 750 USD
  • Side Mount + Deco Procedure (6 days) 1500$ USD
  • Advanced Nitrox + Decompression Procedures (5 days) 1250$ USD
  • Intro to Tech + Deco Procedure (5 days) 1250$ USD
  • Intro to Tech + Advanced Nitrox + Deco Procedures (6 days) 1500$ USD
  • Side Mount + Advanced Nitrox + Deco Procedures (7 days) 1750$ USD
Cavern (3 days) 750USD
  • Intro to Tech + Cavern (5 days) 1250 USD
  • Side Mount + Cavern (6 days) 1500 USD
Intro to Cave (3 days) 750USD
  • Cavern + Intro to cave (5 days) 1250 USD
  • Intro to Tech + Intro to Cave (5 days) 1250 USD
  • Intro to Tech + Cavern + Intro to Tech (7 days) 1750 USD
  • Side Mount + Cavern + Intro to Cave (8 days) 2000 USD
Full Cave (4 days) 1000 USD
  • Intro to Cave + Full Cave (6 days) 1500 USD
  • Cavern + Intro to Cave + Full Cave (8 days) 2000 USD
  • Intro to Tech + Cavern + Intro to Cave + Full Cave (10 days) 2500 USD
  • Side Mount + Cavern + Intro to Cave + Full Cave (11 days) 2750 USD


Rental equipment:

  • Regulator: 5 USD/day
  • Wetsuit: 5 USD/day
  • BCD: 5 USD/day
  • Razor Side Mount Harness: 15 USD/day
  • Primary light: 28 USD/day

We can provide you with rental gear depending on the course you wish to take. However we recommend to have your own basic gears or consider buying one through us. Make sure you consult us before any purchase. Part of technical diving training deals with equipment configuration therefore you will get the best of your training with your own equipment. Also keep in mind that technical rental gear will not always be available during your travel. For Sidemount we recommend the Razor system and will be happy to offer a package Equipment purchase + training.

Payments by paypal

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Contact Deep Dark Diving

Scuba Diving in Yucatan, Mexico – Personalized Guiding and Training

Group packages available

Mail: info@deepdarkdiving.com
WhatsApp: +52 1 984 135 7062
Location: Playa del Carmen & Mérida, Mexico
Facebook: Deep Dark Diving

We are passionate instructors offering guided dives and training for Reef diving, Cavern diving, Cave diving, Deep diving

I spend a lot of time underwater and far into the jungle, out of phone signal and internet reach.  In fact I am probably underwater somewhere in one of the amazing caves of Yucatan. I really do my best to give the best service possible and assure that we can offer the best dive experience. You probably come a long way for a very special holliday and we’ll garantee a very special experience. I personnaly answer  all emails and deal with the organization… so please be patient, it’s worth it 🙂

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Intro to Cave Diver Course


Intro to Cave Diver Course
Deploying a guideline

After enjoying your cavern diving course and discovering diving in overhead environment it is now time to move on to the Intro to cave diver course.

Not only you will tune up your skills further into the cave but you  will adopt additional techniques and procedures required for simple cave dives.

Of course, upon satisfying with the intro to Cave course requirements you may enroll to the Full Cave Diving Course.

  • Cavern Diver certification or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  •  “Rule of thirds,” OR 1/6th if using doubles
  • Maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet.
  • Proper cave diving equipment must be used
  • Maintain a continuous guideline
  • Progress on to the next level: Full Cave Diver course!
  • double cylinders or dual valve manifold
  • Two independent first and second stage regulators; one regulator equipped with a long hose (2 metres / 7 feet)
  • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) with power inflator
  • Exposure suit adequate for diving environment
  • Line cutting device
  • Three battery powered lights; 1 primary and 2 back-ups
  • Safety reel/spool
  • One primary reel
  • Computer, watch or bottom timer and depth gauge
  • Slate or wet notes with a pencil
  • Submersible dive tables or backup dive computer
  • Directional and non directional line markers
  • Minimum 3 days
  • Open water training
  • minimum 4 cave dives
  • Theory: minimum 4 hours
What you will learn
  • Policy for cave diving
  • Gas management
  • Psychological considerations of cave diving
  • Equipment choice and configuration
  • Communication (light and hand signals, touch contact)
  • Swimming techniques
    • Body posture/trim
    • Buoyancy control
    • Line following
  • Physiology
    • Breathing techniques
    • Stress management
  • Cave environment
  • Cave conservation
  • Problem solving
    • Emergency procedures
    • Equipment failure
    • Silting conditions
  • Accident analysis
  • Cave diving etiquette