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Guided dives

Bull Sharks - Playa del carmen
REEF DIVING

Guided Dives on the second largest reef in the world – Experience the thrill of diving with bull sharks – Day trips to cozumel from Playa del Carmen – Express trips to Cozumel.
We also offer technical ocean diving

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CAVERN DIVING

Unique in the world: discover cavern diving in the Cenotes – Dive Cenotes near Tulum and near Playa del Carmen – Cenotes in Puerto Morelos for Advanced divers – Special private and personnalized trips to the Cenotes of Yucatan

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CAVE & TEK DIVING

The best way to discover the amazing caves of Yucatan – We offer all level of cave diving from beginners to more advanced –
Stage cave diving – DPV Cave diving – CCR cave diving – Trimix CCR

Treat yourself with a tailor made diving holliday in the Cenotes, ask us and we make it happen! 

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.

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

Duration

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

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Razor Side Mount Course

The Razor Side Mount Course allows you to experience the freedom and flexibility of diving Side Mount at its best.

The Razor Side Mount System was designed by expert divers and explorers Steve Bogaerts and HP Hartmann.

Many years of experience and many hours of side mount cave diving and exploration have led to the development of the Razor Side Mount System. And along with it appeared the necessity of developping a course program to be taught by experienced instructors comitted to high quality standards.

During the course you will learn proper adjustment of the harness, cylinder configuration, regulator configuration, proper weighting and weight distribution for the best trim, regulator switches with one hand, different propulsion techniques, equipment failures handling (bungee, bolt snap, tank clamps, bat wing, regulators, etc.) as well as other general sidemount skills adapted to the use of the Razor system.

Train with the best using years of experience shared with you through the Razor Side Mount course

But be aware… Once you go Side Mount, you never go back!!

Prerequisite:
  • Razor Side Mount CourseCertified Advanced Open Water Diver
  • 25 logged dives beyond training dives
  • Course has to be in your own Razor Side Mount System complete as some the skills are specific to the equipment
Course Duration:
  • 4 days
  • 6 dives
Why Razor? and why a Razor Side Mount course?
THE RAZOR SIDE MOUNT COURSE
RAZOR SIDE MOUNT SYSTEM 2.5

When Steve Bogaerts and HP Hartmann come together to design from scratch a full set of gears and make it evolve to what it is today you can expect something really efficient and of high quality! And it really is!

Many years of experience and many hours of Side Mount Cave diving have led to the Razor Side Mount System and further on to the Razor Side Mount Course program.

And today we are really proud to be part of the team of Razor Instructors (Géraldine Solignac, Razor Side Mount Instructor) and to be able to share that knowledge with you and share as well all the fun that goes with it.

What you will learn?
  • Proper adjustment of the harness
  • Cylinder configuration
  • Regulator configuration
  • Proper weighting, weight distribution for the best trim
  • Regulator switches with two hands and one hand
  • Different propulsion techniques
  • Equipement failures (bungee, bolt snap, tank clamps, wing, regulator…)
  • Out of Air procedures
Why is the Razor Side Mount Course a bit longer than other Side Mount courses?

Because this is how long it takes to get a new side mount diver to master the skills the way they will be used your entire diver career and your Razor harness and wing will take all those steps with you.

 

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Advanced Nitrox Course

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A stepping stone to greater diving!

The use of oxygen and oxygen enriched air mixture is critical to advenced applications in diving. This course will arm you with the knowledge and understanding of the risks and benefits associated with these gases.

You have been enjoying your recreational diving and you are ready to go a step further. Then the Advanced Nitrox course is a great introduction into the world of Technical Diving. During your course you will complete dives to 130ft/40m in the safest manner possible with no stage decompression and using Nitrox up to 100% oxygen. You will tune up your buoyancy control in a new configuration and of course work on stress mangament and problem solving. And also very important in technical diving you will start planning your dives.

This course combines perfectly with the Decompression Procedures course. This will be the foundation of your technical diving career and of course give you a better understanding of technical diving.

It is just the beginning of the progression into more advanced applications in diving.

Objectives
  • Extend your dive time safely!
  • Ideal for scientific divers, photographers or divers simply wishing to stay underwater longer
  • Use mixture containing up to 100% oxygen.
  • Entry level tec course
  • No need for big configuration changes: only one extra tank

Two direct applications

  • Hyperoxic mixes significantly increase bottom time at moderate depth
  • Mixes of high Oxygen considerably accelerate decompression
 Prerequisites
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Minimum certification: Nitrox Diver or equivalent
  • 25 logged dives
Course duration
  • 3 days
  • Number of Dives: 4 minimum (>100′ bottom time)
  • Theory: 6 hours minimum
Limitations
  • Maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet
  • No decompression
  • Nitrox mix up to 100% Oxygen
What you will learn during the Advanced Nitrox Course
  • Physics and physiology relating to diving with gas mixes containing more than 40% oxygen
  • Gas planning, dive tables, dive computers, oxygen and nitrogen limitations
  • Equipment considerations, cylinder labeling, analyzing nitrox mixtures, gas blending procedures, and oxygen service ratings for using gases with more than 40% oxygen
Skills you will perform during the Advanced Nitrox courseAdvanced Nitrox course for extended dive times and limited decompression time
  • Polishing of buoyancy and swimming techniques
  • Good awareness and team oriented dive practices
  • Free flowing regulator, valves shut down, and regulator switch
  • Safety stop in neutral buoyancy
  • Share air with buddy
  • Position, trim, streamlining
  • Stress analysis personal and other team members

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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?!

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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

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Ocean Diving

Ocean diving in the Riviera Maya:

Warm, calm, and absolutely amazing clear water with exotic sea life, divers of all levels and from all over the world will love to explore the many fantastic undersea environments this region of the globe has to offer.

You will get the opportunity to dive on one of the largest coral barrier reef in the world and every dive site will bring its lot of surprises.

  • Bull Shark diving

In winter pregnant female bull sharks come to the shallow waters along the coast in front of Playa del Carmen. Will you dare dive with them?

This is an amazing dive where you just go down to ~25m/75ft on a sand patch and just enjoy the amazing show of many bull sharks peacefully and gracefully swimming around you.

Bull Sharks - Playa del carmen
Bull Sharks – Playa del carmen
Bull sharks diving - Mexico
Bull sharks diving – Mexico
  • Ocean diving in Cozumel on a Day trip from Playa del Carmen

The fast boat takes you directly to Cozumel in approximately 40 minutes, straight to the dive site. The first dive in Cozumel is tipically a deep dive on a wall with a maximum dive depth of around 70-80 feet/20-24 meters. The second dive is on a shallower reef at around 40-50 feet/12-15 meters.

  • Ocean diving in Playa del carmen

Diving Playa del Carmen is a great option if you want to discover or rediscover Caribbean diving with the ease of flying to Cancun, Mexico, rather than to a remote island.

  • Technical diving

 

You feel like deep diving in the ocean contact us for more details.

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

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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.

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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

 

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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.

Side Mount Diving

Side Mount diving looks incredibly easy and confortable and yes it is! Side Mount configuration has many advantages when learned and configured properly.

It originates from cavers in the UK in need of a configuration that facilitates penetration of tight sections of cave. Additionally it allows easy access to the valves, provides easy and reliable gas redundancy, and tanks can be easily removed if needed. These benefits for diving in confined spaces.

Advantages of Side Mount Diving
  • More flexibility
  • More security
  • Better streamlining
  • Ideal for cave diving
  • Very safe and confortable for open water diving.

Side Mount diving at the Pit

 So make sure you get the right training from the start amd build up on the skills.

And make sure you practice, practice and practice some more!

What you will learn during the Side Mount diving course:
  • Gas management
  • Psychological considerations of technical diving
  • Equipment choice and configuration (Tank, Regulators, harness…)
  • Communication (light and hand signals)
  • Problem solving in a sidemount configuration (Air sharing…)
  • Conservation

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The basic course for tec divers wishing to learn a new configuration. If you wish  a more in depth course in a Razor harness, with solid skills to build upon during cave diving or more advanced technical courses.

  RAZOR SIDE MOUNT

Full Cave Diver Course

The Full Cave Diver Course is the third stage of overhead environment dive training.

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Once you have completed Cavern Diver and Intro to Cave Diver, you are ready to engage in the for the final step  of your cave diver course. During the Full Cave Diver training you will learn advanced cave dive planning and obviously in water execution.  In particular, you will learn complex navigation techniques and how to always maintain a continuous guideline to the open water. Therefore you start to safely navigate from the mainline to the side passages. You will also pass restrictions and penetrate much deeper into the cave systems as you start managing the rule of thirds.

The 4 days program (5 if the course is taken as a standalone) consists of 8 cave dives and many hours underwater in the caves. You start performing, jumps, gaps, traverses and circuits. Most of the training now focuses on time in the water which is the best way to learn and practice new techniques.

Duration
  • Minimum 4 days
  • 8 cave dives (minimum 240 minutes bottom time)
  • Minimum 3 different sites
  • Classroom and briefing 6 hours
Course prerequisites
  • Minimum age 18
  • Minimum certification of Introductory Cave Diver, or equivalent
  • No decompression dives, if the student is not Decompression Procedures certified or equivalent,
  • Course can be conducted concurrently with decompression procedures.
What you will learn during the Full Cave Diver Course
  • Advanced cave dive planning,
  • Practical execution of different types of cave systems and scenarios
  • Standard cave diving policies
  • Gas management procedures
  • Psychological considerations of cave diving
  • Equipment considerations and configuration (tanks, Regulator,  buoyancy compensator, reel…)Full cave diver course
  • Communication (light and hand signals, touch contact)
  • Buoyancy control, proper trim, and propulsion techniques
  • Use of a guideline
  • Physiology
  • Stress management
  • Cave environment and Conservation
  • Emergency procedures (Equipment failure, Silting conditions, gas sharing
  • Accident analysis
  • Cave diving etiquette

And finally you will now be ready to enjoy some amazing guided cave dives in the Riviera Maya 🙂

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