A cave dive playing in the halocline, meeting with remipedes
This cave is just amazing, dark with a very well defined halocline. Recommended to dive with Nitrox and with stage side mount or stage back mount configuration as it is fairly deep and you will want to stay as long as posible.
Halocline: from Greek hals, halo- ‘salt’ and klinein ‘to slope’
The halocline is the area within a body of water that marks a drastic change in salinity.
Haloclines are common in underwater caves near the ocean. The fresh water, less dense, forms a layer above the salt water from the ocean. For cave divers, it causes the optical illusion of air space in caverns. Passing through stirs up the layers and blurs the vision.
The halocline itself is responsible for the formation of the cave systems. The mixing of the saltwater and freshwater results in reactive brackish water that dissolves the limestone, eroding the rock and enlarging a cave’s passageways.
Because different water densities meet at the halocline and both organic and inorganic particulates accumulate there, it is chemically speaking an intriguing place.
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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.
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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$
Carwash (Actun Ha): 250$
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$
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ideal for cave diving
Very safe and confortable for open water diving.
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:
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…)
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.
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 🙂
The cavern diver course is your first step in overhead environment diving. Through this course, you will build up the skills to dive safely within the natural daylight and a short distance from the exit. Not only you will learn about proper planning, procedures and techniques for cavern diving but also about the hazards and how to deal with them. And of course, you will now enjoy your cavern diving in the Cenotes to a much higher level of knowledge and safety.
The cavern diver course is the first part of the Cave course. After your training you will know what to expect and decide if you keep going.
This course will definitely take you a step further in your diver’s life. Once certified as a cavern diver you might of course consider following your training with the Intro to cave or even all the way to Full cave training.
Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
Open Water Scuba Diver
Proof of 25 logged dives
Penetration is limited to 1/3 of a single diving cylinder or 1/6th if using double cylinders
61 linear metres / 200 linear feet from the surface