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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

Playing with the Halocline

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.

 

Contact us for private guided dive in hidden side passages.

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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.

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RECREATIONAL

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

SIDE MOUNT

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

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CAVE DIVING

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

TECH DIVING

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

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Guided dives

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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! 

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

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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.

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Contact

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 🙂

Thank you, back to you as soon as possible

Géraldine

 

Intro to Cave Diver Course

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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.

Prerequisites
  • Cavern Diver certification or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
Qualifications
  •  “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!
Gears
  • 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
Duration
  • 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

 

CAVERN     FULL CAVE

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Cavern Diver Course

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First step in the Overhead Environnment during the TDI Cavern diver course - Cenote Carwash (Actun Ha) Tulum - Mexico

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.

Duration
  • Minimum of 3 days
  • Open water training
  • Minimum 4 cavern dives
  • Theory: minimum 6 hours
Gear

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.

Course prerequisites
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Proof of 25 logged dives
Qualifications
  • Daylight zone
  • 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
  • 40 metres / 130 feet maximum depth
  • No decompression diving
  • No restrictions
  • Maintain a continuous guideline
  • Qualified to enroll in: Introductory Cave course
What you will learn during the Cavern diver course
  • Policy for cavern diving
  • Gas management procedures
  • Psychological considerations of cavern diving
  • Equipment considerations
  • Communication (light and hand signals, touch contact)
  • Body posture/trim
  • Buoyancy control
  • GuideLine use (deploy, follow with eyes opened and  closed)
  • Propulsion and anti-silting techniques
  • Physiology
  • Cavern environment and conservation
  • Problem solving
    • Emergency procedures (Air share, light failure…)
    • Equipment failure
    • Silting conditions
  • Accident analysis
  • Predive planning

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in Intro to Cave training

Side Mount     Intro to Tech     Intro to Cave

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