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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

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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! 

Is Cenote diving for Me?

You are planning a dive trip to the Yucatan Penninsula in Mexico? Then you might have come accross some amazing pictures of the beautiful Cenotes. Once stunned by these pictures you probably want to see it with your own eyes and live the experience.

But this question keeps popping up: is Cenote diving for me?

  • What are Cenotes?

Deep Cave diving in the Cenotes of Yucatan, Mexico
Deep Cave diving in the Cenotes of Yucatan, Mexico

Cenotes are sinkholes distributed all over the Yucatan Peninsula. They are the window to the underwater caves and caverns. And they are one of the main dive attraction in the area and one of the top dive destination in the world.

Those caves are highly decorated with stunning formations such as stalagmites and stalactites which makes them very unique.

Your first Cenote diving experience will probably be a cavern tour. You are not required to have a cave diving certification as you will not be technically entering the cave.

  • What is a cavern dive?

A cavern dive is the exploration of a natural overhead environment while remaining within sight of natural light.

When diving in the Cenotes you will always see natural light and have a sight of a direct way out of the cavern. However do not underestimate safety by thinking it is an easy dive. And here are some thoughts to consider before going for a cavern dive.

  • Will I be swimming in tight places?
Gran Cenote - Cavern diving in Tulum
Gran Cenote – Cavern diving

No you won’t!

It is a requirement for all cavern dive in the Cenotes to go through areas where two divers can fit side by side at all time. You will not swim in any tight areas.

Should any problem arrize you will be able to swim side by side with your guide to exit the cavern.

  • Can accidents happen while Cenote diving?

Yes, it can happen…

Your cavern guide should be a qualified divemaster or instructor in teaching status and a certified cave diver. Of course the more experienced the better the guide can react to a bad situation. And the more he/she knows the site, the better he/she can handle the situation.

Cavern diving by the book, is really safe. The conditions are optimal: shallow dives, no current, great visibility, group size limited to 4 divers maximum per guide and all divers should be experienced.

We recommend you to choose carefully your dive operator or guide. And remember the most experienced the guide the better he/she can show you around and yet commit to safety and conservation.

  • Is it dark down there?

Yes it is!

Safety Rules for Cavern diving in the Cenotes
Basic safety rules

Some parts in the Cenotes are very dark and darkness can alter your sense of orientation, and you a feeling you could get lost easily. This is why everyone is diving with a dive light.

Your guide should be carrying all his/her full cave gear that includes a bright and long lasting primary light used for showing you around and for communication as well as 2 back up lights. And yourself should carry at least one dive light.

The waters in the Cenotes are crystal clear, and will stay that way if all divers follow the basic rules: maintain good buoyancy, swim using non silting kicking techniques and follow the guideline.

  • Will I be able to find my way?

Yes, as long as you follow the Guide Lines

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Installing a guideline

One of the main safety rule in cavern diving in the Cenotes is referencing the guideline at all time. Your guide will explain how to identify it, how to use it and where to position yourself at all time. The same guideline will show you the way out. You should also be able to rely on your guide to follow them at all time.

We strongly recommend to dive the Cenotes. It is a unique and magical experience. Always make sure you dive well within your limits and remember the golden rule: anyone can call the dive, at any time, for any reason. So, do not hesitate to do so whenever you don’t feel comfortable.

When comes the time for you to book your dive tour to the Cenotes, remember that safety is important. Cenote diving is for advanced divers and you should be sharp on your dive skills, so don’t hesitate to refresh them by a couple ocean dives before you head for the cenotes.

Enjoy your Cenote dive 🙂

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Cenote Kukulkan, cavern dive in the winter morning light
Cenote Kukulkan, cavern dive in the winter morning light

Intro to Tech Diving

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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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Decompression Procedures Diver

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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
Duration
  • 3 days minimum
  • Dives: 4 dives minimum (including 2 below 30 metres / 100 feet)
  • Adv. Nitrox + Deco Procedures: 6 dives minimum
Limits
  • 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
Equipement
  • 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

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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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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
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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

 

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