To complete your scuba diving experience in Mexico you need to try a cenote/cavern tour.
The "cenotes" (sinkholes) of the Riviera Maya will offer you one of the most spectacular and unforgettable experiences you will ever have while diving. The visibility during the dive will be around 200ft/60m and you will think to be floating in the air. You will see rock formations (stalactites, stalagmites, columns) immersed in the water inside in a trail of the jungle.
Cenote/cavern diving is available to open water divers with a good buoyancy control. In order to secure fun and safety we usually require to dive in the ocean with us unless you can show us proof of having recently being diving (less than 6 month) and having a considerable amount of dives under your belt. You will be using normal recreational gear while your guide will be using double tanks in order to be able to provide extra air if ever needed.
Water temperature is around 75F/25C so we do suggest you wearing at least a 3mm long wetsuit to have and enjoyable time in the cenotes. Do not bring gloves, knifes or snorkel – you will not need them and you will not be allowed to carry them during the cenote/cavern dive. All your equipment should be secured close to your body to avoid dangling.
Authorized cavern guide should be certified as Dive Master minimum and be Full Cave Diver Certified in order to be eligible to guide divers in the cenotes/caverns. The guide will be allowed to have maximum 4 divers in his group being him/her the 5 member of the team.
You will be provided with a briefing on the general aspects involving the cavern formations and its existence, as well as an in-depth briefing on the proper techniques for cenote/cavern diving. In the water your buoyancy, air pressure, lights and equipment will be checked.
There is a difference between cave and cenote/cavern divining. The cenote/cavern diving zone is an overhead environment where the natural light of the sun is always available; where the maximum penetration is 200ft/60m and the maximum depth is 70ft/21m with a starting visibility of 50ft/15m. There are no restrictions (areas of the cavern where two divers cannot swim side by side or on top of each other).
All dives are within the rule of thirds.
Nitrox is available with extra charge prior to proof of Nitrox certification.
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