1. What are the requirements to dive?
If you would like to dive you should already be minimum Open Water qualified with PADI or any other recognised dive organisation, such as NAUI or BSAC. Please bring your certification card with you for verification purposes. If you have lost your card, please let us know in advance and the dive centres should be able to look up your details on the PADI or relevant dive body website.
If you are not yet a certified diver but would like to dive on the tour, you can either complete a course at home or arrive in Mexico before the tour begins to do your Open Water course. You need to allow 3-4 days for the full open water course.
If you have less holiday time, it is possible to do the study component of the course online beforehand and simply do the four required open water dives on arrival. You need only allow 2 days for this. Refer to the PADI website
for further information about the Open Water course and elearning options.
2. What if I haven’t dived for a long time?
If you are a qualified diver but have not dived for more than a year, it may be necessary to do a brief refresher with your dive guide in shallow water at the start of the first dive.This will take just 5-10 minutes and cover the basic dive skills, such as mask clearance, regulator retrieval and clearance, and a basic fin pivot. Please do not worry about this, it is very simple and your divemaster and tour leader (who is also an experienced divemaster) will do everything they can to ensure you are comfortable and confident in the water.
3. Do I need a dive computer?
No, it is not necessary to have you own dive computer. Your local divemaster will control the dive profile within safe no decompression limits and give you a full safety briefing at the start of each dive.
Your tour leader will also be diving with you and she has her own dive computer, so rest assured you will always be diving within safe limits.
If, of course, you have your own computer, then you would be most welcome to bring it and use it during the dives. There is also the option to rent a computer through some of the dive centres should you wish.
4. Do I need my own equipment? Or even just mask, snorkel, fins?
No, all necessary dive equipment will be provided. To clarify, that includes BCD and regulator, mask, fins, wetsuits and weights.
You do not need to bring anything, but if you happen to have some of your own equipment then you welcome to use it, however please bear in mind that dive equipment is heavy and bulky and given this is NOT a dedicated dive holiday, it could be inconvenient to travel with that extra weight. Similarly there are luggage limits on some of the flights.
Rest assured that the dive centres we work with have been selected based on their commitment to safety and equipment is well maintained and of a high standard. Your safety is our priority.
5. Do I need a wetsuit? If so short or long?
No, the appropriate wetsuit will be provided by the local dive centre along with all other equipment.
6. How deep will we be diving to?
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is shallower than 12 metres/40 feet, where the water is warmer and the colours are brighter.
In order to extend dive times we would normally do deep dives if there is something specific to see, i.e. a wreck or the limestone stalactites in the case of the Blue Hole (as the deeper you dive the more air you consume). If the group is composed of a mixture of advanced and open water divers, we will do our upmost to manage it so that those who are advanced open water qualified can dive to deeper depths should they wish.
7. How many dives per day?
In Tulum, we have two included dives and pax have the option to an optional third should they wish
In Caye Caulker, we have three included dives. Pax will also be able to do up to two optional dives the following day should they wish.
8. Where is the nearest decompression chamber or medical facilities?
Rest assured that all dives will be undertaken within safe no-decompression recreational dive limits, however for peace of mind there are decompression chambers in Roatan, San Pedro/Ambergis Caye in Belize and Playa del Carmen near Tulum.
9. If I am on my own who will be my buddy?
A suitable dive buddy will be assigned to everyone.
10. Will they be guided dives?
Yes, all dives will be guided by a local professionally divemaster or dive instructor.
11. What kind of dives – reef? Caves? Wrecks?
In Mexico we will be diving in the cenotes which are freshwater limestone caverns or sink holes.
The three dives in Belize will take place on Lighthouse Atoll which is part of the larger Belize barrier reef reserve system. The Blue Hole itself is a limestone sinkhole which forms part of the reef.
In Roatan there is the possibility of a wreck dive but it depends on weather conditions and also the experience of the group. The wreck sits in 30m of water so is only suitable for advanced open water divers or open water divers who would like to do a deep dive specialty. The main diving in Roatan is reef and wall diving which is beautiful and very close to shore. There are frequent sightings of turtles, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, moray eels. If you are lucky you may also see nurse sharks, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks. Roatan is also renowned for its macro life; the tiny creatures that are the most challenging yet most rewarding to find.
12. What kind of boat will we be diving from? Will we spend the whole day on the boat?
We do not use boats for the cenotes as the dive sites are located in the jungle, one of the reasons why they are so unique. Rather we drive to the site, and walk the final distance to the cenote entrance.
In Belize, the Blue Hole dive site is located 70 miles off-shore so there will be a 2hr boat trip to get there. However it is worth it! The local dive operator we work with has the best boat on the island and can accommodate up to 18 divers.
The reef in Roatan is so close to shore (most are a 5-10 minute boat ride) that the boats tend to be smaller, usually taking up to 10 divers. Dive entry is usually via backward roll or some divers even prefer to ‘gear up’ in the water if conditions allow.
13. What kind of insurance will I need?
For your peace of mind you should have travel insurance which covers you for scuba diving, Divers Alert Network (DAN)
is the most favoured insurance body within the diving community.
14. How many people will be diving at any one time?
There will never be more than six divers with one dive guide.