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Discussion in 'Diving Trips and Locations' started by sam51, Nov 24, 2017.
hi mexico , caribbean or pacific diving.any one done both, which one .thanks.
hi no not done any. your welcome
Hi. No. Only done one. You’re welcome.
Only done one too
I'm going to Mexico at Easter. I am not planning to get in the sea at all
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Why go to Mexico and dive in the sea when the have some of the best cave / cavern diving in the world?
Maybe you are more interested in fish/sea life. Not so much of that in the caves.
I am off to Mexico at Easter, staying at the Moon Palace resort, Cancun. I would like to fit in at least one days diving whilst I am there and also try and arrange for my 11 yr old to do a try dive in the sea.
I am PADI AOW and recently crossed over to Sports Diver. My 11 yr old has carried out two try dives in our local pool with my club.
Can anyone please recommend a local dive center as I would like to book my diving before I go. I was wondering if my 11yr old could do a try dive whilst I did a check out dive?
Contract Pro Dive Mexico. They are a good bunch and have dive centres attached to hotels up and down that coast. They’ll also probably pick you up if needed.
I Derek, I think you might confuse a dive centre with that.
As a PADI AOW you cross over to commence BSAC Sport Diver training and become a Sport Diver after you have completed the course. Until you have completed the Sports Diver course you remain a PADI AOW
Pro dive are excellent. Did my idc with them. Go playa del Carmen, get on a ferry to Cozumel, dive one of the best sites on the planet
I think the bull sharks are back off the pier in playa too if you fancy an adrenaline rush
Happy diving bud
I once showed a CMAS 3 star card in Mexico and was asked if it was the same as AOW.
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Thanks for the replies, I'll get in touch with Pro dive and see what they can do. Thanks for the advice also on the qualification. I thought that I could still dive under my AOW qualification, even though I have now completed Sports Diver training and been signed off? I always assumed that it was the best of both worlds just in case the BSAC qualification wasn't recognised (not sure why it wouldn't be though?). Apologies if I seem a bit naive I'm still getting use to the diving rule sand regs!
Derek, you are correct. if you have completed Sports Diver then that is your highest qualification, being comparable with PADI Rescue. However, you do still have, and will always have, PADI AOW if that is the ticket they best understand.
Contact Jorge at Scorpio Divers: small operation, personalised service, tell him Fat Chris from England sent you. I only dive with him nowadays when we go to Cancun. http://www.scorpiodivers.com/
He has been in business for about ten years, and has a small team working with him. IMHO much better than the the big operations with turnover of staff (some of whom may have less experience than you ... thinking of Aquaworld there).
Scorpio is a SDI operation, and they have great respect for the quality of UK training.
Hi, Thanks for the replies. I have been in touch with both the recommended dive operators and will most likely go with Scorpio divers as they had the best package for my 11yr old (training plus two dives). I also liked the fact that you only go in at a maximum ratio of 1 : 4. Can't wait now, especially given the weather recently!
Have fun - your biggest issue might be that Scorpio is based at the top end of the hotel zone about 28km from Moon Palace. If you dive Cancun/Isla Mujeres, you will have to grab a cab from your hotel. If you are diving Cenotes, Puerto Morelos (wreck, reefs, better than Cancun), or Cozumel (personally not a fan - too many Septics) then the Scorpio van will pick you up on the way.
So, back in the UK from Mexico and so glad that I went with Scorpio Divers!
Upon arriving in Mexico from the UK it was apparent that the wind conditions would probably stop any open water diving. Upon opening my emails for the first time there was already one there from Jorge stating that the open water dives were a no-go and we should postpone to the weekend. It was suggested through following emails that I could dive some cenotes (Chac mool) prior to the open water dives. This also seemed a good idea as it gave me chance to dive with Alfredo prior to my daughter diving. I found Alfredo very friendly, relaxed, confident and very knowledgeable and felt totally at ease taking part in my first cavern dives with him. The only downside was that the cenote that we were diving that day did not allow photography. The cenotes were amazing and I was sorry that I could not participate on more dives the following day (but I was on a family holiday!).
The weekend came and it was time for the reef dives. My daughter, having dived in a pool before, went through her training very quickly and then we had to wait for the boat. Alfredo was a very good, patient trainer and explained everything thoroughly at a level that could be understood by an 11yr old.
On the boat trip out to the reef I could see that my daughter was starting to get nervous and upon the time to get into the water she became very nervous about the depth (8 - 10m) to the point were she did not want to get in. Myself and Alfredo entered the water and he was very calm and reassuring to help her to enter the water. She eventually entered with the help of the boat captain and then descended down the shot line. Once in Alfredo held her hand for most of the dive and she was totally relaxed and upon surfacing wanted to go straight back in! for the second dive once helped with the decent she followed Alfredo around at ease with no nerves even in the swell and current which had picked up! Lots of colourful fish seen and also some barracuda.
In summary, Scorpio divers are a good outfit and from what I could gather are at the lower end of the price bracket without compromising on quality of instruction, guide or equipment.
Glad it workd out for you - Alfredo is a top bloke. When I first met him, he had moved into Cancun from Vera Cruz (he's ex-navy, from a fishing family), and was driving the van for the Scorpio. Jorge trained him up and he blossomed!
(Photography is officially banned in most (if not all) Cenotes... its just that some are more "relaxed" about it than others. The ban came in following a fatality a few years back)