Diving in Cancun
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Blvd Kukulkan Km
|(998) 845 0977
||Blvd Kukulkan Km 5
||(998) 849 7508
Kukulcan Blvd. km. 2.5, Hotel Zone
Cancun, Q. Roo, Mexico.
|(998) 881 24 00 / Fax
881 24 24
|(998) 848 7070
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enthusiasts come to Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Morelos and other parts of the
Mexican Caribbean coast for its clear turquoise waters, colorful tropical fish,
and exquisite coral reef. Currents allow for drift dives, deep dives, night
dives, wall dives and shore dives while the abundance of offshore wrecks make
allow exploration dives safe enough for neophytes. The peninsula's cenotes, or
natural sinkholes, also provide unusual dive experiences.
For those who are beginners there are a number of courses offered to get you
started. The weekend course or PADI resort course qualifies you to dive with an
experienced dive master and has become a standard feature in most all-inclusive
packages. It includes the basics such as breathing with your underwater
equipment, checking your gauges and learning about buoyancy along with some
practice time in a dive pool. You may or may not be ready for scuba diving in
the open seas after this course. But be cautious and donít let yourself be
pressured into doing anything you are not ready to try.
diving courses can take up to two to three weeks to complete and will fully
prepare you for open sea diving. The PADI Open Water Certification is valid
worldwide and allows you to scuba dive anywhere in the world. For the
experienced diver many places offer PADI Advanced courses such as medic first
aid, rescue diver, dive master, and instructor.
are many dive schools to choose from and its important you find one that you are
comfortable with. Look for high safety standards, documented credentials, good
equipment and individual attention. Avoid those places that care only about
volume. Next to your equipment, your dive master is the most important part of
your dive. Make sure your instructor has PADI certification (or FMAS, the
Mexican equivalent) and is affiliated with one of the recompression chamber.
These centers aim for a 35-minute response time from reef to chamber and treat
decompression sickness, commonly known as "the bends," which occurs
when you surface too quickly and nitrogen is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Other injuries treated in the recompression chambers include nitrogen narcosis,
collapsed lungs, and overexposure to the cold. Make sure your outfit offers some
kind of dive-accident coverage such as DAN (Divers Alert Network) insurance.
Diving requires that you be reasonably fit. Be sure to listen to your instructor
and don't attempt anything that you're not comfortable doing. When diving be
sure to stay at least 3 ft above the reef so you donít break or damage the
reef; it has taken 2,000 years for it to reach its present size. Donít dive if
you have been drinking. And donít dive within 24 hours of flying.
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