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Diving on the Riviera Maya

Scuba diving on the Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen: the perfect location for you to learn Spanish and, with some of the most amazing marine life on the planet, a cool place to learn how to dive!

The diving courses

The diving instructors are all fully qualified PADI instructors (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and their equipment meets the rigorous safety standards imposed by the industry.

They also speak several languages, so if their instructions in Spanish aren't clear, these can readily be translated.

Course A: Diving for Beginners

The Diving for Beginners (Open Water Course) is a 3-day course leading to the PADI Open Water certificate for dives of up to 18 meters.

The course includes theoretical sessions in the air-conditioned classroom, pool sessions, ocean boat dives and equipment. Students will need 2 passport size photos.

As a first step students are required to read 3 chapters of the PADI open water manual. They need to do this before day 1 of the course.

  • On Day 1 of the course we go over the theory in the classroom and introduce you to the equipment, including initial training in a swimming pool (6 to 8 hours). This first training session will normally take place on a Saturday or Sunday, so as not to clash with the Spanish classes held in the mornings.
  • On Day 2 you practice the skills learned at the pool in shallow ocean reefs (3 hours in the afternoon).
  • On Day 3 you dive up to 12m in open water, practice more skills and take the final dive test and quizzes (6 hours in the afternoon).

Course B: Advanced Diving Course

This is a 2-3 day course that leads to the PADI certificate for dives up to 30 meters. A pre-requisite for participating in the course is the PADI Open Water Course certificate or equivalent.

The course includes sessions on the theoretical aspects of diving and ocean dives.

All dives and other activities are programmed so as not to clash with the Spanish lessons taken in the mornings.

Course details

  • Duration: 3 days over any number of weeks
  • Schedule All dives and other activities are programmed so as not to clash with the Spanish lessons taken in the mornings.
  • Minimum age: 16

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Dates, prices and booking

Start dates

Start dates are the same as for the intensive Spanish Course

Price of your diving course

Course A (3 days)

  • Supplement: $645

Course B (3 days)

  • Supplement: $530

Included

Included | Scuba equipment and diving manual

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