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Diving Courses & Guided Dives in the Riviera Maya

 

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VIP access to the jungle for small groups with our expedition all-terrain vehicles! We can take you to hidden cenotes and dive sites, to dry caves and Mayan ruins way beyond the tourist areas.  The ATI Exploration Team is constantly out there, finding new places and expanding our knowledge of the jungle, with the help of the indigenous people of the Yucatan. We can offer you unique experiences on a scale you haven’t experienced before, and the refreshing scent of the deep jungle will stay with you for a very long time :).

We offer the most extensive sidemount and no-mount cave exploration training programs in Mexico, based on our own experience and methodology. Each of our instructors has currently more than a thousand sidemount exploration dives and we are the only team in the world which has been doing exploration dives daily for the last couple of years. The experience we have in long-range sidemount / no-mount cave exploration is incomparable to any other group out there, and this is evident in the quality of training that we offer. We can help open the door to a completely new realm of diving for you.



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Background & Style of Education

 

Our Background and Teaching Philosophy

The DivingMexico cave diving school is the only cave diving facility in the Riviera Maya which is entirely funded and is not profit oriented. None of our instructors rely on teaching for income and 100% of the school earnings are put into cave exploration and preservation. This allows us to concentrate on providing training on the highest possible level of excellence. The school maintains the Ixtlan Cave Exploration project which is currently exploring and documenting the longest single entrance underwater cave system in the world – the Ixtlan Cave system. The Ixtlan cave is located on the school’s property and access is restricted only to the members of our ATI Cave Exploration Team and to special guests. Our instructors are all members of the exploration team and are currently among the leading sidemount/no-mount exploration cave divers in the world.

All this, combined with over 20 years of Speleology teaching experience, allows us to offer a level of cave diving education which is unmatched in the industry. We mainly specialize in sidemount and no-mount exploration level programs, but also often do beginner cave diving classes for people affiliated with speleology organizations around the world. Even if you do not have this background, you are still welcome to come and learn this beautiful sport with us, from the basics to the advanced levels. We can proudly say that we provide the best specialized speleology oriented dive training in the Riviera Maya and that we are the best equipped sidemount dive shop on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. You are most welcome to join us.

If you want to meet our team before you decide, you are also welcome to watch the movie “The Unexplored”. It is a documentary about our work and we are sure you will enjoy it quite a lot. Write us for the password 🙂

The Unexplored from ATI Pictures Studio on Vimeo.

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Course Outlines & Requirements

 

PLEASE NOTE: Below we outline the course duration, prices and requirements for the most popular courses. We offer many more training programs, which can all be tailored and combined according to your personal needs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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IANTD Technical and Cave Courses


Please know that the course durations listed below are the minimum for divers with excellent buoyancy, trim and coordination. They are often achievable, but sometimes we need more time. We will never try to prolong a course for financial gain and will inform our students the moment the need for additional training becomes apparent. Our prices vary a lot, depending on the course requirements, number of participants, etc. If you need a quote, please write us using the form below.


IANTD Open Water Sidemount Diver

Prerequisites:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver Certification or equivalent
  • 25 logged dives recommended

Course details:

The course consists of 3 full days minimum with a minimum of 4 dives. We will aim at proficiency in using the sidemount configuration with major emphasis on trim, buoyancy, safety and perfecting the different kicks. This course is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to progress to the cave diving courses in sidemount. If the back kick (this is often the hardest part) is not perfected during the course duration additional day/days will have to be booked in order for certification to be earned.


IANTD Cavern Diver

Prerequisites:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver Certification or equivalent
  • 50 logged dives recommended

Course details:

The course consists of 3 full days minimum with a minimum of 4 cavern dives. We will be working on specific overhead environment procedures, skills and safety drills within the daylight zone.  We may require extra days of training depending on the level of student performance.


IANTD Introductory Cave Diver

Prerequisites:

  • Cavern Diver certification by a recognized technical agency.
  • 50 logged dives recommended

Course details:

The course consists of 3 full days minimum with a minimum of 4 cave dives plus open water sessions. We will be working on cave diving protocols, skills and safety drills inside the cave.  A lot of theory will be taught. We may require extra days of training depending on the level of student performance.


IANTD Cave Diver

Prerequisites:

  • Introductory Cave Diver certification by a recognized technical agency.
  • 25 logged Intro to Cave dives beyond training recommended

Course details:

The course consists of 5 full days minimum with a minimum of 8 cave dives. We will be working on cave diving protocols, skills and safety drills inside the cave, as well as on complex cave navigation.  A lot of theory will be taught. We may require extra days of training depending on the level of student performance.


Combined IANTD Cavern to Cave Diver

Prerequisites:

  • Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent
  • Sidemount Open Water diver or IANTD Essential Diver certification or equivalent
  • 150 logged dives recommended

Course details:

This course will be offered if we verify the skill of the interested student in the water and if we feel comfortable doing the whole program in one go. The course itself will take a minimum of 8 to 10 full days with 14 cave dives, open water sessions and a lot of theory. This is a very stressful and demanding program and is suitable only for persons with much diving experience.


IANTD Technical Cave Diver

Prerequisites:

  • Intro to Cave Diver certification or equivalent
  • Sidemount Open Water diver and IANTD Advanced EANx Diver certification or equivalent
  • 50 logged Intro to Cave dives beyond training dives

Course details:

One day of prior theoretical and in-water evaluation is necessary to determine the course details and duration. The absolute minimum will be 12 cave dives with 500 min. of bottom time, which could be done in 6-7 days, however this may not be enough in some cases.


IANTD Open Water DPV Diver

Prerequisites:

  • Advanced Open Water certification by a recognized agency
  • 25 logged dives beyond training recommended

Course details:

The course duration is 2 days. Technical scooters will be used in this course.

PADI Diver, Speciality and PRO Courses


Please note that we offer many more PADI courses than what is listed here. Please check the full list in our contact section


PADI Discover Scuba Diving

Course Duration: 3 to 6 hours.
Dives: Training and Open Water dive at maximum 12 meters of depth.
Minimum Age:  10 years
Price: USD$150.00
Certification: No.
Course Includes: All necessary SCUBA equipment is included except wetsuit.


PADI Scuba Diver

Course Duration: 2 days.
Dives: Training and Open Water dive at maximum 12 meters of depth.
Minimum Age:  10 years
Price: USD$270.00
Certification: Yes – PADI Scuba Diver.
Course Includes: Certification fee, gas and all necessary SCUBA equipment is included (except wetsuit).


PADI Open Water Diver

Course Duration: 4 days.
Dives: Training and Open Water dives at maximum 18 meters of depth.
Minimum Age:  10 years
Price: USD$470.00 per person
Certification: Yes – PADI Open Water Diver.
Included in the price: Manual, certification fee, gas and all necessary SCUBA equipment is included (except wetsuit).


PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Course Duration: 2-3 days.
Special requirements:  Open Water Diver Certification is needed.
Dives: Training and Open Water dives at maximum 30 meters of depth.
Minimum Age:  12 years
Price: USD$400.00 per person
Certification: Yes – PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.
Included in the price: Manual, certification fee, gas and all necessary SCUBA equipment is included (except wetsuit).


PADI Emergency First Response

Course Duration: 1 day.
Special requirements:  No prior certification needed
Dives: No dives are done in this course.
Price: USD$200 per person
Certification: Yes – PADI EFR
Included in the price: Manual and certification fee.


PADI Rescue Diver

Course Duration: 4-5 days.
Special requirements:  PADI (Jr.) Adventure Diver and EFR Certification needed.
Minimum Age:  12 years
Price: USD$500 per person
Certification: Yes – PADI Rescue Diver
Included in the price: Manual, certification fee, gas and all necessary SCUBA equipment is included (except wetsuit).


 PADI Specialties


PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Course Duration: 1 day.
Special requirements:  PADI (Jr.) Open Water Diver or equivalent
Minimum Age:  12 years
Price: USD$170 per person (USD$250 per person if two dives are included).
Certification: Yes – PADI Enriched Air Diver
Included in the price: PADI Materials and certification fee are included.


PADI Deep Diver

Course Duration: 2 days.
Special requirements:  PADI Adventure Diver or equivalent
Dives: 4 deep dives
Minimum Age:  15 years
Price: USD$260 + UDS$38 for the PADI Manuals.
Certification: Yes – PADI Deep Diver
Included in the price: Certification fee, gas and all necessary SCUBA equipment is included (except wetsuit).


PADI Cavern Diver

Course Duration: 3-4 days.
Special requirements:  PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
Dives: 4 dives minimum
Minimum Age:  18 years
Price: USD$600
Certification: Yes – PADI Cavern Diver
Included in the price: Certification fee, gas and all necessary SCUBA equipment is included (except wetsuit).


PADI Sidemount Diver

Course Duration: 2 days.
Special requirements:  PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
Dives: 4 dives
Minimum Age:  15 years
Price: USD$250
Certification: Yes – PADI Sidemount Diver
Included in the price: Certification fee, gas and all necessary SCUBA equipment is included (except wetsuit).


PADI PRO Programs


PADI Divemaster

Course Duration: 7 days.
Special requirements:  Minimum of 2 students are required for this course. Each student must have Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver certification, as well as current EFR and a minimum of 40 logged dives. 60 logged dives are required for certification.
Dives: 6 dives or more, depending on the instructor requirements.
Minimum Age:  18 years
Price: USD$800 per person + Crew Pack – USD$285, PADI Application fees are NOT included.
Certification: Yes – PADI Divemaster
Included in the price: Gas and all necessary SCUBA equipment is included (except wetsuit).


IANTD CAVE SPECIALTY PROGRAMS


IANTD Advanced Cave Sidemount / No-Mount Diver

Prerequisites:

  • Cave Diver certification by a recognized technical agency
  • Open Water Sidemount certification
  • 50 logged Cave dives beyond training recommended in sidemount configuration

Course details:

Mandatory one day in-water evaluation of student skills and mindset before the course is confirmed. The minimum duration of this course is 4 days.


IANTD Stage Cave Diver (Sidemount)

Prerequisites:

  • Full Cave Diver certification by a recognized agency
  • Advanced Sidemount Cave Diver certification by a recognized agency
  • 50 logged cave dives beyond training recommended

Course details:

The course duration is 3 days. Prior in-water evaluation is needed before commitment.


IANTD Multi-Stage Cave Diver (Sidemount)

Prerequisites:

  • Stage Cave Diver certification by a recognized agency
  • 50 logged cave dives beyond training recommended

Course details:

The course duration is 3 days. Prior in-water evaluation is needed before commitment.


IANTD Cave DPV Diver

Prerequisites:

  • Full Cave Diver certification by a recognized agency
  • 50 logged dives beyond training recommended

Course details:

The course duration is 3 days. Prior in-water evaluation is needed before commitment.


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SPECIAL CAVE EXPLORATION PROGRAMS (ATI/DM CERTIFICATION)

These special Cave Exploration Programs are led by Ivo and are offered only to full cave divers with significant experience and perfect skill set. The “Methods of Underwater Cave Exploration” is an all-encompassing program, which includes No-mount exploration skills, Survey, and basic Speleology & Cave Geology education and training. Advanced Sidemount, Multi-Stage, No-Mount and DPV certification and skills are mandatory for this program, and extensive in-water evaluation of the participants will be done before commitment. This program includes actual cave exploration. The other programs are more accessible, but still require high-end cave diver certification.  Upon successful completion of any of these programs a special ATI/DM certification will be issued and the participant will be eligible to join certain exploration events by the ATI Cave Exploration Team.

Ivo is exploring in the Ixtlan Cave System


Methods of Underwater Cave Exploration

Prerequisites:

  • Full Cave Diver, Advanced Sidemount/No-mount, Multi-Stage & Cave DPV certification by a recognized technical agency
  • 100 logged Cave dives beyond training in sidemount configuration

Course details:

This is an all-encompassing program which includes the whole skill set for underwater cave exploration – from cave geology and speleology training to survey and specific no-mount exploration skills.  Mandatory one day in-water evaluation of student skills and mindset is needed before the course is confirmed. The duration of this course is 15-20 days, additional days may be needed to complete the program.


Cave Geology and Morphology for Divers

Prerequisites:

  • Full Cave Diver certification by a recognized agency
  • 50 logged cave dives beyond training recommended

Course details:

The course duration is 3 days. Prior in-water evaluation is needed before commitment.


Cave Survey for Divers

Prerequisites:

  • Full Cave Diver certification by a recognized agency
  • 50 logged cave dives beyond training recommended

Course details:

The course duration is 3 days. Prior in-water evaluation is needed before commitment. The course includes in-water survey skills, as well as survey software training.


Methods of Surface Cave Exploration & SRT Basics

Prerequisites:

  • Full Cave Diver certification by a recognized agency
  • 50 logged dives beyond training recommended

Course details:

The course duration is 5 days. No diving is done during the course, but a lot of theory, jungle trekking and SRT exercises will be done. Participants need to be in good physical shape and prepared for intensive physical loads.

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May 14th, 5:43 pm

Diving Mexico

A short clip from hour newest exploration project. Watch to the end to see the size :)Raw exploration footage of Ivo, Deyan and Niki from the ATI Cave Exploration Team of the Diving Mexico Cave Diving school, exploring Cenote 3 at the newly discovered… ... See MoreSee Less

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Co ? Za zimno ? :)

Wow...on the bucket list for sure.

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May 2nd, 9:57 pm

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We are revisiting some old projects these days and there were some amazing new discoveries. Today we managed to extend a cave system we have been working on for some years - we reached two brand new cenotes and there is no end in sight. It is always very interesting to emerge from below into a cenote no one has seen before and then go for a hike in the jungle all geared up :)

With: Ivo Kalushev, Deyan Iliev, Niki Mexico, Ivaylo Ivanov, Nevena Staeva, Peter Kolev
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We are revisiting some old projects these days and there were some amazing new discoveries. Today we managed to extend a cave system we have been working on for some years  - we reached two brand new cenotes and there is no end in sight. It is always very interesting to emerge from below into a cenote no one has seen before and then go for a hike in the jungle all geared up :) 

With: Ivo Kalushev, Deyan Iliev, Niki Mexico, Ivaylo Ivanov, Nevena Staeva, Peter Kolev

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Oh, man... You guys are killing me up here.

April 17th, 10:37 am

Diving Mexico

Thanks Martin Crew for being with us! :)This is "Martin Crew in the Ixtlan Cave, March 2017" by ATI Pictures Studio on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. ... See MoreSee Less

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March 29th, 9:57 pm

Diving Mexico

We are changing to a slightly bigger off-road vehicle and we are selling our UTV - Can Am Commander Max Limited 2016, in absolutely PERFECT condition, as good as new. Very little use, driven only by Ivo Kalushev and Deyan Iliev. We can not recommend this thing enough, it is something magnificent for the jungle and opens frontiers nothing else can reach. Fits four people and diving gear for three. Gas consumption is virtually nonexistent, all extras - FOX racing shocks (fully adjustable), Maxxis tires, Warn Winch, Audio, Integrated GPS, etc. etc. The price will be very fair. If anyone is interested, please PM Ivo or Deyan. ... See MoreSee Less

We are changing to a slightly bigger off-road vehicle and we are selling our UTV - Can Am Commander Max Limited 2016, in absolutely PERFECT condition, as good as new. Very little use, driven only by Ivo and Deyan. We can not recommend this thing enough, it is something magnificent for the jungle and opens frontiers nothing else can reach. Fits four people and diving gear for three. Gas consumption is virtually nonexistent, all extras - FOX racing shocks (fully adjustable), Maxxis tires, Warn Winch, Audio, Integrated GPS, etc. etc. The price will be very fair. If anyone is interested, please PM  Ivo or Deyan.

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It will be great if you share some videos or pictures of exploration 😊

We will. We have hundreds hours of video footage as we are exploring almost daily, but the truth is that it is hard to find time to edit it. But it will happen. For now, you can just watch "The Unexplored". I can send you a link via PM if you want :)

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