Our dive center in Mexico offers PADI and TDI scuba diving courses and certifications in multiple languages: Russian, English, Spanish and Latvian.
Here’s just a few fun facts on why people around the world are drawn to the waters of Mexico, in both salt and freshwater: over 70% of our beautiful planet is covered by water, the bottom of our ocean is less studied than the surface of the moon, and every year scientists are discovering new, previously unknown species of marine organisms.
Diving is beautiful, interesting, fun and informative. That’s why people who go diving also get these added benefits: they get to know more about the underwater world than most people will in their entire lifetime, they end up traveling and exploring more, plus they tend to have more friends globally - which makes anyone’s life more joyous!
Lastly, we’d like to touch on motivation and why it’s very important in diving. It’s important for us to know your motivation for taking a diving course, which is why before we start teaching, we typically ask the students, “why did you decide to go diving?”
In essence, we ask this because we pride ourselves on working with motivated, curious individuals. We believe you should have an openness and willingness to learn because it’s truly impossible to train a diver who doesn’t want to learn. We strive to create an experience - for both trainer and trainee - that’s respectful, fun and empowering.
The Principles of How We Train Divers
We do everything right from the beginning. Say goodbye to re-training!
From our experience, we’ve found many dive instructors end up “re-training” their previous students. For example, let’s take the story of an individual who completed their initial dive course (PADI OWD) and then began gaining dive experience over the course of a couple years by traveling to different countries and oceans. Then, over those couple years, that very student goes back to their previous instructor - now as an experienced, advanced diver - to do technical training and courses. The unfortunate part of what we’ve witnessed is that same instructor usually replies along these lines: "Forget what I taught you earlier, now everything should be done in a different way. New equipment configuration, different hoses, modified positioning and new skills".
Because of this increasing trend in the diving industry, we’ve decided to train all diving courses - from Open Water Diver and instructor courses to the technical Advanced Trimix Diver - in a unified, Bill Hogarth gear configuration.
This gives you the following benefits:
- Unified configuration: the equipment and positioning of hoses will always remain the same, from initial, technical or cave courses.
- No need to re-train: do everything right from the beginning; just a few simple skills will be added.
- A long, main hose: this allows you to dive (ascent) safely with your dive buddy if you’re ever in an out-of-air situation.
- Configuration of the BCD jacket (wing): this allows you, the diver, to hold and keep a proper horizontal position in the water - also known as "trim".
- Bill Hogarth gear: of course we couldn’t leave out mentioning Hogarth’s system! It’s reliable, minimalistic and most importantly, safe! :)
Training of underwater skills on the surface
Experience shows that practicing diving skills while on the surface of the water, with instructor comments, greatly speeds up the learning process! We apply this practice to students, when teaching both initial and technical diving courses!
Basic buoyancy skills
We teach basic buoyancy skills during all initial courses, although they’re not mandatory by industry standards. But, we’re known for not stopping at the bare minimum - which is why we’re deeply convinced that the basic buoyancy skills should be taught on the first classes of the Open Water Diver course. However, this doesn’t always happen with other dive centers. Not many divers - and sometimes not even divemasters or instructors - know basic buoyancy skills and how to do them properly. After being trained by such instructors at other dive centers, those students will get certified yet won’t know how to swim properly underwater - which explains why you’ll sometimes see divers looking like “underwater cyclists" or "wounded seahorses" ;)
A truly cohesive system to instructor training
Many popular training systems and course directors (instructor trainers) typically train instructor candidates only to pass the exam with the examiner, with no real-world application necessary. After that, the newly-minted instructor who has never worked with a "live" student, will often ask: "Okay, but how should I teach diving?"
Our approach to instructor training is different. It’s important to us that all training for instructors (of all levels) goes together with diving courses. Therefore, future instructors work with real students, under the direct supervision and guidance of a course director (instructor trainer). As instructors, we’re also encouraged to share our collective experiences and skills with each other and we also teach the basics of psychological work. After all, a good instructor is also a good psychologist who is able to immediately feel a person and assess which attitude should be applied to various students.
Course payment doesn’t guarantee certification.
Diving is a hobby associated with certain risk, since it takes place in an environment unusual for human beings, and can lead to death if a diver behaves inadequately in the water. Students must be able to correctly demonstrate ALL skills within the course and pass the theoretical part. In addition, students must show a responsible, adequate diving attitude by following all safety rules; independently and accurately plan and perform dives! Even if you worked very hard during the course, but you still weren’t able to demonstrate a skill, perform a task properly or didn’t “pass” a complete dive, you will have to train by yourself or with an instructor (divemaster) additional to the course. Then, you must demonstrate that you’ve mastered the skills or planned and made a complete dive accurately. Only then will you receive a cherished card (international diver certificate)!
Learning with us is fun and interesting: PADI Dive Courses
We offer our guests a wide range of training courses: from the very beginning to the professional level – instructor. For certified divers, there’s an opportunity to master dozens of underwater specializations which help to expand your theoretical and practical base, and increase your qualification and status in the diving community.