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Old 06-12-2014   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips everyone. Debating on what we want to do. Has anyone taken the discover scuba with a shop in playa? How was it?
Sorry, I should have added that part, too.

Yes, we did a DD course with Scuba Libre in PDC, about 12 years ago now I think it was. It was great.

Although it was not so great for the girl from Mexico City who was with us and did fine in the pool, but once out in the ocean getting smacked by waves, panicked and just couldn't do it. The dive guide assigned to her spent quite a while trying to calm her down but as soon as she started descending, she would freak out and bob back up.


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Old 06-16-2014   #17 (permalink)
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My husband has been using Tank Ha for many years and have been happy with there service. They take no more then 10 ppl on the boat and they do a direct boat to Cozumel.
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Old 06-16-2014   #18 (permalink)
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I would recommend diving Casa Cenote, heres a video of my first dive there:
https://vimeo.com/96830066

You can set up a dive with Dive Academy Mexico, they are great!
https://www.facebook.com/diveacademymexico
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Old 06-18-2014   #19 (permalink)
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You should have a wander around when you get to Playa. Go to the shops and speak to the instructor, you'll get a feel for how someone is just by chatting to them.

Personally I'd do the Open Water course, it'll take you 3-4 days but once you have it, you have it for life. Expect to pay $400-$500 US each for it, but make sure it is inclusive of everything, especially the manual!

If you just want to do a DSD to see if you like it, this, if done properly can count as part of your Open Water course, and you should be able to go on and use this as part of the Open Water.

A cut down version is the Scubadiver, it's roughly half the open water course and will have restrictions after you qualify, but if time is an issue, you could look at this.


And, instructors are all trained to the same standard and independently assessed by PADI Instructor Examiners, regardless of where they learned.


I'd say the most important thing is speaking to the instructor and seeing if you get on with them. There are, unfortunately, some people in the industry that really should have moved on.

Good luck! And may you have many happy times under water.
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Old 06-18-2014   #20 (permalink)
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You should have a wander around when you get to Playa. Go to the shops and speak to the instructor, you'll get a feel for how someone is just by chatting to them.

Personally I'd do the Open Water course, it'll take you 3-4 days but once you have it, you have it for life. Expect to pay $400-$500 US each for it, but make sure it is inclusive of everything, especially the manual!

If you just want to do a DSD to see if you like it, this, if done properly can count as part of your Open Water course, and you should be able to go on and use this as part of the Open Water.

A cut down version is the Scubadiver, it's roughly half the open water course and will have restrictions after you qualify, but if time is an issue, you could look at this.


And, instructors are all trained to the same standard and independently assessed by PADI Instructor Examiners, regardless of where they learned.


I'd say the most important thing is speaking to the instructor and seeing if you get on with them. There are, unfortunately, some people in the industry that really should have moved on.

Good luck! And may you have many happy times under water.
Excellent advice.

If you don't have a chance to meet with them personally, you can usually get a feel for their personality through 2 - 4 emails.
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Old 06-19-2014   #21 (permalink)
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I think you mean Mexico Blue Dream.


Scuba Diving Playa del Carmen | Pro PADI Dive Shop | Mexico Blue Dream

Never dove with them, but have done business with them, and yes, they are wonderful people.
Very nice people. Wished this conversation had happened "I notice you getting your dive gear out of your truck parked right opposite our shop. Did you know that there is a no parking sign. It is a little hard to see but it is there."

I had always parked in the same spot. Until I came back from a dive to find my plate removed and a ticket on the windshield. Seems like no one thought to mention that to me. The sign is hard to see, and every so often the police show up and take about 15 license plates from all the vehicles on that side of the street. And so don't make the mistake I did.
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Very nice people. Wished this conversation had happened "I notice you getting your dive gear out of your truck parked right opposite our shop. Did you know that there is a no parking sign. It is a little hard to see but it is there."

I had always parked in the same spot. Until I came back from a dive to find my plate removed and a ticket on the windshield. Seems like no one thought to mention that to me. The sign is hard to see, and every so often the police show up and take about 15 license plates from all the vehicles on that side of the street. And so don't make the mistake I did.
How unfortunate.

They clearly deserve culpability, especially considering that their storefront and especially the reception area is not on the street, but some distance back.

In fact, unskilled labor is inexpensive enough in Mexico, that all businesses near no parking signs should have an employee whose duty would be to run out and warn unsuspecting drivers.
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Old 06-19-2014   #23 (permalink)
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Risas Diving on Calle 4

I've been diving with Riko Lopez (ex Scuba Libre dive master) for years. His shop is adjacent to the restaurant on the corner of Calle 4 at the beach. Low key operation, but fantastic divemaster, who has the client's safety as top priority. You'll find him on FB...
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Old 06-25-2014   #24 (permalink)
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There are some good diving centers in Playa del Carmen like Phantom divers, Scuba Playa.
They have good list of Playa del Carmen Diving places.
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Old 06-26-2014   #25 (permalink)
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www.wetset.com
great shop with excellent service. max 6 divers to a boat

Wet Set Diving Adventures of Mexico - Puerto Morelos - Reviews of Wet Set Diving Adventures of Mexico - TripAdvisor

Wet Set is in Puerto Morelos. Great shop with excellent service. Max 6 divers to a boat. Great diving in the marine park with lots of life! Divers all over the Riviera Maya come to dive here Puerto Morelos is a charming, Mexican village. Well worth the 30 minute drive from Playa.

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