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Old 06-11-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Scuba in Playa

Going back to Playa next month and I am looking for a good Scuba place. Anyone have a recommendation for a couple that isn't certified yet?

We have been looking into getting certified but have yet to do so.
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Going back to Playa next month and I am looking for a good Scuba place. Anyone have a recommendation for a couple that isn't certified yet?

We have been looking into getting certified but have yet to do so.
We're set for a second trip to Playa (our first was about two years ago) in just about two and a half weeks and will be diving a second time with Reef Quest Divers. They're highly rated on TA. On our last trip, I was a newly certified diver with no ocean dives. Steve, at Reef Quest Divers, was extremely helpful and was very safety conscious. Pre-dive briefs were great and, in the water, he pointed out all sorts of things I would've missed. I dove two days, two tanks each day, in warm water off Playa del Carmen. It was extraordinary.

Reef Quest Divers does the certification as well so you can check them out on the web. Steve was trained as an instructor in Australia, if memory serves. The instruction there is, i'm told, fairly strict and by the book. On my dives he seemed extraordinarily knowledgeable.

If you have time, a relaxing day in Akumal snorkeling and watching the tortugas (turtles) feed in the bay is awesome. You only need to snorkel out into the bay 50 yards, perhaps, and look down. We took the ADO bus down for about $6-8 per person, i think, and caught a collectivo back to Playa. It was a good half day trip.
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Check out Scubamex 15 minutes south in Paamul. Scuba-Mex Dive Center - Home
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Dove with Playa Blue Dreams in Dec. 2013. First ocean dives after I was certified
they were very good and very helpful. On the road down to Mamittas.
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Dove with Playa Blue Dreams in Dec. 2013. First ocean dives after I was certified
they were very good and very helpful. On the road down to Mamittas.
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.
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Has anyone gone with Scuba Playa?

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Going back to Playa next month and I am looking for a good Scuba place. Anyone have a recommendation for a couple that isn't certified yet?

We have been looking into getting certified but have yet to do so.

We did our entire PADI Open Water Dive certification course with Pluto Dive shop in Playa. North end, right on Fifth, between Calles 38 and 40.

Scuba diving in Playa del Carmen, cenotes and ocean diving | Pluto Dive

The shop is rated #15 out of 251 'Things to do in Playa' so you know they are a good operation.

We bought the book before the trip and read it cover to cover and so the time spent that week was actually not bad at all- we had a great week!

It worked great, we were staying at Arena Blanca condos and it was a half block down the street.

We loved it, Alberto and Barbara are great. Smaller groups, and they specialize in cenote dives, we did a two tank dive down at Dos Ojos the day before flying home.

Some people will tell you to do the course at home and the check out dives on vacation- but we liked doing it all in one shot and at the same time, it was consistent and focused, and with the same instructor.
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Certification

you can likely get certified for about the same amount of money locally and spend your vacation doing the cool dives instead of certifying. my local dive shop certified me for a very good price, think it was around $250, plus a few small extras, park entry fees and whatnot.

on arrival in Playa, i didn't need to do any of that and was able to do my first ocean dives with a very good divemaster.
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Thank you WaterRat. That is the place.
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you can likely get certified for about the same amount of money locally and spend your vacation doing the cool dives instead of certifying. my local dive shop certified me for a very good price, think it was around $250, plus a few small extras, park entry fees and whatnot.

on arrival in Playa, i didn't need to do any of that and was able to do my first ocean dives with a very good divemaster.

Yes, good point. But this depends on where you are from, of course.

There are only a couple of places we could have taken the training in the closest city to me. The cost was not bad ($300-350 plus rentals and materials) but definitely more than doing the whole course in Mexico.

But the dates never seemed to work out and since we have a lot more spare time on vacation than IRL, it worked out much better for us to do it on vacation.

Also we liked the idea of doing the entire thing, dives and all, in the same week and with the same instructors. Comfort level, skills were fresh in our minds, etc.

But of course, everyone is different and has different priorities and experiences.
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Yes, good point. But this depends on where you are from, of course.
it worked out much better for us to do it on vacation.

Also we liked the idea of doing the entire thing, dives and all, in the same week and with the same instructors. Comfort level, skills were fresh in our minds, etc.

But of course, everyone is different and has different priorities and experiences.
yes, indeed. i rarely feel like i have enough vacation time so i guard it as much as possible. wanted to spend as much time with my wife as possible so needed to get certified before Playa so i could cut down on dive time but get plenty of open water!
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yes, indeed. i rarely feel like i have enough vacation time so i guard it as much as possible. wanted to spend as much time with my wife as possible so needed to get certified before Playa so i could cut down on dive time but get plenty of open water!


We did it as a couple and we were the only people taking it! So it was actually a great 'couple time' time. I can totally understand the other POV though.
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We did it as a couple and we were the only people taking it! So it was actually a great 'couple time' time. I can totally understand the other POV though.
yes, my wife gets very seasick so has no desire for diving.
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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?
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