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18

Apr - 2017

 

Finally my new DPV arrived at the shop , Dive Xtras Piranha P1 , helped by great friends. I unpack all the parts and start charging the battery for the next day diving.
I feel like a puppy with the new toy…

 

  

After upload on my laptop the specifications i start to read and understand how it works , i am not new with DPV´s as i am IANTD OW Instructor and Adv Cave Diver on that , but i like to be prepared.

 

        

Next morning i arrive at the shop and start to check all the equipment to be ready for the day. DPV battery show a full charge , i remove all the weight as i will use it in fresh water , assemble all the parts and switch it on , propeller work , all ok .

 

I test the Cylinders pressure and EANx % , all perfect , lights on and load all my stuff on the truck , get my coffe with Barby, say good bye and leave Playa del Carmen directed to Ponderosa Cenote.
As soon i get there i meet my friend Albino at the front gate. He know me since years and after explaining to him i will try my new equipment , he let me in with no problem.
Parking lot is not full as always and i find a nice spot on the side. After a good talk with some old friends , i start to set up all my gear and take all of it down to the platform. Nice thing the DPV weight is nothing at all….

 

I start to dress up my dry suit and than all my xdeep sidemount , ready to go!
I get at the water and jump in it , done the cylinders , do all my safety check and plan my gas for the first dive that will be on the cavern line. I start to descend slowly at 6m and run the engine for few loops to see how it goes , all perfect i clip the DPV on my side and run my primary reel to the cavern line , mark it , start to go .The Piranha is in gear 3 and it is sooo fast , get in 2 and i feel better , i cross with cavern divers and i just cover my primary light to avoid disturbe them.
Now i am alone and want to get in gear 7 to see what´s happen , done , regs in free flow and following the line almost imposible. Four minutes and i feel unconfortable so i switch it off and check gas /time , magically i am at the end of the line and after recording data i start the way back in gear 3 /2 and i feel great.

 

 

 
Once back at my primary line i recalculate gas and DPV burning time and decide to go on the main cave line , Little Joe direction. I feel really ok with gear 3 and stay on that all time , 10 min later i am at the First cenote , fast gas check and i decide to continue in cave , getting in a large tunnel i get at the first arrow pointing toward another exit and decide to go back at my entrance after recording my data. The “little bastard” is sooo fast and i reach the open water with a lot of gas and burning time left…

 

 

 


 
I start to scootering in the open water and … i decide to enter the cave circuit from the other side , River Run. Once at the spot i do my plan for Gas and burning time ( depth is not a problem , Avg is 12 m and with EAN32 …), 3min and i am at the cave line , another gas check and go with the DPV at gear 3/4 , fantastic! I get at the 400 Ft marker in a moment , gas check , planty , after the 90 degree i get in the strong halocline , i love that part of the cave , 600 ft marker , 800 , 1000,1200 , gas still ok and burn time too. I continue until i get at the marker direction change , gas and time are more tan enough to complete the circuit but i cannot miss the Halocline zone than… i turn back and run all the way on gear 4 until i get at my reel line , clip the DPV at the d-rings and start to reeling out , i add a 5 min safety stop at my plan. The total time is 90 minutes and i have still 130 bar left in my cylinders , fantastic day…

 

I get back at the platform and take the cylinders and the “Little Bastard” at the truck , do off my suit and take some pics of my stuff. The day is so hot and i want to go back in the air conditioning to cool off a little .

 


 

On my way driving back at the shop i call Barby to let her know i am alive
( hehehe) and happy like a baby. We gonna have lunch toghether and she has to listen to me for a couple of hours talking about the new toy.

 

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11

Sep - 2015

 

Diving and Other Activities in Riviera Maya



There are too many good reasons why the Riviera Maya is one of the most well-loved and most visited diving destinations in the world. Scuba divers worldwide make it their dream to be able to go to this part of the ocean.


From different types of diving adventures to the fun activities outside the water that both divers and non-divers can enjoy, there is really just so much to look forward to in the Riviera Maya.


Diving in the Riviera Maya


This wonderful water world is of course known to the world because of the diving experience it offers. Given the excellent condition of the reefs in 20 dive sites, tourists make it a point to try reef diving.


Its clear and warm waters make it the perfect location for deep dives.


Cenotes diving is also something that more experienced divers want to try in the Riviera Maya.

It is the best choice for those who are into technical and deep diving.

Cenotes comes from the Mayan word, "Dzonot." They are actually sinkholes that were formed from the collapsed land of the last ice age.

Now, these have become cave systems and flooded underground rivers.

It is historically known that, the Cenotes were actually believed by the Mayans to be the entrance to the underworld.

It may seem like this adventure is only for experienced divers, but there are highly trained dive guides available.

So for those who want to try this beautiful dive experience, they should be in safe hands.

 

 

Aside from reef and deep diving, the Riviera Maya is also a perfect location for wall diving. There is an outer reef from the 3 main reef systems of Puerto Aventuras. This outer reef is a 100-150 feet ( 30-40 meters ) wall, that drops way down to the deep blue ocean.


Facing Riviera Maya is also the world-famous Cozumel which is also well known for wall diving.


What tourists look forward to in the Cozumel is the Museo Subacuático de Arte’s submerged sculptures and the Chankanaab, which is home to sea turtles, manatees and dolphins.


Swimming with the Whales and Turtles


Snorkeling is also a fun activity especially when you get to be with the whale sharks. The feeding and breeding season starts in May and ends in September. This would be the best time to come and visit.


You can also dive with the sea turtles. Riviera Maya's coastline is a nesting area for the loggerhead turtle and the green turtle. If you want to swim and snorkel with the fastest fish in the ocean, you can come during the winter season of the Mexican Caribbean. This is the place they call home during such season.


Fun for Non-Divers Tulum is also a popular place to visit anytime of the year. It is the most popular archaeological site in Riviera Maya.


It used to be an ancient fortress city for the Mayans.


It is built overlooking the ocean, and the beaches are stunning. For non-divers, there are many events in Playa del Carmen. This coastal resort town has many parties.


There are also many shops, restaurants, laid back bars and of course, palm-lined beaches. The Riviera Maya is definitely the place to be anytime of the year.

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17

Jan - 2012

 

You can never visit Mexico for the first time and fail to enjoy scuba diving. So many people who have visited Mexico would agree that Playa Del Carmen diving was one of the most amazing experiences of their lifetime. This is attributed to the magnificent Riviera Maya which has a beautiful environment surrounded by the ocean reefs, caverns and cenotes giving it amazing scenery suitable for Playa Del Carmen diving. Mexico boasts of one of the best scuba diving facilities in the western hemisphere suitable for both new and experienced divers. Diving playa del Carmen will give you a chance to see the best marine creatures in the world.

Mexico scuba diving is well-known due to the presence of the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and the massive Caribbean Sea. If you want to enjoy the worlds most awesome cenote diving then the great Maya barrier reef located on the northern coast of the peninsula is the place to go diving. Being the second largest reef in the world you will view the greatest marine species in the world as you dive Riviera Maya. The best thing about cenote diving in Mexico is that the cenotes are cut off from the seas and oceans making them closed ecological systems with fish and plant life that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

If you are thinking about the weather in Mexico then think again. The climate is sunny for the most part of the year and this is attributed to the sierra Madre mountain ranges, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean and sea of Cortez that extend along most coastlines in Mexico. Before you go to enjoy a playa Del Carmen dive you should also consider taking any kind of diving courses available online. Padi courses are available to get you started on how to be a good diver. After the course is completed the necessary certifications are awarded to the divers. Couples too are not left behind as they get to enjoy a spectacular night life and relax comfortably on the beaches during the day. The availability of different diving sites ranging from the easy, shallow to those for the more advanced divers give everyone an opportunity to enjoy playa Del Carmen diving one of the best places to go Mexico Scuba Diving.

Scuba diving can be so much fun if it is done with proper care. If you want to have a good experience while Mexico scuba diving make sure you dive with the help of a professional. Get the necessary details from the dive center regarding the kind of safety measures that you should take including the levels of each dive site in that area. With this knowledge you will be on the right track to enjoy your playa Del Carmen dive. Remember that cave diving should never be done without a professional. Having a professional diver will keep you and other divers on board safe in case of any thing as you experience a Playa Del Carmen dive. The center will also be willing to answer any questions regarding the safety and security of divers. Aside from Mexico Scuba Diving you will experience natural features in the area.

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13

Jul - 2011

 

Playa Del Carmen was once a small and sleepy little coastal town with spectacular beach views whose charms weren't discovered by mainstream travel, a true unspoiled gem. Over time though, more and more people were able to find this Yucatan Peninsula village and it's become less and less of a hidden treasure and more like a must see place for a great beach vacation.

Playa Del Carmen is located about 45 miles from Cancun and couldn't be more different! The heart of Mexico's Mayan Riviera, this tiny fishing village is now home to international restaurants, unique small hotels and vacation rental homes.

Playa del Carmen has fantastic weather year round and its world class diving brings tourists in from all around the world.

You'll find miles of white sand beaches with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea to the west and lush green jungle to the east. There are so many watersports to do, lively nightlife, great restaurants and all sorts of jungle activities.

Known to locals just as "Playa", having a location along the second largest barrier reef in the world, this dive destination is fast becoming a popular spot for both beginner and experienced divers. There's more than 15 dive sites in a 6 km radius and the boat rides are short leaving tons of time for diving and relaxation.

What's really cool about diving in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico is the vast and various amount of sea life that live among the gardens of soft coral with visibility that can reach up to 30m/100ft.

If you want to try something really different, then try cave diving in one of the many cenotes in the jungle. Cenotes are the water-filled limestone sinkholes of the Yucatán. Playa is famous for its underwater cave system and is a mecca for the world's best cave divers. One thing is for sure, diving in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico will be an experience never to be forgotten!

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