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28

Sep - 2015

 

A Day of Cave Diving Playa Del Carmen



Plan is stage diving in cave , using side mount equipment.


Early morning wake up , 6:30 am , have a nice breakfast


To get in a hard day , 10 minutes to check on line news and socials , than get ready for the meeting in Pluto Dive Shop.


At 7:45 Marcia , Fulvio and Me meet at the shop and start to load the equipment in the truck , 3 tanks each diver , the plan is a long cave diving , pressure check , light check , video and equipment check , ready to go.


 

At 8:20 we are on the highway direction to the cenote Dos Pisos , just after Tulum , we do a brief stop in a market to buy some soft drinks and water , is really hot and we need to be hydrated , than we have to drive 1 hour to get at the place , we call the owner to advise we are arriving in a bit , we stat to talk about life and our bucket list , after one hour drive we are at the dive site , it is time to set up gear and take everything down to the cave entrance , after 40 minutes all is ready and we jump in the water , bubble check , equipment check and match , plan review , gas , time and depth , team position and we start our long dive , plan is 90 minutes in….


 

Descending in a small and silty passage we move on the main line slowly , after 10 minutes the cave open up and show us an amazing place with a lot of speleothems , we stop to take some photo shots and than we move over, 35 minutes in the dive is time to leave the stage tanks , proper signal , switch to side mount bottles and we are ready to continue our swimming in the cave , is beautiful over here, impossible to describe, you need to be in this place to understand what we feel. After 90 minutes into the dive we call the turn around , it is time to go back , we start to swim toward the exit of the cave , at 140 minutes we find our stage bottles , a little bit earlier but we do not stop a lot to take pictures on the return.

Another gas switch and we are again breathing from our stages , 35 minutes a we will be out of this amazing place.

We slowly move in the alley , take some other shot and finally get back to the surface.


 

We are trained Cave Instructors and dove those places many times but you need to see our eyes and faces after that dive , we smile and the only words are thank you each other ,it is impossible to explain that feeling , we get caved again and we are happy like puppies.

Now is the time to pack all the equipment taking only memories and leaving only bubbles.

Getting back on the highway we are ready for the most yummy roasted chicken in all the Riviera Maya.

In late afternoon we are back at the shop , store everything and prepare the equipment for another day in the Amazing Caves in the Riviera Maya.

 

 

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24

Feb - 2014

 

Vacationing in Playa del Carmen puts you at the center of some amazing diving experiences, but your adventures don’t have to stop when you come out of the water. There’s an incredible amount to do all over the Riviera Maya, all within easy reach of Playa del Carmen.

Pluto Dive is a mere fifteen-minute drive from two spectacular parks, perfect for days of sight-seeing and adventure. The first of these is Xcaret Eco Park. Xcaret offers many attractions that take advantage of the area’s natural beauty, including diving in reefs and zoological exhibits featuring sea turtles, jaguars, butterflies, bats, and more. Xcaret also contains Mayan ruins and many attractions based on recreating Mayan culture. These include crafts, folk dances, and a traditional temascal steam bath. Close by Xcaret you will find the Xplor Adventure Park. Here, you can explore beautiful cenotes and flooded caverns underground, raft through jungle trails and caves on the surface, and race through the sky on ziplines!

If you’re looking for a more relaxing sightseeing experience, consider visiting some of the many Mayan ruins scattered across the Yucatán peninsula. The most famous of these is the pyramid at Chichen Itza. The archaeological sites at Tulum and Coba are much closer to Playa del Carmen, and well worth a visit. But Mayan culture is more than ruins—it is alive all around the Yucatan. More than a third of the population here still speaks the Yucatec Maya language. In many of the nearby towns you will find people keeping the traditions of both the ancient Maya and the colonial Spanish cultures alive. The village of Valladolid and the city of Merida are two destinations that are particularly rich with the region’s culture.

There is certainly no shortage of things to do when you come to Playa del Carmen. There are breathtaking sights to be seen, entertainment, adventure—and of course, unforgettable Playa del Carmen diving experiences with Pluto Dive.

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20

Feb - 2014

 

The underwater world of the Riviera Maya is rich with incredible sights and unforgettable experiences. Let our guides take you to colorful reefs, vibrant island banks, and mysterious cenote caverns.


However, not everything can be witnessed by a novice diver. There is more to see for those with the skills to go deeper and take their exploration farther. It takes special techniques to stay safe diving in a cave, or anywhere else where you can’t simply swim straight up to reach the surface. On top of that, especially deep dives require special breathing mixtures and decompression stops to safely come back to the surface.


“Technical diving” is a catchall term for diving that requires more advanced skills and equipment than basic recreational SCUBA diving. Many of the underwater caves, wrecks, and cliffs along the Playa del Carmen coast require specialized technical diving skills and equipment to explore. By mastering these skills you will open new diving possibilities for yourself.



More than any other diving center in Playa del Carmen, Pluto Dive has the equipment and the expertise to teach these advanced diving skills. Our team of diving instructors are all trained and certified by our chief instructor, Scott Carnahan. We offer training in every level of diving offered by the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD)—that means we are prepared to teach the most advanced skills and cutting-edge equipment. Whatever your skill level, our courses can broaden your horizons and unlock dives that are currently beyond your reach. Our diving courses take only a few days, and almost all will let you put what you’ve learned into practice with actual diving.

A diver going into the water for the first time enters another world. Entering the deep water, and caves out of reach of the sun, takes you to still another world. We are proud to serve as guides and instructors who can make these amazing, impossible journeys possible. Wonderful expericence of Playa del Carmen Diving.

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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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01

Jan - 2012

 

If you are looking for the best place to go scuba diving in Mexico and desire a magical experience, then look no further as Playa Del Carmen diving is the place to be! Playa Del Carmen diving is located conveniently in the Riviera Maya surrounded with breathtaking ocean reefs, caverns and cenotes you are assured of an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the best diving opportunities in the all of the western hemisphere where you will get to see different species of fish and be able to look at turtles. The novices as well as the experienced divers can enjoy the diversity of the sites while diving Playa Del Carmen.

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 some amazing 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 wondering about the weather in Mexico, the climate is sunny for most 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 one of the various 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 diver. 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.

Remember that Mexico scuba diving can be a lot of fun but should be done carefully. Never dive without the company of a professional. Always check with the dive center, enjoy a Playa Del Carmen dive to ensure you have taken all the safety measures and are aware of any additional information you are required to know .Also, ensure you know the level that is required for each dive site before you go into the water. In case you are thinking of cave diving make sure you have a qualified diver with you to ensure your safety and that of others on the dive. Considering these factors will make your Playa Del Carmen dive easy and fun. So head on that vacation with your friends and family and enjoy the best features that nature has to offer with Mexico Scuba diving!

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14

Oct - 2010

On the next September 2010 ,IANTD Instructor Trainer  Scott Carnahan will be again in PLUTO DIVE teaching tech courses.

Proud to have again Scott in our shop working with our staff we give you all the info below.
Scott Carnahan September/October  2010
Diver / Instructor Training Plan

Scott Carnahan September 2010
Diver and Instructor Training

September 2010 will be the next training session by Scott in the Riviera Maya. This time training will be done for divers and Instructors in a number of different levels ranging from Advanced EANx Instructor Crossover through and including Advanced Cave Specialty Levels of Side-Mount and Stage for Diver and Instructor. The below calendar is the near exact schedule that will be taking place. Some changes for weather and needs can be made but these training levels are going to take place.

September 27,28,29,30 Advanced Nitrox Instructor Crossover
This is for Adv. EANx Divers who are Scuba instructors from any agency. This is the beginning of being a technical and overhead instructor.

October 2,3,4,5 Overhead Environment Instructor IEC´s
For Cavern Instructors, Intro to Cave, and Tech Cave Instructors

October 7,8,9,10,11 Trimix diver and Instructor
This time is set aside for deeper ocean or sinkhole diving. We will be diving between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

October 12,13, 14, 15 Advanced Cave Specialties Diver and Instructor
DPV, Sidemount, Stage – Multistage diving at its finest.

There are a number of prerequisites for all of the levels of training that are going on so please contact Scott direct to get the list of what is needed to enroll at each level. The contact information is below.

Scott Carnahan
Advanced Diver Training Baja California - Cozumel Island - Riviera Maya - Worldwide

plutodive@gmail.com

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14

Oct - 2010

Mexico is fast emerging as one of the most sought after tourist and holiday destinations in North America. Many tourists from the United States and European countries are very eager to experience the thrill of a holiday in Mexico. The beaches out here are tourist friendly and the weather is pleasant all the year around. Scuba diving is one of the most famous holiday activities in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It is the diversity of the underwater flora and fauna of the region that draws thousand of tourists every month to the coast off Playa del Carmen for a playa del carmen diving expedition.

There are certain safety considerations that govern a ocean diving experience and your instructors from the diving center will insist that you should wear a mask that covers your eye and nose. The breathing tube’s mouthpiece should fit comfortably under your lips and between your teeth. All these measures are aimed at providing you with the best playa del carmen diving experience that you will cherish for a long time.

While you are out on a dive in the ocean off the coast of Playa del Carmen, you will have to keep in mind the training that you have received at the diving center with regard to the care that you have to give for the proper conditioning of your diving equipment. For instance, to keep the mask from fogging, you will have to rinse the lens before diving with a defogging solution. It is the meticulousness that you show in caring for your diving equipment that will make sure that you have a safe ocean diving experience.

Scuba diving means swimming safely under water with your own air supply. Most diving centers in Playa del Carmen offer instructions on diving in the area. You have to make sure that the instructor is certified by a reputable agency such as the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Most instructors will insist on a medical examination by a physician and a swimming test before taking you out on a diving lesson. This is done to ensure that you have the right kind of medical health and attitude to undertake the playa del carmen diving experience.

Any course on ocean diving includes fifteen to thirty hours of classroom and confined water training in a pool or enclosed water body and at least three to five supervised open water dives. The right underwater swimming style is very important while going for an ocean diving experience. Your diving center trainer will advice you to use a slow rhythmical flutter kick from the hips, keeping your knees slightly bent and toes pointed away from the body. This is one of the best techniques for swimming under water and lessens the risk of cramps. All this information is available readily if you avail of the services of the playa del carmen diving center. It is always best to enjoy your holiday activity under the guidance and supervision of experts so that you have a memorable experience.

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14

Oct - 2010

A Mexican holiday is what is desired for by the young professionals who are looking for an exciting getaway that is filled with a lot of fun filled activities and relaxation. The holidays that you spend in Mexico are filled with hours of fun and frolic and there are quite a bit of holiday activities that are available for those of you who are inclined to have a bit of adventure while you are on a holiday in Mexico. One of the most popular holiday activities that you must try out with your holiday group on your next visit to Playa del Carmen is scuba diving. The playa del carmen diving experiences are said to be among the best dives in all the top tourist destinations the world over.

It is better to get the services from a diving center in Playa del Carmen if you are interested in going on a dive as you will have the benefit of local expertise while planning your diving trip. The knowledge of the local coast is an invaluable experience and cannot be substituted by perusing some written material on diving. Each part of the coast in Playa del Carmen is unique. Some areas have shallow diving sites whereas some others are suitable for a deep sea playa del carmen diving expedition. It is the intimate knowledge of ocean features like these that will determine the success of your diving trip.

The personnel and instructors in these centers will be extremely familiar with the playa del carmen diving conditions and will be able to give you the correct advice on the local weather before you actually set out for the dive with the other members of your holiday group. Many diving centers in Playa del Carmen offer an induction program to assess your capabilities. This is to make sure that you do not have any issues while enjoying your scuba diving outing in Playa del Carmen.

There is a set routine that you have to follow while you prepare yourself for an ocean diving experience. The first step is to remain afloat for fifteen minutes and swim about two hundred meters at a stretch. This is a routine that you should not skip as it will familiarize you with the waters that you are about to dive in and also give you a real assessment of your capabilities. This test routine also will sensitize you to the temperature of the water so that you will be quite comfortable during the dive. In addition to this, you have to swim underwater for a few minutes under the supervision of a diving instructor from your Playa del Carmen diving center.

At greater depths, the playa del carmen diving instructors recommend the use of rigid atmospheric diving systems that allow the diver to breathe under normal pressure. It is the combination of the right kind of equipment coupled with an understanding of the local diving spots that the instructors of the Playa del Carmen diving center make sure that you get the best possible diving experience after enrolling for their courses.

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14

Oct - 2010

You have to head out to a destination like Mexico to get your life back on track after spending a hectic time at work. It is the natural beauty of places like Playa del Carmen that hold your attention the first time you visit it and you would want to keep coming back for more to try out all the activities that are lined up for you by the tourist friendly businesses out there. The kind of holiday activities that tourists take up depends a lot on the type of holiday destination that they visit. People visiting Playa del Carmen prefer to go on a diving expedition to have a fun time underwater exploring the relief features of the beautiful coast in the area. Tourists who visit this Mexican tourist spot are very keen to try out scuba diving as the coast around here is one of the most scenic underwater destinations in this part of the world.

People like to do something different and exciting when they are out on holidays, as it is the thrill of doing something new and out of the ordinary that appeals to the tourists. Going on a playa del carmen diving trip should rank high on the list of priorities of any tourist visiting the area. You should scout the dive locations in the area before talking to the diving center for scheduling a dive off Playa del Carmen. By visiting the potential locations prior to the dive, you would have an idea of the ocean conditions of the area and will be therefore able to assess whether you would be able to successfully complete the diving expedition or not.

There is no substitute for preparation when you plan a playa del carmen diving trip as you would be encountering a new world when you dive under the water. It is quite natural to expect a new sensory experience when you are diving off the coast of Playa del Carmen with the instructors from the diving center. There are some checklists that you have to go through before the diving trip for ensuring your safety and for ascertaining whether you are physically and mentally prepared for your playa del carmen diving trip. Your instructors from the diving center in Playa del Carmen will ensure that you are equipped with all the safety equipment to complete the underwater diving expedition successfully with the other members in your holiday group.

Some of the best diving centers in Playa del Carmen give you the freedom to choose the kind of training that you want to undertake before setting out on your playa del carmen diving trip as it is the customization that adds to the satisfaction of their customers. You can choose the beginner’s course if you are new to the sport of diving or you can opt for an advanced course if you are confident of your capabilities as a diver, but want to know more on the local underwater conditions to make your mexico diving experience a success.

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13

Oct - 2010

Mexico is a favored North American tourist destination with a variety of tourist hot spots that offer the global tourist a mélange of activities that they can undergo while holidaying here with their friends and family.Diving is one of the more exciting pastimes that you van choose for your self when you are out on a holiday in Playa del Carmen.Scuba diving is one of the vacation pursuits that you could consider as the water around here is very clear and inviting and ideal for a diving expedition.You could have hours of pleasure exploring the wonders of the coast in the playa del carmen diving tour.

Diving is a sport that should be relaxing and enjoyable as it acquaints you with a whole new world that exists under the water. It is an experience that you will love to share with your friends once you get back from the holiday. So, it is always best that you choose a diving center that has experienced personnel who have knowledge of the local climactic conditions. This will ensure that you have an exciting playa del carmen diving experience with your friends and other members of the holiday group.

The equipment that you need to go out on a dive can be bought on rent from the diving center. The benefit that you would derive from this is that all the equipment would have been checked by their experts for quality and you would have an absolutely stress free time while preparing for your playa del carmen diving expedition.

Ensure that the diving instructors are certified by reputed agencies like PADI. This will ensure that you get the best kind of coaching that is on offer at the top tourist destinations in the world and will go a long way in making sure that your mexico diving experience is pleasurable. The diving instructors should furnish all the information that you need about the safety aspects of going on a dive so that you can enjoy the activity completely with others in your holiday group.

It is also important to have a basic understanding of the ocean currents while preparing for your playa del carmen diving expedition. It is the underwater currents that will determine whether you will have a trouble free time while diving off the coast of the tourist destination and therefore, it is very important that you have a good understanding of the local underwater conditions before setting foot on the water. You can enroll yourself in a preparatory course that is offered by the diving centers here and get a brief idea on the ocean related information that you should be aware of before beginning your diving trip.

Make sure that the diving instructors at your Playa Del Carmen diving center are qualified and have the current information on the diving techniques before signing up for a mexico diving course. This will make sure that you get an unparalleled experience when you go out on a dive with your instructors off the coast of Playa del Carmen.

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