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DIVING WITH AQUAMARINAS

Cozumel offers an exceptional variety of diving possibilities. With its extraordinary visibility, wealth of marine life, impressive reef formations and underwater landscapes the reefs of Cozumel are one of the most beautiful diving paradises of the world.

For experienced divers the cenotes located on the mainland, offer cave dives of the special kind. Hundreds of kilometres of well known and unknown cave systems inviting to be explored.

During the dive trips Aquamarinas provides you with cold softdrinks, lunch and fruits.

The boats are equipped with oxygen, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, life jackets, cellular phone, GPS, radiotelephone and especially with an experienced crew.

Neseccary dive qualification: For the boat dives at least PADI-OWD or Level I of another dive organisation; beginners and non certified divers can only carry out dives from the shore.

Necessary dive equipment: You need fins, mask, snorkel, bouancy control vest, regulator with octopus, inflator and manometer, diving suit, depth gauge and dive watch or computer. Gloves and diving knifes are forbidden in the marine park (except during dives at the wreck). A diving health certificate, not older then one year, is welcome. We recommend a diving insurance. Please bring your logbook and your brevet. The water temperature varies between 26 °C (79 °F) (winter) and 31 °C (88 °F) (summer), therefore we recommend a long 3mm diving suit. For divers who get cold quickly we recommend a 5mm diving suit for the winter and for the diving in the cenotes.

As a special service Aquamarinas takes on the daily transportation and the daily cleaning of your diving-equipment. Please take care of your personal things ( sun blocker, t-shirts, cameras ….) and of your valuables.

Unfortunately we cannot offer you the transportation to the boat, because the transportation of private persons and tourists is forbidden by the taxi association. The keeping of this rule is strictly controlled and contrevention highly punished. Therefore you are also not able to travel over the island by hitchhiking.

If you like, we can store your diving bags in the dive centre. Also on the last day of diving we can wash and dry your equipment, if you want. Then you can pick it up at the dive centre on the evening before or on the day of your departure.

Non-divers: We also greet non-diver aboard of our boats, if the boat is not fully occupied (see prices on the rate link).

We use aluminium tanks without reserve with 12 liters of filling. These are fitted out with yoke valves. Therefore, by DIN connections you need an adapter (it is placed at disposal, if necessary, by Aquamarinas). You need 3 kgs (6 lbs) of lead more than while diving with steel tanks. Using of a 3-mm suit it’s recomended that you carry 10% of the body weight in lead.

The required diving equipment can be lent from Aquamarinas.

Security: Our diving centre is attached to a hyperbaric chamber with qualified diving doctors on the island. You can visit the hyperbaric chamber at any time. Doctors specialised in hyperbaric medicine are constantly present there. English is spoken.

Night-diving: We offer night dives (minimum of at least 4 divers).

Reef Wreck Cenotes Training
Reef

Almost all dives at Cozumel are drift-dives with currents which are that change according to the diving site and season more or less strongly and can also change during the dive.
The boat follows the divers, so that one can drift with the current.

Shortly before the end of the dive a safety buoy is set and a safety stop on 5 ms is executed. 2 dives per trip are done between which a surface intervall of 90 minutes is made. During this time the divers are provided with snacks, fresh fruits etc that is contained in the diving price. The departure takes place between 09:00 and 10:00 o'clock in the harbour Caleta or at 09:00 at the pier in San Miguel and according to the distance to the diving site and the boat we arrive back between 14:00 and 16:00. The guests must make their own arrangements to come to the harbour at Caleta, because we may not carry persons on account of the taxi driver's guild. This is controlled regularly by the police.

Protection of the reefs: the reefs before Cozumel lie in the Nationally Nautical park. The fishing, hunting, collecting and use of gloves or knives are forbidden. To avoid losses to the underwater world, a good buoncy is expected from the divers (this is particularly expected of divers with video-equipment or photo-equipment). We ask not to disturb the fish and turtles.
Also, please, avoid the use of none biologically degradable sun protective agents. Aquamarinas thanks for your understanding and your co-operation for the preservation of the reefs. The entry into the Nationally Naval Parc costs 20 pesos per person and day (included in the prices). This money is applied for the protection of the reefs and its monitoring.


Dive Sites

BARRACUDA

One of the most northern dive spots and on account of the current not possible to dive there the whole year. There are no big coral formations, but the reef is densly covered with sponges and horn corals. In October and November one has the best chances to see big groups of eagle rays there. The diving area is, on account of the currents, reserved only for the experienced divers.

SAN JUAN

Beyond the naval protected area, this convenient diving spot is often choosen as the second divesite after a dive at barracuda. The partly extreme strong currents carries the diver about a colourful carpet of finger corals, sponges and algae.
The dive starts close to the coast in a depth of 10 to 13 ms and leads along beautiful obliquely dropping reef walls till one reaches with a depth of approx. 24 ms (79 ft) - according to air consumption - the dropoff of the barracuda reef. Good chances of seeing eagle rays.

PARAISO - PARADISE

Conveniently near of the harbour of Caleta, rich in animal and plant life. The diving area lies at a depth of approx. 14 ms (46 ft) and divides itself into three areas which are separated laterally by shifted sandy sections from each other. It is not a wall, and to both sides of the reefs there are sandy areas. Currents are often variable. One finds lobsters, king crabs, morays, big snappers and a lot more. Now and again eagle rays come to visit this reef.
It is the preferred diving place for night dives during which many king crabs and turquoise-coloured Caribbean octopusses can be seen.

PARAISO SHALLOW

Here discover scuba dives and beginner's education takes place. But this place is also worth seeing for experienced divers. It slopes gently from the beach. 50 metres off shore at a depth of approx. 3 ms (10 ft) there is a small incline. This goes to a depth of approx. 8-m (26 ft). The rich area is also rich in aquatic life. In the flat area one can dive by beautiful forrests of Gorgonias. There are often big rainbow-parrot fishes to be seen.
In the deeper area (8-10 ms/26-33 ft) one finds separate coral blocks. The sandy area in between is covered with different sponges and horn corals. Often yellow stingrays, snakes eels, morays and lobsters can be seen.

LAS PALMAS

This reef does not come up with big coral formations, however, is rich in marine life. The dive site is popular for it’s Sea Horses in the steep face and the splendid toad fish (which only occures on the reefs of Cozumel and which exists here in abundance). Maximum submerged depth approx. 25 ms (82 ft), often currents.

CHANKANAAB

The beautiful coral formations which are scattered on the sea bottom at a depth of approx. 17 ms (56 ft) are rich in marine animals. Large barracudas, groupers, morays, lobsters and a lot more can be seen here.

CHANKANAAB BOLONES

At a Depth of 16 to 22 meters (52 to 72 feet) there are large Coral Blocks dotted about on the white sand of the sea bed. This is a Dive Site that displays an enormous variety of fish species, where you can often see Lobsters and Turtles as well.

TORMENTOS

Separate coral blocks or areas which are divided by sandy areas from each other. It joins northerly Yucab and lies at a depth of maximum 25 meters (82 ft) (depending on if where the dive starts).
Here one has good chances to see southern stingrays and yellow stingrays. Besides, one meets there more often nurse sharks, green morays and eagle rays.

YUCAB

Beautiful reef at a depth of approx. 20 ms. The beautiful reef formations are broken and to both sides are sandy areas. It is rich in aquatic living beings; one finds turtles, lobsters, king crabs, big barracudas, big snappers, groupers and the splendid toad fish. Nurse sharks can often be seen lying under the overhangs or free-swimming. Besides, one has a good chance to meet eagle rays.

PUNTA TUNICH

One of the diving places with the strongest currents on the coast of Cozumel and, therefore, for every lover of drift dives a “must do”. Then the reef at approx. 22 ms (72 ft) rises to the sandy area and goes over to the other side in an oblique deeply dropping wall.
Few hard corals, but the reef is covered with sponges and the many different horn corals. It offers a very varied marine fauna and one can dive by groups of big barracudas; nurse sharks and eagle rays are also often seen.

SAN FRANCISCO

Relatively even reef, richly covered with sponges and horn corals. One dives along the reef wall and then can glide at approx. 15ms (50 ft) depth about the reef roof. Rich in fishes; among others big barracudas, gigantic puffers, big groupers and nurse sharks can be seen.

PASO DEL CEDRAL

Wonderful dive site with beautiful reef formations. The divers are set down on a plateau densly covered with horn corals and sponges at a depth of approx. 11 ms (36 ft). Then one must keep to the left to find isolated coral formations. Then one reaches a more compact reef with wonderful coral formations (depth approx. 16 m/53 ft).
There is a wonderful tunnel and the fauna is diverse. One has good chances to see eagle rays and nurse sharks. Furthermore one finds big barracudas, groupers, turtles, the splendid toad fish and a lot more.

CEDRAL Wall

Very beautiful steeply dropping wall with some breaks. At the beginning of the dive the reef roof lies at approx. 28-m (92 ft) depth, then rises during the dive gradually and changes repeatedly its formations, now and again one glides about sandy areas there. One finds paralel to the wall also bigger interesting coral formations in the sandy area.
With the coral formations the animal kingdom also changes constantly. One regularly sees eagle rays, nurse sharks, big barracudas, groupers, puffers and a lot more.

SANTA ROSA

One of the most popular drop offs on the coast of Cozumel, which is gladly used for a spectacular first dive of the day. Powerful coral formations with several tunnels and canyons, many sandy areas. The dive begins above a sandy plateau at approx. 20-m (66 ft)depth. Then, arriving at the wall you dive to 28-m (92 ft) depth and then slowly to 21 ms (69 ft). At this depth there are the most beautiful tunnels and canyons. Then slowly you go on the reef roof at approx. 13-m depth.
Here the animal kingdom is richer and there are eagle rays to be seen, big barracudas, groupers and turtles. Big schools of horse eye jacks often appear and in the sandy area, stingrays can be seen.

LA FRANCESA

Obliquely running parallel reef formations with a lot of tunnels on a sandy base. The sandy area facing the island lies at approx. 10-m (33 ft) depth, the sea turned side at approx. 25-m depth. The numerous caves are the accommodation for a lot of lobsters, morays and groupers. Turtles, big barracudas, nurse sharks, eagle rays and big snappers are often seen. With luck one also finds the splendid toad fish.

DALILA

Wonderful long-extended reef with beautiful coral formations on sandy ground at approx. 20-m (66 ft) depth. In the numerous caves one finds big lobsters and under the overhangs of the reef nurse sharks often lie. Turtles and eagle rays gladly visit this reef. A popular site for repetition dives.

PALANCAR

The most famous reef off Cozumel on which Jaques Cousteau reported in detail. It is approx. 5 kms long and is devided from north to the south in four sections: Palancar Gardens, Palancar Horseshoe, Palancar Caves and Palancar Bricks.
The reef has no distinct steep face, but one can penetrate gradually to great depths.
The diversity of animal and plant life is not so big as in a lot of other reefs of Cozumel, but this reef fascinates by its grand coral formations which form canyons, coral arches and many tunnels of which many are not investigated yet. One will see big barracudas, unusually big snappers, big groupers and according to season eagle rays. The dives begin at 25- (82) to 30-m (98 ft) depth; then slowly you go on 21 ms (70 ft) to stay there for some time, because there are the most beautiful coral formations; then you slowly ascend to the reef roof which is at 6-to 8-m (20 to 26 ft) depth. There one spends the last minutes of the dive. The rich animal and plant life greater in the shallow area and one has the chance of seeing big schools of horse eye jacks and in the sandy area large southern stingrays.

COLOMBIA

Between big coral formations, canyons lead in a depth to approx. 45 ms (150 ft)around then to the real steep face lead (head). The reef is broken again by big sandy areas. In the deeper area the fauna is not so very varied, however, one often meets with nurse sharks, turtles, groupers and horse eye jacks. On account of constantly changing currents this diving place is visited only with experienced divers.

PUNTA SUR

Steep face with powerful coral formations and a lot of tunnels. This diving place is a favourite for deep dives. There is the well known, Devil's Throat, a tunnel whose entrance lies in approx. 45m (150 ft) depth and has approx. 27 ms (90 ft) at its exit. The reef is broken again by beautiful canyons. In the shallow area one often sees turtles, nurse sharks and schools of horse eye jacks.

CHUN-CHACAAB

This diving place differs totally from the other reefs. Many parallel coral benches stretch obliquely along the coast. These are covered with a lot of sponges, gorgonias, black corals and algae. One finds lobsters and other crustations under overhangs. Furthermore turtles and eagle rays are often seen. Chubs, snappers, school masters and other fish are numerously represented. The dive usually begins in the south of the reef. The submerged depth lies between 20 (65) and 30 ms (100 ft).

MARACAIBO

Vertical dropoff with good chances of big fish. The reef edge lies at 30 ms (100 ft) depth and it drops to a maximum depth of 40 ms (130 ft).
Here one has to the chance to meet, turtles, eagle rays and black tip reef sharks. On the roof of the reef you can often see nurse sharks. Because of the often strong current and the great depth, this dive is recommended only to experienced divers.







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Wreck

C53 Felipe Xicoténantl

This, approx. 63 m (207 ft) long minesweeper has been the habitat for many fish in the Chankanaab bay, since June, 2000. It lies at a depth of approx. 26 ms (85 ft) and reaches to approx. 8 ms (26 ft) under the surface of the water. It lies directly on the sandy sea bottom and accommodates big schools of fish like glassy sweepers and groupers.
There are large openings in the side walls through which divers can enter the wreck and inside, guidance leashes have been laid to facilitate easy navigation in the wreck. The wreck is a photographers dream and it offers many wonderful motives. The wreck is sometimes subjected to strong currents.


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Cenotes

The Cenotes were created by an elevation of the earth's crust or a lowering of the sea level that created the limestone caves which are flooded again today and belong to one of the most interesting diving attractions in the world. We use a complete set of safety equipment for the cave dives (double tanks., lines, two regulators, 3 lamps ...).

Within the framework of these dives every diver not trained for cave diving will stay in the area of the entrance of the cenotes and must constantly be in daylight. The cave dives are under the direct supervision of specially trained instructors.

Prerequisites: OWD-brevet or equivalent education level; a basic brevet can be sufficient if the diver is experienced. Good buoancy is required.

Organisation:You leave at 8.00 o'clock by boat from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen. The further transportation takes place by minibus or passenger car. Once you have arrived in the jungle, your equipment is made ready and it’s off into the underground world.

Dive: The water of the Cenotes is cooler than the sea. Therefore, you need a diving suit. Furthermore a lamp is necessary. Suits can be borrowed from us. The use of the lamps is contained in the price, as are the tanks and weights. During the whole day trip, you will dive in two different cenotes and the maximum depth will be about 20 ms.
In connection with the dives it is posible to arrange a visit to the famous Mayan-ruins of Tulúm on the east coast.

Conditions: Please, book this diving trip in advance. This fantastic dive is an unforgettable experience for every diver!


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Training

You want to experience something exciting and new? Then Aquamarinas have the courses to suit you! Which level do you want to achieve? Aquamarinas offers you courses from beginner to Dive Master and all in the most fantastic conditions imaginable.
Apart from Technical Diving, we instruct using the PADI Diving system.

Bubblemaker
Duration: approx. 1 hour
Minimum ages 8 years.
This course serves in introduce children to the little diving equipment (dew).
After a short theoretical introduction we continue at the beach Paraiso and the children learn to move playfully under water. Maximum water depth is 2 ms (7 ft).
This course allows no independent later dives.

Discover Scuba
Duration: approx. 1 hour
Minimum ages 10 years.
Like the Bubblemaker course but the maximum depth allowed is 6 ms (20 ft).

Discover Scuba Diving
Duration approx. 1,5 hours
Introduction to diving.
With this course the participant gets a theoretical introduction which lasts approx. 1 hour and which teaches the most important rules of scuba diving. Then it’s into the water for some fun! Basic practical exercises are performed such as, clearing a half filled mask, removing your regulator and clearing it and a basic exercise in buoancy. Then it’s time for a fun dive in which the Instructor helps the pupil with the buoancy (maximum submerged depth: 12 m).
The practical part takes place on a beach which is known for its rich marine fauna.
The participants are registered with PADI and the course can be credited against the PADI Open Water Diver course within one year.

Resort Course
Like the DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING course, but, in addition, a boat dive to a reef is included; no deeper than 12 m.

Refresher Course
This course serves to repeat the fundamental skills for divers who made the PADI Open Water Diver Course, but haven't dived for a longer period of time. A theoretical and then a practical revision takes place within the framework of a dive.

Scuba Diver
Duration: 2 days
A course for people who don't want to carry out a complete diving course on their vacation, but want to get to know more than with the Discover Scuba Diving course and, possibly, plan to continue to get the PADI Open Water Diver Brevet later.
This course contains the first three of the theoretical modules, the first two modules of the swimming-pool and the first two modules of the open water-education of the PADI Open Water Diver course and can be credited towards the complete course within one year.

Referal PADI
Duration: 2 days
For the people have performed the Scuba Diver course within the last year and want now attain the PADI Open Water Diver Brevet.
The course contains the last 2 theoretical modules and the last three swimming-pool and free water-modules of the course PADI Open Water Diver.

PADI Open Water Diver
Duration: 4 days
The PADI basic course. The course consists of 5 theory modules, swimming-pool (or confined) and Open water-education. After successful completion one gets the PADI Open Water Diver Brevet which allows you to dive independantly with a diving partner who also possesses the same Brevet or higher or an equivalent Brevet of another diving organisation.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
Duration 2 to 3 days.
The second step of the basic PADI training. Prerequisite is the PADI Open Water Diver Brevet. The course consists of 5 dives that are selected from the list of PADI specialty dive subjects. There are two obligatory dives, underwater navigation and deep diving.
The three remaining dives can be chosen from activities such as drift diving, wreck diving, boat diving or another diving specialties. Each dive has a theoretical component and a short test of your knowledge. After completing the course you are qualified to dive below 18 metres.

Rescue Diver
Duration 4 to 5 days.
Requirements are the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Brevet and the Emergency First Response course or a certificate from another recognized first aid institute.
Subjects of this course are diving security, prevention and methods of dealing with diving accidents. The course is a prerequisite for the Divemaster course, but also in it’s own right, an invaluable source of essential knowledge and experience for safe diving!

Divemaster
The first step to becoming a professional diver. Requirements are the courses PADI Rescue Diver, Medic First Aid course and at least 40 logged dives. In the lessons, the subjects covered in previous courses are expanded and your knowledge of the material deepened. In addition, one learns dive planning, organising and leading other divers as well as assisting in diving education.
The Divemaster is qualified to lead diving groups and to give certain courses independently. Beside the detailed theoretical education the pupil must also accompany diving courses and assist in the general activities of the dive operation.

Emergency First Response Course
Duration: 4 hours
A first aid course concerning also dive accidents. No dives are included in this course.

Nitrox
Duration: 1 to 2 days.
Required PADI Open Water Diver brevet or equivalent brevet of another diving organisation. This is the specialised training necessary in order to dive with enriched air with oxygen content of 32% and 36%. Diving with enriched air extends bottom times and decreases the saturation of nitrogen in the body tissue while diving.

We teach in accordance to PADI or NRC (Nitrox Rebreather College) directives.

Nitrox in accordance to PADI directives:
Duration: 2 days.
Theoretical education and two dives (one dive with 32% and the second dive with 36% enriched air).

Nitrox basic corresponding to NRC directives:
Duration: 1 day
Maximum allowed oxygen concentration: 32%. Theoretical education and a dive with 32% enriched air.

Nitrox advanced corresponding to NRC directives:
Duration 2 days.
Theoretical education and two dives (one dive with 32% and the second dive with 36% enriched air).

TEC-DIVING
We also offer TRIMIX – DEEPAIR - CAVERN - CAVE and FULL CAVE-courses.
Please ask us.

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