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Who is a cave diving instructor?

Who is a cave diving instructor?

Who is a cave diving instructor? Despite the view that I’ve come across quite a number of times over the past couple of years this is not a dude in well-worn gear who gets into some dumpy places and smokes weed in between the dives.

We all know that cave divers are the upper crust in diving. At least the real ones, that is those who dive into caves at full cave level more or less regularly. And they become the elite not easily. Such people go through courses being already experienced divers with certain amount of dives and training under their belt. Added to that they are also quite wealthy, mature and intelligent, accomplished specialists successful in life. So these intelligent people put in a lot of money and efforts to make their dream come true, i.e. to become cave divers. Surely the person who is paid, i.e. the instructor needs to be a role model, a real professional, well educated, intelligent and able to teach. And, as any teacher, he should be polite, tactful and level-headed. He should become a trusted mentor, a real guru in his sphere. Logical, isn’t it? And in ideal circumstances, that’s what it’s like.

How can one become first an Instructor and then an Instructor Trainer (which means the highest qualification of all possible)?

Setting aside a variant of just buying a certificate (brutal truth), I’ll tell you about a legitimate and right way. First, we all become ordinary cave divers. Then we dive in a great number of caves, build on our experience during long hours of dives, attend seminars, learn from the best of the best and keep diving, learning and keeping up to date with all the current trends. An instructor does a lot of cave diving just as a fan, which means without any students, for the sake of broadening their own outlook. They always have the best possible equipment. And, what’s more important, they are excellent teachers. Their course is always perfectly planned and structured, so that a student would always know what is expected from them and what the training would be like, as well as what they need to do to successfully complete the course. There must be no ambiguities, hidden information or nasty surprises. Students work on the edge of their abilities without going beyond them. They overcome themselves, learn how to think in a new way, go out of their comfort zone (but not too far so that it doesn’t become unsafe or less exciting). One should remember that diving, even serious diving, is still done as a hobby and entertainment and needs to be enjoyed. Even going through the most challenging course one would aim at making it an enjoyable experience.

You don’t have to be the most charming person in the world or investigate the narrowest and the most difficult caves to become a good instructor. It’s enough to just know exactly what you are doing and be able to get your message across to students without violating standards, without backing students into the corner with useless and fanciful actions and not making up own standards and skills that are not only dangerous but also just stupid. There are always two ways of increasing one’s credibility: to be really the best or to be determined to become one and to TEACH the person everything you can. Or for those who want “to seem”, not “to be”: to make up skills like tearing off the mask ten times in a row, ripping out the line from student hands (preferably directing the torch right into his eyes, when he is taking off the dark mask), searching for a long hose behind student back (and of course it’s very important to throw it away as far as possible) and then to find one million mistakes and tell the person how bad they are. It’s common knowledge that noone’s perfect and it’s possible to find flaws in everything you do, however well you do it, right?

A good instructor would never shout at their student. To raise your voice when speaking to a client? Or to anyone at all? Seriously? It’s like admitting your own incompetence.

They would never use an argument like “because I said so”.

A good instructor would never exhaust a person sucking them dry. Guys, we are all human beings and to work for 12-16 hours a day doing a series of dives is a sign of total incompetence.

Unable to fit in the learning plan? Take an extra day or learn at last how to conduct a course without sitting into midnight!

A good instructors would never use any kind of manipulations, including financial ones, would never lie or economise the truth, they wouldn’t put their own interests above others’. They wouldn’t “remember” a couple of days after you finish the course that you haven’t demonstrated a skill that nobody has ever mentioned to you before. They wouldn’t congratulate you with the completion of the course if they are not ready to put their signature under every word they utter. And, most likely, they would review their attitude to their profession and what they do if their student put the certificate they issued into a trash.

All the above said related to direct violation of professional ethics and should be liable to punishment. There should be mutual respect, clarity and trust between an instructor and a student. In the end of the day, when you both appear under water, especially, in a cave, you should be 150% sure that you can trust this person with your life.

The financial side of the issue should also be mentioned. Personally I have always been happy to give my own money for all the courses I’ve taken (with a couple of exceptions, of course, otherwise this article wouldn’t have appeared) and I strongly believe that I have gained much more than I have paid. Money is pure exchange of energy and professionalism costs a lot, it goes without saying. However, if on completion of a course you feel that you’ve given more than you’ve gained , in all senses, you’ve definitely chosen the wrong instructor.

Learning from the best always costs every dollar, every effort and every single minute of the time you’ve spent on it.

Dear divers, and this refers not just to cave divers, but to everyone who decides to take any kind of course! If you’ve come to take a course, it doesn’t mean that you should quietly agree with everything that happens. You have the right to voice your opinion and to disagree with your instructor if you feel what is happening is unacceptable.

Don’t be shy to make everything clear “on the shore”, to ask about everything that causes even the smallest doubt and to make your own conclusions. If your first impression is negative, trust your intuition, it is usually the most accurate one. And please learn to say NO to the lack of professionalism, overblown sense of self and attempts to cheat you out of money, time or anything else!

“Shit happens when good people turn their backs on it” – let’s stop turning our backs on it and then there will be much fewer bad instructors.

All the goodness!

Who is a cave diving instructor? Who is a cave diving instructor? Who is a cave diving instructor? Who is a cave diving instructor? Who is a cave diving instructor?

Package diving program

Mexico | Yucatán | Diving cenotes and reefs
12 days / 11 nights

Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula. A paradise for divers. The diving program cenotes and ocean is designed for 12 days / 11 nights stay. This program is for divers and their families. Seasonality – all year round. A detailed description, photo and video of the dive sites is available on the links.

Diving tour:

Day 1: Cancun – Playa del Carmen.
Arrival at Cancun airport (you can fly through New York, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Havana or direct flight from Moscow to Kanukun). Transfer to Playa del Carmen, accommodation in cottages at the residence of Luna Mar / 2BRS.

Day 2: Day of rest and acclimatization

Day 3: Cenotes Chak-Mool /Kukulcan
8.00 Filling documents, transfer to the dive 8:30. 2 dives in the Chak-Mool and Kukulkan. Between dives – a light lunch. After 15:00 – free time; beach, rest.

Юкатан. Дайвинг в сенотах и на рифах.Юкатан. Дайвинг в сенотах и на рифах.








Day 4: Cenotes Chikin Ha and El Eden.
Transfer at 8:00. 2 dives in Chikin Ha and El Eden (Ponderosa). Between dives – lunch. After 15:00 – free time.

Юкатан. Дайвинг в сенотах и на рифах.


Day 5: Cenote Tajma Ha.
Transfer 8:00. 2 dives in the Tadjmakha cen. Between dives – lunch, after 15:00 – free time.

Юкатан. Дайвинг в сенотах и на рифах.Юкатан. Дайвинг в сенотах и на рифах.








Day 6: Rest day









Day 7 -8: Ocean dives. Playa del Carmen.

7:40 transfer, 2 dives from a boat on the reef. 13:30 – free time. On this day there is an opportunity to make a night dive on the reefs of Playa del Carmen, please plan ahead !!!

Day 9 – 11: Rest day

Day 12: Playa del Carmen – Cancun
Departure from the hotel, transfer to Cancun airport, departure.

Cost of the program:
– for divers 12 days / 11 nights – US $ 1060
– for non divers 12 days / 11 nights – US $ 570


Deposits and payments:

200 USD per person non-refundable deposit within 7 days from the date of booking.
50% of the total amount due 90 days prior to arrival.
100% payment 30 days prior to arrival.


Cancellations 45 to 30 days before the arrival date: 50% penalty.
Cancellations made 7 days or less before the arrival date: the payment is not refundable.
Unused services for staying and diving are not subject to return and transfer without the consent of both parties.
No refunds for cancellation of flights, natural disasters, war or terrorism, etc. are not foreseen.

transfer airport – cottage – airport;
transfer to the cottage -cenotes – cottage;
accommodation in cottages Luna Mar / 2BRS;
cenote diving  (3 days / 6 dives);
ocean diving (2 days / 4 dives);

Not included:

diving insurance;
rent of equipment for diving;

air travel and airport taxes;
third and night dives;
tips for guides;
Attention of photographers and videographers! In some of the cenotes there is a charge for using the cameras, please check the information on the eve of the planned dives.

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Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen

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Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen

Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen

Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen. Diving on reefs Playa del Carmen is suitable for everyone, both sophisticated divers and beginners. Near the city there are about 15 dive sites. For lovers of deep diving, there are walls going vertically down to the abyss, overgrown with huge sponges.

The small coral reefs of the Caribbean, called “marine tropical forests” or “underwater gardens,” they form one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Here you can meet a giant barracuda, several types of moray eels, stingrays including spotted stilt-eagle, lobsters, crabs, and many bright tropical fish.

Depths: The sites are located in the range of 8-40 meters.

Visibility: usually from 20 to 25 meters.

Water temperature: average water temperature in winter 26 ° C and 30 ° C in summer.

Dive season: Playa del Carmen can offer excellent diving almost all year round. The rainy season lasts from September to November and is not a big hindrance to diving, and from December to March – the largest influx of tourists. So, that the choice of the season is yours.

Weather: The climate in Playa del Carmen is subtropical. The average temperature is 21 – 29 ° C, humidity is usually high, about 90 percent, but it is softened by a constant breeze.

Our dive center offers diving in Playa del Carmen: the exit is daily at 8.30 am from the beach in Playa del Carmen except for the days with bad weather conditions. Please reserve dates in advance. Arrival at the pier and prepare for 15-20 minutes before the boat leaves.

Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen

Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen

Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen

Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen

Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen

Ocean dive in Playa del Carmen


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(Русский) Поздравляем Андрея К. с прохождением курса IANTD Cavern Diver

Поздравляем Андрея К. с прохождением курса IANTD Cavern Diver

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Successfully completed the Advanced Open Water Diver course

Successfully completed the Advanced Open Water Diver course

Congratulations to Sergey Ch. From Moscow on meeting the requirements of the IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver course. In the course of the course, Sergei expanded his knowledge of dive technologies. A deep dive was performed in the Pit cenot to a depth of 29.4 m. We wish Sergey safe and exciting dives.

Breathing and circulation

Дыхание и кровообращение

Breathing and circulation

(Русский) Сохранность пещер

Сохранность пещер

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All the best for friends-divers!

All the best for friends-divers!

We do our best to provide an outstanding service for visiting divers, and (judging from Google, Facebooke, Scuba Tribe & Trip Advisor reviews) we are delighted that our guests seem to agree!

Some of the things that we think set us apart are our purpose-diver-friendly apartments in Puerto Aventuras, free nitrox, top quality rental gear from Scubapro, Apeks, Halcyon Dive Equipment, Ligth Monkey and Rofos bespoke trips for groups and our excellent, very well qualified instructors and guides.

Get in touch if you want to experience Mexico with Cenote Xplore.

Best regards,

All the best for friends-divers!

Photo Oxana Istratova

(Русский) О пещерной конфигурации снаряжения

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(Русский) Чрезвычайные ситуации в пещерном дайвинге

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