Diving cenotes can be a bit intimidating for beginners. But there are some things you can do to make sure you’re ready for a cenote dive.
Finding a Playa del Carmen Cenote Guide
First, you need to be sure to find an experienced guide. All cenote dives are only done with a guide who has additional training as a cave diver. There can be no more than four divers to each instructor, and this keeps things very safe. Your guide should have a good amount of experience and should take safety seriously. Be sure to do your research and read the reviews for your guide before you book your dive. At Diversity Diving, we have high quality guides that will help you have an enjoyable experience during your dive.
Scuba Skill Levels for Cenotes
It’s also important to speak with your instructor and let him or her know what your skill level is. This will give them a good idea of what you need to do first before you can jump into a cenote. It will also help them to advise you on which cenote you should go to – because some of them are much more challenging than others.
Your instructor will want to be sure that you have good buoyancy. This is very important because if you lose your buoyancy and float to the top of the cenote, you can actually hit the top of the cavern. This can hurt you or your equipment and damage the cenote geology.
Using the Right Equipment
The guide will also want to make sure that you’re familiar with your equipment in the open water before you go on a cenote dive. This is important because different equipment can affect buoyancy in different ways, so you shouldn’t go into a cenote with new equipment. Your guide will help you choose the right amount of weight, to help with your buoyancy in the fresh water.
You’ll also want to take a refresher course if it’s been a while since your last diving vacation. If you haven’t been diving in several months or even a year – you shouldn’t jump right into a cenote. Instead, do some open water dives that don’t necessarily test your skill. It’s better to do some easy dives to get back into your groove before you start with something that might challenge you mentally or physically.
With the right preparation and a good guide, even beginners can dive cenotes in Mexico. Here at Diversity Diving, we want to help you have the best dive experience possible! Contact us to schedule your cenote diving trip in Playa del Carmen.