Cenote diving can be an emotional and awe-inspiring experience, and if you’ve never been before, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for the things you might feel when you’re in the cenote. Some of the emotions can be overwhelming.
Awe and Amazement
One of the most commonly felt emotions during a cenote dive is awe. The beauty of the Mexican cenotes, even more incredible because it can only be glimpsed beneath the surface of the water, can be overwhelming. It is not uncommon for a diver to be moved to tears by the sights of the natural beauty.
Because of the high level of clarity of the water, there are very few suspended particles in the cenotes. This adds to the feeling of weightlessness. Many divers compare cenote diving to floating in outer space, and it just might be the closest experience on earth.
Disorientation or Claustrophobia
Because of the lower lighting in some areas of the cenote, some divers feel a sense of disorientation while cenote diving. Disorientation can also happen if a cloud of silt is stirred from the floor of the cenote, and that’s another reason it’s important for cenote divers to have excellent buoyancy. Some divers feel claustrophobia while cenote diving, but many divers don’t. This is another reason that some good technical skill is important before cenote diving, allowing you to fall back on your experience if you start to feel claustrophobic. For most divers, the feeling never happens, and if it does – it passes quickly.
Don’t be worried though, because you will be with a skilled dive leader who will help you stay safe during your dive. You will learn about all of the rules and safety requirements that need to be followed during the dive.
Excitement or Nerves
Most divers are excited about doing any cenote diving, even after extensive experience. If it’s your first time, you may feel a bit of anxiety or nervousness about the cenote dive, but the truth is it’s very safe. If you do feel nervous about the dive, the first step is to make sure that you choose an excellent instructor. Look for a certified cave diver who has guided several excursions into the cenotes. The guide should be familiar with the area and should also have a solid reputation for strong instruction skills. You should also expect for the guide to want for you to demonstrate your skills in open water before you taken into the cenote – this is a good safety precaution. With a quality instructor, you can let go of the nerves and allow yourself to enjoy the exciting experience of diving cenotes.
Playa del Carmen is the perfect place to stay if you want to go diving in the Mexico cenotes. You can easily access many of these cenotes from the fun town of Playa. Contact Diversity Diving to book your cenote scuba diving trips!