Scuba Diving Certification In Mexico

Diving in Mexico is an excellent activity to do because there are many different types of dives that you can experience. Including those for novice divers to divemasters. But, if you’re not a certified open water diver what are you going to do? How about getting your scuba diving certification in Mexico!

Or if you are a certified open water diver, perhaps you want to upgrade to Advanced or take a specialty course? The Riviera Maya is the best place in the world to go cavern and cave diving so why not take the cavern diving certification here?

Why Get Your Scuba Diving Certification In Mexico?

Firstly, for those getting certified, it’s a mecca to explore. It has hundreds of species of fish, sharks, turtles, and other marine life. And the 2nd largest coral reef in the world, so scuba diving here is excellent. With the natural beauty of the ocean, excellent visibility, fabulous sandy beaches and warm water, there’s not much not to like for a diver!

Secondly, as well as great dive sites, Mexico has good diving infrastructure, and PADI qualified Dive Masters. Diving in Mexico is well-established and has a strong network of qualified and experienced divers. People who can guide or assist you in the planning and execution of dives. 

For example, the Akumal Dive Center, established in 1975, is the oldest in Akumal. Since 1975 they have overseen and guided over 1,000,000 dives!

So why spend time rushing around before your trip trying to get certified? Instead, hook up with a reputable organization and get your scuba diving certification in Mexico, in the Mayan Riviera. You get to experience the great diving here while doing your certification. Then you can go out and explore on your own or with a divemaster as a guide.

Scuba Diving Programs For Novices

As an uncertified diver, there are three programs available to you. By partnering with the Akumal Dive Center you can become a certified diver. Or you can take an intro course to enjoy scuba diving during your visit and stay at Ocean Breeze Akumal.

You will be taught by the most established dive center in Akumal and the Riviera Maya. And you get picked up and dropped off right outside your apartment door each day.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program

New to diving and not sure you want to take the open water diving course? This offers you the option of taking an introductory diving course. It includes two dives escorted by a qualified diving instructor.

If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. The Akumal Dive Center offers this PADI program off Akumal beach. It is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world

To sign up you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.

In this one-day course, you learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI certified Professional. It consists of three sections.

1) Detailed instruction on

  • The effects of water pressure
  • How to communicate underwater
  • How your diving equipment works, and
  • How to enjoy diving safely

2) Confined Water Practice

Here you are taught and practice

  • Breathing with your regulator
  • Swimming in your gear
  • Clearing your mask

3) Take your first Dive

You and your guide go out on a boat a little way out of Akumal Bay. Here you are going to take your first scuba dive! In a shallow dive site, you get to explore the spectacular coral reef, the local reef fish and the sea turtles. Diving down to a maximum of 40 feet.

PADI Scuba Diver Certification in Mexico

The PADI Scuba Diver certification course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Dive certification course. If you’re short on time but want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you. Particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification if that’s your ultimate goal.

During this 2-day course, you will complete 2 confined water practices, and 2 shallow water dives with an instructor.

PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
  • Get air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and take part in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
  • Continue dive training, by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses.
  • To enroll in a PADI Scuba Diver course you must be at least 10 years old. Also, you need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

PADI Open Water Diver Certification Course

Have you ever wanted to take scuba diving lessons, and experience an unparalleled adventure world beneath the waves? Then this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification in Mexico with the PADI Open Water Diver course. It's the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enroll, you must be 10 years old or older. Also, you need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

The course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
  • During this certification, which takes 4 days, you will complete 4 confined water practices, and 4 dives with an instructor.

Scuba Diving Certifications In Mexico To Advance Your Skills

Besides programs for novice divers, we also offer more advanced certifications. Enhance your skills by taking the Advanced Open Water Certification. Or take a specialty course and get your Cavern Diving Certification. In the best place in the world to dive in cenotes.


Advance your diving knowledge and skills. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving. So you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. Try out different specialties while gaining experience with your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only take part in certain Adventures Dives.

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation. Then you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. This course usually takes 3-5 days to complete.  During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have. They could be photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.


Want to extend your skills with a specialty certification? Caverns exist in many areas where scuba divers venture. From freshwater springs to volcanic island walls and limestone coasts. In these locations you’ll find large, dark spaces that seem inviting, yet are potentially dangerous. The PADI Cavern Diver Specialty course gives you the knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly. Allowing you to enter far enough for adventure, but staying within the light zone for an easy exit to open water.

With an estimated 6000 caverns and caves (cenotes) in the Yucatan, this is the home to the longest underground river and cave system. The cenotes here are complex, highly decorated and generally shallow with little flow. This is the best place in the world for cavern and cave diving. So why not get certified as a cavern diver in Mexico, with the best in the world?

You need to be PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old to enroll in the Cavern Diver course. If you’re ready for a challenge you’ll complete four scuba dives. The first focused on line handling, reel use and emergency procedures outside a cavern. And the next three dives put your new skills to use inside a cavern. You’ll also learn about:

  • Other specialized equipment for cavern diving, such as lights and redundant breathing systems.
  • Avoiding disorientation and anti-silting techniques.
  • Dive planning, including depth and distance limits and air management for cavern diving.

Book Your Scuba Diving Certification in Mexico Now

Book your scuba dive course NOW with your stay at Ocean Breeze Akumal and receive free return transportation to the dive center from your vacation rental apartment.

For more information, contact us for a QUOTE. Please state your accommodation dates, and the scuba course you want to take.

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