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Scuba Diving Course Descriptions Playa del Carmen

Open Water Courses PADI & SSI as well as Cavern and Cave Courses

Click on the name of the course to see a description days to complete cost $ USD
Discover Scuba Diving 3-4 hour 85
Scuba Diving Course 2 210
Open Water Diver Certification 4 345
Open Water Diver Refresher 2 hour 50
Referral Open Water Diver Certification 2 230
Advanced Open Water Diver Certification 2 or 3 255
Emergency First Response 1 or 2 150
Rescue Diver Certification 2 365
Divemaster Certification 2 to 16 weeks ask

Cavern & Cave Courses

Cavern Course 2 406
Intro To Cave Course 2 406
Apprentice to Cave Diver 4 649
Full Cave Diver Course 7 or 8 1199
Technical Cave Diver Course 4 912
for packages and if you are certified diver please go to Scuba Dive Prices
If you pay 20% deposit before arriving you will receive a free t-shirt from the dive shop - SMB or a guide book of the cenotes.

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Discover Scuba Diving
People who have never experienced diving can try it out with Sealife Divers' Discover Scuba Course. This half day course consists of three parts. First, we conduct a short lecture on the beach, discussing equipment and how to dive safely. Second, we build your confidence through a practice session in shallow water. Finally, we take our new divers on our boat to explore the amazing corals and fish of the Caribbean.

Discover Diving students are always accompanied by a certified instructor who will remain close by at all times. Try diving under the safety conscious eyes of our PADI or SSI certified dive instructors. Our guides are patient and have the qualities you need to ensure that your first diving experience is both safe, relaxed and fun. And, if you want to get your scuba diving certification, Sealife Divers is happy to train you.

Discover Scuba Diving course includes:
boat transportation to and from dive site
dive training and one dive with Certified PADI or SSI Instructor
all necessary equipment

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Scuba Diving Course
Thinking of getting certified for an upcoming vacation, but don't have the time to put into a regular diver course? Now there's a quick and easy program designed especially for you! This is your chance to slap on some fins, strap on a mask and experience an intense adventure in a short amount of time.

Why PADI Scuba Diver?
The PADI Scuba Diver program is a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a couple times a year.
As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints. With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Dive Master, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip

What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a Scuba Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Scuba Diver program available.

Minimum age: 10
What will I do?
Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing pool dives, knowledge development sessions and by making two open water (ocean or lake) dives.

How long will it take?
PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you

Open Water Diver Certification
Learn to dive! This course gives you the skills and certification card you need to dive in any ocean in the world. Sealife Divers' instructors love to teach new divers how to enjoy diving, and how to be a safe and confident diver. We don't rush you, but take each new skill at your pace so you can learn how to dive without stress or pressure.

This course includes four open water dives, academic lessons, and confined water training. For the third dive we visit a special site where we have the opportunity to dive with huge sea turtles.

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Referral Open Water Diver Certification
Do your class room work and pool sessions at home, but dive with us in the beautiful Mexican Caribbean.

Yes you can do the Open Water Referral course with us.  It takes 2 days and includes 4 ocean dive.  The dives are from the boat. The course includes your instructor, equipment, and your PADI card. The course if you want can be split up but you still need to do 2 dives per day.

If you are taking the Referral Course:   You must be at the shop by 10:30 am. Please bring all your paper work from your diving school were you did the pool and classroom work.

The cost of the course is $230 dollars if you pay 20% of the course prior to your arrival we will give you a free t-shirt from our dive shop Sealife Divers.  The payment can be done using Just let us know that you want to pre-pay and I will send you an email from with instructions on how to pay the 20% or $44 dollars.


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Open Water Diver Refresher
Certified divers may want to take a refresher course to relearn diving skills or rebuild their diving confidence. If you haven't been on a dive for over one year, or if you have had a bad experience diving in the past, take a refresher course with Sealife Divers. Our friendly, patient, qualified instructors will help you love diving again.

It consists of a scuba diving review on land, plus a review of key skills in shallow water. Then a shallow dive is made to approximately 40 feet (12 meters). The option of doing two more dives with your instructor after the scuba review is available.

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Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
The Adventures in Diving program offers both the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. If you complete any three adventure dives, you can earn your PADI Adventure Diver certification. If you complete your Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and three Adventure Dives for a total of five, you can earn your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Why Advanced Open Water Diver?
After your five dives, you'll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment.

What do I need to start?

PADI Open Water Diver certification
Minimum age: 15 (12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

What will I do?

This certification includes five Adventure Dives, including the Deep Adventure dive, the Underwater Navigator

Adventure Dive and three of the following:

Altitude Diver Boat Diver
Drift Diver Deep Diver
Dry Suit Diver Dive Propulsion Vehicle
Multilevel Diver Night Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy Search and Recovery
Underwater Naturalist Underwater Videographer
Underwater Photographer Underwater Navigator
AWARE Fish Identification Wreck Diver

How long will it take?

Recommended Course Hours: 15
Minimum Open Water Training: five dives over two days

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Rescue Diver Certification
Why PADI Rescue Diver?

The PADI Rescue Diver will expand your knowledge and experience beyond purely recreational level because you'll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

What do I need to start?

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months
What will I do?
Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you'll cover:

Self-rescue and diver stress
dive first aid
emergency management and equipment
swimming and non-swimming assists
panicked diver response
underwater problems
missing diver procedures
surfacing the unconscious diver
in water artificial respiration
egress (exits)
first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
dive accident scenarios

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Emergency First Response
Why Emergency First Response?

Emergency First Response gives you the tools you need to perform CPR and First Aid. Whether you're a diver or a non-diver, Emergency First Response prepares you to properly handle potentially life-threatening situations.

What do I need to start?

No dive certification Required
No minimum age limit

What will I do?

This comprehensive program is composed of two core modules that can be taught in tandem or as stand-alone courses: Emergency First Response - Primary Care and Emergency First Response - Secondary Care. Together, these courses proved extensive instruction in CPR and First Aid, as well as providing optional (yet recommended) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Emergency Oxygen sections.

How long will it take?

Depending on the amount of home study, the Primary and Secondary courses maybe completed in as little as four hours.

Where can I go from here?

This course satisfies your PADI Rescue Diver CPR prerequisite
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Divemaster Certification
Take the first step in your dive career and become a PADI Divemaster. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you'll expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills as you become a dive professional. PADI Dive master training develops your leadership abilities by training you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

What can PADI Dive master do?

Work at local dive centers, on live-aboard dive boats, yachts and at exotic resort locations
Assist PADI Instructors with students
Lead PADI Scuba Divers on guided dive tours
Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers
Teach PADI Discover Snorkeling programs
Conduct PADI Scuba Review programs for certified divers
Lead certified divers on Discover Local Diving experiences
Teach Emergency First Response programs after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course.
What do I need to start?

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
PADI Rescue Diver certification or qualifying certification from another training organization.
Medical clearance signed by a physician
20 logged dives
18 years old
What will I do?

Learn dive leadership through classroom and independent study sessions
Complete water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water
Training exercises to test organizational and problem solving abilities
An internship or series of practical training exercises
How long will it take?

Two weeks - three months

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Cavern Course

Here is your starting point to your future of diving in overhead environments. Here in Southern Mexico we can offer our customers the best that the world can offer in Cavern and Cave diving. Our dives start in Cenotes, which are the fresh water "wells" sacred to the ancient Mayans that previously inhabited this area. The Cavern Diver course is offered to all certified divers that have the interest to either just enjoy the cavern zone of the cave or those who are starting with the intention of going on to the Full Cave level.

During this course you will learn a number of new techniques that will allow divers to safely venture into the cavern zone of caves and enjoy the wonders that it brings. Some new equipment changes will be made and new techniques will be learned to open this area of diving. In addition to learning how to safely enjoy this new diving environment you will leave the course with ideas and techniques to apply to all of your safe diving practices in other diving environments.
Cavern Diver Course Prerequisites

Prerequisites- 18 years of age (16 years with both parents or guardians permission), Open Water certified by recognized training agency

Course Description: This course is outlined as a 2 1/2 day course which includes three cavern dives in two different caverns and one open water drill dive. The open water dive will be conducted in the pool area of a cenote to practice emergency drills like air sharing, and line following in simulated zero visibility. During this course we will cover the theory of under water communication, propulsion and trim techniques, conservation, equipment, cave formations and terminology, lines and dive planning for an overhead environment. The penetration into the cavern is limited to 130 feet from the surface with the natural daylight as primary light source, no restrictions, maximum depth of 70 feet, all dives will be conducted as no decompression dives, single tank penetration and minimum starting visibility of 40 feet. Upon completion of a final exam the Cavern Diver certification will be issued.

Maximum course size: Maximum number of students per instructor is three.

After completion and certification of this course divers will be issued a certification card as well as being qualified to plan and safely execute cavern dives to the limit of training.

The next step in advanced diver training is the Intro to Cave Diver level..

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Intro To Cave Course
Divers who have already achieved the level of Cavern Diver and are looking to move forward with their cave diving certifications this is the next step. This course can be combined with the cavern diver course to make a great four days of diving and a great learning experience. This level of training allows you a greater penetration into the caves than the Cavern Diver course under safe diving guidelines. Skills learned during this advanced course will allow divers to safely enter cave zones after they have mastered the exercises required for this level. The safe diving practices learned during this course will apply to all applications of diving including open water recreational diving. Once you have finished this part of your cave diver training we are sure that you will be back to complete the full cave course.

Prerequisites-18 years of age with a Cavern Diver certification issued by a recognized cave diving training agency.

Course Description: This course is outlined as a 2 1/2 day course with four cave dives in two different caves. The theory portion of the course includes the lectures from the Cavern Diver course if the intro to cave course is not in conjunction with the cavern course. The limitations for the Intro to Cave Diver are a penetration into the cave of about 600-800 feet from the cave entrance, no restrictions, maximum depth of 100 feet, all dives planned as no decompression dives , double tanks if the student expresses the wish to continue on with the Full Cave Diver course, and a minimum starting visibility of 30 feet. The skills practiced are conducted during the exit phase of every dive and include but are not limited to back up light/air sharing exit, simulated zero visibility/touch contact exit, Air sharing/no mask/simulated zero visibility/touch contact exit and a simulated lost line drill where the student has to find a lost guide line.

Maximum course size: Maximum number of students per instructor is three.

After completion of this course divers will be issued a certification card as well as being qualified to plan and safely execute cave dives to the limit of training.

The next step in advanced diver training is the Apprentice and Full Cave Diver Levels

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Apprentice to Cave Diver

Apprentice to Cave Diver is a step along the way to become a full cave diver. This level is a temporary level which divers use to gain experience while they are in the process of finishing their full cave diver certification. Here you will be allowed to dive on double tanks, plan slightly more complex dive plans, and enjoy a bit more of the caves that you will explore more as a full cave diver.

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Full Cave Diver Course

This is the ultimate goal for most divers searching out cave training, in our opinion this is a great level to achieve to start your future in learning about the cave environment and to practice you skills learned during your series of cave courses. Upon certification to this level you will have mastered the skills required to dive in this unique overhead environment. This course is not to be taken lightly and your accomplishment of reaching this level is rewarding in itself. From this point on you are certified and qualified to practice, dive, and enjoy the underwater world of penetration cave diving. Here along the Riviera Maya in Southern Mexico you will find many of the largest and greatest cave dives in the world, some of which you will dive during your course, others we will be here and ready to show you later.

Prerequisites- 18 years of age and an Apprentice Cave Diver certification issued by a recognized cave diving training agency.

Course Description: This course (this level alone) is outlined as two day course with four cave dives in two different caves. The theory and practice sessions of this course is based on complex dive planning. The limits for this level are 1/3 penetration air of double tanks, no gear removal in the cave and maximum depth 130 feet.

NOTE: The full cave diver course can be taken as a single intensive seven day long course with a minimum of 16 dives or it can be done in pieces. Either way the course requirements are the same and the education is equal.

Maximum course size: Maximum number of students per instructor is three.

After completion and certification of this course divers will be issued a certification card as well as being qualified to plan and safely execute cave dives to the limit of training

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Technical Cave Diver Course

Take a Full Cave Diver Course a bit further, add some Nitrox and then some oxygen for decompression stops and you end up with the start of a Technical Cave Diver Program. The entire purpose of this program is to train competent divers safe cave diving and the technical utilization of EANx for cave exploration, and the use of both Nitrox and oxygen for decompression following cave dives. You will learn applications of diving that will benefit both your cave and open water diving. Here along the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico we have plenty of cave systems that have Nitrox written all over them. Shorter no-decompression limits for the Nitrox dives and more efficient decompression when using the higher O2 mixes during your decompression stops. This course will take you through the many applications of Nitrox and Oxygen and all of the mixes in between

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