First time scuba diving in Cancun

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  1. PNWCouple

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    My wife has snorkeling and scuba diving on the list of things to do off-resort while we’re there. Has anyone done the beginner scuba trips and was the actual hour or so of diving worth the 1.5 hours of “class” and swimming pool lessons?

    And has anyone seen anyone snorkeling during the swim time on the Boobs Cruise? If so, that would kill 2 birds with one stone lol.
     
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    The boobs cruise usually has a naked snorkeling stop on the way back.
     
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    Maybe it was my alcohol induced memory but I personally dont remember any snorkeling going on with our boobs cruise. Of course me personally, searching for lil Nemo and friends underwater wouldnt have been as exciting as what was going on with the cruise. Possibly it happend but i was too distracted to notice or care lol
     
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    We did the pool "class" and dive. Honestly, there's just not that much to see in Cancun for scuba diving. Lots of sand, few fish, not much coral or anything. There's much better diving in Cozumel.
     
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    There is a dive sight where they have made concrete statues while not a lot of diverse sea life it is a very interesting dive site the company we used is https://aquaworld.com.mx the better sea life is diving in Cozumel. There are many dive shops in the area you could do a vacation just on diving but like I have said to others stay at TTR and then book a non all inclusive in some place like Tulum and see what else MX has to offer.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. It sounds like she’ll figure out if she likes SCUBA diving or not, but it won’t be so exciting that she’ll want to spend another day later in the week doing it again. Sounds like a win to me lol.

    I really wouldn’t want to snorkel on the BC, but I’d rather sacrifice an hour during that, than spend half a day off resort for a snorkeling trip.
     
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    I can't see if the resort has an on site dive operation anymore. they used to and generally you could take a boat right from the resort.

    A resort course certification is good for up to 30 ft which is about what the dives towards Isla Mujeras is. The museum is pretty interesting and a nice calm (not generally any surge or drift) dive. Excellent for a new diver to get a taste.

    There are some better, deeper dives (wreck and drift) dives outside the breakwater off the point. But generally you have to be certified for those.

    I agree, Cozumel is much better for sea life but you generally are gone a long day for those.

    I believe 3 or 4 of us will be doing a dive sometime around the 28/29th but not sure where yet. We are all certified and open to others joining us!
     
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    One of the problem with a resort dive if I am not mistaken it expires after your trip is over it something to check on. You may want to do a full class before getting to MX.
     
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    We looked into that, but up here, it’s about $1,000 for both of us to get PADI certified. So a few hundred bucks for a resort dive is pretty cheap to figure out if we even enjoy it or not.
     
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    There's no PADI ceritifcation when you do a resort a "class". They basically just put you in a pool and get you used to the equipment for an hour. Then you go out on a guided dive (follow the leader).

    One thing, there is fire coral, so don't just go in shorts like i did! That stuff burns like crazy. Wear a wet suit if possible...or at least avoid the fire coral.
     
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    We are both Padi certified and did dive a few times in Cancun. Yes it is worth the time learning in the pool the major difference between certification and what you will learn is in a couple of hours you will simply become comfortable with the gear and how it works and the instructors will keep you safe. When you are certified you get to understand everything. Most fun diving is at 30-40 feet of water and at that deph it would only take you 5 seconds to get back to surface. Regarding snorkling go to Amazon and buy a full face diving mask it will be the best 50$ you will ever spend. Check them out on youtube.
     
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    Totally agree.

    Resort course is a good way to test before you spend $$$ but if you enjoy it, then get certified.
     
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    Who are you doing the dive with if you don't mind my asking? We're there till the 27th and the boyfriend is certified and looking for a good group/tour company to go with :)
     
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    We haven't sorted out exactly which dive shop we will be diving with. The last member of our group doesn't arrive until the 25th and we have a event on the 26th.
     
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    Not to be "that guy" but if you do a 5 second ascent from 40' you won't enjoy what happens next.
     
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    I'm interested if y'all put together a dive on the 29th, also PADI certified.
     
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    you are correct no certified diver would want to do a 40ft ascent in 5 sec. First for non certified new divers they will keep the groupe at 25-30 ft and as you know anyone not trained if they had a full failure the only option would be to ascent asap as long as they exhale on the way up they would never have the reflex to signal for help and do buddy breathing. We tend not to scare people from trying scuba and trust instructors stay very close to them as we have seen then do. Happy diving everyone
     
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    You bet! Let's have a drink and discuss when we are there.
     
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    The snorkel on the boobs cruise probably isn't going to what you are thinking. In 5 boobs cruises, I feel like I have maybe seen a handful of people ever take the snorkel equipment with them during the swimming period. Maybe if you let them know ahead of time you were looking forward to actually snorkeling, they would accommodate this a little more.

    Killing two birds with one stone is a great idea. Another way to do this though is if you plan on doing a little excursion to Isla. You can do this all yourself at your own pace, and get the ferry right near Temptation. There are lots of options once on the island to do what you want (golf carts, restaurants, beaches, large guided tours, half day adventures, full day adventures). I was recently over there this summer with our 5 year old. We wanted to see the turtles, but also wanted to snorkel. Him being so young I didn't fell like getting into a full or half day thing. So once we got to the island we were able to talk to one of the people selling tours and told them we were only looking for a couple of hours. We were able to piggy back on a 10 person boat for only part of their tour. This allowed us to see the island some, see the turtles, and snorkel at a good spot. It was all at a very low price (like 20 per person).

    Just some thoughts on an easy way to kill lots of birds at once, get great pics, do what your wife wants, and not be gone for more than half a day (especially if you got up early and left)
     
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