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We are a PADI 5* IDC Center and 100% AWARE partner.

XTC is proud to be a PADI 5* IDC Center and 100% AWARE partner. This means that all of our courses meet the highest PADI standards and, for every student that we certify, we make a contribution to Project AWARE ocean conservation projects all over the World!

Beginner Courses

XTC offers a full range of entry-level diver courses and experience programs for new divers of all ages. We have a purpose-built training pool for SCUBA certifications as well as access to some great areas for shallow water training on our inner reef where you can spot lots of colorful reef fishes, manatees and eagle rays while learning the basics of diving. Our outer reefs are some of the most pristine on the Mayan Riviera.

From Bubblemaker and Seal Team experiences for children, to the most popular and widely accepted dive rating in the world- the PADI Open Water course- XTC is here to introduce you to a whole new world of adventure!

$99 + materials $40

PADI Bubblemaker*

Bubblemaker is as fun as it sounds – a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving. Children who are at least 8 years old can use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water. To enroll on a PADI Bubblemaker experience, your child must be 8 – 10 years old and be medically fit to dive, with parental permission. Bubblemakers will experience scuba diving under the direct care and supervision of a PADI Pro and learn to take their first breaths underwater in water shallower than 2m/6ft.

This is a great way to keep your children entertained and introduce them to the underwater Realm! Parents can tag along as well (subject to availability and qualification).

$150 (including 1 dive)

PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD)*

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to commit the time or money to a full certification course, then Discover Scuba Diving is the course for you. To enroll on a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old and medically fit to dive.

During your experience you will complete a basic knowledge development session with one of our experienced Instructors, before heading to the pool to practice some basic scuba skills. You will then be taken on a dive (or two or three) to experience the underwater realm! The good news is that you can also credit this experience towards the full certification if you get the “bug” and decide you want to continue.

$385 + materials $75

PADI Scuba Diver Course*

If you don’t have much time, but you still want a diving qualification, then the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be the right choice for you. PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12m/40ft. You must be at least 10 years old and medically fit to enroll in the course.

This course follows the same sequence as the Open Water Diver certification; you will complete the first 3 theory sessions, 3 confined water skills sessions, floating assessment and 2 open water dives from the full course, so if you decide to continue on to Open Water later, then you will only need to complete the remaining elements, you won’t need to repeat what you have already done.

$350 + materials $115

PADI Scuba Diver with Elearning*

If you have limited time, and still want a diving qualification, then the PADI Scuba Diver rating with Elearning might be the right choice for you. PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12m/40ft. You must be at least 10 years old and medically fit to enroll in the course.

This course follows the same sequence as the Open Water Diver certification; you will complete the first 3 theory sessions at home, the come to XTC to complete 3 confined water skills sessions, a floating assessment and 2 open water dives. If you decide to continue on to Open Water later, then you will only need to complete the remaining elements, you won’t need to repeat what you have already done.

$530 + materials $75

PADI Open Water Diver Course

The PADI Open Water Diver course is your first step towards becoming a scuba diver! If you’ve always wanted to see what goes on beneath the waves, then this is the right course for you! The course has three main components; theory, confined water and open water. You will complete 5 theory segments, 5 confined water skills sessions, a swimming/floating assessment and 4 open water dives. Training is performance-based as opposed to time-based. This means that you will have time to practice what you’re learning and you won’t move on to the next part until you are comfortable with the first.

Once completed you will be qualified to dive anywhere in the World, with a buddy, to a maximum depth of 18m/60ft. You must be 10 years old and medically fit to enroll in the course.

$475 + materials $115

PADI Open Water with Elearning*

The PADI Open Water Course has three main components; theory, confined water and open water. We understand that a lot of people don’t want to spend time in the classroom on their holiday, so with our Elearning options, you can complete all of your study, quizzes and exams before arriving in Xcalak. This means that you will only need to do a quick review and then continue with the practical elements when you are here.

Training is performance-based as opposed to time-based, so you will have time to practice what you’re learning and you won’t move on to the next part until you are comfortable with the first. Once completed you will be qualified to dive anywhere in the World, with a buddy, to a maximum depth of 18m/60ft. You must be 10 years old and medically fit to enroll in the course.

$400

PADI Open Water Diver Referral*

Don’t have much time in Xcalak?. The PADI Open Water Course has three main components; theory, confined water and open water. We understand that a lot of people don’t want to spend time in the classroom or swimming pool on their holiday, so why not consider an open water referral?

With our referral option, you can complete all of your theory and confined water practice at home in one dive center, then finish up the dives with us. You will then just need to do a theory and skills review before we take you on your 4 open water dives. Once completed you will be qualified to dive anywhere in the World, with a buddy, to a maximum depth of 18m/60ft. You must be 10 years old and medically fit to enroll in the course.

$350

PADI Open Water Upgrade*

If you are already a PADI Scuba Diver then you will only need to do a PADI Open Water upgrade. This means that you will need to complete the remaining elements of the PADI Open Water Course (2 theory segments, 3 confined water skills sessions, swimming assessment and 2 open water dives). Although you won’t need to repeat what you have already done, you will need to do a quick review to make sure that you still remember everything from the Scuba Diver Course before we continue.

Once completed you will be qualified to dive anywhere in the World, with a buddy, to a maximum depth of 18m/60ft. You must be 10 years old and medically fit to enroll in the course.

*Full diving equipment is included for Entry-level courses

Courses for Certified Divers

Looking to broaden your horizons? XTC is one of the best-equipped dive centers in Mexico and has an experienced dive staff which is able to introduce you to new experiences, skills and dive sites to make your Mexican holiday a bit more challenging! In addition to the PADI Advanced and Rescue Diver courses, we cater to those looking to expand their knowledge base even further.

We have a range of Eco programs such as Coral Reef Conservation, Reef Monitoring and Project AWARE programs. Also on offer are many specialty courses, such as Deep, Enriched Air, Gas Blending and a full menu of technical training on both open circuit and rebreathers. And you get to complete these courses on some of Mexico’s finest reefs!

$300 + MATERIALS $75

Adventure Diver (3 Adv Dives)

As a qualified diver, are there different dives that you have always wanted to try? Like digital underwater photography, fish identification or even drift diving? There’s a long list of scuba adventures that you can try and, if you complete three Adventure Dives, you can earn the PADI Adventure Diver certification. You will complete a theory segment and Adventure dive for each, no exams to do! The Adventure Diver course is a subset of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course so you can upgrade easily later if you want.

If you want to work with your instructor to build your scuba skills and gain more confidence, then this is a great course for you. You will need an Open Water qualification and be 10 years old to enroll (some adventure dives have higher minimum age requirements).

$500 + materials $75

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Not as the name suggests… you do not need to be an “advanced” diver to take this course, nor will it make you one (only experience will do this). The PADI Advanced Open Water course has been designed to give you different experiences within diving, like underwater photography, fish identification and more, as well as work with your instructor to build your scuba skills and gain more confidence.

It will also allow you to increase your maximum qualified depth to 30m/100ft. You will need to take five adventure dives, including deep and navigation plus three others, in order to achieve the certification. You will complete a theory segment and Adventure dive for each, no exams to do! You will need an Open Water qualification and be 12 years old to enroll (some adventure dives have higher minimum age requirements).

$475 + Materials $115

PADI Advanced Open Water with Elearning

The PADI Advanced Open Water course has been designed to give you different experiences within diving, as well as work with your instructor to build your scuba skills and gain more confidence. It will also allow you to increase your maximum qualified depth to 30m/100ft. You will need to complete five adventure dives, including deep and navigation plus three others, in order to achieve the certification.

You will have to complete a theory segment for each Adventure dive, so if you prefer not to have to study on holiday, then we can offer you the option to complete this theory work before coming to XTC. This means that you can focus on just diving whilst you’re here! You will need an Open Water qualification and be 12 years old to enroll (some adventure dives have higher minimum age requirements).

$100 + Materials $75

PADI Adventure Dives

As a qualified diver, are there different dives that you have always wanted to try? Like digital underwater photography, fish identification or even drift diving? There’s a long list of scuba adventures that you can try without having to gain a certification, if you don’t have time. You will have to complete a theory segment and then the Adventure dive, no exams to do! As you complete the individual Adventure dives you can credit them towards the corresponding PADI Specialty or Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Course later. Just make sure to keep the signed documentation from your PADI Instructor. You will need an Open Water qualification and be 10 years old to enroll (some adventure dives have higher minimum age requirements).

$145 + Materials $75

PADI Night Adventure Dive

As a qualified diver, are there different dives that you have always wanted to try? Night diving is a completely different diving experience and most qualified divers want to try it to see the different critters that tend to come out at night. You will have to complete a theory segment and then the Adventure dive, no exams to do! You can credit this Adventure Dive towards the corresponding PADI Night Diver Specialty Course or count it towards your Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Course later if you like. Just make sure to keep the signed documentation from your PADI Instructor. In order to enroll on the Night Adventure dive you will need an Open Water qualification and be a minimum of 12 years old.

$530 + Materials $70

PADI Rescue Diver Course

If you speak to another diver about the PADI Rescue Diver Course, then they will probably describe it as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. During the course you will learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, as well as become more confident in your skills as a diver. You will also learn how to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature.

Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for a lot of laughter in between! To enroll you will need to be at least 12 years old, with a minimum of Adventure Diver qualification (must include navigation) and have EFR Primary & Secondary Care course completed within 24 months (can be completed as part of training).

$475 + Materials $115

PADI Rescue Diver Course with Elearning

We understand that a lot of people don’t want to spend valuable holiday time in classrooms studying, so we can give you the option to do Elearning at home before you arrive. This means that when you get here you can focus on the practical skills of the PADI Rescue Diver course instead. The PADI Rescue Diver Course is probably the most challenging, yet most rewarding course you will ever take. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for a lot of laughter in between! To enroll you will need to be at least 12 years old, with a minimum of Adventure Diver qualification (must include navigation) and have EFR Primary & Secondary Care course completed within 24 months (can be completed as part of training).

$150 + Materials $45

Emergency First Response – Primary & Secondary Care With AED

Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. You will learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a non-stressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you to start learning right away.

EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional-level ratings and can be run in conjunction with these training courses. The EFR courses are based on internationally recognized medical guidelines for emergency care.

Specialities

XTC Dive Center offers a variety of specialties and techincal courses upon request. We can certify you for anything from PADI Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, or Underwater Naturalist:

COURSE

Price

Enriched Air (no dives)

$150 + Materials $75

Enriched Air (no dives) with Elearning

$110 + Materials $90

Enriched Air (with 2 dives)

$295 + Materials $75

Enriched Air (with 2 dives) with Elearning

$245 + Materials $90

Deep Diver

$400 + Materials $50

Underwater Navigation

$300 + Materials $50

Night Diver

$435 + Materials $50

Underwater Digital Photography Level 1&2

$200 + Materials $50

Peak Performance Buoyancy

$200 + Materials $50

Search & Recovery

$400 + Materials $50

Equipment Specialist (no dives) with Elearning

$150 + Materials $50

Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty

$150 + Materials $50

Environmental Specialties
Underwater Naturalist

$200 + Materials $50

Environmental Specialties
AWARE – Fish ID

$200

Environmental Specialties
AWARE – Dive Against Debris

$150

Environmental Specialties
Project AWARE (no dives)

$150

Environmental Specialties
Coral Reef Conservation (no dives)

$150

Recreational Sidemount
Recreational Sidemount Course (includes full
equipment)

$600 + Materials $40

• All our prices are in US dollars (we will convert to pesos if you would like to pay in national currency). Prices subject to change without notice.

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