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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. And 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)


This course offers a chance for children ages 8-11 to try out the scuba diving experience. It includes a brief academic session to familiarize our young students with the scuba equipment then an hour-long tour of the bay in water not to exceed 10 feet in depth. See what it’s like down there with the fish—Mom and Dad are welcome to join in with the youngsters!


Discover Scuba Diving

If you’re not sure that you really want to spend the time and money to become a certified scuba diver, this course is an excellent way to “test the waters”. The Discover course takes about 4 hours to complete and includes an hour-long academic session, a practice dive in the bay, and an open water boat dive with your instructor. Following the course, we will allow you to continue to dive for the duration of your visit, not to exceed 40 feet in depth. Plus, if you like diving as much as we think you will, PADI now accepts this course as the first day of the full Open Water course if completed within one year.

$385 + materials ($70)

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 Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip. This course requires 3 confined water practices, 2 open water dives, and covers the first 3 modules of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual.

$530 + materials ($70)

Open Water Certification

There are three ways you can go about becoming certified. The first is to do the complete course here in the warm waters at Xcalak.


The course takes 4 days to complete, approximately 6 hours a day, and includes all academic modules, confined water practices, and the 4 required open water instruction dives

$625 + materials ($53)

Open Water E-Learning

The second way to become certified is to take advantage of PADI´s e-learning platform. It allows you to go through the academic portion of the open water course at home, at your own pace, with state of the art support materials from PADI. When you sign up, make sure you affiliate with XTC Dive Center so that we can follow your progess from the start and assist you in any part of the process. When you come to Xcalak, you´ll finish the confined water and open water portion of the course with our instructors here.


Referral Course

The third way to become certified is to do a “Referral” course. In this case, you do your academic modules and confined water practices with a dive instructor or dive center near home.


Then, you can come to Xcalak and do your open water check out dives in the clear, warm Caribbean with one of our instructors.

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!


Refresher Course

Program designed for certified divers who have not been diving in over 12 months. It is required that certified divers who have not been diving in over 12 months take a refresher course to get re-acquainted with diving equipment and basic skills, to enhace their safety and enjoyment during their vacation. The refresher course at XTC includes a short classroom session, a confined water session in our pool and one guided dive, with an instructor. Park entrance and all taxes included. *Dive equipment not included.

$500 + materials ($55)

Advanced Open Water Certification

Whether you’re newly qualified or have hundreds of dives logged, taking the Advanced Open Water course—or even just doing some individual Adventure dives ($100 each or $145 for a night dive)—will give you the confidence, skills and experience to take your diving to new levels. This in-water, performance-based course includes two “core” dives—a deep and an underwater navigation dive—and three “elective” dives that may include: peak performance buoyancy, fish identification, search and recovery, night dive, etc.


Adventure Dive


Adventure Night Dive

Light included.

$530 + materials ($52)

Rescue Diver

The Rescue Diver course is designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for individuals to effectively perform in-water rescues and assisters, manage diving accident situations, render proper first aid, and qualify for PADI Divemaster training. This course includes all the academics and skill training requirements—but we believe the best rescue you will ever perform is the accident you prevented. We stress self-evaluation, other diver evaluation, and analyzing environmental conditions before the dive. This course is demanding and realistic in its content; you will change your diving awareness and become more attentive to the diving environment.


AOW / Rescue E-Learning Referral

Rescue training will expand your knowledge and skills so you can assist other divers, handle problems and emergencies, and help prevent problems from arising in the first place. A Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for all professional-level dive training. Prerequisites for this course include a PADI Adventure Diver (must include Underwater Navigation) certification as well as proof of medical first aid training (such as EFR) within the past two years.

Materials included

$150 + materials ($20)

EFR (Primary and Secondary)

The Emergency First Response (EFR) course provides extensive instruction in CPR and First Aid, as well as optional Secondary Care, Emergency Oxygen and AED (automated external defibrillator) sections. This certification fulfills the medical training requirement to enroll in the Rescue Diver course.


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:




$150 + materials ($47)


$150 + materials ($75)


$600 + materials ($40)




$295 + materials ($75)



You’ll learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards. You’ll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18 – 40 metres / 60 – 130 feet.

$400 + materials ($40)


$200 + materials ($60)

During your PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you’ll learn underwater navigation dive procedures, techniques, planning, organization and potential problems. You’ll also be introduced to natural navigation, underwater patterns, distance estimation and further your compass navigation skills. You’ll put these into practice during your three open water dives.

$300 + materials ($40)

During your PADI Equipment Specialist program, you’ll familiarize yourself with the operation and maintenance of your personal equipment. Your instructor might also provide the opportunity to review new or unfamiliar dive equipment. The program is not an equipment repair program but it does give you: • Theory, principles and operation of dive equipment • Routine recommended care and maintenance procedures • Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures • Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new equipment.


Obtain the necessary skills to safely explore the reef after dark. It is widely known that the reef is most active after dark. That´s when most of the hunting, mating and running around happens. Diving at night is when you´ll be most likely to encounter octopi, morray eels out and about, lobsters roaming the reef and many other critters. Although a very safe and enjoyable experience, night diving does require a new set of skills that we´ll be happy to teach you!

$435 + materials ($40)


$200 + materials ($40)




$400 + materials ($40)


$150 + materials ($47)


$200 + materials ($40)


$239 + materials ($25)

Camera rental $45 per day, includes DVD


• 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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