Getting Your Scuba Diving Certification
If there is just one place you have the chance to go diving in Mexico, let it be Cozumel. The small Yucatan island of Cozumel holds the crown for best scuba diving destination anywhere in Mexico and many say anywhere in the Caribbean Sea.
Cozumel is located just a few miles from over 30 charted coral reef patches, each of which lies in 50 to 80 feet of water. Each coral reef destination offers divers a chance to explore a truly diverse underwater environment made up of hundreds of unique coral species. Among these vibrant and assorted collection of reef structures live a stunning array of marine creatures ranging from your typical multi-colored reef fish (think butterfly fish, parrotfish, triggerfish, damsel fish, etc.) to more unique inhabitants including snaggle toothed moray eels and long fifteen-pound lobster. The coral reef ecosystems are ideal habitats for these creatures who use the nutrient-rich coral structures for their own benefit.
Since the late 1960's, Cozumel has been one of the world's most highly praised destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling. Once you see Cozumel and its coral reef structures for yourself, you will understand the reasons for its status as top diving destination. Plus, with Cozumel's year-round warm temperatures (averaging in the low 80's) and excellent water visibility (as high as 100 feet throughout the majority of the year), the conditions here are ideal for successful scuba diving excursions.
With the majority of its coral reef gardens protected by law, the island of Cozumel is serious about its scuba diving and its serious about its coral reef ecosystems. It strives to not only retain its status as a top diving destination but also to retain the pristine beauty of the coral reefs. Accordingly, many laws are in place to protect the reefs. Boats, for instance, are not allowed in many areas. And divers have the responsibility of swimming at a distance from the reefs. Getting to close to the reefs can not only harm you but harm the reefs indefinitely. These reefs are very delicate structures that have taken over 2,000 years to reach their current size and glory.
Scuba diving in Cozumel is a truly rewarding experience. Certified scuba divers will find a variety of diving options at their disposal. They can experience afternoon reef dives, night dives, wall dives, and much more. Adventurous travelers who are not yet certified but interested in experiencing the world of Cozumel scuba diving can join in on a Discover Scuba Diving Resort Course. This diving program allows non-certified divers to learn the basics of scuba diving and then enjoy an actual scuba diving excursion alongside an expert dive guide.