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PADI recreational scuba training in Xcalak

Beginner Courses

$99 + MATERIALS ($34)

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!


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.


$335 + MATERIALS ($52)

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.


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.



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.
Go to Padi Open Water eLearning


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.

* Dive equipment included on all courses


Courses for Certified Divers


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.


$449 + MATERIALS ($39)

This is an excellent course for fine tuning the skills you learned in your open water course and developing new ones. This course consists of five dives with your instructor to develop the skills that you think are most suited to the diving you participate in regularly. The two core dives are deep diving and navigation-then you can choose from a variety of electives such as multilevel diving, underwater naturalist, night diver, search and recover, and many more.

Adventure Dive $89

ADVENTURE NIGHT DIVE $99 Light included.

$449 + materials ($39)

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 $399
Go to Padi Advanced Open Water eLearning
Go to Padi Rescue Diver eLearning

EFR (primary and secondary) $149 + MATERIALS ($16)



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:

Emergency Oxygen Provider $175 + MATERIALS ($30)

Enriched Air Nitrox (with dives) $249 + MATERIALS ($45)

Enriched Air Nitrox (withOUT dives) $149 + MATERIALS ($45)

AWARE Fish ID $179

Coral Reef Conservation Diver $119

padi deep diver $279 + MATERIALS ($25)

  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.

Digital Underwater PhotographeR $179 + MATERIALS ($35)
Camera rental $25 per day, includes DVD

padi underwater navigator $199

  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.

equipment specialist $199

  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.

NAtional geographic diver $179 + MATERIALS ($40)

night diver $279 + materials ($25)

  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!

Peak Performance Buoyancy $179

Project AWARE $119

Search and Recovery $279 + MATERIALS ($25)

Emergency Oxygen Provider $175 + MATERIALS ($30)

Underwater Naturalist $179 + MATERIALS ($25)

Underwater navigation $239 + MATERIALS ($25)

Underwater Videographer $239 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). All prices include. Prices subject to change without notice.

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PADI´s e-learning platform 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 purchasing your e-learning course, make sure you are affiliated with XTC Dive Center so that we can follow your progess from the start and assist you in any part of the process. You can do so by checking that our details show at the bottom left of the e-learning sign-up page.

When you come to Xcalak, you´ll finish the confined water and open water portion of the course with our instructors here. Click the link below to get started

Link to PADI e-learning page

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