Divefest Mexico 2019

DiveFest Mexico is a new event for 2019

It will take place at Mexico’s only BSAC centre from 4 –18 May 2019 and will be a great opportunity for BSAC members to experience some of the best diving Mexico has to offer in the company of some like-minded divers.

There are lots of exciting opportunities for BSAC divers at DiveFest.  In water activities will include courses, fun dives, equipment workshops and more, and a lively programme of socials, presentations and movies is included.  For non-diving days, there are some fascinating Mayan ruins and nature reserves in Tulum, along with some great bars and restaurants.  Places are limited, and for those who can’t make DiveFest, bespoke packages for BSAC clubs are available throughout the year.

Epic Ocean Diving

We are lucky to have the Meso American reef system, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef, a few hundred meters off the coast.  There are some beautiful reef dives off Tulum, Akumal and Playa del Carmen.

Guided Cavern Diving

Guided cavern diving is a great opportunity for sports divers and above to experience the beauty of the overhead environment in a safe and controlled way, accompanied by a cave-trained and well equipped guide.

BSAC Training

We can offer a wide range of BSAC training and can help divers complete Diver Training Programme modules (such as Dive Leader and Advanced Diver Rescue Scenarios) that are complex to arrange. We can also run SDCs. In particular, the twinset skill development course is the ideal way for BSAC divers to learn twinset or sidemount protocols and advanced buoyancy and propulsion techniques in preparation for cave or technical training.

Workshops and Discussions

The evening programme will include workshops and instructor-led discussions focussing on various aspects of diving, including Equipment Configuration, Line Laying and planning advanced dives.

Cave Courses

To explore the overhead environment, you need to take a course! Most agencies split their cave diver training programmes into 3 courses: Cavern, Introductory Cave, and Full Cave. These courses include self sufficiency skills in twinset or sidemount configuration, line following, line laying, navigation and emergency procedures.  Divers need to have around 100 dives and be comfortable in a twinset or sidemount with excellent buoyancy skills to start cave training.

Try Dives

DiveFest is an ideal opportunity to try some new equipment under the supervision of one of our expert instructors.  We will be running try-dives on our Halcyon/Suex DPVs, SF2 Closed Circuit Rebreathers and giving people the opportunity to experience sidemount diving.  There is also a rescue training day, including a realistic rescue scenario for everyone to get involved with and hone their rescue skills.

Social Events

There will be many opportunities to socialize and share your diving experiences. The Underworld Palapa bar will be the social hub of the event, and the pizza oven and BBQ grill will be put to good use for the opening and closing parties.

Presentations and Movie Nights

We have a fascinating programme of presentations during CaveFest, including some local explorers recounting some of their experiences in untouched cave.  We will also be screening the movie “Diving into the Unknown” an incredible true story of friendship, extreme cave diving and a challenging body recovery.

Tulum and the Local Area

The Riviera Maya has some great activities for visitors, including beautiful beaches, Mayan ruins, and some fascinating eco tours in the Sian Ka’an an biosphere and elsewhere.  Tulum has some great bars and restaurants ranging from fine dining to delicious and authentic street food.

Getting Here

Cancun is the nearest airport, just under 2 hours from Tulum.  Flights are available from most UK airports and airlines flying direct are Virgin, BA, Thompson and Thomas Cook.

Your Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a twin room in one of Underworld’s purpose built apartments or an equivalent apartment complex close by. All apartments have wi-fi and cooking facilities. More details here.

The cost of DiveFest Mexico for BSAC Members is £649

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 2 weeks self-catering accommodation
  • All social events
  • Coffee and soft drinks
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Goody bag and CaveFest T-Shirt

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Dive Training
  • Cylinder Rental
  • Gas/Sofnolime
  • Transport to Cenotes
  • Food (outside of organised events)

You can book a place at DiveFest here. If you have any questions, please get in touch here..

The cost of DiveFest Mexico for BSAC Members is £749

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 2 weeks self-catering accommodation
  • All social events
  • Coffee and soft drinks
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Goody bag and Divefest T-Shirt

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Dive Training
  • Cylinder Rental
  • Gas/Sofnolime
  • Transport to Cenotes
  • Food (outside of organised events)

You can book a place at DiveFest here. If you have any questions, please get in touch here.