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Whale Watching Tours

Whale watching season is here!  Starting December 15, 2019 Adventure Divers Zihuatanejo will be offering whale watching tours to experience the majestic beauty of migrating humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean.  In collaboration with The Whales of Guerrero Research and Conservation Project our trained owner and operator Pako provides a guided tour in English and Spanish to learn about and see the whales in their natural migratory habitat.

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We practice safe whale watching and boat manuevering techniques so our guests get to enjoy up close encounters without disturbing the whales in their natural environment allowing for relaxed and friendly whale and dolphin encounters.  Our trips utilize visual material and field guides to ehance the guest experience and their interaction with the marine life we see (and hear…..hint, hint!!!)

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Our tours depart the main pier in Zihuatanejo and last approximately 3 hours.  We include water, fruit, life jackets, binoculars, certified naturalist guide and boat captain.  Our 26 foot launch boat has a bimany (roof) for guest comfort.  The whale watching boat tour is $60USD per person with a minimum of 2 guests per tour.  Please contact us directly to reserve your whale watching tour!

From Zero To Hero Divemaster Internship

Have you ever thought about traveling the world and working as a PADI scuba divemaster?  This is your chance to become a PADI certified professional divemaster in just 10-12 weeks!  We provide you with all the training, preparation and dives needed to go from a complete dive novice to a professionally certified diver.  You can travel anywhere in the world and work with your PADI divemaster certification.  All you need is 10-12 weeks in paradise and we take care of the rest!

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Included in our PADI divemaster certification program:

  • Free Diver Certification
  • Open Water Certification
  • Advanced Diver Certification
  • EFR / Rescue Diver Certifcation
  • Theory and practical lessons
  • PADI manuals and learning tools
  • 60 Dives and hands on training
  • Complete diving equipment, tanks and weights
  • Lunch provided on dive excursion days
  • Housing
  • Surf Classes
  • Massages
  • Project Aware and Community Outreach Participation
  • Language Exchange
  • Shared Bicycles

Through our PADI Divemaster Zero To Hero program apart from becoming a PADI professional, you´ll be part of a local and international community here in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.  Our little paradise has lots to offer; beautiful dive sites, amazing food, fun locals and great surf all in a relaxing fishing village on the Mexican Pacific.

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Our PADI Divemaster Interns are housed in a comfortable big house, close to downtown Zihua where they can study, relax and get to know one another.  Shared bikes are provided for getting around town.

 

Our interns get the chance to participate in community outreach and conservation projects and to meet people from around the globe.

 

Pre-Requisits for the Internship Program:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Provide a signed medical form stating you are fit for diving
  • Be in good physical health

NOT ICLUDED IN THE PROGRAM:

  • Meals (only provided during dive excursions)
  • PADI Divemaster Certification Fee

Welcome to Ayotlcalli Turtle Camp

The Ayotlcalli turtle camp, located in Playa Blanca, just a few hundred meters from the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo international airport has worked tirelessly to save, monitor and recover the golfina and green turtle nests to ensure survival and protection of these endangered species.

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Year round, the turtle camp receives volunteers from around the world who assist with recovering the nests and monitoring the eggs in different hatcheries set up at the camp.  Once the eggs reach maturity and the turtles hatch, they are released in the late afternoons by both volunteers and tourists who come to visit the camp.

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The camp allows and encourages visitors who are interested to know about the different species of turtles on this part of the coast and to participate actively in the turtle release program.  The camp is run solely on donations, both private and public and visits from tourists help to keep the camp running.

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Our shop has had the pleasure of taking volunteers from the camp on our snorkel tours to enjoy a day off from their dedicated work at the camp saving these beautiful creatures.  We would like to recognize their efforts in conversation and protection of the local ecology and encourage our divers, snorkelers and visitors to the area to make a trip to the camp to learn and participate to assist with this invaluable work.

You can find the Ayotlcalli camp on Facebook at the following address Ayotlcalli Turtle Camp

Diving with a side-mount rig

Many divers aren’t familiar with the term side-mount.  The most popular form of recreational diving is done using the Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), an inflatable vest worn while diving with a tank mount on the back.  For the majority of recreational diving, this setup is ideal and functional.  However, once you master use of the traditional BCD configuration, side-mount can be a fun and challenging next step.  Learning to use the side-mount harness (or rig) for both recreational and more technical diving can open the door to many new dive adventures.

The term side-mount refers to the way the compressed air tanks are mounted on your body while diving.  Instead of using a traditional BCD inflatable vest with the tank mounted on your back, the side-mount harness is worn with a tank mounted on each side of your body.  The harness is equipped with an air bladder on the lower back which serves to control your buoyancy.

One of the main advantages to diving with a side-mount rig is that it allows you access to extra air.  It also gives you more flexibility to easily unhook the tanks from the harness, which comes in handy when you are diving in limited spaces such as caves, caverns or shipwrecks.  If you are a diver who wants to further your technical or specialty diving certification to explore more advanced dive sites, (such as the cenotes in the Yucatan) or deep diving, side-mount training and certification is a fun and essential element.

The side-mount setup can even be used on recreational dives.  If you are a diver that is already certified and want to try out side-mount diving, we offer a Discover Side-Mount dive program which includes one pool class and one open water dive using the side-mount rig.  The discovery program can be further applied to a side-mount certification course.

For divers interested in the PADI Advanced Diver certification, we offer the ability to incorporate side-mount into one of the specialty dives included in the course.

Ask us about side-mount today!

 

We’ve Moved, Let’s Party!

So we’ve moved to our new location on Calle Ejido #43 in el Centro (downtown Zihua) just across from the Casa de Cultura and a block past Silver Surf shop.

To celebrate our grand opening, we invited a bunch of friends, divers and anyone who happened to walk by to come on in and enjoy the festivities.  There was food, music, drinks, dancing, singing and we are pretty sure everyone had fun cause the party went to almost 2am!!

We are excited to be in this convenient new location and welcome everyone to come stop in and see us !

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So we are pretty excited here at Adventure Divers to announce the grand opening of our new shop location on Calle Ejido #43. We joined forces with captain Bernard to offer scuba diving, snorkeling, surf and fishing trips from our convenient downtown Zihuatanejo shop. We are just across from the Casa de Cultura and we’ll be updating our shop with lots of retail items too including t-shirts, trucker hats and stickers. Stay tuned for photos and more details!