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Get Your Scuba Diving Certification in Tulum with Koox Diving

Scuba diving opens up an entirely new world for you. Just imagine your next vacation in the tropics and the opportunity to go sea diving or reef diving, to explore cenotes, to meet bull sharks or admire majestic whale sharks while in the ocean.It’s a whole new world, that welcomes you in, the underwater environment of colourful corals and friendly reef fish, once you get your Open Water scuba diving certification.

Koox Dive Masters are happy to introduce you to scuba diving, teach you the basics of Open water dives and make it all a fun and jolly experience. Scuba Diving Certification organization we are proud to work with: Dive Explorers Foundation (DEF) & PADI

Recreational diving limitations:

  • Dive depth: 30-60 feet (9-18 m) at sea level
  • Immersion time – up to 1 hour
  • Dive gear – 1-2 air tanks, scuba mask, wetsuit, bcd jacket, boots;

Scuba diving certification levels:

  • Open Water – beginner scuba education level
  • Advanced Open Water – focusing on diving in a specific environment – sea / lake
  • Rescue Diver – responsibility for another diver and rescuing
  • Dive Master / Guide – group leading and dive planning

Let’s Learn How to Dive – Choose a Course and Organization

Recreational Diving Courses – DEF

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Group courses 3-5 people in a group, meeting point Koox Diving Shop

DEF Open Waterfrom $4492-3 days
DEF Advanced Open Waterfrom $4492-3 days
DEF Rescue Diverfrom $4492-3 days
DEF Nitroxfrom $4492 days
DEF DPV (diver propulsion vehicle)from $4492 days
DEF Scuba Explorerfrom $12697 days
DEF ITC (instructor training course)from $10495 days
DEF Scuba Explorer Online Class$99 (save up to 60%)2.5h of content
Private DEF Coursepersonalised offerat your convenience


All prices are per person, in a group of min 3 people. All courses include theory, diving practice, exam by a DEF certified Scuba Explorer instructor, complete diving equipment, tanks and air Nitrox fills. Certification documents are delivered to the shop on the day of the course completion. DEF Scuba Explorer level is equivalent to PADI Dive Master. DEF Scuba Explorer Online Class access is granted via a promo code to use on Udemy, allowing you to save up to 60%. Access code is sent within 24 hours of your purchase. All DEF certifications are recognized worldwide.

For private courses, please contact us, so we can provide an exclusive offer for you.

Recreational Diving Courses – PADI

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Group courses – new group starts every Tuesday, meeting point Koox Diving Shop

PADI Discover Scuba Diving (in Casa Cenote)$1498:00 – 11:00
PADI Scuba Diver (in Casa Cenote)$3492 days
PADI Open Water (Casa Cenote & Ocean) – practice course$479 (E-learning included)2-3 days (5 dives in total) (*Please mind that you need to complete the E-learning beforehand)
PADI Advanced Open Water$4492-3 days
PADI Rescue Diver$4492-3 days
PADI Dive Master$9993 weeks
Private PADI Diving Coursepersonalised offerat your convenience


All prices are per person, in a group of 2-4 people. All courses include theory, PADI written materials, practice in Casa Cenote /and in the Sea, exam by a PADI certified Dive Master instructor, all equipment. Certification documents are sent by mail in 2 months.

For private courses, please contact us, so we can provide an exclusive offer for you.

How to become scuba certified

1. Dive manuals and theory – online / offline sources: Your adventure of becoming a scuba diver usually starts with online or home preparation – studying valuable theory materials in the dive manual and watching scuba skills videos before the practice course.

2. Your first confined water dives: The basic scuba skills are practiced first in confined water: off a calm beach, or in a shallow cenote. There is nothing better than learning to scuba dive while on your Mexican-Caribbean holiday. Luckily Tulum offers excellent beginner divers conditions: cenotes, reefs, crystal clear sea water, so that you will not have to learn to dive in a boring pool.

3. Your first open water dives: Upon completing your confined water dives, you will proceed to open water dives – exploring the sea underwater world and fully admiring what Riviera Maya’s local environment has to offer.

Physical requirements and documentation for scuba diving

Minimum age: the minimum age is 10 years old (usually children under age of 18 can register for online courses with a parent or guardian permission).

Maximum age:there is no maximum age, as long as you are in a good health condition and have medical statement. Seniors aged 55 and more may be accompanied by a dive buddy or not allowed to go below certain sea depth.

Medical conditions statement:you sign a scuba medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive (PADI medical statement PDF). If you are not sure whether your medical condition allows you to enter a scuba diving course, please consult your physician.

Performance requirements for scuba diving course:

All these should demonstrate that you are maintaining yourself comfortably in water. Your scuba instructor will ask you to demonstrate a minimum fitness level and basic swimming skills, such as:

  • At least 100 meters swimming without stopping (using a mask, snorkel and fins);
  • 10 minutes floating and treading water – to show you are comfortable in water & underwater;

Everyone that meets these criteria qualifies for Scuba diving certification.

Learning materials

Each scuba education organization provides its own materials adapted to the special certification program – DEF (Dive Explorers Foundation) have a Scuba Explorer manual online with 2.5 hours of video content. PADI have their Padi scuba diver manual. It’s best to have your set of learning materials with you (whether online or printed out), so that you can ask your instructor any questions related to it.

What will you learn?

You will gradually become a confident underwater explorer. You will learn the basic principles of scuba diving first in theory in the manual and then practice them in water. Here is a list of the essential diving skills you’ll acquire:

  • How to set up your scuba gear;
  • How to clear your scuba mask of water;
  • How to enter and how to exit the water;
  • Buoyancy control principles
  • Safety procedures
  • How to communicate underwater
  • Basic underwater navigation
  • Diving in shallow confined water
  • Diving in open water

Your instructor will help you master these essential scuba skills in confined waters, making sure you are comfortable and confident enough and then introduce you to open water diving.

How long does it take to get scuba certified?

Open water scuba diving course takes 3-4 days (theory and practice) It all depends on your availability for practice and how long your dive holiday is. An intensive course can be completed in 2 days. Preparing for the OW course by learning the theory online, will definitely save you time on site.

Tulum, Riviera Maya – one of the best places to learn to scuba dive

Riviera Maya offers the perfect conditions for beginner divers. Scuba diving becomes a unique adventure when you can learn to dive in the Mexican Caribbean – in the warm crystal clear sea water abundant in colourful reef and fish. Tulum, an ancient Mayan center there, is world famous for its splendid cenotes – sinkholes with sunbeams gently penetrating the surface, illuminating the amazing underwater world beneath. Your Open Water scuba diving training with Koox Diving would be set in Casa Cenote (for confined water dives), next in the Mexican Caribbean sea (open water dives). The scuba diving holiday -of a lifetime. What could be better than this?

What scuba diving equipment is required?

Most Open water courses prices include the equipment rental so you should not worry about it. In case you want to practice more and have your first set of own diving scuba gear you can consider this underwater diving equipment list:

  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins or Boots
  • Wetsuit
  • BCD jacket
  • Dive computer
  • Regulators

Curious about diving? Keep learning!

Just don’t stop here. There is so much more to explore: why not take Advanced open water courses, scuba instructor courses (DEF) and then Technical Diving?

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