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All diving has risks, and cavern diving has a few additional ones that the overhead environment and low light add.  Through decades of experience, the cave and cavern diving community has evolved safety standards and procedures that continue to  reduce and manage the risks involved in overhead diving.

Your guide holds these qualifications -

  • Certified Cave Diver
  • Dive Master and/or Open Water Instructor
  • APSA Cenote Guide

As an Open Water diver (minimum), you are welcome to discover our world while accompanied by a qualified guide.

Safety and Limits

DAYLIGHT - Stay within the limits of natural daylight. At any time, if you cover your light, you must be able to see daylight somewhere. 

PENETRATION - Penetration of the cavern is limited to 60 m/200 feet from open water. Under no circumstances should you go past the "Stop" cave signs.

GUIDELINE - Divers must follow the permanent cavern guideline, or a temporary line placed by your guide. Lines must start and finish in open water (direct access to the surface). 

LIGHTS - Each diver must carry at least one light. Your guide will carry at least two additional backup lights. Keep your light on at all times during the dive. 

RULE OF THIRDS - Available air is divided into thirds. 1/3 is used on the way in, 1/3 on the way out, and 1/3 reserve. 

DIVERS - Maximum four divers per guide. Divers must be minimum Open Water certified. 

RESTRICTIONS - Passing through restrictions (a place where two divers cannot pass each other) is not allowed. 

DECOMPRESSION - No decompression. 

DEPTH - Maximum depth is 21 m/70 ft. Deep dives (Angelita, The Pit, La Laguna) are not overhead dives, but do require Advanced Open Water certification.