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bordhead
07-23-2007, 22:46
hers a few pics from last trip in may in the fresh water cenote...http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley20.gif
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<DIV>give you an idea of what its like in under the opening...</DIV>

94GTStang
07-24-2007, 00:20
That's pretty dang cool! I'll have to try it out one of these days

torrey
07-25-2007, 13:06
I love the contrast of the black silhouetted divers and the blue water in the first shot. I really like the last one too.

jimmmyzz
07-25-2007, 16:42
Hey Im in that picture. It was one of my all time favorite
dives. The scariest part of that trip was eatting the sandwich
the Divemaster gave us after the dive! WOW

comet24
07-26-2007, 09:50
Great pictures.

Skinsfan1311
07-29-2007, 10:21
Great Pics! Here are a few from my trip, last October....

Vercingetorix
07-29-2007, 10:43
Skinsfan1311,

Since you're wearing only a football jersey and what look like biker shorts, I assume the water was warm.. What was the water temp? I would have thought it would be cool to cold.

Note: Skins haven't been the same since they lost Sonny. Nope, not the same...

Skinsfan1311
07-29-2007, 11:13
Skinsfan1311,

Since you're wearing only a football jersey and what look like biker shorts, I assume the water was warm.. What was the water temp? I would have thought it would be cool to cold.

Note: Skins haven't been the same since they lost Sonny. Nope, not the same...

I'm actually wearing an Excel 3/2 shorty.

While diving, I typically wear either a Sean Taylor, (to intimidate sharks), or a Clinton Portis, (to outswim the sharks).

Seriously, (the disdain of Iggle & Cowpoke fans aside), donning a jersey makes me readily identifiable to my insta-buddies and DM's

You are correct, the water temps were cool, (around 76 degrees), but I found it quite refreshing. We did 2 dives, (each ~ 45 minutes), with a short SI between dives. We didn't even get out of the water, we just switched out tanks.

I was fine throughout the first dive, but I did get chilly towards the very end of the 2nd dive. If I had to do it over, would've worn heavier exposure protection.

Note: With the exception of the 3 Super Bowl trophy's since he left, you're spot-on about post-Sonny Redskins.........

Vercingetorix
07-29-2007, 11:20
Seriously, (the disdain of Iggle & Cowpoke fans aside), donning a jersey makes me readily identifiable to my insta-buddies and DM'sGood idea.




You are correct, the water temps were cool, (around 76 degrees), but I found it quite refreshing. We did 2 dives, (each ~ 45 minutes), with a short SI between dives. We didn't even get out of the water, we just switched out tanks.

I was fine throughout the first dive, but I did get chilly towards the very end of the 2nd dive. If I had to do it over, would've worn heavier exposure protection.

"Refreshing"...that's what I say when I really mean "freeze my a$$ off".

Thanks for info on temps. I'd like to do a cenote dive the next time I'm in Cancun/Playa del Carmen area. Sounds like 3mm or even 5mm is the way to go.

Skinsfan1311
07-29-2007, 14:46
Seriously, (the disdain of Iggle & Cowpoke fans aside), donning a jersey makes me readily identifiable to my insta-buddies and DM'sGood idea.




You are correct, the water temps were cool, (around 76 degrees), but I found it quite refreshing. We did 2 dives, (each ~ 45 minutes), with a short SI between dives. We didn't even get out of the water, we just switched out tanks.

I was fine throughout the first dive, but I did get chilly towards the very end of the 2nd dive. If I had to do it over, would've worn heavier exposure protection.

"Refreshing"...that's what I say when I really mean "freeze my a$$ off".

Thanks for info on temps. I'd like to do a cenote dive the next time I'm in Cancun/Playa del Carmen area. Sounds like 3mm or even 5mm is the way to go.

LOL! Good call on the exposure protection. A full 3M suit would've been perfect

The cenote dives were incredible. I highly suggest it.

After much research,(both on the net & with fellow divers), I chose this outfit: http://mantadivers.com/

It's owned by one of your fellow Texans, (John), and is a decent dive-op. Make sure you ask for Leif as your guide. He has a reputation as one of the best cenote guides in all of Cancun. It's a long day, but it's definitely worth the experience.

Please don't hesitate to shoot me a PM with any details, or questions.

Vercingetorix
07-29-2007, 15:05
LOL! Good call on the exposure protection. A full 3M suit would've been perfect

The cenote dives were incredible. I highly suggest it.

After much research,(both on the net & with fellow divers), I chose this outfit: http://mantadivers.com/

It's owned by one of your fellow Texans, (John), and is a decent dive-op. Make sure you ask for Leif as your guide. He has a reputation as one of the best cenote guides in all of Cancun. It's a long day, but it's definitely worth the experience.

Please don't hesitate to shoot me a PM with any details, or questions. thanks for the Manta Divers link. I've got them bookmarked now. When it comes time for me to go (next year. I've shot my diving budget this year on gear and She Who Must Be Obeyed would be displeased if I went this year).

Also, given that cenotes are overhead environments, were you cavern or cave certified prior to going? Does Manta Divers provide cavern and/or cave training/certification?

Skinsfan1311
07-30-2007, 12:02
LOL! Good call on the exposure protection. A full 3M suit would've been perfect

The cenote dives were incredible. I highly suggest it.

After much research,(both on the net & with fellow divers), I chose this outfit: http://mantadivers.com/

It's owned by one of your fellow Texans, (John), and is a decent dive-op. Make sure you ask for Leif as your guide. He has a reputation as one of the best cenote guides in all of Cancun. It's a long day, but it's definitely worth the experience.

Please don't hesitate to shoot me a PM with any details, or questions. thanks for the Manta Divers link. I've got them bookmarked now. When it comes time for me to go (next year. I've shot my diving budget this year on gear and She Who Must Be Obeyed would be displeased if I went this year).

Also, given that cenotes are overhead environments, were you cavern or cave certified prior to going? Does Manta Divers provide cavern and/or cave training/certification?

Nope...all I have is my AOW. As long as you have your OW, you can do the dive. You need to have reasonable buoyancy control. I don't know if they offer cavern or cave training.

Basically, in Mexico, I believe that they aren't considered "caves", per se, as you are supposed to always be within so many feet of an exit. I think that you're supposed to have a certified cave instructor, to lead the dives.

That's why I did my homework and chose Manta, based on the guide. Leif is actually a German, who has been leading these dives for years. He came highly recommended and lived up to his reputation as the best cenote guide in Cancun.

It was a 1 1/2 hr drive, from the dive shop. During the drive, he gave a very thorough briefing. I felt quite comfortable in the water, and very safe.

Make no mistake, it's a serious dive. Pay attention during the briefing, maintain good buoyancy, and you'll be fine.

If you contact the dive shop, or any dive-op that does the cenotes dives, they can explain, the laws concerning diving the cenotes, better than me.

Foo2
07-30-2007, 12:36
Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing!

3rdEye
07-30-2007, 15:24
lol @ the skins jersey.....and i'm laughing mostly because i'm an Eagles fan :D

thor
07-30-2007, 16:29
Great pics especially Pic #1. That belongs in Nat'l Geo.

sasscuba
07-30-2007, 17:46
Awesome pics!!! Really nice!

Skinsfan1311
07-30-2007, 20:13
lol @ the skins jersey.....and i'm laughing mostly because i'm an Eagles fan :D


After last years disasterous season, I can't say that I blame you!

Zeagle Eagle
11-24-2008, 10:07
Hey Im in that picture. It was one of my all time favorite
dives. The scariest part of that trip was eatting the sandwich
the Divemaster gave us after the dive! WOW

Hey me too! My sandwich was at the bottom of the cooler and I had to wring it out before I could eat it.

SynCitizen
11-24-2008, 10:14
Hmmm... May have to check into the cenote dives while we're in the area in a week and a half from now.
Thanks for sharing the pics. Very nice shots.

teerlkay
11-24-2008, 11:26
Diving the cenotes was one of the coolest things I have ever done...Highly recommended!
Your pics are awesome. Only a few of my pics turned out as I found it difficult with the lack of light.

James1010
11-24-2008, 11:40
Somebody smack me. :smiley29::smiley29: I live in Cancun and I still haven't gone to a centoe yet...... In my defense I am busy and only get a chance to go to the Ocean since it is close but man I need to take some time and hit all the cenotes up there.

teerlkay
11-24-2008, 11:50
Somebody smack me. :smiley29::smiley29: I live in Cancun and I still haven't gone to a centoe yet...... In my defense I am busy and only get a chance to go to the Ocean since it is close but man I need to take some time and hit all the cenotes up there.
Just get out there once and you will be completely addicted.
You WILL feel like a adventurer-explorer-pioneer!!

teerlkay
11-24-2008, 13:06
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/2/8/0/4/2327cenote.jpg

Byte Me
11-24-2008, 13:07
I have to agree. I did Dos Ojos last May and really enjoyed it. It's such a different experience than anything else, albeit limited, that I've done. My wife and I really like Playa and I'm going to make it a point to hit a different one every time we're down there now!

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202008/Diving/DosOjos-May-09-08032.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202008/Diving/DosOjos-May-09-08108.jpg

teerlkay
11-24-2008, 13:09
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/2/8/0/4/lwithcameraincenote011024.jpg

Zeagle Eagle
11-24-2008, 13:25
Choc Mal Cenote: Thought you might like these

Zeagle Eagle
11-24-2008, 13:27
Somebody smack me. :smiley29::smiley29: I live in Cancun and I still haven't gone to a centoe yet...... In my defense I am busy and only get a chance to go to the Ocean since it is close but man I need to take some time and hit all the cenotes up there.

Okay, I am on my way. Standby for a bitch slap. Your welcome! I am glad to help out

mchain
11-28-2008, 02:24
Somebody smack me. :smiley29::smiley29: I live in Cancun and I still haven't gone to a centoe yet...... In my defense I am busy and only get a chance to go to the Ocean since it is close but man I need to take some time and hit all the cenotes up there.


Ok,

*SMACK!*

:smilie39: