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Teaching a Fish to Swim

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So I have decided to certify Daniel.  Strange when your student knows more about the marine world than you do! I was, however, a little worried that all of those fish he’s hooked would come and give him some payback. A few made their presense known, I’m still not sure if they were happy to see Daniel, or just keeping their eyes on him.

Scuba Certification in Belize

Daniel Studying

The reasons to get certified to Scuba Dive in Belize are multiple, warm water, the second longest coral reef in the world, ease of travel from North America and more. What’s stopping you? You can get started today with elearning: https://www.padi.com/elearning-scuba-registration/default.aspx?irra=21909

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Discover Scuba Diving in Belize

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Have you ever wanted to try Scuba Diving but you’re not sure if you will like it? How about trying Scuba Diving without the time commitment of certification. Discover Scuba Diving is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) activity that gets you in that water quick! The Discover Scuba Diving activity is also commonly refered to as a Resort Course as you can continue to dive to a maximum depth of 40 feet while you are at the resort!

Belize Dive Resort

Diving in Belize!

Essentially you watch a video that gives you the in and outs of diving. The Golden rule in Diving is “Always Breath”. You then do an equipment orientation explaining the various parts of the scuba unit.

Scuba Diving in Belize

Scuba Equipment

The next step is you walk in off our beach and you take your first breaths underwater! At this point you learn a series of skills all the while being in water in which is not too deep to stand.  These skills are actually quite useful while snorkeling as well! Clearing your mask, and the regulator as well as learning how to cautiously breath in the first breaths after you’ve cleared it. You then swim around in water which is too deep to stand to increase your comfort level, and practive equalising your ears as you descend.

Discover Scuba Diving in Belize

Learning Dive Skills

The next step is to experience a real dive to a maximum depth of 40 feet. Off we go in the boat outside the Meso American Barrier Reef right in front of the resort. Once at the mooring line we descend slowly as a group with the Dive Master and Instructor monitoring you as you descend. Don’t forget to equalise!

Diving in Belize

Belize Diving

Remember to check out the medical form before you come down to the resort. If there are any yes’ to any of the questions you need to be checked out by a doctor before you can dive. Get it done while you’re at home to save time and money! You can find the PADI medical form on our Belize Diving page.

The Great Blue Hole, Belize

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Isabelle and I decided it was time for a day off, and we wanted to experience what are clients do when we send them to the Blue Hole, right here in our backyard, Belize.  The Blue Hole is a sink hole in light house reef atoll 35 miles from Ambergris Caye. It is perfectly round with a diameter of 984 feet and a depth of 407 feet.
Belize Scuba Diving, The Blue Hole

Come and Dive into the Blue Hole in Belize

So off we went early in the morning to meet up with our ride to Light House Reed Atoll.

Amigos Del Mar's Dive boat for the Blue Hole, Belize!

It was a perfect day for the trip as the seas were calm which meant a very smooth ride! The guides were awesome and took great care of us. A shout out to Gio, Mike, George, Edgar and the rest of the crew. The Blue Hole itself gets mixed reviews from divers as it is a “bounce” dive.  A maximum depth of 130 ft with a bottom time of eight minutes means that you spend most of your time descending and ascending. Regardless I really enjoyed the dive. It was cool to see stalactites while diving. On the way down we also saw Midnight Parrot fish and I think the largest Spotted Drums I’ve ever seen.

Caribbean Reef Shark in the Blue Hole, Belize

Carlos and Isabelle at the Blue Hole with Amigos Del Mar

The second dive was my favorite, we were just off Half Moon Caye on the East side on Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The corals were really vibrant but there were a lot of fish as well. Barracudas, Nassau Groupers, French Angel Fish, Snappers, Grunts, Wrasse, Hog Fish and More. I now understand why Nassau Grouper are endangered, they are so curious I almost bumped into a couple!

Curious Nassau Grouper

Tiger Tail Sea Cucumber at Half Moon Caye.

Isabelle horsing around

This Loggerhead Turtle showed up right at the end of our Dive!

Half Moon Caye is where lunch is served. It was so good I went back for seconds when I was already full! The Island is a UNESCO world heritage site and hosts the red footed booby bird. Half Moon Caye is also a nesting site for turtles!

Half Moon Caye, Light House Reef Atoll, Belize

Booby Bird Sanctuary on Half Moon Caye

Red Footed Booby Birds

The Gumbo Limbo Tree, aka The Tourist Tree because it has red skin and it peels!

The last dive is “The Aquarium” (also the name of our restaurant at Tranquility Bay Resort! 🙂 ) This is a great wall dive with a lot of marine life! As you finish the dive you end up in about 10 feet of water on the edge of the Atoll. The corals are spectacular! The Blue Hole trip can also be done as a snorkeler if you are not a diver, either way it is a great trip. In fact before Isabelle and I moved to Belize we did the Blue Hole Trip as snorkelers. Amigos Del Mar is a first class dive operation and we are happy to send our guests to them knowing that they will be well taken care of! Amigos has recently raised their price but I think this trip is definitely worth it and an overall great experience. We also saw dolphins on our way out to the Blue Hole.

Tube Coral at The Aquarium

This is a Decorator Crab, they use debris to camoflage themselves. It looked like something from The Hobbit!

Brain Coral at The Aquarium with Feather Duster and Christmas Tree Worms

We had a smooth ride home!