When we think about a tropical vacation, many things come to mind. White sand beaches, blue salt water, calming ocean breezes, palm trees swaying back and forth and the sounds of nature all around us. Sounds like food to smooth out the scratches on the soul life tends to throw at us doesn’t it?
For a certain segment of the population though, life and the pursuit of all things awesome begins just underneath the surface of that blue salt water. Scuba Diving has become a very popular sport down where the coral reefs really pop out. The amazing technicolor display that nature provides underwater is a big draw for any resort that features great scuba diving options and Karisma Resorts along with Maroma Adventures offers one of the best platforms to experience underwater life on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.
We had a chance to sit down with Daniel Capi, one of Maroma Adventures at El Dorado Royale’s scuba diving instructors to get his take on the reef system, surrounding area, Scuba diving opportunities and some of his own thoughts.
1. How long have you lived in Riviera Maya?
Daniel: I have been in the Riviera Maya area for 37 years. Most all my life!
2. Where are you from originally?
Daniel: I was born in Veracruz, México
3. What is your job here at El Dorado Riviera Maya and what are your responsibilities?
Daniel: I am scuba diving instructor. I teach people safe & responsible diving. I also teach diving courses from Discovery Scuba Diving, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response, Rescue Diving and Divemaster.
4. How long have you been with Maroma Adventures?
Daniel: I have worked for Maroma Adventures for 5 months now.
How long have you been certifying divers and what’s your current level of certification?
Daniel: I completed my Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor certification in September 2016. So I have been teaching for a year. I have been diving for 7 years personally and loved it from the first time underwater!!
What kind of diving do you personally enjoy?
Daniel: I enjoy every single one because it’s always different. Even if you dive in the same place, there are going to be new things down there.
What is your most memorable dive?
Daniel: That’s an easy one! The first time I dove with Manta Rays. It was awesome..!!!
What is your favorite dive site or time offered through Maroma Adventures?
Daniel: No question about it – Bullshark diving. Offered November to March down in Playa del Carmen after a 35 minute boat ride that takes off from Marina Maroma. What a great experience to see some of the most amazing Bull Sharks out there. May to September are also great times of the year because that is Whale Shark season.
What do you enjoy most about instructing new divers?
Daniel: Have the opportunity to teach not only diving, but also the love i feel for the ocean.
What is the most difficult aspect of instructing?
Daniel: When the people don’t trust in themselves. They can trust you… but that’s not enough and that’s why I became instructor. Because I have the passion to change that.
Have you ever failed to certify a student? Why or why not?
Daniel: I have never failed. I always give all of me when I teach new divers.
What are the basic rates to dive down at El Dorado Royale through Maroma Adventures?
Daniel: The rates are $112 USD for certified divers and that includes the transportation along with 2 tanks and all needed equipment. The dive runs from 8am to 1pm. We also offer a Scuba discovery class option for non certified divers at $128 USD and that runs from 1245pm to 5pm.
Another very nice option we offer for the guests who have always thought about Scuba diving but haven’t had the opportunity is a FREE Scuba demonstration class in the La Isla main pool at 9am Monday to Saturday.
Essentially, it lets the guests see how scuba equipment works in a controlled environment while allowing you to breathe underwater and swim around the pool for 5-10 minutes. If the guest enjoys the experience, they have the option to take the Scuba Discovery class and get the full Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System experience!!
If I am coming down to El Dorado Riviera Maya and I don’t get you as my dive instructor, who is the second best instructor with Maroma Adventures!!
Daniel: We have a great team. All of my co workers are going to do a great job. So no matter who is going to dive with you, they are all professionals.
Thanks so much for spending some time with us Daniel!
Daniel: No problem! Come on down and lets get underwater! Make sure to come by and say hi at the La Isla pool Scuba Shop!!
For more information on Karisma Resorts Properties (El Dorado, Generations, Hidden Beach, Azul Beach, Nickelodeon Resorts) and Maroma adventures excursion offerings, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 517-917-0510. We are Certified GIVC (Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants with Karisma and we can offer additional incentives when you book your trip with us.