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Essential Diver Coaching

HAVE you ever had a good laugh at those tourists you see on holiday? You know the ones. Red, sun-burnt faces, white socks with sandals, camera equipment perilously swinging all over the shop … looking totally out of place?


Well, I hate to tell you this, but you may just look the same to some of the more experienced divers out there. For far too long, new scuba divers have been the victims of the ‘cattle-market’ resort diving schools. Scuba diver training is done to suit the dive school schedule by too many inadequately trained instructors, who just want their commission and to head off to the pub after a mediocre day’s work.


While being tagged as a 'tourist' can have advantages for some, it’s not a good look for the more serious diver, even if it is just a hobby you enjoy on holiday. Apart from the obvious dangers involved, there are other issues, such as damage to the environment and your own enjoyment of the dive. Imagine how much more fun you would have if you could quietly swim around, without scaring off the fish, rather than splashing around like an inexperienced resort diver? Why spend years practicing to finally reach a tech diving level of essential skills? As soon as you are a scuba diver, you are eligible for Essential Diver Coaching. You deserve to have these hot skills too!


Wreck and cave divers should be able to hover motionless and/or swim without lifting any sediment. This is where our Essential Diver training comes in. With its roots in cave and technical diving, this course will train you in all the fundamentals that technical, and cave divers know is essential, to safe diving. There is no better place than the Mayan Riviera in Mexico for scuba training. You will learn proper trim, buoyancy and propulsion techniques. Knowing how to execute a helicopter turn in the water column is essential to keep contact with team members, while a backward frog kick will stop you bumping into each other. You will also learn, or review, how to launch a lift bag or SMB while completely still in the water. Tech candidates will also learn how to handle stage tanks, positive switches and deco gases aka NOTOX switches and line protocols.  


Our Essential Scuba Diver training programmes will prepare you for your next level of diving.  Who knows? We may even take you to new levels and experiences you never imagined possible! Take one of our guided dives excursions.


What am I going to learn?

During your training as an Essential Diver, you will learn how to perfect your core skills such as trim, propulsion and buoyancy. Emphasis will be put on streamlining your equipment to give you a better trim and less air consumption. You will be trained to reduce the amount of weight you carry to a bare minimum. This will be compromise between minimum weight and minimum buoyancy. Mental preparation, as well as the physiological aspects of the dive, will become part of your pre-dive plans. Also and that is very important, you will be evaluated on your team awareness, locating and assisting if necessary, as well as a set of diver rescue skills to demonstrate capability to assist an unconscious diver.

Why learn the Essential Diver?

Essential skills that you learn during this course will make you a better diver. Not only because you will listen more to your scuba instructor (you will!) but because it will plant a seed. Many of the 'all inclusive resort' diver training programmes don't give you the necessary tools to become a ‘Thinking Diver’.  Don’t worry – we’ll have you thinking in no time! From how to configure your dive equipment, to preparing yourself physically and mentally to visualise your dive, to actually executing your planned dive professionally. Ask for our Non-certifying Workshops.

Do I really need an instructor?

Well, that is a very good question! You know as well as I do, how much information on Essential diving is around today, especially with all the diver forums on the web. "After all, it is just a gear configuration" some would say. "All you need is a back-plate, continuous piece of webbing and you’re off into Essential diving mode … "


Humm... Well, if you’re happy with looking like that obvious ‘tourist,’ then I’d say “go for it.” However, if you want to be taken seriously (no, white fins are not serious … you know who you are) you do need an experienced instructor to point you in the right direction. Some of the concepts and configurations are subtle, and one particular way might not suit everyone. We will find what works best for you and with our experience, we can get you up-and-diving like a true professional in just a few days. Check out our Experienced Diver workshops.

Can I choose any configuration to do this?

Easy to answer this question. What is your favourite equipment configuration? Which one is the one you have most experience with?


As this set of Essential skills is core to you developing your own techniques, if you are a single tank diver then you will learn with that  gear set-up. No need to complicate your learning process here! You have lots to think about while learning to become an Essential Diver. Only thing we'll do is to adjust your equipment to match the Essential Diver philosophy and you'll be ready.


On the other hand if you are an experienced diver and want to improve your core skills, again, whether you are experienced in backmounted doubles or a sidemount diver, there is always room for improvement and you will learn the Essentials while in your favourite rig set-up!


The duration of the Essential Diver training, whether it's in backmounted doubles or sidemount configuration depends on the diver's capability in executing the skills in a comfortable and controlled manner. This is usually run over two days, but if needed, we can always schedule extra training days. On a pro-rata basis.

Let's opt for a DIR gear configuration, in Sidemount preferably, but backmount if you insist!


Essential Equipment List