Are you an Instructor or Course Director in good standing with an internationally recognized diving association such as PADI, NAUI or SSI? If so, you are eligible to attend the Ocean Reef Factory Sponsored Course (FSC) to learn how to properly use, and teach your students about, an Integrated Dive Mask (IDM). (An Integrated Dive Mask is more than a full face mask. An IDM has more features and functionality than simply combining a regulator and mask.)
PuntoSub, located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (a short ferry ride west of Cozumel and about 30 miles south of Cancun) is an Ocean Reef International Training Center and Bob is the only year-around IDM Trainer who works with PuntoSub. Bob was born in St. Louis and grew up in the US so the classes will be taught in English, not Spanish. You need to be fairly fluent in English to take the class.
The FSC is an intensive two-day program and when completed you will be an expert in the use of Ocean Reef IDMs. The FSC contains presentations, workshops and plenty of time in water going through all aspects of using an Ocean Reef IDM and communication systems for regular diver training. The program finishes with a practical and theoretical exam and when successfully completed you will receive a diploma that can be presented to your certification agency so you can obtain your appropriate Instructor certification. Our schedule for the FSC can be found at http://www.scubabobphoto.com/itc-training-dates/. We tried to schedule training dates around long holiday weekends in the U.S. so those from the United States would not need to take an excessive number of dates off work to attend the FSC. You should arrive no later than the Friday before the training weekend and you can return to your home as early as Monday. (If you are "local" and driving you can leave Sunday evening.) We often do our training in the crystal clear (but cool) waters of the Cenotes where you will find no current, no waves and 100+ foot (30 meter) visibility year around. It is a vastly enhanced experience for training over that offered in a traditional pool or through ocean diving and with depths up to 60 feet (18.5 meters) you will be able to put your IDM through all possible tests and experiences.
If you are a dive shop or you have some other instructors who want to take the class at a time other than our regularly scheduled sessions please feel free to ask about a training program designed for your group. We do offer a discount for the class for groups of 3 or more.
The PuntoSub ITC doesn't just offer FSC training. Since you are already in Mexico you may want to take advantage of some of the great diving and snorkeling activities available in Mexico and not available through any of the other ITCs. For instance, if you want to stay a few extra days then we can arrange for you to:
- Snorkel with Whale Sharks (Whale Shark season runs from around May 20 until mid-September and it is not uncommon to see 50-200 Whale Sharks at one time. Check out the ScubaBobPhotos of the 2017 Whale Shark season at http://www.scubabobphoto.com/cancun-2016/.)
- Dive with Bull Sharks (Pregnant Bull Sharks come to the Cozumel area from December through January for birthing and you can choose to dive and find schools of Bull Sharks or witness a remarkable Bull Shark feeding trip.)
- Diving the Cenotes. (The Cenotes is a series of caverns and caves throughout the Playa del Carmen area where you will find the clearest waters you have ever seen when diving as well as remarkable underwater geological formations. Like snorkeling with Whale Sharks, diving the Cenotes is a "bucket list" item for many divers.)
- Reef diving off the coasts of Playa del Carmen or Cozumel.
Finally, the PuntoSub ITC can help you arrange all your lodging and transportation needs. We work with local travel agencies who will help you find accommodations and arrange ground transportation to meet your time and budget needs.
If you have questions about our ITC or the FSC please feel free to fill out the Contact form on this web site, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bob at 301-789-7685. We are here to help you make the most of your trip to Mexico.
To learn about your Instructor certifications please click Certifications