FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – DIVE

1. Choosing a Day Diving / Hotel Stay Vacation

Local day dives offer you the opportunity to dive warmer water wrecks, reefs and rocks with beautiful shallow water marine life. Upon your return from the day dives it gives you time to stroll, shop and explore the traditional style of La Paz. It is not the hustle and bustle of tourist based destinations. It is laid back at a much slower pace. Less advanced diving.
The boat was built with the latest technology, resin infusion, no esterin fumes contamination. Fast, secure and stable boat, multipurpose, ideal for day dives.
Click here to view our 32” catamaran day dive boat
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2. Choosing a Liveaboard Diving Vacation

The liveaboard can travel distance with an itinerary that allows the boat to visit different dive sites over the course of several days offering a great variety of diving experiences to include deep water larger pelagic fish and night diving. More advanced diving.
The boat was refitted in 2010 and specifically designed as a liveaboard dive boat. It is dry docked annually for maintenance at the end of each season.
Click here to view our 110’ liveaboard, the MV Adventure


3. Choosing a Day Dive / Liveaboard Combination Vacation

You get the best of both worlds. Start your trip with day diving familiarizing yourself with the area; water temps, buoyancy, comfortability. Dive the closer distant local spots. Take the time during the hotel stay to explore, stroll, shop and try the many restaurants along the seawalk of La Paz. Then move on to the liveaboard and spend several days traveling the more distant dive spots offering a greater variety of diving and wild life encounters.


4. Our Ship Features:

1) Funrider, our day boat catamaran offers:
– 2 – 3 dives a day
– Snacks, lunch and beverages
– Sun protection canopy
– Gear placed onboard ready for your arrival
– 2 minute walk from the hotel to the boat located on the Malecon (seawalk).
– The boat is a certified passenger vessel, all crew, vessel paperwork, safety and navigation equipment meet the legal requirements under the “Nacional de Seguridad Maritima” laws. Liferafts/jackets sufficient for the entire party and crew
– EMS safety equipment
– 2 -3 divemasters depending on size of boat
– Certified safety officer


2) MV Adventure, our liveaboard boat offers:
– 2 – 4 dives a day
– 3 full meals a day with fine gourmet cooking plus lots of great snacks
– Unlimited free hot drinks, juices and soft drinks
– Purified water for drinking
– Full diving service
– Compressed air including nitrox
– Supply of cylinders and weights
– Well setup dive pangas that can accommodate all the divers at one time
– Bed linen supplied
– Cabins cleaned daily
– Personal kit station on the diving deck
– Fresh water available for kit rinsing
– Charging facilities for batteries, etc
– A camera table and rinse water
– A qualified divemaster team. There will be should be 2 – 3 dive-masters on the boat depending on the size of the group.
– The boat is a certified passenger vessel, all crew, vessel paperwork, safety and navigation equipment meet the legal requirements under the “Nacional de Seguridad Maritima” laws. Liferafts/jackets sufficient for the entire party and crew
– A full specification of safety and navigation equipment for the boat and a fully certificated crew practiced in conducting regular boat and fire drills
– EMS safety equipment – Oxygen kit, AED (defibrillator), spinal board and extensive first aid kit
– Certified safety officer
– Diving Equipment: 40 aluminum tanks, air compressor, nitrox and dive weights.
– Skiff Equipment: 2 pangas of 26 feet with sun protection canopy and 4 double kayaks.


3) Accommodation
Below deck (20 persons):
8 staterooms, 6 for 2 passengers and 2 for 4 passengers, all with a/c, sink w/ hot water, vanity mirror, reading individual light and electrical plugs.


4) Main Deck
Lounge room with flat screen TV and CD player.
Dining room and full galley.
Aft deck, benches to suit up and hold scuba tank, camera tables with fresh water and air for cleaning and drying equipment.
Swim platform with 2 sturdy easy access ladders and 2 freshwater rinse hoses.
Washrooms are located between the inside and main deck. There are in the women’s side: 2 showers and 3 toilets with push button flush plus vanity with 2 sinks and mirrors. On the men’s side, 2 showers, 2 toilets, 2 urinals plus vanity with 2 sinks and mirrors.


5) Air Conditioning
Air conditioning units can be found in all the enclosed areas of the boat to include the staterooms.


6) Lounging Areas
Main deck offers spacious front deck bow for wild life viewing and relaxing. Dining area with accommodations for the entire group. Salon lounge area with double sofa, TV screen and DVD player.
Upper Deck offers tables, lounge chairs and lots of space to relax, read and sunbath.


7) Fresh Water
Our freshwater supply is more than ample for guests to shower at least once a day. Freshwater is stored in tanks and constantly replenished by 2 freshwater makers and purifier. Rationing has never been an issue nor has it ever come up. Drinking water is made from another system and purified.


8) Diving Space and Entry/Exit
Our back deck has ample room for all divers to gear up comfortably.
A rear entry swim grid at water level allows for a very comfortable entry. There is a wide swim grid with ample room to allow a safe “giant step” into the water and 2 large ladders to climb aboard safely.


9) Crew
The crew consists of Captain, engineer, chef, assist cook/purser, 2 pangeros (crew and skiff handlers), 2 dive masters and safety officer under the direction of the expedition naturalist/leader. All crew have their certified mariners papers meeting the legal requirements under the “Nacional de Seguridad Maritima” laws and bring to the expedition many years of experience at sea. Crew to guest ratio 10 crew to 16 guests)


10) Itinerary
One can anticipate 3 – 4 dives per day subject to weather conditions. For group bookings you have input into what dives and where you would like to dive working alongside the expedition leader. The expedition leader is responsible for the itinerary and will coordinate with the dive masters, Captain and safety officer.


11) Night Sailing
As a rule we do not travel at night however there may be extreme early morning departures to be on site at first light for any dawn dives planned.


12) What Time is the First Dive of the Day?
At the end of each day after dinner has been served, the group will be briefed as to the following days’ itinerary. Dives may begin as early as 6:00 am dependent on time of year, sea conditions and ideal accessibility to otherwise difficult dive spots. This will allow a full day’s diving to be fitted in during daylight or sailing plans. A dive before breakfast is the norm in order to ensure that the best use is made of the diving day with plenty of opportunity to decompress between dives.


13) Dives
Each dive will be accompanied by a qualified PADI divemaster familiar with the area and dive sites. Dives will be from both the boat (rear entry from swim grid) and from the pangas. It is common practice to dive with dive buddies led by the Panterra divemaster. We ask divers to remain in the group led by your groups divemaster (or within visual contact) and we do not allow solo diving.


14) Extras Offered
Nitrox is available upon request. We however, are not set up to facilitate rebreathers. We have full rental gear at $30.00 US per day or $15.00 US per piece. Boat inventory includes deck towels, 2 freshwater deck sprays to rinse off after each dive. Onboard entertainment inventory includes a TV screen for viewing underwater shots and film shows, as well as, easy listening music.


15) Meals and Beverages
Our meals consist of a variety of healthy and nutritious foods including fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. The ships cuisine reflects the Mexican culture and most dietary needs can be accommodated with advanced notice. Menu examples include; fresh fish, filet mignon, Chicken Cordon Bleu and fresh blended alcohol and non-alcohol beverages. We offer beer, wine with meals and blended drinks such as Pina Coladas, Margaritas and Daiquiris. We do not stock a full bar. Guests are welcome to bring their own choice of beverages.
There are snacks available during the day with hors d’oeuvres served in the afternoon. Alcohol beverages are available at no cost however as a professionally run boat we do not mix drinking and diving.


16) Transfer Arrangements
Our services include airport transfers on the first and last day of the trip. Please note; on the last day of the trip we ask guests to schedule their return flights for an afternoon departure. The transfer from Cabo to La Paz is a beautiful 2.5 hour ride by comfortable air conditioned vans (commercial registered). Those guests catching an early morning flight, we will assist you in booking a shuttle bus back to the airport. The cost for this is approx. $45.00 US to include a short taxi ride to the bus station.


17) Last Night of Trip
On the last evening of the trip we will be arriving at the marina or anchoring out in the bay (depending on availability) to enjoy an evening out in the city of La Paz. We will be located within strolling distance of the shops, restaurants and other tourist attractions. Anticipate an evening dinner at one of the local Mexican restaurants.


18) Tipping
Our crew supplement their income by tips from the paying customers. We suggest that if the service was excellent and the crew are deserving, guests leave a tip equal to 10 to 15% of the trip fee.


5. Diver Questions Asked:

1) Do we have a hyberbaric decompression chamber in La Paz?
La Paz has 1 hyperbaric chamber in working condition at FIDEPAZ Private Clinic. It is mandatory that divers purchase a dive insurance which covers med-evac, chamber treatment, etc.


2) What is recommended for wetsuits?
A 5 to 7mm full body wetsuit is recommended. A “shorty” might be good for snorkeling but won´t be warm enough for diving. A dry suit would be too much, even in our winter months but it the decision of the guest.


3) What would be the time between surface dives if using nitrox?
– 1.5 hours between dives
There are no fixed surface times (surface intervals), regardless of diving with air or enriched air nitrox. RDPs for 21% O2, 32% O2 or 36% O2 must be used to plan the dives, or if other mixes will be used, custom calculations must be done to plan the dives. Regardless of “planning the dives and trying to dive the plans”, after each dive, the respective RDP must be used again to verify or re-calculate the surface interval which will vary depending on which is the exit pressure group and which would be the desired entry pressure group for the second/following dive(s).


4) Outside of air, tank and weights, what additional equipment is recommended?
– Under water light, cameras
– Biodegradable sun block
– Recommended equipment other than tanks and weights, a wetsuit, boots, fins, mask, snorkel, BCD, regulator, alternate regulator, SPG, LP hose, and weight belt are the minimum items needed for diving. In addition to that, a 3mm hood, a pair of gloves and other accessories could be used as well.


5) What night dive equipment is recommended?
In addition to the abovementioned basic diving equipment, it is standard requirement that every night diver will have a primary submersible flashlight, a secondary submersible flashlight and at least one “light stick” for each night dive. This equipment will have to be brought by the individual divers.


6) Do you have tanks that accept DIN regulators? 
The ships dive tanks accept DIN/Yoke regulators


7) What size tanks do you have available for nitrox?
– All tanks are 80 cu ft, and are labeled for nitrox


8) Are the power plugs on the ship North American three prong plugs or are they another country?
The ship is equipped with 2 double / 3 prong outlets located in the staterooms, salon and work table on dive deck.


9) What is the water temperature where we are going?
– Air Temperature / Water Temperature
September – 30-34 C (86-104f) / 24-30 C (78-86f)
October – 26-32 C (79-90f) / 24-30 C (78-86f)
November-  22-26 C (72-79f) / 20-24 C (68-75f)


10) Do the boats have EMS safety equipment onboard?
Yes, we carry EMS safety equipment under the direction of our safety officer.
The EMS equipment is as follows:
– An extended care portable unit (2 jumbo D tanks with regulator, resuscitation mask, non-rebreather mask and hoses plus a BVM) emergency oxygen.
– An AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Phillips HeartStart FRx with 2 pairs of Adult pads and 1 pair of Children pads in a waterproof Pelican case.
– Trauma kit and an X-ray translucent spinal board (“back board”) complete with CID (cervical immobilization device), straps and c-collar.