RIVIERA MAYA

Sport Diver - - Training -

Home to seem­ingly end­less miles of mys­te­ri­ous sub­ter­ranean cenote sys­tems, Mex­ico’s Riviera Maya is one the world’s lead­ing cave-div­ing des­ti­na­tions. The re­gion, which stretches along the Yu­catan Penin­sula from Playa del Car­men south to Tu­lum, of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of prime DPV div­ing for prop­erly trained ad­ven­tur­ers.

“No­hoch and Ox Bel Ha are prob­a­bly the best cave sys­tems to use a DPV,” says Alessan­dra Fi­gari of Cave Train­ing Mex­ico. “Con­sid­er­ing the highly dec­o­rated and frag­ile sys­tems we have in this area, only very ex­pe­ri­enced and well-trained cave divers are sug­gested to use a DPV in our caves.”

For those with the ad­vanced train­ing, well-honed skills and guts to match, a vast net­work of mind-ex­pand­ing over­head en­vi­ron­ments filled with del­i­cate lime­stone sta­lag­mites and sta­lac­tites and other an­cient for­ma­tions awaits. Adding the propul­sive ca­pa­bil­ity of a DPV will not only ex­tend your range, but also in­crease your chances of push­ing the bound­aries of this sys­tem to reach undis­cov­ered rooms. And for divers who fan­ta­size about this kind of next-level scooter ac­tion, Fi­gari has sim­ple ad­vice: “Train in an open-wa­ter area, and build your skills to mas­ter buoy­ancy and trim,” she says. “Us­ing a DPV re­quires be­ing able to ma­neu­ver it with­out da­m­ag­ing the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

MEX­ICO

Tusa SAV-7 EVO2 Quick, re­spon­sive speed con­trol makes this tech-fo­cused DPV stand out, and it’s built with a hands-free rid­ing sad­dle.

Bat­tery Life: 120 min­utes / Depth Rat­ing: 230 feet / Speed: 2.8 mph / Weight: 45 pounds / Price: $3,599 USD / tusa.com Sub­grav­ity Ref­er­ence RS Made for ex­pe­ri­enced DPV divers, the com­pact Ref­er­ence RS is known for pow­er­ful thrust and long-last­ing bat­tery life.

Bat­tery Life: 4.33 hours / Depth Rat­ing: 656 feet / Speed: 3.18 mph / Weight: 42 pounds / Price: $6,995 USD / sub-grav­ity.com In­digo In­dus­tries Nau­tilus GLH The Nau­tilus GLH, with two 35-watt mo­tors, at­taches to your tank and di­rects the thrust be­hind you and out of your face.

Bat­tery Life: 30 min­utes / Depth Rat­ing: 120 feet / Speed: 4 mph / Weight: 20 pounds / Price: $2,100 USD / in­digo-in­dus­tries.com

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