Deep-Wall Diving in Belize
Breathtaking and Beautiful
Exploration divers can experience the ocean from a refreshingly-pristine perspective. At Belize Diving Services, we offer technical training plus exciting advanced diving tour opportunities. Our exploration diver course is the perfect opportunity to use the skills you’ve learned in a natural environment.
Exploration Dive Sites
Some of the most popular dive sites our exploration divers can explore include:
- The Great Blue Hole
- Belize Barrier Reef
- Turneffe Atoll
The Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole, Belize is a coveted destination for exploration divers. Belize Diving Services offers scheduled dive tours to The Great Blue Hole which feature three dive profiles, including a new, technical profile:
- 24 metres (79 ft.) for recreational divers or those who want a longer dive profile
- 40 metres (130 ft.) for experienced divers (25 or more divers), the limits of recreational scuba diving
- 48 metres (150 ft.) for tech qualified divers to the fossilized water line of The Great Blue Hole
Exploring the Great Blue Hole as an Exploration Diver
Completing the technical dive requires divers to meet the 60-minute gate time set by the captain and also to skip the second dive of the day on Half Moon Caye. After lunch on Half Moon Caye, however, you likely will have met the two-hour minimum surface interval. So based on your training, equipment and risk threshold, you can choose to do a second dive at Long Caye Aquarium. Maximum run time for that dive is about 70 minutes. You can do it as a shallow deco dive or an easy no-stop dive. There’s plenty to see as an exploration diver exploring the Great Blue Hole!
If you’re hypoxic-qualified exploration diver, Belize Diving Services also offers custom dive tours that let you fully explore the bottom of The Great Blue Hole where depths average 110 metres (360 ft.). With a realistic minimum run time of two hours but more often a three- or four-hour dive, this dive can only be completed by chartering one of our 46’ Newtons. Prices for boat charter vary depending on the season, starting at $4,000.
Belize Barrier Reef
The stepped slopes of The Belize Barrier Reef offer dramatic and enjoyable wall diving. The first wall begins at 18 metres (60 ft.) and levels out at 45 metres (159 ft.). In this high-nutrient and bright section, deep air and normoxic technical divers will enjoy large sponges, brain, coral and other exotic marine life. Most exploration divers choose to do a multilevel dive for about an hour that allows them to do most of their decompression at reef depth, leaving a final stop of about 15 minutes at 6 metres (20 ft.).
A hundred meters to the east, the true majesty of the Belize Barrier Reef is reveled to normoxic and hypoxic technical divers. From about 60 metres (197 ft.) descending to 100 metres (328 ft.), an inverted cliff face provides an opportunity to effortlessly glide alongside the wall. As an exploration diver, you can study the geologic record of the tectonic forces that created the Barrier Reef. The cooler water here often attracts reef and hammerhead sharks.
Turneffe Atoll is Belize’s largest marine protected area. With calm, protected waters and 6 metres (20 ft.) top of the wall, this is the place for relaxed and long wall dives. Technical exploration divers are able to enjoy three-hour dives at their qualified depth limit. Great for shakedowns and handshakes with new dive buddies or equipment, Turneffe Atoll rounds off the exquisite offerings for the deep wall diver that Belize Diving Services offers.
More Technical Diving Courses
Our Belize dive shop is staffed with expert, friendly instructors ready to teach you the ins and outs of advanced diving. Our technical diving courses are geared toward divers interested in continuing their training. After completing your exploration diver training, be sure to check out our other courses. Belize Diving Services assists exploration divers in earning their PADI, TDI and SDI diving certifications. Sign up for cave diving and megalodon rebreather training today!
Register to Become an Exploration Diver!
We require that you contact us in advance if you’re interested in registering for technical diving instruction. Our team needs to assess your experience-level and develop a custom diving package built around your unique skillset. For more information about joining our exploration divers, please fill out our contact form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to enhancing your technical diving skills!