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Diving in Cozumel

Leslie O’Neill of Scuba Explorers and her diving buddies, make frequent stops in Cozumel.

It’s a hop-skip-and-a-jump away. We dive three days and we’re back in time for lunch each day. The entire day is ours to play, sun, shop, relax, eat drink and yes we are merry!

The reefs are incredible. The crystal blue water is beautiful against the white sand; and the colorful marine life…what can I say?

One of these days; you may decide to join our adventure. Those who don’t care to dive, hardly miss us.

On our group trips, you are welcome to come and go as you please – we are not joined at the hip, unless that’s your preference…it’s YOUR vacation!

P.S. Guys don’t take that a different direction. : )


Scuba Diving Certification

Hi Leslie ONeill here with Scuba Explorers.

Over the past 27 yr of teaching…one commonly asked question:

How deep do you dive & how long are you underwater? We do our deepest dive of the day first…around 100′. I know people say -” That sounds SO deep”. One of the many things students learn on the 2nd day is how far they can swim on one breath.We never hold our breath while scuba diving- but it does seem to put people at ease when they know they can reach the surface in the worst case scenario.  We do a horizontal swim in the pool.

Because of the propulsion of your fins- swimming up from 30′ to the surface is not much different than swimming up from the bottom of a swimming pool. A person that is more physically fit may easily swim from the depth of 100′ on one breath. Whereas others not as fit may swim up from about 30′ which is the perfect depth to see some of the most magnificent underwater life.

How long we stay depends on how deep we are and your personal air consumption. The deeper we go limits our time at that depth based on the amount of your nitrogen intake. You will learn this detail on the second day of the two-day course. Your air consumption depends on your comfort level in the water. You will learn to breathe slowly & deeply while underwater.

Nervous people (which by the way is quite normal for new divers) will use more air. Moving your arms like a swim stroke or trying to kick too fast will make you use air faster than if you remain streamlined with minimal movement. This all comes with proper training, time & experience.

Like anything in life- once equipped with knowledge —you gain the comfort and confidence to try a new sport. If you don’t at least try, you’ll never know!  Remember we start in 3′ of water. If you become scared—just stand up.

Scuba Diving Classes for Children

The impact that scuba diving classes have on children

Children have an unwavering adventurous desire to explore everything the world has to offer, including the fascinating world underwater. Scuba diving classes teach awareness to children about the importance of ecological and ocean conservation.

Instructors teach proper conservation skills during scuba diving classes by teaching accurate diving techniques and habits. Children learn about the importance of even the most microscopic living organisms, thus becoming conscious of their surroundings.

Throughout the scuba diving classes children learn tangible skills which they will use in and out of the water such as physics and math skills, which will increase their critical thinking abilities. As children build stronger swimming abilities, increased stamina and a stronger sense of responsibility through scuba diving their self-confidence will increased and noticeable in every aspect of their lives.

Children ages 8-9 years old will spend most of their young training days of scuba diving classes in a pool, learning the basic ins and outs of scuba diving. Once children complete a PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification course, they are eligible to dive in open water, with some restrictions – children 10 years in age must dive with certified adult in areas that do not exceed 40 feet and children 12-14 years of age must dive with a certified adult however there are no perimeter or depth restrictions.

PADI Dive Rescue courses are available for children 12-14 years in age through scuba diving classes; this course will teach advance scuba diving techniques for water rescue including boating operations and search and rescue methods. Once children reach the age of 15 years old, they are qualified to upgrade from their junior certification which will allow them to no longer have any age restrictions.

For more information on PADI scuba certification classes for children or to speak with an experienced professional instructor, please contact Leslie O’Neill, Scuba Explorers.



360 × 270 Dos Ojos Cenotes 787 × 523  cenotes cenote_xcacel Yucatan Cenotes

The water that gathers in these subterranean Cenotes is crystal clear with a slight turquoise color with a very pleasant temperature of about 77-78°F. Cenotes are beautiful, enigmatic and unique in the world, the stalactites and stalagmites that form inside the Cenotes are true natural works of art. In many, holes in the ceiling allow the sunlight to filter into the Cenotes, giving the scene a magical feeling unlike anything you have ever experienced before.

Cenotes were considered sacred places of the Mayans not only because they were the only source of fresh water, but also because they represented the entrance to Xibalba, the underworld where their gods lived.

Because of the proximity to the ocean, salt water also seeps into the Cenotes, though the freshwater of the Cenotes floats on top of the higher density saline water intruding from the coastal margins. Where the saline and fresh water meet is called a halocline, which means a sharp change in salt concentration over a small change in depth. The mixing of fresh and saline water results in a blurry swirling effect due to refraction between the different densities of fresh and saline waters.

Over the past 20 years experienced cave divers have explored these caves and underground river systems, discovering to date more than 300 miles of inter-connected caves and passageways. Some of the Cenotes are more than 300 feet deep and part of underground cave systems that are several miles in length, though special training and equipment is needed to explore beyond the limits of visible light or go deeper than 70ft. All of the dives are suitable for certified Open Water divers.

What makes night diving so special?

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Basket Starfish
Basket Starfish

Loggerhead Turtle

Night diving is the BEST!

Everyone has some amount of anxiety during their first few night dives in the ocean. It’s best to be very comfortable on daytime dives first.

Night dives are INCREDIBLE!  You  see the most magnificent creatures and beautiful marine life;  some things you would not see unless someone points them out to you.

1.  Your night dives should be in shallow water 30-50′.

2.  Navigation skills are required especially on a night dive with an emphasis on good buddy system practices.

3. Have good buoyancy control before attempting a night dive

4. Wear a full wet suit for warmth and protection.

5. Review light signals, such as: okay, yes, no, circling motions, etc. Be extra careful not to blind others with your light, you may not receive an invite for the next dive.

6. When diving from a boat, hang strobes in the water to help you spot your way back. If diving from the beach leave lights on the shore and do an occasional compass check with the current strength and direction in mind for your kick cycles.

7. Never swim on the surface at night. Jellyfish may be floating. Sharks may be feeding- And remember, we are NOT on their diet, but there is an ever so slight chance of an accident. As long as we are submerged, it’s never an issue. Swim from below the boat and climb up the ladder. You’ll be fine!

8. At some point during your night dive get your group together in a big circle on the sandy bottom. Turn off your lights or set them light side into the sand.  Have everyone wave their arms in big circular motions; watch the bio-luminescence fly like underwater sparklers on the fourth of July!  It’s beautiful!

A good dive master or instructor will explain in advance most things you are likely to encounter underwater and point them out to you.

One of the most exciting things about day and night diving is learning about all the marine life and corals, recognizing them and sharing with your friends to see.

You won’t believe what an exciting adventure it is until you try!

The water is perfect…let’s go diving!

Leslie   ><((((º>¸.•´¯`•.¸><((((º>`•.¸¸¸.•´¯><((((º>

night diving

Scuba Dive Kansas City

If you’re new to scuba diving or may be a little rusty, we’re here to make you feel safe and comfortable so that you may experience this fun and relaxed atmosphere of the underwater world.

Scuba Explorers will train you to scuba dive right here in Kansas City and then take you on adventures to islands that will surpass your expectations!

Local lakes near Kansas City

We teach in North Kansas City, Lees Summit, Kansas City, & Blue Springs, MO, Overland Park, Leawood, Prairie Village & Olathe, KS…and many other cities.

Kansas City Skyline

The pristine reefs will take your breath away as you peer over the coral walls into the deeper water…where, if you’re lucky, you may see a pod of dolphins swimming past or a group of rays and possibly friendly interaction with playful seals! You will learn about marine life, plants and coral on every dive!

corals & colorful fish

The most exciting part is- you never know what you’re going to encounter. You may rest assured, you’ll be quite safe!

We put special emphasis on providing students & guests with individualized instruction at their own pace. In the water and out, we’re with you every step of the way. When you enter our world, you can expect to dive the best sites in the islands while gaining insider knowledge of the history & culture.

If you’re a beginner, we invite you to learn PADI scuba diving. If you’re an experienced diver, we invite you to buddy with us or plan and execute your own dives.

You have the opportunity to complete your Open Water instruction, we except dive referrals or you may choose to upgrade your certification in the warm waters of the Caribbean.

We have partnerships with some of the finest hotels on the islands. In short, we have exceptional service in extraordinary settings.

Discover our world on your next vacation, and why diving with Scuba Explorers is the best way to enjoy island diving!


Scuba Diving Kansas City

Many people over the years have said, “Scuba Diving Kansas City?  How do you do that?”

Well, we explain, we have airplanes in Kansas City too.

Even if we were not land locked we would still fly to the Caribbean for pleasure dives!

The East & West coasts have great diving, however, for the really beautiful clear blue water…you may want to leave the states.

Scuba diving in Kansas City is an excellent place to train.  The pool & classroom training only requires two full days and the open water certification takes another two full days; your certification lasts a lifetime.

Once you are fully trained it’s time to set sail for an exotic trip to the Caribbean, Asia, South Pacific or any other place that may be on your bucket list.

So the next time someone mentions scuba diving Kansas City…you can remind them… the world is their oyster!

We will go anywhere they desire!

Happy Diving!

Scuba Diving Honduras

Do you log your dives?



Do you have a paper based dive log book or rather use your PC/Phone for that?

Do you care about stamps and signatures? What info do you actually put into your logbook (max depth, air, temp, etc.)? What data is most important to you and why?

I’m totally interested in your replies. Since many years I tend to keep my paper based logbook up-to-date. It brings back nice memories. I noticed however that what I’m actually logging limits itself to just a couple of specific infos per dive.

What’s your experience?




Lex van Lith @ Wilton, In France diving it is regulated by law! If you have no certification = no diving.  If you have a Padi cetrtification, you still have to dive under guidiance of a CMAS diver……

@ Graeme Barber, except of France there is still no police who can give you a fine…
It’s only an insurance company which is not paying IF there is an accident…And even than a logbook doesn’t say anything. A personall diving compu does. So you still don’t have to log your dive for legal depths…




Graeme Barber • @Lex: It’s not the police, it’s the certifying agency that the dive centre works through. They have no power to fine or warn the operation, or even to suspend their credentials. Worst case scenario, they can punt the dive group or individual.

In an accident scenario, a dive computer will give at least the details of your last dive, working like a little black box, but the logged dives in your logbook will paint a more complete picture of your competence/experience/frequency of diving. If you                                       lie in your logbook, you’re only hurting yourself in the event of an accident.




Robert Rait • I like that “The Dive Police” or “DPD” But really a fine? The dive industry is still self regulated at least the last time I heard. There is no law requiring a certification on the insurance industry. So if you can get gear and air you can dive on a private boat.





Graeme Barber • It’s largely self regulating, but there can be local or national laws that require proof of certification and/or insurance. This is particularly true of professional divers (both recreational and commercial). Most places won’t give you fills unless you show your certs. You can buy all your own gear though. Your diving lifespan might not be too long, but you can do it.





Chris Dziedzic • I log my dives! Alas, I tend to be the one who logs my wife and two diving children’s dives as well. I keep depth and time plus what I’m wearing and weight. If the log has a box or line for it, I try to fill it in. I also note anything particularly interesting from that dive. We’re mostly vacation divers, so it’s mostly for memories. But right after getting certified, my wife and I had some frustrating “buoyancy issues” on a shore dive off Catalina Island. So I make sure to note not only the weight, but also if I felt heavy, or light or just right on every dive. Now, when we dive a new spot, we just show the dive master the info from our previous dives. We’re happy to say,certified for almost 15 years now, we’ve never been the one’s to shorten a group dive because we couldn’t get to the bottom or were so heavy we breathed and BCd our tanks dry too soon and had to surface from being overweight.


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Turks & Caicos

Where the water is perfect, calm clear & beautiful!  One of Leslie’s many favorite dive locations.

A swim to the dive boat in beautiful clear & turquoise water.

Turks & Caicos


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