Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Discover the Maluku Divers Resort in 2012

A “Dream Destination” that will come true!

Maluku located in Laha, Indonesia is one of the must-visit locations in any diver’s exotic dive list. The only dedicated dive resort in Ambon, the facility was built specifically with divers in mind and boasts the most unique and comfortable accommodations in all of Maluku.

Ambon is undoubtedly famous for the world class muck diving, with a huge array of critters that can be observed and photographed during long dives at the shallow sites close to the resort. Diving in Ambon includes regular sightings of resident marine life such as rhinopias, many assorted frogfish, mandarin fish, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue ring and hairy octopus, thorny and pygmy seahorse, stonefish, inimicus, to name but a few, along with literally hundreds of different species of nudibranch.

As the only dedicated dive resort on the island, Maluku Divers Resort is unquestionably the best possible facility for diving in Ambon.

Having been in operation since mid 2004, the dive team at the resort is by far the most experienced in the waters of Ambon, and since relocating the resort to the northern shores of Ambon Bay, the team has pioneered many new sites in the area. There are now upwards of 30 dive sites to visit in Ambon Bay alone, with a variety of habitats, with many more sites found on the shores outside of the Bay.

Resort Manager Marcel Hagendijk brings a decade of international diving experience to Maluku Divers Resort and has been the resident manager since 2009. Marcel assists with any necessary instructor related tasks and offers a unique tour of the “Duke of Sparta” wreck in Ambon Bay. He is also happy to assist divers with his photographic knowledge and has coached many divers interested in improving their skills underwater.

Contact STI today to find out more about the great travel opportunities. The willingness to work with SDI™ and TDI ™ facilities is quickly creating opportunities for many dive centers with Indonesia on their must-dive list.

There is no time like the present to start putting together your dive plans for 2012 and beyond. When doing so, you will find your local SDI™ and TDI ™ facilities to be a great resource.

To get started on your next adventure, contact Scuba Travel International today – or (888) 778-9073 ext 301 for the SDI™ and TDI ™ facilities near you or visit to find a facility near you.

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SDI™ Welcomes New Group of Instructor Trainers

Completing Florida ITW

MBT Divers in Pensacola, FL hosted an SDI™ Instructor Trainer Workshop (ITW) from September 22-27, 2011. Four very capable and determined individuals participated in the program, as shown in the accompanying picture: Fritz Sharar and Cathy Haley from MBT, Tom Duran from Scuba Club and Curtis Shoff from Bermuda Triangle Divers rounded out the foursome.

All of the candidates worked hard to prepare for the intense program and it definitely showed in their positive results. Long days lasting late into the evening seemed to be the norm each day, and everyone successfully completed the program.

The Instructor Trainer Rating is International Training’s highest teaching level. The program focuses on development of evaluation techniques in the classroom, confined water, and open water. Presentation ability and skill demonstrations of instructor trainer quality are also assessed throughout the program.

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may teach instructor level courses for all approved SDI, TDI, and ERDI levels they are qualified for, including conducting the Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC) portion of the SDI™ Open Water SCUBA Diver Instructor Course. The course is intensive and challenging but very rewarding.

International Training adopts a friendly, informal approach to the ITW and encourages a relaxed atmosphere throughout the program but also expects that all candidates will work hard to meet the challenges of the agency’s highest level of leadership training.

Anyone wishing to receive further information about the future ITW programs should contact the HQ Training Department via or call 207.729.4201 for more details.

Avoid Surprises at Your Dive Site

The Ever Important Gear Checklist… Making it easy to get it right on game day

We have all been there. During the usual mayhem while getting geared up for a dive, you discover a critical piece of gear is missing. Over the years, I have seen everything from a missing drysuit to regulators left back in a hotel room, storage shed or car trunk. Some of the smaller “mishaps” – like a forgotten compass – can be overcome with loaner gear from shipmates and dive buddies, but on occasion, a forgotten piece of equipment can mean a wasted dive day. The situation is even worse when your diving takes you overnight or, better yet, overseas. There is nothing worse than standing at a dive site and realizing that something is not where you thought it would be… except, of course, being part-way through a dive when this thought occurs!

The answer to this very common conundrum is a checklist – a top to bottom “roll-call” for essential (and not so essential) dive gear that is suited to your style of diving and the dive trip you have planned.

At SDI we have been asked many times why we do not sell a pre-printed diver’s check-list-slate. The simple answer is that there is no really comprehensive generic list of gear that would make such a product worth the price while remaining relevant and applicable with our associate members around the world. Furthermore, the scope of an equipment checklist is directly proportional to the complexity of the dives being planned, how far the dive site is from the nearest dive shop, and how much room you have in your baggage allowance/vehicle! No single slate can accommodate the dynamism that makes diving so much fun and divers so individual.

But we can share with you what the staff at SDI HQ use to help keep their gear intact and in place, and we hope that it helps you to create – AND USE – a personalized equipment checklist. Here are some suggestions, but remember, your mileage may vary!

Start off by breaking down your list into three categories:

  • Essentials needed for every dive
  • Nice to Have on most dives
  • Non-Essentials to take if there is room

Let’s start with Essentials.

This list really contains three sub-categories:

  • Life-support: This includes a full set of regulators (First stage, long-hose on primary second stage, necklace bungeed backup second stage, SPG, LP inflator(s) with hoses and o rings inspected*), fully charged cylinders (analyzed and marked correctly with MOD and contents), buoyancy (BCD or backplate simple harness and wing), fins, two cutting devices.
  • Thermal protection and Propulsion: This encompasses your drysuit and underwear garments, socks, hood, gloves (right and left hand!), wetsuit, booties, fins, jacket, hat, etc to keep warm during the surface interval.
  • Data collection: These items include a mask, PDC (personal dive computer), compass, underwater notebook and/or slate, graphite stick or pencil, logbook, c-cards, dive insurance card.

Things that are Nice to Have include: primary light, backup light(s), backup tables (more and more sport divers are choosing to carry computer-generated ascent schedules in case of PDC malfunction), spare mask, DSMB and spool, surface signaling device (Fox ref’s plastic whistles are small and work when wet), and a “super-duper” Save A Dive Kit (SADK). There is enough material to discuss in a SADK to warrant a whole new article but should contain at minimum: various orings, oxygen compatible lubricant, adjustable wrench and allen wrenches, LP and HP port plugs, spare mask and fin strap, spare mask and fin buckle, bolt snaps, lengths of 3 mm equipment cord and shock cord, duct tape, markers, a few Band-Aids and a tube of polysporin, seasickness meds, and an SDI Rescue Slate with the five-minute neuro exam on it. For the record, my personal SADK barely fits in a Husky tool bag and weighs about the same as an aluminum 80.

Non-Essentials that got high praise and pack space from SDI staffers include: “a ton more stuff for the SADK,” Food and Drink (CamelBak™ filled with dilute sport drink or Diver’s D-Lite™, energy bars, Gorp** or Trail Mix, fruit, banana-nut muffins, and on and on!), MP3 player and ear buds, warm beanie, sun-block, bug-spray, spare dry socks and other clothing packed in a drybag.

You probably can add to all three categories, and you should! Draw up your own checklist and use it.

One suggestion is to keep your gear in plastic tubs and as you transfer it into your dive bags, use a marker to strike it from the list. Another suggestion: if you pack small containers, never assume a piece of kit is in that small container. For example, a plastic box labeled Dive Computer could contain last week’s peanut butter and jam sandwich – check contents as you pack.

Another invaluable tip is to pack smart. If you are diving with a buddy or group of buddies, share the load. For example, SADK can be spread out between two or more people to conform to luggage restrictions. Just make sure that pre-trip communications eliminates the likelihood of three people taking, say, allen wrenches assuming “the other guy” will turn up with LP and HP port plugs (and be aware that not all plugs fit all first stages!).

But perhaps the most important and valuable advice is to take the time to check and double check that everything on your list has been verified and loaded before you leave home. If you have an early morning start, pack and check the previous evening. If you are leaving at noon for the drive to the dive site or airport, run through your list at least one hour beforehand.

Be cool and be organized and you’ll get it right on game day. Most importantly, have fun and dive safe!

One last word – over on the TDI side of things, a simple equipment checklist takes on a whole other dimension and branches off into an additional “pre-Dive Checklist.” But that’s a story for another day.

* The regulator setup suggested above with a longhose and bungeed necklace is just one option for SDI divers to consider

** GORP is a snack favored by hikers and although the acronym stands for Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts, can be ANY mixture of tasty treats including almonds, walnuts, sultanas and M&Ms (the author’s favorite)!

So as you plan a particular dive outing, simply visit and visit the SDI™ TDI™ or ERDI™ facility locator for the area you will be visiting and contact them to ask about the particular dive site you will be diving in their area. Simply ask the question “Is there a unique item you add to your dive gear for this particular dive?” Listen carefully, you may be amazed what you hear! Your local facility is also a wealth of information – don’t forget to check them out.

SUDS Helps Injured Veterans; Adventure Scuba Helps SUDS

Ever tried scuba diving? If so, you can agree it’s a sport that offers an incredible feeling of freedom. The weightlessness of the water, the muted sounds of sea life, the excitement of exploring coral reefs, caves, and wreck sites — these are all reasons why scuba is such a popular sport.

But for injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, scuba is much more. It’s an effective form of rehab that promotes mobility and instills confidence in men and women facing new disabilities like amputations and traumatic brain injury.

A program called SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba) has helped young, wounded heroes by offering scuba dive training as aquatic therapy treatment. Since the nonprofit began in 2007, SUDS has awarded open water dive certifications to well over 200 injured veterans.

“These soldiers were all very athletic, active people before their injury, and now they suffer from amputations—some are triple amputees, and they see that if they can do something as challenging as scuba diving, they can do anything,” said John Thompson, founder of SUDS, which is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and partner of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The dive certification is impressive, but it’s the intrinsic value of the program that has made such an impact on participants.

“SUDS helps keep you active and helps you to push yourself,” explained veteran Shane Heath, who lost his left arm and leg during his third deployment in Iraq. “The mental rewards are the biggest thing. It builds confidence in that just because you’re injured doesn’t mean you can’t participate in life. It’s been an absolute blessing for me.” Shane is now training to become a dive master and spends his free time playing disc golf and following his dream to be a singer and songwriter.

SUDS scuba classes are offered weekly at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Much of the training can be done in the pool, but soldiers take trips to the ocean to complete their dive certification.

“My favorite moment is watching these guys come up from their first dive and seeing how excited they are when they realize there really isn’t much they can’t do,” described Larry Hammonds, volunteer dive instructor for SUDS and assistant manager at Adventure Scuba Company in Chantilly, Virginia. “They develop a whole new attitude toward life.”

“The ocean trips are very therapeutic. It’s a good group of guys, and when we’re there, we don’t think about our injuries,” said Dave McRaney, who was injured during his service in Afghanistan.

These trips are much-needed getaways from wounded warriors’ normal hospital rehab routines, and destinations have ranged from Cuba to Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys. But trips and equipment are expensive, so SUDS relies on support and donations from a number of businesses and organizations.

A Helping Hand from a Local Business

Adventure Scuba Company is one of the businesses committed to SUDS and its mission. In the past four years, the business has supported SUDS in a number of ways. The owners have donated equipment, provided free maintenance, hosted raffles to raise funds for the cause, and given a percentage of profits from its open houses and dive trips.

Company owners Henry Johnson, Bob Potterton, and Peter Juanpere came across SUDS when they were looking for a way to use their business to give back to the community. Henry is a retired marine, Bob’s dad was in the military, and a handful of dive instructors are also ex-military, so SUDS was just the right fit.

“We wanted to do something that meant a lot to us,” said Bob Potterton. “We’re a small shop and we can’t help everybody, but we can certainly do what we can for our military guys and gals.”

In the past, Adventure Scuba Company used its status as a dive tour operator to help arrange a SUDS trip with the use of its condos in Key Largo. Next year, the shop will put together a live aboard dive trip for injured veterans in the Bahamas or the Florida Keys.

“The veterans risked a lot and we believe they deserve a lot in return. We’re going to continue to help out as much as we can,” added Henry.

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Florida Spiny Lobster Sport Season Is Upon Us

There is something “special” about a lobster meal you catch yourself!

There appear to be 2 very different schools of thought when it comes to the Florida Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) Sport Season. There are those that will be sitting over the reef at midnight waiting for the clock to tick a minute past twelve so they can catapult into the water to be amongst the first to “get theirs” (lobster, that is).

Then there is a second group of us that patiently wait for the described “over achievers” to take their best shot so that as interest wanes we can go get ours! After all, there is plenty of time between August 6th and March 31st. These second groups of divers are commonly the same crowd that stays home on New Year’s Eve, leaving the reveling to others.

Don’t misunderstand – it doesn’t mean they do not celebrate or eat lobster; they’re just a bit more methodical and leisurely about it. Chances are they have seen more than their share of New Years Eves as well as lobster dinners (yes – I’m referring to those who are a bit older and have been at it for quite some time, having started diving long before driving).

Regardless of your approach, if you have never been lobstering you owe it to yourself to be able to say,”been there, done that!” Visit your local SDI™ Facility and ask about how you can get involved.

When it comes to lobstering there are as many “best techniques” as there are lobster divers. However, I will tell you this, the longer your proctor has been “bugging,” the faster you will learn the important nuances, like what else resides in that same crevice as a lobster? Why is a dive light such a BIG deal? And of course, tickle stick? (I consider myself a rather serious person, if I wouldn’t tickle my buddy on the surface why would I do so under water?) And why are lobster bags so many different designs?

As for those that will tell you that “what you do in Florida is not lobstering,” remind them there is nothing lethargic about warm water “bugs.” If anyone asks you “what is it like?” just ask them if they have ever grabbed a rose bush doing sixty miles an hour!

You get the idea. One thing is for sure – you will never taste a better lobster dinner then the one you catch yourself!

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California Lobster Season -Saturday, October 1, 2011 through Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Learn more:

To learn more about Florida Lobster Season read on:

Season dates: July 27-28, 2011 (Last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year).
Bag limits: 6 per person per day for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, and 12 per person per day for the rest of Florida.
Possession limit – on the water: equal to the daily bag limit
Possession limit – off the water: equal to the daily bag limit on the first day, and double the daily bag limit on the second day.
Possession limits are enforced on and off the water.
Minimum size limit: must be larger than 3″ carapace, measured in the water. A reminder that possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times, and night diving is prohibited in Monroe County (only during the sport season).
License requirements: A recreational saltwater license and a spiny lobster permit are needed for harvest.

Regular Spiny Lobster Season
Season dates: Aug. 6 – March 31
Bag limit: 6 per person per day
Possession limit – on the water: equal to the daily bag limit
Minimum size limit: must be larger than 3″ carapace, measured in the water. A reminder that possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times.
Prohibitions: Harvest of lobster is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season. Harvest is also prohibited during both the 2-day sport season and regular season in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Call 305-852-7717 or visit for information about no take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Please call the FWC Marathon office at 305-289-2320, or check online for lobster harvesting regulations for Monroe County. Recreational trapping of lobster is prohibited.

Regardless of what species you are fishing for, bag limits are only for properly licensed individuals and those people exempt from license requirements who are actively harvesting. People harvesting may not exceed their individual bag limit and take someone else’s bag limit. That is, people (including children) who are not actively harvesting or are not properly licensed (if a license is required) may NOT be counted for purposes of bag limits.

Other Prohibitions

  • The harvest or possession of egg bearing spiny lobster , or any other species of lobster belonging to the families Palinuridae (spiny lobsters), Scyllaridae (slipper lobsters), or Synaxidae (furry lobsters) is prohibited.
  • No person shall harvest or attempt to harvest spiny lobster using any device which will or could puncture, penetrate, or crush the exoskeleton (shell) or the flesh of the lobster
  • Recreational trapping prohibited

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Dive In, Trash Out

Put some fun in your good deed this coming weekend!

The small sign beside the highway told passing motorists that the stretch of road they were travelling on had been ‘adopted’ by a local scout troop. A few hundred metres further, there were a handful of youngsters wearing work-gloves and armed with various tools like rakes and shovels picking up litter and throwing it into garbage bags ready to be carted off to the dump. The synchronicity of the situation struck me immediately. I was on route to a Saturday morning DITO event organized by a buddy and aimed at cleaning up the mess left by “picnickers” at one of our favorite local dive sites. I pulled over immediately.

DITO – in case you did not already know – is the acronym for Dive-In, Trash Out – one of the nicest things to happen in our local dive community. I have no idea how DITO got started or where the movement first appeared, but I have noticed more and more DITO event invites being circulated during the past two or three years. Either there is more trash being dropped in and around dive sites (the pessimistic, glass half-empty outlook) or, as divers, we are getting more serious about the stewardship of the places we love to visit and dive in (my optimistic, glass is filling nicely viewpoint).

How to Get Started
Like it or not, there is a smattering of the untidy urchin in many of us, and litter has become a fact of life in our streets and our parks and public spaces. My guess is that the anthropologists out there could determine a lot about our society with no other evidence than the discarded fast-food packages, coffee cups, aluminum cans and other detritus that dots the landscape. However, if you feel that stuff belongs in a garbage can rather than on the grass and that it is time to beautify the local landscape at your favorite dive site, here are some pointers to organizing your very own DITO event.

Get help from your mates. Even the smallest DITO event can be a challenge for a single-handed organizer. Just like diving, you need a buddy… or two at least.

Agree on a site and build a plan that fits that site. Most successful DITO events tackle the area around entry and exit points, and many strive to clean up the underwater site too. Choose what you want to do and work on the task with two teams: surface and underwater, if that’s what fits.

Your next step is to get permission. It may be an obvious no-brainer to you and me that it is a great idea to plan a clean-up of the riverbank, shoreline, green space or parking lot that borders a dive spot. Just make sure that the local landowner appreciates the idea too, and if the approach pathway crosses land owned by a different person or entity, include them in your letter – yep, a letter – asking for permission to do an area cleaning.

Many dive sites are privately owned and some belong to local municipalities and authorities. Put down what you intend to do in writing and fire off a copy to the appropriate address. Keep a file and assume nothing until you have the OK in writing… and on official-looking notepaper.

Now you need sponsors. Many businesses will sponsor area clean-ups, and one of the large donut and coffee franchises in my part of the country is great at supplying participants in clean-ups with a box of treats and a big “jug” of coffee: FREE.

Never be afraid to approach local companies to ask if they can help out. Cleaning up the environment is a smart PR move for any business from an auto shop to the local credit union or community bank. At a minimum ask for wall space for promotional posters (hand-made or professionally done by a sponsoring quick print company). Our local hardware store supplied thick work gloves, eye protection and ultra strong trash bags at their cost for the cleanup crew at a nearby riverbank.

Arrange transportation for the crew, gear and for the trash to be taken out. Participants with pickup trucks should be welcomed!

What to Be Mindful Of
Even the smallest pile of garbage can be a breeding ground for pathogens and other nasty surprises, so NEVER work with unprotected hands and always have a disinfectant and hand-sanitizer available. If possible, rake garbage together and use a garden fork or spade to put it into bags.

Garbage with the potential to harbor sharp edges and points (old wood with nails in it for example) are best dumped into hard plastic or metal trash cans.

Discarded trash in the water can present risks too. Beware of sharp edges and entanglement hazards. Handle carefully and use goody bags to get collected trash to the surface.

To help manage the risks associated with any underwater “work” set a policy from the start regarding work teams (buddy pairs is an absolute minimum) and have crews work a grid whenever possible (marked out with lines and floats).

Heavy objects, such as household appliances (yes, we have moved more than one fridge in the past), can be floated using liftbags properly rigged and inflated with a stage bottle specially rigged for the job! However, before attempting this, some outside consultation may be in order. (Speak to someone who has experience or better yet teaches water salvage).

Jobs are easier when the work is shared and more enjoyable when the work is turned into fun. Jobs stay fun when they have a well defined start and ending point. This brings up the most important warning of all: Do not attempt to do more than is comfortable to complete in a couple of hours. If a site is going to take more effort than two or three hours, has trash above AND below water, then consider tackling it in several stages.

Who to Invite
The simple answer is everyone. Create an event on your store or club’s Facebook page. Send the word out in your club or store’s newsletter. Call up the local newspaper and let them know about it. Most of all, get a solid commitment from at least twice as many people as you think the task is going to require.

Of course, you may be planning a job that you could tackle on your own on a Saturday afternoon, in which case, take a friend along for company, and you’re halfway there.

How to Say Thank You
I’ve always found the perfect end to a DITO event is ice cream, but your buddies may prefer something different. However, everyone appreciates a proper thank you. Follow up your DITO event with an official “thank you.” It does not have to be the lead story on your local TV station. It can be something as simple as an email or an article in the next club newsletter.

When I pulled over to show my thanks to the scout troop cleaning up the highway on my way to our DITO event, I handed them the box of treats I was taking for our cleanup crew. After all, I could replace them in the next town, and it was worth it to see the smiles on their faces when I pulled out a box with that familiar logo on it.

Organizing a DITO event is one of the most satisfying and effective things you can do to improve the quality of local diving in your area. It might be just you and a couple of buddies showing up with your dive gear and cleaning up a couple of pop cans, or it could be something that took two months to orchestrate. The scale is immaterial: It’s the thought that counts.

How to Tell All that You Are a Diver

…In a subtle and classy way!

Chances are you have recently completed yet another milestone in your diving education and, since doing so, you have been quietly plotting –“How do I get the word out?” You have already tried the pictures scattered about your desk, the license plate or sticker on your vehicle. You’ve tried ever so subtly to insert the topic into the most mundane work discussion – “That reminds me of this one time while I was diving…” – leaving your cohorts with a confused look on their faces.

Well, listen up! You need not work so hard. All you have to do is buy the gear that tells your friends (as well as nemeses) that you are in fact a diver. A cool polo, t-shirt or cap are smart ways to get the word out. When what you are wearing causes a discussion by the water cooler, you can smoothly retort, “oh, this old thing?” and smile inwardly as you receive the kudos you deserve.

Who knows? You may be well underway to recruiting a new dive buddy as well!

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Media Luna Hotel y Resort Looking for an ADVENTURE OFF the beaten path?

Recently, La Media Luna Facilities joined the growing ranks of worldwide facilities integrating into the SDI Family.

SDI’s own National Sales Manager, Cris Merz ( asked Saul Martinez to describe in his own words his unique Dive Resort. Hold on and get your passport ready, what you will read will have you booking your next trip by the time you read what Saul had to say!

We have been working for 36 years, providing and serving recreational and technical divers from Mexico and all over the world. Our services include: sales, rent and diving equipment maintenance, Instructor certified, air and Nitrox service, the best T-shirts and souvenirs from La Media Luna.

Stop waiting and Contact us! We are proudly a 5- Star SDI/TDI Instructor Training Center #1003153

“We are as proud to have you as you are to join us” stated Cris, “but tell us more about this unique site.”

Laguna de La Media Luna, Rio verde, SLP México

The lagoon: La Media Luna is at México´s center, more specifically at the middle zone of San Luis Potosí, between the mountains, at 3300ft above sea level, in the Rioverde valley. La Media Luna is a spring of GEO-Thermal waters with a very comfortable temperature that goes from 79 to 90 Fahrenheit, with a maximum depth of 118ft ideal for snorkeling, swimming, camping and diving all the time. Even at winter when the lagoon reaches it´s maximum temperature of 90F!

Temperature between 79 and 90 Farenheit
What mysteries does it have?

What is the history of the lagoon?



Did the lagoon exist 20,000 years ago? Some researchers believe so…

La Media Luna is an ecosystem that has housed several forms of life during thousands of years; there have been great archeological discoveries including the bones of a mammoth belonging to the Pleistocene fauna. It has been said that La Media Luna was a giant natural trap, in which some animals were caught thousands of years ago, thereby leaving their remains for us to encounter during the last 40 years in several expeditions made by Mr. Juvencio Martínez Flores; the INAH (INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGÍA E HISTORIA) for its acronym in Spanish, granted him the ward of the pieces and its preservation.

Thousands of Tiny Fossils

A pioneer diver in the country with a deep respect to the environment, Mr. Flores has preserved all of the archeological pieces under his ward. Owner and founder of Media Luna Hotel y Resort, all of the findings can be seen at the Mammoth museum, at Media Luna Hotel y Resort at (Carr. Rioverde-San Luis Potosí km. 3 esq. Canal de la media luna, CD. Fernandez, SLP México).

Juvencio Martínez Flores

There is no doubt that after the mammoth era around the year 650 A.C.-before the Spanish conquest-Rioverde was inhabited by the indigenous natives called the Pames, Otomíes and Grupos Chichimecas. The natives, who lived at the shore of the lagoon, left us some evidence of their inhabitance. These vessels were placed in the depths of the lagoon using free diving, arrow heads made form obsidian, figurines, pots, among other things from the Pame culture that have been found inside the lagoon. Thanks to the ceramic that was recovered, we know that this zone was of great value, dating back to 100 years after Christ.


Media Luna characteristics:

• 3300 ft. above sea level

• Temperature between 79 and 90 Fahrenheit

• Max depth of 118ft

• GEO-Thermal waters

• Cristal clear water

• No dangerous animals

• Endemic fish

• Turtles

• Thousands of tiny fossils

• Petrified trees

• Springs water

• No currents

• Pleistocene lagoon

• Prehispanic culture PAME

• Prehispanic culture PAME

Geo-Thermal Waters

Endemic Fish

Petrified Trees



The crystal clear water, the biodiversity and the colorful fauna create a calm, peaceful and beautiful underwater world. This place is one of México´s natural wonders. The amazing contrast that La Media Luna has to offer is in part thanks to its vegetation and waters. During a visit, try to envision all of the wonders and moments this lagoon went through and realize that we are just one being coexisting with this vast underwater world.


Now, it is time for action and to book your next “out of this world” unique adventure….

To do so you can simply contact the SDI/TDI Facility nearest you and simply ask them to book it! They will do so through Scuba Travel International (STI).

Visiting your local SDI/TDI facility will allow you to focus on the preparation for your trip or find the local diving facility near you.

For more information you can contact Saul directly:


Media Luna Hotel y Resort®

5 Star SDI/TDI Instructor Training Center #1003153

Boulevard El Refugio-CD. Fernández-Rioverde #650 Esq. Canal Media Luna CP 79650

CD. Fernández. S.L.P. México.

TEL: 01(487)872.1473 FAX: 01(487)872.8255

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Go back to where it all started –by revisiting your original training site

Think back to when you joined the ranks of divers. That amount of time can widely vary, from last weekend to decades, yes decades ago. However long it’s been, you should never let your dive experience mar every opportunity you can to dive.

Involved in training for many years, I have always gotten a kick out of inviting a new diver along on a dive trip. The discussion would usually go something like: “Doing any diving this weekend?” the newbie diver would ask. “Yes, I’m completing open water training for some new divers. You should join us.” Often, the response I’d receive always brought a smile to my face; sometimes I could not contain the chuckle when I would hear. “No, I did my training dives there. I’ve already seen it”. If I was inviting them to a 6 by 6 pit of 33’ of mud I had dug out to “complete training” I would have understood, but I was inviting them to THE FLORIDA KEYS! My response would usually be “Already seen it? All of it? How did you manage to do that?”

As an industry professional, I reflect back on these encounters and realize now I was the one to blame. I must have not presented the diving opportunity properly. Training Dives? Why in the world did I refer to them as training dives? These were people I was going diving with, not walruses or seals! I guess I had fallen in to the trap of referring to them as I had always heard them called: training dives.

If your Instructor made the same mistake, I suggest you go back and revisit the site where you were originally certified. If it’s been a while since you have been in the water, tag along or shadow a group that may frequent the site. But, this time you will see the site through a new set of eyes: diver’s eyes. You won’t be ignoring your surroundings while waiting for your instructor to give you a command to exhibit your proficiency on a given skill you’ll be there to purely enjoy the dive. Be it a lake, river, or ocean, the site where you first started diving deserves a second visit and another closer look.

Chances are, by the time you exit the water you will smile as you think back at the original dives done at this site. Your apprehension and concerns are natural for any diver entering any unknown. After all, isn’t that part of the adrenaline rush for so many divers? And as you fondly reflect on your first course, you will probably have a desire to explore new ones. Maybe a Solo Diver course that hones your skill set like no other or an Intro to Tech. You will find info on these and much more at or locate your closest local facility. You can also peruse our local courses.

I’m reminded of a Divemaster at a popular diving resort that in briefing his guests would state… “If I interrupt your dive more than you like just give me this signal and I’ll know to back off and give you your space.” The signal required the use of one finger, and it wasn’t a thumb indicating to go upwards. You get the idea!

Most important of all, stay diving, stay wet and please stay safe!