Dive Centers and Staff
Our Dive Centers
Our dive center is a PADI
5-Star Dive Resort,
located on Santa Cruz Beach, in Bahias de Huatulco, on the Pacific
Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. For the exact location:
Personal Customer Service, Environmental Care,
Professionalism, Quality and Fun are the keywords here at Hurricane
A little history: We opened Hurricane Divers in September 1999 in
Junior Plaza in Chahué. It soon became obvious that there was indeed a market
for a professional dive center in Huatulco, with a wide range of services
for divers and snorkelers as well as equipment sales and repair. In the
first year we
became a PADI Resort Center and the first DAN Partner in Dive Safety in
Mexico! At the end of 2001 we moved to the beach of Santa Cruz
and became the only PADI Gold Palm Resort in the state of Oaxaca.
In August 2002 we became one of only
handfull of PADI Gold
Palm Instructor Development Centers in Mexico. In November 2007 we opened
our second dive shop, a PADI Dive Resort, to better serve the people
staying in Tangolunda. We have a PADI Course Director
and an IDC-Staff Instructor permanently on staff and we teach all levels
of courses in English,
Spanish, German and Dutch.
If you would like to see what PADI Gold Palm IDC Center
stands for and what standards and requisites we need to comply with, go to
Our divers seem to
value our dedication to dive safety and the environment, our
personalized service and our "made to measure" excursions and packages,
because more and more people come back to dive with us again and/or continue
their diver education with us. Don´t take my word for it, check our current
Newsletter as well as the previous editions and have a look at the comments
that our guests have left in our Guest Book
For photos and videos of
our dive center, go to Photos
Our main dive center is located
in the middle Santa Cruz Beach, between the open air theater and the chapel.
In the photo we are in the circle and the chapel is next to it, on the right (you can click on the photo to
enlarge it). We are only about 50 meters from the
marina, where we have our dive boat.
For maps of our location, go to
We offer a wide variety of services and
products, review the list
of examples below to get an idea. For information about the specific services
or products go to the appropriate pages, using the buttons on
the top of this page. If there is
something you don´t find in this list please ask, we may be able to help!
Introductions into Scuba Diving
Introductions into Snorkeling
Guided Dive and Snorkel Tours
All Day Diving and Snorkeling
Skin Diving Courses
Scuba Diving Courses
Advanced, Rescue and Specialty Courses
Medic First Aid Courses
Oxygen Provider Courses
Equipment Specialty Courses
Level Courses (Divemaster, Instructor)
Dive and Snorkel Packages
Packages with Accommodation
Packages with Rafting and other
Compressed Air Sales (Tank Fills)
Educational Material Sales
New and Used Equipment Sales
Equipment Repair and Maintenance
U/W Camera Rental
does the name "Hurricane Divers" come from? On the left you see a satellite
photo of Hurricane "Pauline" approaching Huatulco on 07 October 1997, the day
before it arrived here. Around that time we, my wife Pauline and I, were
thinking of settling down in Huatulco and starting our own dive center
and I was visiting Huatulco. This
coincedence with the names is the main reason why we came up with our name "Hurricane Divers".
One strange thing
happened on the day we officially opened, 30 September 1999. We took out our
very first group of divers and during the break between dives we felt
something strange, like the boat was "vibrating". Nothing happened so we did
our second dive, but returning to the dive center people told us that a pretty
strong earthquake hit the Huatulco area exactly at the time we felt the
vibrating in the boat! Some divers suggested that we change our name to "Earthquake
Divers", but we decided to stick to "Hurricane Divers".
Our staff is an international team of highly trained
and dedicated professionals, with a huge amount of combined experience working
in the diving industry. We have a permanent staff of four, complemented by several seasonal staff members during the
high season. Apart from diver safety and the protection of the
environment, your satisfaction is the most important issue on our mind. We enjoy
giving a personalized service, catering for your personal needs and
requirements. Below is a brief introduction of our team.
To see more photos of our staff, go to our
began his professional diving career almost 20 years ago, in the Dominican Republic. He is a PADI Course Director, EFR Instructor Trainer and
DAN Instructor Trainer
and he is the owner (together with his wife, Pauline) and manager of
Hurricane Divers since 1999. That job means he doesn't get to dive very
often, he is mainly busy with the administration of the business,
answering emails and keeping the website up to date.
England, is an enthusiastic recreational diver who did her first course on the
Maldives and is a PADI Rescue Diver and holds several
Specialty Certifications. She has worked many years in the tourist industry
for Thomson, a UK based Tour Operator, first as a Representative and later as
a Wedding Coordinator and a Supervisor. She helps out with the administrative side of the business and
she cooks our famous Picnic Lunch for our Al-Day Excursions! She is married to Roberto.
From Oaxaca, Mexico, is our
(very experienced) boat driver. He used to work as a boat driver
for Charlie, when he had his dive operation in the Hotel Barcelo. He
loves to be out on the ocean, and he also takes care of the regular
maintenance of our "Dignity". He is married and has two young boys.
is a PADI Assistant Instructor. He has been living in Huatulco for a
while now with his girlfriend (also from France) and his two kids. He had a
kite-surfing business here, but that didn't quite work out for him. A
few years ago he decided to make diving his profession and he is currently
working with us as a dive and snorkel guide and assisting in courses.
Or Tonito, is from Mexico and is
an PADI IDC-Staff Instructor.
He came to Huatulco
in 2006 and did his Divemaster internship and IDC with us and worked
with us for a while. After working in Playa del Carmen, Bahamas, Utila
and Cabo Pulmo, he is back with Hurricane Divers.
He does courses, as well as dive guiding and takes care of the
equipment maintenance and repair. He speaks English and Spanish.
From Edmonton, Canada, is
PADI IDC-Staff Instructor (he did his IDC with us in 2005). In the summer he is an electrician, in Canada, but
in the winter he likes diving in Huatulco better. He is a very
enthusiastic diver and Instructor and loves to make underwater videos.
Or Carlos, from
Mexico City, is a PADI IDC-Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor and
DAN Instructor. Many divers still know him
from his dive operation in the Hotel Barcelo. He works with us on a free-lance basis. He has been diving in Huatulco
since 1989, is a very experienced Instructor and obviously knows the
area very well. He is an avid photographer, on land as well as
"We have traveled extensively and have been diving
all over the world. We came to Huatulco to visit and decided to
make this place our home due to the natural beauty, charm and tranquility. We
would like to share this beauty with you, especially that of the fascinating Pacific
underwater world, which is a unique experience. We hope to make your holiday in Huatulco an unforgettable adventure!"
Hurricane Divers Team
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