This page gives out more invaluable information. However, nothing replaces or substitutes the lessons learnt on a photography course. Underworld Adventures provides comprehensive training on SLR and Point and Shoot photography, and prices can be found on the website. You will find that Underworld Adventures considers both cameras equally valid, and a photographer should know how to work a point and shoot to get the most out of an SLR. Having money buys you a camera, but not the skills to use it. SLR cameras tend to amplify this, not hide it. Be aware of that to avoid disappointment and frustration.

Share tasks with your buddy. No-one should be task loaded. However, never fall into the trap of having someone do your dive and navigation for you. That can kill you.     

Time your shots properly. All divers leave silt as open and semi closed circuit leave exhaust bubbles which dislodge percolation.  The exit will therefore have backscatter. Your exit is for exiting. When you’ve called the dive, you are also stopping shooting.


Cenotes can be busy. Therefore work to avoid the busy periods. If it’s daylight shots you want, go for when the sun is most advantageous to you. Give yourself plenty of time, as planning and preparation are essential for good looking shots. From a day which is between 9am and 4pm two dives is more than enough.     

Do not expect too much. You are there to have fun learning something newish that does require skill, a good eye, and of course, a lot of work. Patience is a great tool. If you get a couple of good shots in a day, then it was a success.     

Prepare and maintain your equipment well, and this takes time. A flooded lamp is the end of the trip. The inside of vehicles is tremendously humid and hot, so leave nothing important on the dash board sitting in the sun.     

Firing off a couple of hundred shots heats the camera up, and can cause condensation on the photo lens. The camera hasn’t failed, but it is time to let the camera cool off, and to call the dive.  Absorbent moisture bags are only so good and you need to find room for them.   

If you do not know exactly what you want to achieve, don’t take the SLR, as it is too bulky to begin with.      

Work with your buddy, and plan the pictures with them. Don’t assume everyone wants to do this, and respect the fact that they do not want the dive to focus on your shots.     

The halocline, where fresh and salt water collide, is great fun, but can really affect the dive.     

Finally, remember that, done properly, it is a working dive. Plan the dive as such, and give yourself plenty of rest and surface time before what is usually a difficult exit.

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