- Reaction score
- Lewisville TX
- # of dives
- 1000 - 2499
THe Marine park regulations require a LOCAL licensed guide who has taken the marine park course and hold a credential to do so to lead all dives - this also applies to snorkeling or any activities within the marine park
OK now that we are completely off the OP topic, in the SB Cozumel tradition, Christi could you possibly clarify the Marine Park Guide licensing rules for me? I understand from talking with various persons (and I probably have it wrong) that:
** The requirement is for a licensed Guide who has taken the Park course and holds the Guide certificate issued by the national Park.
** As I understand it there is not a requirement to hold an outside agency DM certificate (but I have never heard of any dive OPs not using an outside agency certificated DM) because the same license is used by guides for all water activities.
** I am not sure of the prerequisites to taking the course but I have heard that for a foreign national they must be sponsored by shop or business, as an individual they cannot just walk in and take the course.
** Previously the instruction was only in Spanish but recently at the course has been performed in English.
Could you point out any errors? I would really like to know as I have heard bits and pieces of this discussion in various conversations but never in a complete manner.