“You mustn’t attempt to dive on your own or just with friends,” says Camille Laquerrière, course director at a leading dive centre in Cancun, Phocea Mexico. “You should do it with someone properly trained to face any situation and able to make you feel relaxed, so you’ll enjoy yourself.”

The reason is, although scuba diving is one of the most pleasant, rewarding and incredible adventures you can experience, professional coaching is a requisite. This is not only for your own safety, but to help you get the most out of it.

And when it comes to experts, not many have as much authority as Camille. Having dispatched over 1,500 recreational diving certificates and more than 150 professional diplomas, Camille belongs to the select club of PADI Platinum Course Directors. Also, having worked in Cancun for eight years puts him in a privileged position to tell us all about this world class diving destination.

But, first of all, how does a Frenchman end up as a diving instructor in Cancun? “ I came for a holiday and I fell in love with the country and its culture.” he says. “ It offers a perfect blend of diving and wildlife, you can live in a natural environment and discover a rich underwater life.”

The reason Camille got into diving has to do with a certain character famous for his red woolly hat and subaquatic films: “When I was a kid I used to love Jacques Cousteau’s documentaries, he was a massive inspiration for me,” admits Camille. Fair enough, a lot of us liked Cousteau’s iconic TV series, but I doubt that many took this passion as far as Camille: “I was diving since I was ten, as well as swimming and doing all kind of activities related to the sea. I always liked marine life.”

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