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Danie is the co-owner (with his wife Esme) of the Diving World PADI Dive Centre in Benoni and has been scuba diving since 1976. Dive safety has always been a passion in his life. Danie is also a PADI Master Scuba Dive Instructor and also a qualified EFR Instructor. Danie has been doing underwater photography since 1977 and is currently concentrating on Underwater Videography. He has a Ocean Yacht Skippers ticket as well as a DOL skippers ticket for ski and dive boats. He is a DMAC/EDTC grade IIa Diving medicine physician and registered with the Department of Labour (DOL #293) At the Healthy Eye Clinic he is an Eye Specialist (HPCSA #MP 0182311) doing mainly cataract & refractive surgery :- "Glasses and contact lenses don't go well with watersports". Membership of dive medical societies: Committee member of South African Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Association (SAUHMA) Committee member of DAN South Africa. South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) European Underwater & Baromedical Society (EUBS) Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) A rundown of his other diving related interests: Instructor Certificate of the South African Life Saving Society. Silver Cross Certificate of the South African Life Saving Society. South African Underwater Union (CIMAS) 3rd Class Scuba Diver Certificate 1976. Did a BASM course in Sports Medicine in Glasgow Scotland. Member of the British Association of Sport and Medicine. Member of the Federation Internationale de Medicine Sportive. Has Skippers Certificates for Ski Boats and Ocean Yachts. Course in Sports Medicine at the University of Bath, England 1993 -1995 He has a Turbine Helicopter Pilot license.

Banco Chinchorro

Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve is located in Mexico and near the Belize border. The Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve is probably one of the healthiest reefs in the world. Fewer than one thousand divers get to this remote dive site per year.  XTC divers in Xcalak was the first and only operator to organize croc encounters in Chinchorro and they are the only dive operator with an official concession. XTC is committed to sustainable tourism and conservation.

Although Banco Chinchorro is known for the crocodile encounters the are also some excellent reefs and wrecks to dive on in the area.

Lion fish ceviche is delicious and claimed to be more healthy than most other kinds of fish. It id high in Omega 3 and low in mercury.






The process, from the spear to fillet to cervice.



Then there are the Nurse Sharks that just don’t want to go away, kept on following us like a hungry puppy.


Clear, warm (29 degrees C) water and beautiful sunrise and sunsets.


Great wrecks to dive on …..


and the large Iguanas on the islands, especially around the research station.

So, we had a great time there. Thanks to the excellent organisation of XTC and Yucatan Dive Trek. This should be on your bucket list.



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