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Divers not taken into account for new Riviera Maya regulations

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Local Riviera Maya divers are left wondering about the preparation of new regulations after not having their experiences taken into consideration.

Francisco Chan, secretary of Cooperativa de Buzos which is part of the Committee of Activities in Cenotes, Caverns and Caves of the Municipality of Solidarity, says he is annoyed and surprised that divers are not taken into consideration for the preparation of new regulations after a meeting was held Wednesday morning at the Municipal Palace.

He says regulations for people who refer to themselves as guides, even though they are not, also need to be considered in new regulations, adding that the problem with the lack of regulation for guides and cenote activities is serious.

Over the past few years, several deaths have been recorded due to lack of experience on behalf of guides which puts the reputation of all divers in the area at risk.

Each year, thousands of national and international visitors arrive to Riviera Maya for cenote diving. According to Travel Padi, the best times to cenote dive are between May and September when divers will find the best light in the caves.