Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  • Can I take the course if I don’t have any previous experience on photography?

Anyone that wants to be on a professional underwater photography level can join the course, nevertheless we only accept 8 students a month to give the students the best attention, so we will give priority to people that can show a reasonable level of photography.

 

  • What scuba diving level do I need?

The minimum certification level to take our photography courses is Open Water Diver, but if you don’t have any previous training don’t worry, you can come 5 days earlier to take the certification with us; we offer special prices for our students.

The students also have the option to complete the Advanced Open Water and Rescue certification during the internship as weekend activities (not included on the price).

If they want to take their diving career to a professional level, there is the option to stay after the internship is finished and do the Dive Master course.

 

  • What’s the price of the photography program?

The cost for the four-week program is $2,850 USD

The cost for the two-week program is $2,050 USD

This program include 25+ dives (14+ for the two-week program) between Cozumel, Mayan Cenotes and swimming with whale sharks, all local transport, accommodation, food, scuba equipment, underwater photography equipment, local guides and professional underwater photographer to teach you through every step of the way. 

Please contact us for more information at info@oceannomads.me

 

  • What’s included on the photography program? 
  • – Underwater photography tutorials
  • – Lightroom tutorials
  • – Professional DSLR Nikon cameras with macro or wide angle lens and SEA&SEA strobes (for advanced students)
  • – Sony Mirrorles camera with macro and wide angle lenses and SEA&SEA strobes
  • – Olympus Tough 4 point and shoot camera
  • – 12 boat dives inside Cozumel’s Marine protected park
  • – 6 shore dives
  • – 1 night dive
  • – One day tour to snorkel with whale sharks and photograph the biggest fish in the world
  • – Two dives at the Mayan cenotes (fresh water caverns)
  • – Dive equipment (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins and mask)
  • – Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner and purified water for the four weeks of the internship) *special menus for vegetarians
  • – One round trip ferry to cross to Playa del Carmen
  • – One night accommodation in Cancun
  • – Accommodation, we offer gender separated dorms (shared rooms), with single beds on our traditional Mexican Ocean Nomads house which is just two blocks away from the ocean
  • – Transportation

Not included:

  • – Flights
  • – Visas
  • – Weekend activities
  • – Diving courses
  • – Personal computer with Lightroom installed
  • – Hard drive to save your pictures
  • What is the duration of the photography program?

The duration of the program can be from 2 to 4 weeks, we teach five days a week and we give the students two free days a week to do any activity around the Riviera Maya or go for some diving at Cozumel marine park (this activities are not included on the price).

 

  • What are the available dates for our programs?

 

June 2 – June 30 

July 1 – July 28

July 29 – August 25

August 26 – September 9 (two-week course)

 

  • How safe is Cozumel?

Cozumel is considered the safest city in Mexico. Since Cozumel is an island we are lucky that we don’t have any of the problematic other places in Mexico do.

 

  • Do I need a visa to go to Mexico?

In general, Mexico’s visa requirements are much more relaxed than those of may other countries. Residents of the United States, Canada, most European nations and many others may enter Mexico without a visa for periods of less than 180 days.

  • What do I need to bring?

Summer clothes, comfortable shoes, flip flops, a light jacket, swimming suits, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, towel, personal laptop computer with Lightroom 6 installed and a hard drive to save your pictures.

  • How much money should I bring?

If you are planing to do fun dives on the weekends the price is 85 USD for two tanks inside the marine park, we will include the dive equipment at this price. We recommend to bring around $100 USD extra per week in case you want to do some extra activities apart from diving. There are plenty ATM’s at the island and you don’t have to exchange dollars before you come as dollars are accepted on many places on the island. If you want to exchange money we will take you to the best place while you are here.

Consider that captains and dive masters depend a lot on tips, we recommend to bring extra money for that.

Note: If you don’t have any dive training you can come five days before the course starts and we will train you to be a certified Open Water Diver.

Please contact us if you have further questions at info@oceannomads.me