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Welcome to GoPro @ XTC Dive Center

We deliver world-class PADI professional training courses at our state-of-the-art facility in Xcalak, Mexico, within the Xcalak Reef National Park. If you like quality training in a quiet, off-the-beaten track location surrounded by nature then this may just be the place for you!

@XTC we take our responsibility to ocean conservation seriously and, as such, pride ourselves on offering our students an environmentally-aware course including all of the required elements, as well as additional benefits and workshops which are detailed in the information.


PADI 5* IDC Center and 100% AWARE partner

XTC is proud to be a PADI 5* IDC Center and 100% AWARE partner. This means that all of our courses meet the highest PADI standards and, for every student that we certify, we make a contribution to Project AWARE ocean conservation projects all over the World!

world-class facilities

Why XTC Dive Center

Location, location, location… XTC is based in a small, sleepy fishing village called Xcalak. We are at the center of the Great Maya Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world so the Scuba Diving around Xcalak offers incredible diversity. Although Xcalak is unspoiled by development, XTC is a state-of-the-art dive center, hotel and restaurant with an onsite IDC classroom, swimming pool AND open water dive sites.

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As a responsible dive center and a 100% AWARE Partner, XTC is very committed to ocean conservation and, as such, we teach all our candidates about being EcoPros, get them involved in beach cleans, dives against debris etc. and encourage them to pass this on to future generations as well.

We offer professional training that is:


Train in a distraction-free locale that is conducive to learning, away from mainstream tourist centers.


Take the time to do it right in a relaxed, performance-based learning environment.


Benefit from extra workshops and mentoring to boost your skills and real-world employability.


Our EcoPro and Experience workshops will help you to become a responsible and aware Dive Pro.

What we Offer

Our products and services

Love scuba diving? Want to share that passion with others? Ditching the day job and travelling around the World is a dream for a lot of people, but they don’t believe that this dream can come true. As a PADI professional diver you can make your hobby your job and do just this. What are you waiting for?

The course itself builds on the problem-solving skills that you have developed in the PADI Rescue Diver program and…

The purpose of the Instructor Development process is to develop and fine-tune personal dive skills and leadership skills…

The Emergency First Response Instructor Course provides people who are already qualified First Responders with…

At XTC it is important to us that we give back to the ocean more than we get from it, so we are committed to...

It's not just about passing an exam, it's about gaining real experiences that help you to find work as well, so we have a range of workshops...


Prepare for your GoPro Experience

Prepare for your GoProXcalak Experience – Here are some handy links to help answer some of your questions and allow you prepare for your time in Xcalak. There are also some answers to Frequently Asked Questions here and of course you can contact us as well.

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Fabienne Divemaster Candidate

The Divemaster course at XTC Dive Center is outstanding. Besides living the dream with numerous exciting dives, watching turtles, nurse sharks and manatees and hanging out with lovely people in the Coral Bar & Grill, the training itself is exceptional. The team of XTC demonstrate a high level of professionalism and educational standards which helped me build the competence and confidence to lead and assist divers underwater and on the surface

Courtney Divemaster and Instructor Candidate

The course directors, much like the instructors, care about making sure you not only learn the information but will be exceptional at what you do. They take the time to help everyone with their specific needs, make sure that each student feels confident and prepared to take the IE, and they take the time to truly be a mentor and are there to support you through every step of the examination. XTC has a way of nurturing the best DMs and instructors in everyone that passes through its doors. It’s a wonderful place to be a student and to learn, inside Xcalak – a little diamond at the end of the world.

Hannah Divemaster Candidate

For me, I wouldn’t have picked anywhere else. XTC has great facilities, fantastic diving and excellent Instructors and Course Director. I loved diving in a remote village and immersing myself in the World of being a dive professional.

Scott Divemaster and Instructor Candidate

Choosing to do my DM and IDC Internship with XTC Dive Center was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was exactly what I wanted it to be. They don't just focus on the coursework, they also teach you "real-life" skills that will help you be successful in this competitive industry. This meant that for me, rather than just following the basic courses, my days were filled with learning about tank inspections, regulator repair and maintenance, dive center management and much more. Learning about all of this from world-class PADI pros was an uplifting and enlightening experience for sure. It is an experience that I strongly recommend future DMs and Instructors to consider!

Nick Divemaster and Instructor Candidate

My experience with the XTC Pro-level courses at XTC has been great. Whether it’s a classroom session or an open water scenario, the staff at XTC make sure that you’re getting the most out of your time and effort. After finishing my DM course I felt fully prepared for my Instructor Course and confident in both my dive skills and theory. I would recommend XTC to anyone who wants to get off the beaten path but still receive an incredible and comprehensive experience that is worth every penny. Thanks XTC!



Our partners play an important role to give you the best experience there is. Which is the reason we work with players driven by the highest industry standards, never compromise on safety. If there is a way to do it better, together we find it to stay at the forefront.



GoProXcalak @XTC Dive Center is a World-class PADI Professional Training Program with an emphasis on focused, relaxed, quality and eco-friendly training in a quiet, off-the-beaten track location, surrounded by nature. If this sounds like your kind of training then please come and join us!






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