XTC Tec Diving is a dedicated Technical Diving operation located in Xcalak, Mexico (Caribbean Coast) offering World-Class diving and training in a purpose-built facility, designed with the modern Tec Diver in mind.

Email: gotec@xtcdivecenter.com

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Javier Salas

About

NATIONALITY:
Mexican
PLACE OF RESIDENCE:
Xcalak, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

JAVIER IS THE OWNER/OPERATOR AT XTC DIVE CENTER, IN XCALAK, MEXICO.

Javier is originally from Mexico City; however despite lacking easy acess to the ocean; diving is something he has been passionate about from a very young age, taking a 60-hour certification course at age 10, actively diving and furthering his dive training since then.

Javier starting assisting dive courses and hanging around dive shops from age 16, and obtained his first instructor rating at age 18 (CMAS). Since then he has been an active instructor, always eager to learn, becoming an Instructor Trainer at age 21. At first, he taught dive courses part time and during vacations, then, in 2005, while working at a tax consulting firm in Mexico City he decided to exit the rat race and make diving his full-time occupation and set off on a trip that took him to several countries, and that landed him back on the Caribbean coast of Mexico.

In 2008 Javier became the owner of XTC Dive Center in Xcalak and spent several years working towards making XTC a world-class facility, offering training and diving in the Xcalak Reef National Marine Park and the Chinchorro Banks Biosphere Reserve at all levels including professional and technical diving; his true passion. Since then, Javier´s business has grown to Include a Tour-Operator specializing in Dive trips, as well as dedicated Cavern www.mayabluedivecenter.com and Cave www.darkzonediving.com facilities in Xpu-Ha, in the heart of the Riviera Maya´s Cave Country.

Javier has been an active Technical diver since he settled in the area in 2008, actively training divers in Technical diving at all levels. Javier´s interests and pursuits have taken him to pursue advanced levels of Technical diving including CCR diving in deep ocean walls and in Caves, surveying techniques and more.

Over his 20 + year carreer as a diver and 15 + year career as a dive instructor Javier has dived and taught in a variety of climates and environments (holding instructor and IT ratings from several agencies including CMAS, NAUI, PADI, TDI and IANTD).

Javier also ran a large summer SCUBA program (150+ students per summer) for teenagers for 10 years. Over this time Javier has issued certification cards for 2000+ individuals at all levels; and now focuses on running and growing www.thechilamgroup.com of companies.

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AMOUNT OF DIVES:

Total Nr of Dives: 4500

Wreck Dives: 250+

Cave Dives: 70+

Cold Water Dives (-50F): 300+

Dry-suit Dives: 350+

Decompression Dives: 400+

Stage Dives (Cave): 75+

Side-mount Cave Dives: 150+

Side-mount OW Dives: 500+

Mixed Gas Dives: 350+

Deepest Ocean Dive:
415ft / 127m

Deepest Cave Dive:
330ft /58m

Longest Deco Dive: 6 Hours

Longest No Deco Dive:
6 Hours (Cave Dive)

Dives Below 200ft: 250+

Javier started diving sidemount in 2009, initially using home-made rigs, then a few commercially available ones until he bought a Razor in 2012. He became enamored by not just the simplicity and elegance of the system itself but also by the field-developed set of procedures that accompany it, making it, with the right training, the ultimate diving tool, infinitely expandable and flexible. Javier is looking forward to providing top-notch training on the Razor and to further develop his own diving skills on the system to new levels.

CURRENTLY JAVIER IS TEACHING TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL COURSES ON THE BEAUTIFUL REEFS OF XCALAK AND CHINCHORRO, AND ENGAGING IN MORE DEMANDING CAVE DIVING FOR PLEASURE.

INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIVING INSTRUCTORS:

  • Course Director
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer
  • Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer
  • Tec Sidemount Instructor Trainer

PADI SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR TRAINER RATINGS:

Sidemount – Enriched Air – Equipment Specialist – Deep – Drift – Dry Suit – Underwater Photographer – Multilevel Diver – Underwater Navigator – Night Diver – Search & Recovery – Peak Performance Buoyancy – Project Aware – AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Sp – Care for Children w/AED

SCUBA SERVICE TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Javier is an Aqua Lung Master Technician authorized to work on all Aqua Lung and Apeks equipment.
  • He is also a qualified Poseidon tec.

PADI TEC

REC:

  • Tec Rec Deep Instructor Trainer
  • Tec Rec Trimix Diver Instructor Trainer
  • Tec Rec Trimix Blender Instructor Trainer
  • Tec Rec Tec Sidemount Instructor Trainer

TECHNICAL DIVING INTERNATIONAL (TDI):

    • Full Cave Diver
    • Adv Trimix Instructor
    • Extended Range/Trimix Instructor
    • Decompression Procedures Instructor
    • Cavern Instructor
    • Decompression Procedures Instructor
    • Advanced Nitrox Instructor

AVAILABLE COURSES:

Basic SM Open Water Diver