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DIMX Earns A+ Rating by PADI Divers!

New Divers Inn MX Diving Experiences Available!

Boutique Diving

This Divers Inn MX experience is tailored to the individual diver.

Adventure Diving

Experience the adventure of diving in the Sea of Cortez.
For small groups of 4-8 divers.
Call for locations, dates, and pricing

Call 530-945-5159 for pricing or email for more information


Richard Musselman, Owner, MSDT, PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Richard, an owner of Divers Inn MX, is also a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), and most recently earned his PADI IDC Staff Instructor credential!

From PADI:
Subject: PADI IDCS Confirmation
Date: 2023-10-26 14:09

Dear Richard, #339249
On behalf of PADI Worldwide, I’d like to thank you for earning the distinguished PADI IDC Staff Instructor credential. This is an important step in your diving career as a PADI Professional. It’s a rating that brings with it a higher level of responsibility because now you are part of the instructor development team–influencing and training future PADI professionals via the PADI Assistant Instructor course and by staffing instructor-level training conducted by PADI Course Directors.

…Thank you for continued efforts to support PADI and the diving community.

Best wishes to you in all your diving activities.
James Morgan
Managing Director

PADI Instructor A+ Rating for Divers Inn MX!

And the feedback is exceptional: CEQs and related correspondence received from PADI Divers about their PADI Instructor are 95-97% positive across the world. That is an A+ rating!

Praise, compliments and satisfaction with PADI Professionals gathered from consumer divers via CEQs by far outweigh complaints and standards concerns. This A+ rating quantifies and supports why PAD is the world leader in diver education, and a trusted authority in the minds of the public. Reputation and integrity matter, and the professionalism reflected in PAD Diver satisfaction surveys says a lot about you, your fellow PAD Members and our community of professionals. When people say
want my PADI," it is because they know that PADI courses and Instructors are in most demand and the best. PADI publications, seminars and other Regional Headquarter (RHQ) communications frequently remind PADI Members that professionalism (not the job, but how you do it) is vital.

The business benefits of being professional are obvious, but it's even more important in our roles as transformational diving educators and ocean advocates.

Thank you for your professionalism and congratulations on earning an A+ rating from the divers you train. Thank you for sharing your skills."

Scuba Diving Instruction

Instructor: Richard Musselman — Master Scuba Diver Trainer #339249
Awards: 2015-2019 Elite Instructor Award
Assistant: Kristi Musselman Master Diver #13060M0986

Affiliations: PADI – Pro
Dive Shops: Howellsdiveshop.com 1426 Eureka Way Redding, Ca 96001 530-241-1571, Owner: Richard Gregory;
PCHscuba.com 5284 Kana Rd Agora Hills, Ca 91301 310-621-2361, Owner: Brett Brovard

Richard has been diving since 1966. He trained with the old system under prior Navy-trained frogmen, then re-certified with Padi and progressed through their system to the Master Scuba Diver Trainer level. Kristi trained at Howells, St. Lucia in the Caribbean and took her Master Recreational level training with PCH scuba in Agoura Hills and on Catalina Island in the Avalon Dive Park.

What Richard can offer you in training is private instruction in open water, advanced open water, Master, Rescue, Dive Master, CPR, First aid, and specialty dive certifications. The current specialties offered are Peak Buoyancy, Nitrox, Deep, Navigation, Boat, Debris, Rescue, Night, Search and Recovery, and Altitude. Additional specialties can be arranged in a wreck, fish identification, and coral identification.

The main focus of our training is to introduce you to SCUBA diving utilizing the PADI standards to ensure you become a competent and safe diver. A private pool for the confined water portion is utilized. And then open dives are conducted in Whiskey Town Lake, Catalina Island, or La Paz, Mexico, B.C.S.

All diving instruction and participation through Divers Inn MX is free while staying at Divers Inn.  Your only cost will be the pick fee for the PADI Card.

Flying After Diving

The data of flying after diving just became complicated.  PADI tests have been 18 hours while suggesting 24 hrs. The Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) published guidelines minimizing the possibility of decompression sickness due to flying too soon after diving in 1990. The suggestion by (UHMS) is for divers using standard air cylinders and exhibiting no symptoms of decompression sickness to wait 24 hours after their last dive to fly in an aircraft with cabin pressure up to 8000 ft MSL (2440m).

Exceptions would be:

  1. Diving less than 2 hours total accumulated dive time in the last 48 hours, then a 12-hour surface interval before flying is recommended.
  2. For any dive requiring a decompression stop, flying should be delayed for at least 24 hrs., if possible 48 hours.

Divers’ Alert Network (DAN) position is that a minimum surface interval (SI) of 12 hours is required to reasonably assure a diver is symptom-free at 8000 ft MSL (2440m).

Divers planning to make daily, multiple dives for successive days, or decompression stops, should take special precautions and wait for SI 12 hours before flight. Both UHMS and DAN agree that no rule or recommendation will guarantee a diver will not get the bends.

To reduce the risk of the bends on single dives with no decompression stops wait 12 hours before exposure to ATA equivalent to 1000 ft (305m) above sea level, or greater. Any repetitive dives require a minimum of 24 hours.  Land travel to higher altitudes after diving must be equivalent to this and considered exposure to altitude. Divers should plan carefully and follow their computers.

Experience the beauty of the Sea of Cortez

We will guide you to the many diving locations and provide the all the dive equipment and instruction. With Divers Inn MX you create your own daily activities. No planned trips or big groups. You see what you want to see and do the things you want to do — it’s your vacation!

Dubbed the “Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau, the Sea of Cortez is home to an abundance of sea and marine life. You can dive, swim and snorkel with sea lions and dolphins, and watch the jumping rays explode out of the water. Whales, eels and the coral reefs will be sights you will never forget.


Divers Inn MX owner Richard Musselman is a PADI certified master scuba diver instructor

Richard Musselman PSI Valve Reapair Technician Certification

Divers Inn MX Scuba Diving Locations in La Paz BCS Mexico

Baja Dive Locations You Will Explore

Lobos Rock

DEPTH: 20-100 ft
COORDINATES: 24.287° ; -110.356°

Lobos Rock is a great dive location for all levels, and features caves and overhangs and an abundance of fish and sea life, including rays that rest on the sandy bottom. At night, the area is alive with invertebrates, and you can see parrotfish sleeping inside the cocoons they construct for themselves each evening as the sun goes down.  Look for small fish among the coral heads here. Maybe you’ll see a few sharks, or even a few sea lions.

Swanne Rock

DEPTH: 25-35 ft (8-9m)
COORDINATES: 24.3684° ; -110.327°

With a max depth of 35 ft, great visibility, coral heads, walls covered with gorgonians and hundreds of schooling fish Swanne Reef is an excellent dive site. Schools of green jack hide from their larger predators, one moment you may be surrounded by them and then they seem to disappear when other sea life come around.

This site is where the famous Salvatierra hit Swanne Rock. The wreck left behind it’s mark, but barely visible because it is so overgrown by corals and sea fans. The top of this reef is only 6 ft deep and it is covered with living coral that a wide variety of creatures call it home.

Salvatierra Wreck

LEVEL: Open Water
DEPTH: 60 ft (18 m)
COORDINATES: 24.3796° ; -110.313°

This site is the wreck of the cargo ferry La Salvatierra that  sank in 1976 moments after striking natural reef Swanee Rock. The Salvatierra is laying on a sand bottom in 60ft of depth, and is approximately 70% intact with both propellers exposed. Many of the trucks which were her cargo are still visible and their tires remain inflated to this day. The wreck has created an artificial reef attracting a wide variety of sea life. This is an interesting and enjoyable wreck dive with no penetration.

Chinese Wreck

LEVEL: Open Water
DEPTH: 72 ft (22 m)
COORDINATES: 24.4709° ; -110.412°

The Fang Ming was a Chinese fishing vessel, 54 meters in length, that was seized by authorities for transporting illegal immigrants; therefore it was confiscated by the government of Mexico. In 1999, the vessel was intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef. It was the first artificial reef to be intentionally sunk in Latin America and new rest at 21m deep and is home to an abundance of marine life.

Navy Wreck

LEVEL: Open Water
DEPTH: 70 ft (18 m)

This wreck was an American military boat that was given to the Mexican government to create an artificial reef. When they prepared the ship to create the artificial reef they allowed for safe diving on the wreck. You are able to cross the boat from front to back through several parts of the boat (from the advanced open water level onlyYou will see a wide variety of fish and marine life.

Los Islotes

LEVEL: Beginner
DEPTH: 15 ft – 100 ft (5 m – 30 m)
COORDINATES: 24.5977° ; -110.401°

They are two islets or large rocks of which one is a natural arch. There lives a very rich marine life as well as a colony of over 400 seals. Throughout the year you can enjoy the incredible experience of diving with them. They are very playful and love to interact with divers. Diving in the islets is an amazing experience not to be missed! Diving under the arch is a magical moment where usually sea lions concentrate; stop for a while to admire the sea lions and the wonderful coral walls.

Isla Ballena
(Whale Island)

LEVEL: Beginner
DEPTH: 15 ft – 60 ft (5 m – 18 m)
COORDINATES: 24.4846° ; -110.417°

Isla Ballena, also known as Whale Island, is a small island off the west coast of Espiritu Santo Island. It offers small caves formations where divers go by, magnificent coral and tropical fish fans possible.

La Reina

DEPTH: 25m
COORDINATES:  24.4153° ; -109.975°

A rock islet just North of Isla Cerralvo with a lighthouse. You can see both sea lions and manta rays at this shallow reef. This site is among the most beautiful in the area. You will find a large reef with by Gorgonias of all types, Brain Corals, large schools of brightly colored tropical fish. Other fish such as tuna, wahoo, dorado, hammerhead sharks and yellowtail are also known to occasionally make an appearance.


La Reinita

COORDINATES:  24.2576° ; -109.954°

La Reinita, a small rock pinnacle with a constant current,  is located on the west side of Isla Cerralvo. Schools of fish including large groupers  gather here and swim in never-ending circles. On the ocean floor, you will find sea fans, small fish nibbling around the brain corals and conger garden eels  This area is occasionally visited by the Giant Pacific Mantas that have wingspans over 12-feet long. Typically they are normally seen at Socorro Island far south of Cabo San Lucas.

La Punta Norte

DEPTH: 18m

This beautiful dive is on the northern point of Cerralvo Island . With a maximum depth of 60ft (18 meters) we find a maze-like reef teeming with sea life. Among the Coral Heads play Sea Turtles, Mexican Barracuda, Morray Eels and Shoals of Sergeant Majors.


Old Sea Lions

COORDINATES: 24.469° ; -110.282°

Snorkel and dive with the playful sea lions off the east coast of Isla Espiritu Santo.

El Bajo

COORDINATES: 24.6845° ; -110.207°

This sea mount is sometimes called the “Bajo Marisla Seamounts” and is home to an abundance of sea life.. There are three distinct underwater peaks. The central peak, with it’s shallow depths and relatively flat top, is the primary dive site and anchoring location. This is one of the premier dive sites in the world for schooling hammerhead sharks.

Las Animas

LEVEL: All Levels
COORDINATES: 24.6882° ; -110.486°

The sea around the small island of Las Animas is rich with coral and marine life. Rising up to within recreational limits, the pinnacles and sea mount of Las Animas attract schooling jacks, tunas and hammerheads, making it a popular dive location.

San Francisco

COORDINATES: 24.6121° ; -110.535°

San Francisco is another seamount, deeper and not as large as El Bajo. Lots of black coral. It’s not uncommon to see pelagic fish here.


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Divers inn MX has the PADI Resort designationExperience a dive vacation like no other. Our upscale, private and quiet all-inclusive getaway provides divers with a personalized package. Gourmet meals, no crowds, and a private setting. All diving instruction is included and on-site. Open water to Master Level. Many specialties and amenities are offered as well including airport pickup and return from the La Paz airport. Come and see what Jacques Cousteau called "The Aquarium of the World."

Divers Inn MX has earned the PADI Instructor A+ Rating and the PADI Resort designation.

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