Friday, October 1, 2021

November Weather on Ambergris Caye in Belize

November Weather on Ambergris Caye in Belize
San Pedro’s high season for tourism is from November to May. This time period runs simultaneously with the dry season, which is the best time for weather in Belize.
The overall climate of Belize can be described as sub-tropical. The humidity while high, is seldom oppressive for long and many days the humidity is masked by the cooling sea breezes. The Belize coastal area is exposed to  tradewinds averaging 10-13 knots.

Temperatures in Belize range from 50°F to 95°F with an annual mean of 79°F. November to January are traditionally the coolest months with a 75°F average

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Become a Certified Diver


Become a Certified Diver
e-Learning to dive online is a hot new program by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. 
 About the program PADI Staff Instructor Elbert Greer said,” In my twenty years of experience certifying tourists for SCUBA Diving in Belize I’ve learned that the difficult part is not getting my students to jump into the warm, clear Caribbean water with a tank on their back, It’s getting them to read and study the manual or sit and watch a DVD in the classroom while they are distracted by being on vacation near that warm, clear Caribbean water. Instructors call this book work and study part of the course Knowledge Development, and it’s the hardest part of my job.
With this new Knowledge Development online, student divers will have done this part of the course at home with me guiding then through as a instructor, wasting no time after arriving before they get to the warm, clear Caribbean part. E-Learning is not a short cut. In many ways it’s more thorough. Computer-based learning can result in increased retention and a stronger grasp of the subject matter, because many elements - like audio, video, quizzes and interaction - are combined to support learning.
Completing knowledge development online is different from using the open water bookThe online knowledge development portion of the course is an enhanced version. What differs is that in addition to text and video content, the online version incorporates audio presentations, graphics and animations that clarify information as well as interactive assessments with me, your virtual instructor.
Student divers sign up for the course online at www.scubalessonsbelize.com . Once a diver signs up, I receive an email notification that a new student diver has enrolled in the course. From that point I can interact with the student diver by phone, email or chats - depending upon individual preferences. This allows me to answer any student diver questions, provide local diving information, discuss dive equipment or what ever the student needs to feel comfortable, confident and prepared for their Belize diving experiences.
As student divers move through each section of the course, they show that they are meeting learning objectives by answering Quick Quiz questions throughout the section or the Knowledge Review at the end. To reinforce learning, the system provides the correct answer and further explanation or review. When they are ready, student divers take the quiz for that section and again receive prescriptive feedback for any questions they answer incorrectly. This way, student divers are required to achieve 100 percent mastery of the subject matter prior to moving on to the next section.
Student divers are linked to interactive tutorials and online versions of the RDP (those tables that tell you how deep and how long you can dive). I track the student diver progress and help them along the way as necessary. Students have access to an online version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual for reference during and after training.
After Student divers have successfully completed all online knowledge development segments they receive a PADI eLearning record, that’s a document that states the independent study portion of the course is complete and my job is suddenly a whole lot easier.
Do I sound excited? Just imagine what you will feel like with that E-Learning record in your hand looking out at the reef from under a coconut tree on Ambergris.


PADI eLearning
 Our prices are based on persons affiliating with White Sands Dive Shop at sign up



Sunday, October 25, 2020

 The tourism business in Belize has been upside down from the COVID19 Pandemic. Its environment is likely to be changed forever. We are rebranding to accommodate smaller groups and more personalized service to what we perceive to be a new marketplace. We are a BTB Gold Tour Operator and will be offering, along with our normal service, private charters, and private guides to accommodate customers. SCUBA lessons will be offered to be performed on location in the pools of resorts, hotels, and guest houses that are also BTB Gold Standard with no additional charge.


Sunday, September 13, 2020


 White Sands Dive Shop is a Licensed Gold Standard Tour Operator, a raised the standard of health and safety protocols. Gold Standard Certification has been achieved to provide you with a safe and healthy vacation!'

Friday, August 21, 2020

The New Dive Shop


We're open and running
White Sands Dive Shop has moved up the beach to the entrance of the Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve between Portofino and Costa Blu. On the beach two miles North of our old location. 
We’re excited about the new larger pier and building and especially excited about being in the Marine Reserve. 
Same phone number 226 2405 
                  

Friday, July 31, 2020


San Pedro Sundivers Wedding Party. This group had their priorities straight, You can get married anytime, lets dive.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Belize Weather for December

Belize Weather for December
Belize's high, dry season runs from December to April. Although temperatures can reach 95 degrees, Tradewinds will keep you feeling cooler.
 Belize is considered sub-tropical -- temperatures range from 50-95F degrees. December thru February are the coolest months, averaging about 75 degrees. 
Belize's water temperature averages between 79 and 83 degrees.
December is an excellent time to enjoy the mild temperatures of Belize while trying to escape the cold winter weather back home.
While this heralds in winter for the people of Belize visitors coming from northern climes find it quite warm and sunny.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

White Sands Dive Shop is changing to reusable water bottles from the Single Use bottled water used on our dive and snorkel excursions.
 We want to show support and thank the Belizean businesses who have already
launched innovative and affordable alternatives to single use plastics. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Sargassum Gone

It's nice seeing clear water at the shoreline again and no smelly sea weed on our beaches.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Small groups for local two tank dive trips on North Ambergris Caye Belize


Our Daily One and Two-Tank Dive trips to the Barrier Reef leave at 9am. The sites are typically 10 to 15 min. from the dive shop. a list of the sites can be found at http://scubalessonsbelize.blogspot.com/2010/07/top-ten-dive-sites.html 
All dives are lead by a Divemaster and conducted in the 60 to 80 foot depth range.
We pick up at your Hotels dock!

Monday, April 1, 2019

July Weather on Ambergris Caye in Belize

Belize Weather for July

To assist in planning your visit here is a brief weather statement. As with anything involving the weather it will not be 100% accurate for any given year, but it does provide a snapshot of Belizean weather. High on the list of Belize’s many charms is a very comfortable tropical climate with an average yearly temperature of 84° F (29°C). Costal sea breezes and Belize’s large tracts of jungle and rainforests provide cooling relief even in the hottest summer months while winters can be cool but never very cold. In short, the climate is pretty much near perfect.
July temperatures in Belize range from an average high of 86°F (30°C) to lows of 79°F (26°C) with an overall monthly average of 82°F (28°C). The weather is much the same as June with increasing rainfall, especially in the mornings, and the easterly breezes providing relief from the heat. Thunderstorms may begin appearing at night.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Snorkel or Dive Hol Chan's Mexico Rocks


Mexico Rocks in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Mexico Rocks is a shallow patch reef complex located off the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, on  the Belizean Barrier Reef. The site is inside the Hol Chan Marine Reserve areas and consists of approximately 100 Holocene patch reefs and is composed predominantly of boulder corals (Montastraea annularis). The reef has accumulated in shallow (about 2.5 to 5 meters) water over the last 420 years. The Montastraea annularis patch corals that dominate here are unique to Ambergris Caye's Northern Lagoon and a rare occurrence in Belize.  It is seen as an important addition to the caye's ecotourism attractions, being a popular snorkeling and shallow dive destination. The area is known for conch, banded shrimp, arrow crab, flounders, stingray, yellow tail snappers, an assortment of butterfly fish, angelfish and friendly turtles.
We have daily snorkeling and dive trips to Mexico Rocks. Costs  for snorkeling 55.usd. SCUBA is 65.usd. Departures at 9:am and 2: pm daily. (Park Fee is 11.usd.) Night Dive 80.usd.

 Mexico Rocks is only 15-20 feet deep but packed with marine life. A carefree dive with out time limits or depth concerns. Good for Photographers, students and those who need refreshing. No trace of ship wrecks mentioned on the net, probably rotted and washed away decades ago. There is a cave entrance but currently Tour Operators are only visiting the entrance without cave penetration. The Mexico Rocks Cave has been named 'Shark Hole' and is the daylight sleeping sanctuary for number of Spiny Lobster and Sharks. .

Night Snorkel Mexico Rocks 

An unforgetiable Adventure for all ages.

  Email  elbertgreer@fastmail.fm