Our Vision

We are Barefoot Dive Center,

we operate 2 diving operations in the Riviera Maya

Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen. 

We are a group of very experienced instructors with a passion for the best profession in the world that every day allows us to go out and appreciate these small pieces of paradise.

 

Our goal is to make every guest, certified or not (yet) to have the best diving experience with the highest level of safety standards, quality equipment, and a lot of fun in small groups that guarantees the best-personalized service every time we go out just how we love it!!!

 

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Ofir Lifer
Dive Center Manager

  • Age: 32

  • Nationality: Israeli. 

  • Why did you become a dive instructor?

  • I didn't have a better idea at the time

  • What would you think you’d be if you weren’t a dive instructor? 

  • a boat captain, a male stripper, or a combination of the two

  • Why did you fall in love with diving? 

  • the slow rhythm underwater is addictive!!! 

  • Where did you work in diving apart from barefoot? 

  • Israel (red sea), Thailand, and Colombia

  • Which marine animal is your favorite?

  • a very strong buttle between the "green turtle", the "spotted eagle ray" and Taco.

  • Which languages do you speak? Spanish, English, Hebrew.

  • Age: 34

  • Nationality: Israeli.

  • Why Did You Become A Dive Instructor? 

  • because of my passion for teaching.

  • What Would You Think You’d Be If You Weren’t A Dive Instructor?

  • a boring person

  • Why Did You Fall In Love With Diving? 

  • the feeling of meditation.

  • Where Did You Work In Diving Apart From Barefoot?

  • Israel (red sea)

  • Which Marine Animal Is Your Favorite? 

  • clownfish

  • Which Languages Do You Speak?  Spanish, English, Hebrew.

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Memo

Dive Instructor

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Sandra Bruckmann

Dive Instructor

  • Age: 41

  • Nationality: Mexican

  • Why Did You Become A Dive Instructor? I found myself and my passion under the sea, and I wanna share this amazing sensation.

  • What Would You Think You’d Be If You Weren’t A Dive Instructor? I would be working in a boring sales office for long hours.

  • Why Did You Fall In Love With Diving? I said it before, I found my self down there!

  • Where Did You Work In Diving Apart From Barefoot? Akumal Bay dive center

  • Which Marine Animal Is Your Favorite? More than one for sure, but the eagle ray, blenny, all sharks and sucker fish

  • Which Languages Do You Speak?  Spanish, English

  • Age: 43

  • Nationality: German

  • Why Did You Become A Dive Instructor?  I wanna be able to introduce people to our very precious underwater world and teach them how to dive and be safe.

  • What Would You Think You’d Be If You Weren’t A Dive Instructor? Before becoming a Dive instructor I was a Marketing Manager at Nikon but I didn't make ma happy.

  • Why Did You Fall In Love With Diving? During diving, I feel free and I'm totally living the moment. Underwater nothing else matters than the people I'm diving with and the beautiful fish I see.

  • Where Did You Work In Diving Apart From Barefoot?  I was working in Koh Tao (Thailand), Bunaken (Indonesia), and Lembongan (Indonesia).

  • Which Marine Animal Is Your Favorite? The Mola Mola 

  • Which Languages Do You Speak? German, English, French, Spanish.

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Javier Herrera Martinez
Dive Instructor

  • Age: 46

  • Nationality: Mexican.

  • Why did you become a dive instructor? because i love diving

  • What would you think you’d be if you weren’t a dive instructor? I would still be a TV editor.

  • Why did you fall in love with diving? because it's quiet

  • Where did you work in diving apart from barefoot? Mexico, Egypt, Jordan, Tanzania, Italy 

  • Which marine animal is your favorite? Muris idol

  • Which languages do you speak? Spanish, English, Italian,

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Taco the dive shop dog

  • Age: 5

  • Nationality: Mexico

  • Why Did You Become A Dive Instructor? 

  • actually I am super afraid of water.

  • What Would You Think You’d Be If You Weren’t A Dive Instructor? 

  • an emotional support animal

  • Why Did You Fall In Love With Diving?

  • Divers are usually dog lovers so I get a lot of food which is great!!!

  • Where Did You Work In Diving Apart From Barefoot?

  • Barefoot forever!!!

  • Which Marine Animal Is Your Favorite? 

  • fried fish

  • Which Languages Do You Speak?  

  • I don't speak but I understand everything

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Jose Ricardo Och Chi AKA Chaquiste
Master Technician

  • Age: 46

  • Nationality: Mexico

  • Why Did You Become An Equipment Technician? 

  • A former boss presented the idea 26 years ago and I liked it..

  • What Would You Think You’d Be If You Weren’t An Equipment Technician? 

  • I have no idea.

  • Why Did You Fall In Love With Diving?

  • I love all marine life and I like making sure people are safe with their equipment.

  • Where Did You Work In Diving Apart From Barefoot?

  • I worked in a lot of places around Cozumel.

  • Which Marine Animal Is Your Favorite? 

  • Dolphins are the best!

  • Which Languages Do You Speak?  

  • Spanish and Mayan.

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Guadalupe Rojas Artiaga
  • Age: 34

  • Nationality: Mexico

  • What would you be, if you were not Barefoot Administrative manager?

       I would probably become A lawyer (or A Pirate)

  • Why Did You Fall In Love With Diving?

       Still discovering that world

  • Where Did You Work In Diving Apart From Barefoot?

       I used to sell Diamonds "Biatch" =p 

  • Which Marine Animal Is Your Favorite? 

       Turtles

  • Which Languages Do You Speak?  

       Spanish, English, working on my Flemish