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Bilingual Marine Biology Summer Workshop for Kids

It is with great pleasure to announce our bilingual marine biology summer workshop for kids in La Paz, Mexico.
The future of the planet belongs to its children. As teachers, guides, parents, and guardians, our contributions to their development will have a direct influence on who they become so it is vital that we guide and educate them about the environment so they have the tools and knowledge to live more sustainably while protecting the future of their natural heritage.
Our bilingual marine biology summer workshop for kids aims to provide a fun and informative summer camp style program to educate your children about the amazing biodiversity of marine life that we are so lucky to have here, the threats that some species and habitats are facing, and what we can do to help protect them.
Our highly professional crew of teachers, marine biologists, and dive / snorkeling instructors will guide your children to learn about the local marine environment with an emphasis on enjoying it responsibly.
Professional snorkeling instruction will be offered to those interested, giving your children a window into a whole new world.
We will conduct a total of five workshops to be held on one of several beaches (El Coromuel, La Concha, or El Caimancito) every Saturday starting on Saturday 23 July (last workshop is on Saturday 20 August) from 10 am – 3 pm. These dates fall within the summer holidays for most schools in La Paz.
The cost per workshop is $600 Pesos for each child (discount for siblings). A non-refundable booking deposit of $300 Pesos is required to secure your space(s). The balance payment will be due on the day.
PROMOTION: Pay in advance for all five workshops for just $2,500 Pesos!
We provide all activities, the use of snorkel gear, shade for the beach, refreshments, and a cool box for your use. Children are required to bring along their own lunch.
To enroll you can call or WhatsApp 612 197 5824 or send an email to lapazdivers@gmail.com or fill in the contact form below.
Limited spaces.

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Taller Bilingüe de Biología Marina para Niños , La Paz, Mexico

Es con gran placer que anunciamos nuestro taller bilingüe de biología marina para niños en La Paz, México.
El futuro del planeta pertenece a sus hijos. Como maestros, guías, padres de familia y guardianes, nuestras contribuciones a su desarrollo influirán directamente a las personas en las que se convertirán. Por eso es de vital importancia que los guiemos y eduquemos acerca del medio ambiente para que tengan las herramientas y el conocimiento para vivir de forma mas sustentable y proteger el futuro de su herencia natural.
El objetivo de nuestro taller bilingüe de biología marina para niños es proveer diversión y un programa informativo al estilo de un campamento de verano para educar a sus hijos acerca de la biodiversidad asombrosa de vida marina que estamos tan afortunados de tener aquí, la amenazas que algunas especies y hábitats están enfrentando y lo que nosotros podemos hacer para protegerlos.
Nuestro equipo profesional, de maestros, biólogos marinos e instructores de buceo y snorkeling guiaran a sus hijos a aprender del medio ambiente marino local con un énfasis en disfrutarlo responsablemente.
Instrucción profesional para snorkeling será ofrecido para aquellos interesados, dándoles a sus hijos una ventana a un mundo nuevo.
Los talleres serán en total 5, realizados en una de las siguientes playas, El Coromuel, La Concha y el Caimancito. Serán cada sábado comenzando el día 23 de julio y terminando el día 20 de agosto de 10am-3pm. Estas fechas caen dentro de las vacaciones de verano de la mayoría de escuelas en La Paz.
El costo de cada taller es de $600 pesos (descuento para hermanos). Un deposito de reservación no reembolsable de $300 pesos es requerido para reservar su lugar. El resto será cobrado el primer día de los talleres.
PROMOCION! ¡Paga por adelantado los cinco talleres por tan solo $2,500 pesos!
Proveemos todas las actividades, el equipo para snorkel, las sombras para la playa, bebidas y refrigerios y una hielera para su uso. Cada niño debe de llevar su propio lonche.
Para inscribirse pueden llamar o WhatsApp al 612 197 5824 o enviar un correo electrónico a lapazdivers@gmail.com o complete el formulario de contacto a continuación
Espacios limitados.

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Diving in La Paz

Diving in La Paz is a popular activity, drawing in visitors from far and wide to experience the amazing marine fauna of the Sea of Cortez.

If you are mulling over where to take your next dive trip, then look no further than diving in La Paz, Mexico, a coastal city that provides a great base for your dive adventure in the Sea of Cortez.

Inspired by the species diversity and abundance of the Sea of Cortez, Jacques-Yves Cousteau dubbed it “The World’s Aquarium” shortly after he started diving here in the 1950’s.

Originally called the Gulf of California, the Sea of Cortez crept into existence around five million years ago when tectonic activity gradually tore the Baja Peninsula away from mainland Mexico resulting in the creation of a unique sea and assemblage of marine organisms.

The Sea of Cortez is widely considered to be one of world’s most biologically-rich bodies of water, providing habitat to almost one thousand species of fish as well as numerous species of whales, dolphins, sharks, rays, sea turtles, and seals.

Follows is a guide to some of the most popular dive sites in La Paz.

La Paz Dive Sites

Los Islotes

This pair of rocky islets form the northern-most point of the land component of the Espiritu Santo National Park and is one of three no fishing zones within the Park. Los Islotes is famous for its huge population of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). The last government census conducted over the summer of 2021 identified 853 individuals. Playful juveniles often interact with divers and snorkelers making it one of the most popular sites for divers in La Paz.

Maximum depth ~ 18 m / 60′

La Reina

La Reina is a small islet located off the northern-point of Isla Cerralvo, AKA Jacques Cousteau Island. A small number of California sea lions have taken refuge here which is not surprising due to the biological richness of the site.

La Reina boasts some interesting rock formations including a submarine canyon whose vertical surfaces are carpeted in sea fans and colourful colonies of sponges.

When diving at La Reina there is the possibility of encountering oceanic giant manta rays (Mobula biostris) from July to October.

Maximum depth ~ 24 m / 80′

 

El Bajo

El Bajo consists of three seamounts located within the Espiritu Santo National Park around 30 minutes boat ride from Los Islotes. Divers come from all over the world for the possibility of observing pelagic sharks including the scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) and the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis). Even in the absence of sharks, El Bajo is a superb dive site abundant with marine life. You’d be hard-pushed to find a site with so many moray eels!

Maximum depth ~ 40 m / 130′

Swanne Rock

This submerged rock is located in the San Lorenzo Channel between La Paz and Espiritu Santo island. It is another hangout for the California sea lion most likely due to the abundance of prey items for them. The rock’s summit lays just below the surface making it great for snorkeling as well. Large schools of fish, including spotted-tailed grunts and Mexican goatfish, can be regularly observed here.

Maximum depth ~ 12 m / 40′

El Salvatierra (shipwreck)

The Salvatierra began its life in Chesapeake Bay serving in WWII as a ferry. Sometime after the war had ended, the ship was bought at an auction and brought through the Panama Channel to serve as a ferry between La Paz and Mazatlan.

In 1976 the Salvatierra met with Swanne Rock tearing open her hull and causing her to sink. The same year, Hurricane Lisa hit La Paz, tearing the decking from the Salvatierra and scattering her cargo of trucks across the sea floor making for an interesting dive site that habours much marine life including huge groupers and schooling fish.

Maximum depth ~ 20 m / 65′

Fang Ming (shipwreck)

The Fang Ming is a shipwreck of Chinese origin. In her last days she served to smuggle illegal immigrants from China to the United States. Consequently, in 1995, she was caught in the act and seized by Mexican authorities. In 1999 the Fang Ming became the first intentionally sunken ship for the purpose of creating an artificial reef in all of Latin America.

Today, the Fang Ming is abundant with marine life and has become for an important habitat for sea turtles, mainly the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) that come here to rest and be cleaned.

Maximum depth ~ 20 m / 65′

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