Cave Diving, Cave Exploration and Cave Mapping in Yucatan, Mexico
Trawler wreck off the beach in Bonaire

Patrick Widmann

Patrick is originally from a small town in Austria called Fusch some 10min away from Zell am See which is a quiet town next to a lake. There, at an early age, he discovered a passion for diving during a demo dive with the local rescue team. Joining his father, he became part of that team and took advantage of the free equipment and easy access to the lake.

On a family vacation in 1998 he finally got certified as a Padi Open Water Diver. Most of his early diving was in the cold and dark lakes of western Austria at high altitude except for some family trips to Croatia. In the summer of 2002, after graduating from a natural science school, he went to Croatia to get experience as a dive guide.

Patrick preparing for an exploration dive in Sistema Lycka

In the fall of 2002, he moved to Egypt to turn his passion into his full time occupation. There he met his first real mentor, Luigi Iannone who pushed and trained him day in day out. While living on the Red Sea, he taught recreational diving in big factory style diving centres. He spent almost all his free time diving and pursuing his career goals, constantly learning new skills and doing ever more challenging dives. Taught by Janice Sherriffs, he completed his IDC Staff Instructor training in 2003 and started teaching Padi courses up to IDC (Instructor Development Course).

Almost simultaniously, Oscar Galletto an IANTD ITT helped him getting into technical diving. First mainly as recreation but soon after also teaching it to people who share the interest. After a year of focusing all his time on this pursuit and training weekly, he started to perform solo deep mixed gas dives in open water, deep wreck penetration dives and to participate in a collection of exploration projects. Doing solo dives not by choice but simply due to the lack of a dive partner.

Getting slightly burned out of the recreational diving industry and more and more interested in technical diving he decided to do a cave diving course after reading Bill Stones Book about deep cave explorations and Closed Circuit Rebreathers (CCR). In 2005 he came the first time to the Yucatan and was immediately hooked on every aspect of this sport. In 2006 after starting to dive a CCR in Egypt he bought his first Unit, an ISC Megalodon, and came back to Mexico to train on it for cave and Trimix diving.

In March 2007 he finally decided to move to Playa del Carmen permanently to be able to cave dive on a daily basis and hasn’t regret that decision ever since.

IANTD Instructor for:

Open Water through Divemaster, Nitrox Diver, Deep Diver.

Advanced Nitrox Diver, Technical Diver, Normoxic Trimix Diver.

Cavern Diver through Cave Diver, Technical Cave Diver.
Advanced Cave Sidemount , Advanced Cave Stage/Multi Stage, Advanced Cave DPV.
CCR Cave Diver.

CCR Classic Kiss Diver.

IANTD Instructor Trainer for:

Openwater Instructor, Nitrox Instructor, Advanced Nitrox Instructor, Cavern Instructor

PADI Instructor for:

Open Water through Assistant Instructor, Deep Diver, Nitrox Diver, U/W Photographer, Digital U/W Photography, Cavern Diver, Night Diver, Wreck Diver, Dry Suit, Drift Diver, EFR Instructor.

PADI Master Instructor.

DSAT Instructor for:

Tec Deep Diver.

Specialized User for:

AP Classic Inspiration.

ISC Apeks Megalodon.

Classic KISS.

Poseidon Cis Lunar MK VI.

JJ-CCR.

Diver Levels:

GUE Fundamentals

TDI Advanced Trimix

IANTD CCR Trimix

Participant in the following exploration, expeditions and projects:

2005 Reef Formation Study on Gorgonian Reef (-100M/-330FT to -85M/-280FT) Hurghada, Egypt

2005 Black Canyon Mapping Project (-120M/-400FT) Hurghada, Egypt

2006 Mapping the Interiors of the Wreck Hebat Allah (-45MSW), Hurghada Egypt

2007 Cave Exploration in Akumal and South of Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2007 National Geographic video documentary production safety diver, Playa del Carmen, Mexcio

2008 “The Pit” Deep Cave Diving Project (105MSW/350FT) Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2008 AIDA sponsored international free diving competition deep safety diver, Bacalar, Mexico

2009 “The Pit” Deep Cave Diving Project, one hour bottom time at an average depth of 90MSW/300FT with use of decompression habitat, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2009 Cenote 307 Exploration Project, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2009 Polish distance record 17km, Diving Safety Officer, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2009 Diving Safety Officer for Tube Inspection Project, Toluca, Mexico

2010 Exploration Project Cenote Balan Ak, Chemuyil, Mexico

2010 Exploration Project Cenote Palomita, Chemuyil, Mexico

2010 Exploration Project Sistema Lycka, Tulum, Mexico

2010 Exploration Project Sistema Lorenzo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2010 Exploration Project Sistema Under the Bridge, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2011 Exploration Project Sistema Lycka, Tulum, Mexico

2011 Exploration Project Sistema Ek Be, Akumal, Chemuyil, Mexico

Articles published by Patrick:

Hebat Allah – The Gift of Allah in the German and English version of the H2O Magazine

Into the Pit – UWS Magazine