OUR MISSION STATEMENT_
Acrux is the brightest star in the constellation Crux, the Southern Cross, and, at a combined visual magnitude is the 13th brightest star in the night sky. Acrux is the first-magnitude star, used by the earliest ocean navigators to find their ways in the farthest sides of the Pacific Ocean, we might be one of those followers, a group of passionate divers who believes that underwater life encourage love and respect for life, an unknown space willing to be discovered.
To do so our staff put special attention to safety details, training procedures and environmental care, making sure that every student who graduates from our learning cycles, enjoy and understand the importance of reducing human footprint on hearth, helping to conserve and restore our natural playgrounds for future generations allowing them to keep exploring even deeper Oceans.
A learning curve has different stages, each of them are well attended and fully understanded by of our instructors.
accelerating those steps will affect the basis of any educational process, within Acrux team, we define this as task overload, affecting the initial experience for students, probably one of the most critical stages in the Diving learning curve.
Acrux Instructors, Dive Masters and Guides are all trained under the Profesional Asociation of Diving Instructors - PADI - international standards, the most recognized Diving agency which leads the industry trainig programs, making sure our future divers will be able to enjoy diving in a safely manner not only in Chile but also everywhere in world.
What we do_
Acrux is a diving academy capable to educate students who wants to explore underwater environments, that´s why we created what we call Academic Cycles which their primary objective is to provide the necessary tools to enjoy Recreational and Technical dives on a safety manner, where each training session is attach to a medium-long term objective which will provide the necessary skills to enjoy diving.
Let´s dive a little bit more into this!!
Acrux Instructors, Dive Masters and Guides are all trained under the Professional Association of Diving Instructors international standards, PADI, the most recognized Diving agency which leads the industry training programs, making sure our Stuff will be able to transmit all Acrux values in a safely manner through every Cycle or Specialty course we dictate.
We also partner with Divers Alert Network (DAN), world class leaders in Diving medical research and diving Emergency Care programs, so we make sure that all our associates are well trained under DAN agency programs for First Aid, Secondary Care, Oxygen Provider and DEA provider.
Instructors and Dive Masters_
Co-Founder of Acrux Divers Academy, passionate about teaching, with an ample background in Athlete Training, and Business Administration, her entrepreneur spirit took her to found her own training center from where she help Acrux Divers Academy with some specific cycles mostly all specialties related to Emergency First Responder, Oxygen Provider and DEA Supplier. Her view about Athletes bring tons of value to our cycles adding a more holistic view not only in the diving area but also on how divers can approach the sport.
She started diving in 2012, becoming PADI Open Water Instructor, Specialty Instructor and DAN Instructor in 2016. She has spent the last 13 years studying hi performance training and how to apply this into different Outdoor Sports such as Trail Running, Climbing, Surfing, Skiing and Diving… for sure a great addition to the team!
Founder of Acrux Divers Academy, Passionate Diver and Outdoor activity advocate, His business administration background and more than 15 years inserted in the Outdoor Apparel Industry most likely changed his vision about the Outdoor sport’s needs, where he envisions that there might be a way to upscale learning process where socializing common interests and values might be a solution to recover the interest about learning.
He started diving in 2001, becoming Instructor Assistant in 2004 and PADI Open Water Instructor in 2014 plus several other specialties that he currently teaches. His passion about discovering new diving techniques, and willingness to share knowledge brought his attention and spent important amount of time focusing on creating a Diving Academy which will "democratize diving" allowing everyone who shares passion for diving, become an active member of this project.
As today, Max teaches all Acrux Diving Academy Specialties and learning Cycles, co- creating Acrux programs with the best in class professionals from different industries, assuring that learning experience in Acrux go beyond expectations.
Where we are_
We are located in Chile
Even though our Head Quarters are located in Los Andes City, we currently have all our operations based in Pichidangui, a small town well known not only for being the hub for local diving centers and because of the incredible magnitude of their underwater natural resources, but also for being strategically well located from Santiago, Chile´s main capital.
From Pichidangui´s downtown and after a great day of diving, you might be able to visit some spectacular wineries only 40 minutes away, enjoy the best seafood for dinner, or just chill out at your hotel and rest for next day diving activities.
Acrux belives that putting special attention into details makes a great difference for students, that´s why we partner with the best brands so we can provide best in class gear rental, Gas Blending Services, and Oxigen Cleaning maintenance
- 6,9 mts/22,6 ft length fiberglass boat, with capacity for 12 recreational divers and specially designed to provide services to 8 Rebreather divers.
- 5,5mts/18 ft length semi regid boat, with capacity for 6 recreational divers, it can easily fit small groups of 3 Rebreather divers.
Both boats are equipped with GPS sistem, sonars, and VHF radio comunicators.
Gas Blending Services and Oxigen Cleaning Services_
In Acrux, we blend our own gases, from Nitrox to Trimix, servicing Rebreather Divers and Tech Divers special needs. We also provide Oxigen cleaning services made by our Gas Blender trainned staff.
- 2 Oxigen Boosters, capable to fill Rebreather tanks up to 200bar / 2950 PSI.
- Portable Coltri MCH6 compressor.
- Hollis Explorer Rebreathers, accesible for all our Rebreather students as part of the gear we provide in the Advance Rebreather Cycle.
- Hollis Prism 2 Rebreathers, the latest technology in non limit rebreathers, available to our CCR40, CCR 60 and CCR100 students.
Dry Suits, Semi Dry, Wet Suits, BCD, Fins and Masks_
- Our commitment is to provide the best in class exposure protection to our students, that´s why we have a variety of Hollis brand Dry Suits and Semi Dry Suits available for our cicle participants with no extra charge.
- A big range of Hollis BCD´s and Oceanic styles are available, we try to fit most divers needs, from beginners up to Technical Rebreather divers.
- From basic fins up to the Hollis F1 Tech fin. Please don´t be shy, just go ahead and ask for them, our instructors are more than happy to recommend the best option for you.