Diving - Liveaboard Scuba Vacations
Chartering a crewed yacht
which specializes in diving is an ideal, yet relatively unknown
vacation option for experienced dive travellers. After years of being
funneled into large group trips to resorts or to liveaboard dive
"cattleboats", many divers are looking for an alternative. A dive
vacation aboard a crewed charter yacht offers privacy, custom-tailored
schedules, one-on-one service, personal instruction if necessary, and
the ability to choose dive sites to your interests.
charter is also an excellent choice for novices. Beginners especially
benefit from the individualized attention, pressure-free training
schedules, patience, personal guides, and the one-on-one service that
characterize dive charter yachts.
All members of the charter
party do not need to be divers to have an enjoyable vacation aboard a
dive charter yacht. Non-divers should not become bored while their
diving counterparts are diving as there are many other things to do, or
not do... just hang out in the hammock and read, or relax in the
cockpit listening to your favorite music! Most dive charter yachts also
have other activities such as kayaking, kneeboarding, and snorkeling,
to name a few.
There are three basic ways we recommend that you
can choose to mix scuba diving with a crewed charter yacht vacation.
are yachts, small or large, that are completely equipped to fulfill the
needs of avid divers. These yachts are for experienced or novice divers
who want to make diving the focal point of their charter vacation. They
have sufficient tanks for two dives per day, scuba equipment; and an
insured, experienced dive professional. If you, or a member of your
party needs any kind of training, from Discover Scuba (Resort course)
or Open Water checkouts (Referral course) to Advanced or Specialty
certifications, then one of the crew must be a dive instructor. Many
dive masters are now certified to conduct resort courses, so let us
know what your need. Most of the dive-dedicated yachts have an onboard
dive compressor or an efficient plant for ensuring a regular supply of
airfills for the desired number of dives your party requires.
are yachts who are seriously interested in having divers aboard, but
who prefer a lighter diving schedule. They have not made the full
commitment that the dive-dedicated yachts have in one or more of the
important areas of equipment, airfills, or instruction. There must,
however, still be an insured diving professional (dive master or dive
instructor) aboard, and if any training is to take place then the dive
professional must be an instructor.
yacht in the fleet can coordinate with shore-based operations
throughout the US or British Virgin Islands to take interested members
of your party for a morning or afternoon of diving activities, subject
to availability. Most dive centers are willing to drop off the divers
at a different destination than where they picked up, thus allowing the
non-divers to sail to a different anchorage if desired while the others
Diving Instruction / Education
in diving but not certified? There are many options for a non-certified
diver aboard a dive charter yacht from those who want to experience
diving (testing the water, so to speak!) to those who desire to take a
full Openwater Diver Course and become certified on their vacation.
course is designed to introduce the dive experience. It consists of an
orientation, teaching of fundamental skills in calm water shallow
enough to stand up in, and a controlled dive under the supervision of
the instructor to a maximum depth of 40 feet.
- Discover Scuba (Resort course)
is the basic scuba diving certification level. The course consists of
three parts: 1) Academic training by textbook, lecture, and video, with
accompanying quizzes and tests; 2) Water skill training in calm,
pool-like conditions, and 3) the Open Water Checkout Dives which are
four to five dives with prescribed exercises to be accomplished in each
is the ideal and most popular way to become a certified diver. The
student diver takes the academic and pool sessions at home with their
local dive shop or YMCA, for example, and completes the Open Water
Checkout Dives in the warm, clear water of the Caribbean. This allows
more time for diving and other activities rather than bookwork.
- Referral Course (Open Water Checkout Dives)
PADI Bubblemaker program is for children ages 8 to 11 years old. It
introduces young adventurers to the thrill of breathing underwater.
With a qualified PADI Instructor kids take the plunge to experience the
underwater world. Start your children out on the right fin and let them
join in the family fun. Maximum depth limit of six feet.
PADI Youth Diving Programs
- Ages 8 and over may
participate in PADIs Bubblemaker program. Maximum depth limit of 6 feet.
10 - 11
may participate in Discover Scuba experience programs and can earn
restricted certification as either a PADI Junior Scuba Diver or Junior
Open Water Diver. PADI Junior Scuba Divers are limited to a maximum
depth of 40 feet and may only dive with a PADI Professional. PADI
Junior Open Water Divers are also limited to 40 feet, but may dive with
a PADI Professional or a certified scuba diver parent or guardian.
12 - 15.
Divers in this age range earn junior certifications and can dive only
when accompanied by a certified adult scuba diver. During training,
these divers are limted to 40 feet for Dives One and Two and 60 feet
for Dives Three and Four. Divers in this age group are limited to a
70-foot depth for all other PADI continuing education courses.
Read the British Virgin Island Tourist Board publication: The
Islands, Diving in Paradise
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