We have several types of dive charters available ranging in depth from 45′-110′. Most of our site are shipwrecks and bridge spans (the large metal superstructure of our old bridges across the Bay). We seldom have any current in Panama City and visibility is generally 30′ or better. We’d like to know about your diving experience and certification levels to help get you on the perfect dive charter for you. When you call the dive shop to book we will take a $20 deposit per person per day to hold your spot on the dive charter. The balance of the cost will be applied to an account at the dive shop in your name and the balance is due the day of the dive trip. In order to make sure we can reach you if there is a change of plans due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control we also require your cell phone number to keep in touch. To keep things running smoothly we would also like to know what (if any) rental gear (tanks, weights, scuba gear, wetsuits, or masks snorkel and fin sets) you might require so that we can set it aside and have enough for all our classes, students, and other charter customers. We will fit you for rental gear at the dive shop when you check-in an hour before the boat is scheduled to leave the dock. If the boat leaves the dock at 8am then check-in is at 7am at the shop. The shop and boat are only 4 miles apart. We keep our dive boats in the Bay Point Marina, which is in an upscale gated community. Our guests are welcome to use the marina pool and shower facilities and there is onsite dining at the marina for divers who may have worked up an appetite on the trip after the trip.
Please call the shop 850-588-8077 to talk to us about planning questions for your dive trip. If you don’t have any, feel free to sign up directly from the website by clicking the buttons below corresponding to the dive charter you want to go on.
There is no charge for rental weights on our dive charters.
Please note that it is both customary and appreciated to tip the deckhand/divemaster (like in a restaurant). If you don’t feel they worked for it then I am sure the Captain would like to know about it so that the next trip will be better!
Dive Trips cancelled by the Captain due to weather will receive a full immediate refund.
*Prices are per person with a minimum of 4 for the dive trip to “make”.
*All trips are open to the public unless specifically requested to be private, a full private boat fee will apply to private trips.
If you need rental tanks for one of our charters please let us know in advance so we can reserve it and have it delivered to the boat for you. We can also have BCDs and Regulators delivered to the boat but we do ask that divers desiring to rent wetsuits try them on at the shop so to ensure they are the correct size and proved a good fit.
Tanks are $8 for air and $11 for 32% EANx
All other gear is available at our Dive Shop at 5512 Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408.
Our full rental package is $45 – $60 depending on what gear and breathing gas you need for a boat trip.
*All persons making 3 or more dives in a day are required to have a dive computer. Likewise divers are limited to trips that they have the proper training for.
* If you don’t have a computer, a timing device is required on all trips. How else will you know how to work your tables?
*Dive lights are required on night dives. (Two would be ideal)
*Dive gloves are strongly advised.
* A dive knife.
We encourage all divers to get dive insurance, he cost is minimal for the maximum coverage ($100) and the benefits and peace of mind are legendary, ask Capt Pat how it saved him $28,000!
Below are the Dive Boats we use for our charters. Reservations will be put on the Steel Slinger by default however we are happy to book any of the boats as requested.
The Steel Slinger is based out of the Bay Point Marina. This boat is a custom made 36′ Newton dive boat. She is USCG inspected for 30 regular passengers or 20 divers…. but we limit dive trips to just 14 scuba divers to insure comfort and space for everyone. We pride ourselves on “big boat” comfort and personal “small boat” service.
She has two decks and a large swim platform just inches off the water that makes getting into and getting out of the water as easy as possible. We have a nice enclosed cabin too in case of rain or for Winter dives.