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Our Dive Charters in Panama City Beach, Florida

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 plan and reserve your dive trip if it is less than 4 days from when you would like to go.

SCUBA Diving Charters Regular Price

Private Boat Trip Min Paying Divers Required
Inshore 2 Dives $89 $1200 3 ($255)
Offshore 2 Dives
$99 $1350 3 ($285)
Night Dives $95 $1080 4 ($380)
3 Dives
$119 $1500 3 ($345)
Spearfishing Charter $150 $1600 6 ($810)

 

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 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.

Rental Gear

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.

Required Dive Equipment

*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.

DAN Divers Alert Network - Scuba Diving and Dive Safety Association

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!

Dive Boats

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

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 14 to insure comfort and space for all scuba diving customers. We pride ourselves on “big boat” comfort and personal “small boat” service.

25′ Parker

She is a 6 passenger vessel, perfect for classes, small groups and spearfishing trips. She has a large custom dive ladder to make getting back in the boat a breeze. Divers on the Parker will either ride in the cushioned seats in the cabin or in our over sized bean bags, try not to fall asleep they’re that comfortable! We’re still looking for a good name for her, if you think of one and we use it we’ll give you a free trip for two, so please give us your input!

Both of our boats have a full complement of Oxygen, First Aid, EPIRBS, safety and life saving equipment and every member of our crew is trained in their use. Our safety gear significantly exceeds all USCG requirements.