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We offer Several different types of charters;

Half Day- 2 tank trips

Inshore– Are our shallower sites 45-75′ and out about 7 miles.

Offshore– Deeper wrecks in 70-110′ about 12-14 miles out

All Day- 3 or more tanks

Super offshore– 20+ Miles out to the less common wrecks 3 tank trips (Grey Ghost)

Lionfish/Spearfishing– These are natural limestone reefs in 90-100′ excellent for  lionfish hunting, spearfishing and lobstering.

 

Advanced Certification is required for Offshore and Lionfish trips due to the depths and nature of the dives. All trips are open to the public and subject to a minimum number of divers signed up to run. Please self evaluate your skill set before signing up for a boat trip, if its been awhile we recommend doing a shore dive at the state park  first so you will get the most of your time (and money) when you go on the boat.

 

Prices are listed for the boat trip only without rental as many of our customers have their own gear. There is no charge for the use of our lead weights which we have plenty of on the boat.

Reservations for private and custom charters are also possible by calling the shop .

Current reservations will post on the calendar below after a few  hours delay.

For a full list of what is available please click on of the “book now” buttons and enter the date you are considering.

 

 

 

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 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 and hot water hose for alittle extra help staying warm and dry when its not Summer time…. because we dive year round!!!

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 click the book now now button 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 due 3 days before 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 and issue rental gear at the dive shop. The shop and boat are only 4 miles apart and we ask all charter customers to arrive at the dock 30 minutes prior to departure. 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 or just want a beer or after the trip.

Rental Gear

If you need rental tanks for one of our charters please let us know by adding it to your reservation so we can  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 provide a good fit. (The Dive Boat and Shop are about 4 miles apart)

Tanks are $8 for air and Nitrox is $11 for AL80s or $15 for Steel

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

  • Dive Computers, a cutting devise and a surface marker buoy are required on our charters.
  • Dive lights are required on night dives. (Two would be ideal)
  • Dive gloves, and the use of nitrox are strongly advised. Nitrox class is only 3 hours long if you want to upgrade your training.

We encourage all divers to get dive insurance, the 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!