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Dive Charters

We offer Several different types of charters to local shipwrecks. To check availability or make a reservation just click the “book now” button by the type of trip you are interested in.

Half Day- 2 tank trips

Inshore Wrecks– Are our shallower shipwrecks with profiles in depths 45-75′ and out about 7 miles. This is our standard charter. Certified Openwater divers (and above) only. Nitrox is encouraged.

 

 

Offshore– Deeper wrecks with profiles from 70-110′ about 12-14 miles out.  Advanced Certification is required due to the depths on these wrecks. Nitrox is strongly encouraged.

 

 

All Day- 3 or more tanks

 

Super offshore– 20+ Miles out to the less common wrecks and reefs like the Grey Ghost or Empire Mica. These 3 tank trips are special events usually planned well in advance and are not offered often. You would be seriously shorting yourself if you don’t have nitrox on this trip. Prices vary depending on what trip is being run since fuel is a big factor. If you have a small group of divers and want to start planning one of these trips we’d be happy to set that up! Pat@panamacitydiving.com

 

 

 

Liveboat Lionfish/Spearfishing– These are natural limestone reefs and small artificial reefs in 90-120′ excellent for  lionfish hunting, spearfishing and lobstering or seeing what the natural reef habitat looks like. Only the most competent divers should sign up for this charter, inquisitive sharks are common, negative entry and rapid descents are normal as are free ascents. Nitrox is unequivocally required. Excellent fish ID skills and knowledge of current regulations is also required. Spearfishing is the awesome but we do it ethically and sustainably.

 

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 .

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 Aluminum 80s or $15 for Steel

All other gear is available at our Dive Shop.

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 and extend your bottom time.

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!

Our Dive Charter the Steel Slinger

Weather

We monitor the weather like our lives (and yours, we’re literally in the same boat) and livelihoods rely on it. We cancel charters if we don’t feel confident safe conditions will exist for the charter to run. This can be due to a variety of conditions beyond our control including but not limited to currents, visibility, lightening, winds, waves, rabid dolphins, horny sea turtles, megalodon sharks, Godzilla wearing the Infinity Gauntlet….. and our customers’ ability to handle the above conditions. From a life long spent on the ocean we consider our Captains to be the highest authority on what the weather is doing or likely to do and our customers to be the highest authority on their ability to handle themselves.

 

All of Florida during the Summer months will likely have a cloud with a lightening bolt coming out of it on any weather app you use, and they aren’t wrong somewhere in the forecast area there will be a thunderstorm. Additionally there are forecasting sources that many people use that describe a large area of water or areas far from where we conduct our dives and are therefore not accurate (or less accurate) for where we will be diving….. If you are interested in the suite of services we use here are a few; NWS Marine Point forecast , IntellicastWwindcast , and the NEXRAD. We also have satelite weather and radar on the boat.

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.