Dive Charters Panama City Beach, Florida

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 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.

The Grady White

–Our new (to us) dive boat is a classic hull with brand new engines and electronics and custom dive ladders. This  6-pack charter is Capt Pat’s personal boat that we use for smaller groups, our classes and private trips.  She has a private head on board and a comfortable cabin. She is 25′ long and 10′ wide so there is plenty of room for 6 divers and crew on this charter.

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 marinafor divers who may have worked up an appetite or just want a beer or 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 green “book now ” buttons corresponding to the dive charter you want to go on.

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

  • 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.

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!