Q: What’s the diving like in Palm Beach?
A: We dive all of the famous wrecks and reefs in the area and even some secret spots only our captains know about! Our reef line stretches for several miles and is home to millions of creatures. The Gulf Stream, which most closely approaches Florida right here in West Palm, brings tons of critters to our local reefs… tropical fish, rays, eels, turtles, sharks, dolphins, etc. You never know what you might see out there! Because the Gulf Stream comes so close, all of our diving is drift diving which means divers let the current drift them down the reef ledge. At the end of the dive, the boat is right there to pick them up. It’s the best diving in Florida. The whole trip lasts about four hours from departure to arrival back at the marina.
Q: Can I request a specific dive site?
A: We welcome dive site requests in advance, however, the dive site choice cannot be assured. We will make every attempt to dive specific sites when a preference is noted. The final decision is subject to the captain’s discretion based on sea conditions and safety. We reserve the right to change the site if the conditions are not conducive to safe diving at the planned location.
Q: Do you allow hunting?
A: Spear fishing is not allowed, however, Hawaiian slings shorter than five (5) feet may be used to spear the invasive Lion Fish. Lobstering is also permitted during lobster season as long as participants carry the required Florida State Lobster licenses.
Q: How many divers can you take out on the boat?
A: That depends on the type of dive trip. Our boat can hold (XX) SCUBA tanks, which means we can take up to X divers out for a 2-tank dive or X divers for 3-tank dives. We can easily accommodate large groups. Or, for a more more personal experience, call and ask us about Private Charters!
Q: What amenities are provided on the boat?
A: The Deep Obsession vessel has a marine “head”. We provide water, sodas, fruit and snacks. You are more than welcome to bring your own snacks and/or drinks, but please no alcohol.
Q: Do you provide dive guides on your charters?
A: We do have a dive guide that leads the group on every dive. They are there to keep divers on the briefed dive site, carry the float ball, and point out all of the amazing creatures. They are not dive buddies but will be the first divers in the waters and will stay down until the last diver begins their ascent. If you’d like a designated buddy, you can hire a dive guide to accompany you on the dive and stick with you or your group.
Q: Is it customary to tip? If so, what’ an appropriate amount of gratuity?
A: We do work in a service industry and therefore it is customary to leave a gratuity. As for how much…whatever you feel comfortable with and whatever the service warranted. Some people prefer to tip like they do in a restaurant: 10,15, 20%, etc. Others prefer a flat rate, like $10-20 a crewmember or more if they took a course. As always, tips are appreciated but not required.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
Are you ready to dive?
Q: Do you require proof of certification?
Q: Its been years since my certification and I haven’t been diving in awhile. What should I do?