For many yacht owners, a love of all things nautical does not begin and end on board! Typically a boat owner’s love of the sea extends to water sports, fishing, and of course scuba diving and snorkeling.
Owning a motor yacht, particularly one that is docked here in South Florida, means you have access to some of the best dive spots in the world. Diving opportunities abound in our own backyard, from West Palm Beach, all the way to the Keys, and Bimini, the Bahamas, the BVI and the rest of the islands of the Caribbean, are only a few hours away!
Instead of docking your yacht, and then boarding a professional dive boat or tour once you arrive at a renowned scuba site, here is how to plan a dive excursion of your own!
Planning a Dive Trip From Your Yacht
Whether you are a seasoned open water diver, or just a beginner, there are many advantages to turning your own vessel into a “dive boat.” Primarily, you can explore on your own, for as long as wish, and you do not have to be beholden to someone else’s time table. However, to make a dive trip on your own safe and enjoyable, takes a little pre-planning.
Of course, any dive trip starts with choosing a location. But, once you have selected the reef, wreck, or any underwater spot you want to explore, there are a few things you need to consider, such as:
- Time of the year – The time of year that the conditions are best to access the site, and when the water conditions are the most favorable. This also plays into consideration if you want to dive to see some kind of wildlife, such as whales, sea turtles, or manatees. You need to check into their migratory patterns, and when they will be in the area you wish to dive.
- Time of the day – Similar to being aware of the best dive conditions during the year, you also need to take into consideration the best time of day to see what you want to see, and when the water conditions are the warmest and calmest.
- Experience Level – Of course you must consider your experience level, and the level of all of those diving with you, before you can determine if the place you wish to dive, is safe for all.
- Logistical Concerns – Once you have chosen a place you want to dive, make sure there are no restrictions for you to access it. That is not only a consideration of the size of your primary vessel or tender, there could be other restrictions. For example, there are places in the Galapagos Islands that are off-limits to all but those that have special licenses or certifications. Before heading out, it is best to check with local authorities if there are any such restrictions for any place you wish to dive.
Your Boat As a Dive Boat
Next, it is important to know if your boat is adequately designed to serve as a dive boat. Can divers enter and exit safely? Is there room to store tanks and other gear? Diving could be dangerous and result in accidents or injuries. Is your boat equipped with all necessary safety gear, including VHF radio, first aid supplies, etc, should you have to respond to a dive-related emergency?
Putting in some time to plan your dive trip, will ensure a fun and safe trip for all!
On Demand Water Sports and Charter Income
If you have joined one of our charter income programs to offset the expenses of owning and operating your yacht, of course you would want to do everything you can to maximize your charter income potential.
Like any other business, the best way to increase revenue is to stand out from the crowd, and in the charter yacht business a good way to do that, is to make sure you can give your charter guests unique experiences.
Having diving gear, and/or other water toys on board, can enhance the yacht charter experience. Providing your charter guests with knowledge of great scuba diving or snorkeling sites, as well as having the latest and greatest water toys on board not only can help increase your charter bookings, but can raise your own excitement when using your yacht with your friends and family!
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. Putting your boat in Charter can earn income, and defray some of the costs of ownership. On Demand Yachting from FYM can show you how. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.