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Dive on Our 42 foot Dive Boat

This big 42 footer is USCG certified. Our 3 Tank Trip leaves at 8:00 am and returns at approximately 3:00 pm.   These 3 Tank Dive Trips aboard the Emerald are limited to Nitrox (EAN) Certified and  Experienced Good Divers.

Cost for the 3 Tank Dive Trip is $ 100.00 during the week and $125 on the weekends per person,  and includes a gourmet box lunch from The American Gourmet.

EAN 100 CF Steel Tanks can be rented from Scuba Works for $21.50 per tank.

EAN 80 CF Alum Tanks can be rented from Scuba Works for $16.50 per tank.

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Mission is to have fun and go wherever the action is.

Nitrox Required

What is Nitrox?

Nitrox or Enriched Air (EAN) is a breathing gas mixture that contains a higher levels of oxygen than normal air, which contains 21% oxygen.

3 Reasons to Use Nitrox

  1. Longer bottom times - Safely get the most out of your dive time when using Nitrox. For example, a diver using 36% Nitrox on a 90-foot dive will have significantly more time than a diver using air.
  2. Shorter Surface Intervals - With Nitrox, you absorb less nitrogen than a diver breathing air. Therefore, the amount of nitrogen needed to off-gas is much less. The less off-gassing time means you are back in the water faster.
  3. Longer Repetitive Dives - This comes in handy when you are doing two or three-tank dives. A diver using Nitrox will have more time on their second dive than an air diver because the Nitrox diver has, once again, absorbed less nitrogen.

Become Nitrox Certified

Due to the nature of the diving Emerald Dive Charters commonly does, we require that divers are Nitrox certified.

Nitrox certifications are fast and easy.  We work exclusively with Scuba Works in Jupiter, FL for all our training certifications.  There, you will hook up with an experienced and qualified instructor to review Nitrox material, and learn how to analyze your tanks prior to diving.

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Good Divers Wanted

I am always surprised when I see a dive charter operation say, "You must have an advanced certification to do this dive." What does that really get you? It does mean you have taken extra effort to pursue the sport. It means you have studied some of the more difficult dives available and have done them. It doesn't mean you are a good diver. I have had the pleasure of diving with tens of thousands of divers of all certification levels. I have had Divemasters that were good divers and instructors that were not good divers. The characteristics of a good diver are not certifiable. Here are things I have observed that good divers seem to have in common.

  1. A good diver shows up promptly for the dive. They do not leave everyone hanging and do not "no show" after confirming. This sort of behavior is not courteous and adds tension to all the other divers enjoying a relaxing day.
  2. Before attempting an advanced dive, a good diver has dived in the last year in the conditions he is about to dive or "warms up" with a dive or two in easier conditions. We don't go from Quarry to 110' deep ledge without doing a couple of ocean dives first.
  3. Your gear changes over time. When a good diver changes gear configuration he will not attempt to multi task before the new gear has been "broken-in." If you change wetsuits, you should do your next dive sightseeing and skip the hunting or photography until you are comfortable with the new gear. Accidents happen because you have exceeded your margin of error. Increase the safety margin by limiting your activities while reconfiguring gear.
  4. The best divers have their buoyancy under control AT ALL TIMES. Good divers know about how much weight they need and do not exceed the amount of lead needed to just get off the surface. When you get off the boat with too much lead, you have to constantly adjust your BC as you change depth. In the event of an out of air emergency, you are going to be fighting to dump weight or drown. A good diver should be neutral at the bottom or slightly negative if you use Aluminum tanks. A diver that can't get off the surface because they are holding their breath and then crash the reef as they descend, needs to take a course in Peak Performance Buoyancy. All advanced activities like Photography or Spear fishing rely on good buoyancy control. More by you than your BC.