requested Info about Diving in Trinidad and Tobago
am thinking of learning to dive, what should I know about the sport and choosing
a school ?
Learning to dive is safe, easy and fun. Before engaging
in the sport one should complete a recognized course. This is a very common question,
that we are often asked .........
First, you need to choose an Instructor,
most certifying agencies allow only a fully certified Instructor, not their assistants
/ divemasters, to conduct all phases of training. SCUBA instructors can teach
independently or be attached to a dive facility, most importantly the Instructor
should be able to provide proof that they are an Instructor and
teach in the year in question. Since most certifying agencies require
Instructors to renew their teaching status annually, the instructor should be
able to show proof of authorization to teach and certify for the current year.
If there are doubts the Instructor should be willing to give the address and the
phone number for the head office of the certifying body so that the credentials
could be checked.
To most of us the cost of the course is an important factor.
However, THERE CAN BE NO COMPROMISE HERE FOR SAFETY. You should know from the
start what the total cost of training and certification is going to be; like many
other programs there are many components that go together to make up a complete
training package. An example of what you may expect to find in a package price
may be the following : a manual with a dive planner (tables), a log book, the
certification card / registration with the training agency, pool or confined water
sessions, open water dives and use of all SCUBA equipment required for the course.
Many instructors / facilities expect students to have their own set of personal
gear namely a mask, snorkel and pr. of fins. If you do not already own these items,
read a manual or ask your local dive center for advice on how to choose a set
of SCUBA quality equipment. If the course is not offered as a package, you may
want to enquire as to the cost of the separate components making up the full certification
We have more info available, please send mail requesting whatever
info you may require, or call us at 634-2872, write to us firstname.lastname@example.org, with
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Should I choose to dive or train with DiveTnT Ltd?
diving since 1976, teaching since 1986, never an accident, case of bends or incidents
resulting in injury.
2. Personalized Service - I do all my teaching
and am in the water at all stages with my divers / students !
3. Fun and Adventure
As a PADI Instructor I offer personalized training with new SCUBA equipment all
maintained in accordance with PADI guidelines, I change equipment every two years
so one can be assured to have proper gear. I am in the water at all times as required
by PADI, offering the years of experience and safety to my students and divers
alike. Students going to the Open Water with me will do the minimum of four dives,
all boat dives that are guided.
do you arrive at the costing for a beginner level course ?
an easy question to answer and most persons have agreed that the fees are very
First consider that I have never had an accident while training
I have been teaching since 1986 - actively and now have close to
13,000 dives (Nov 2005), students get experience, safety and lots of stories .......
I do all the teaching and am in the water myself thereby ensuring maximum
I am a "current and financial" member of PADI - The Professional
Association of Diving Instructors and I must pay member dues annually, to continue
to be able to teach and certify. Always be sure to see the Instructors card, it
should have some indication that they are currently certified to teach for the
year you are in.
The PADI OW package is sold at approx $65USD with shipping.
PADI Card (if you pass :-) $40 USD with shipping to and from TT
4 dives incl. Equipment/Instructor with boat (some do not use a
boat) - we use a boat, a captain and a helper. priced at approx.
$ 50 USD per dive incl. equipment (compare with a dive anywhere)
= $ 200 USD
3-5 Pool / Confined Water Sessions including the use of equipment
factored at approx $ 35USD each session conservatively = $105 -
5 Theory Sessions factored by me at approx. $30 USD per class =$175
That would be a total of approx. $705 USD = $ 4475 TTD
We have learned to dive, do you offer dives / trips ?
dive down the islands in Trinidad regulalry and in Tobago at least every once
or twice a month on weekends, please see the updated calendar
for details of trips. All you need do is to drop me a line or call and I can arrange
a package for you depending on how many dives you wish to do or depending on your
makes your dive trips so enjoyable ?
Several reasons :
2. I enjoy diving and we tend to be in the water for as long as
we can, we do not end our dives promptly at 45 mins for eg at 60 feet / 18 m ........
3. We dive more ...... I enjoy diving Tobago and cover Speyside, Charlotteville
and The Sisters down to Castara In Tobago with occasional exploratory dives !
In Trinidad we dive Down The islands, and up the north coast when the conditions
appears to be a very expensive sport, how do you arrive at the pricing for a dive
When you come diving with us you are paying for three support staff, a boat Captain,
a helper/spotter, and a divemaster, you do not have to lug heavy gear around,
nor take your gear home to wash after use, we do this for you. You can truly enjoy
the dive holiday / trip simply step onto the boat from the pier and off we go.
Our pricing includes, the boat fees, the air and weights, and for a few more dollars
one can include the scuba gear. Even so our prices
are still below what many may charge.
has been described as having, rough advanced diving conditions, how rough is it
There are many very easy divesites around Tobago, we do have advanced
sites that may be considered as advanced due to factors such as currents, surge
and surface water conditions. Many have remarked that once underwater the conditions
are actually easy. Most of the sites are gently sloping reefs and so once can
choose whatever depth they like to stay at, some of the sites around St. Giles
and the Sisters will have steep walls dropping off to 120 feet, the surface water
can be a little choppy there but once in the water the dive is quite easy. Some
of the easy dive sites include : Pirate's Bay Reef, Breakfast Bay, Booby Rock
and Melville Reef.
is DiveTnT Ltd. Located ?
We are based in Charlotteville, Tobago and
Freeport, Trinidad. Our diving is mostly out of Charlotteville and Speyside In
Tobago or Down the Islands in Trinidad. We do sometimes go up the north coast
when conditions are good.
I offer the SCUBA courses mainly in Trinidad, during
the "off season"doing pool and theory classes.
we go out to see the Manta Rays as advertised ?
A couple of years
ago I would easily say YES, definitely within a few dives we would have seen one
or several manta rays, some divers with me have seen manta(s) up to fifteen times
on one dive. Unfortunately some magazines and divemasters have promoted "taking
a ride on a Tobago taxi" referring to our Manta Rays, it is my belief that
this has provoked and harassed the mantas to the extent that they no longer frequent
the areas that they used to and so divers have seen them less and less. While
we would be able to "guarantee" a manta experience in the past it can
no longer be so.
I choose to come diving what should I do next ?
First call or write
me an e-mail or call to ensure that I am available for the period you intend to
Tel. (868) 634-2872, or send me e-mail at : email@example.com
To DiveTnT Ltd and Diving in Tobago
I prefer BWIA our National Airline to get to
Tobago, you can pay online, check flights and make bookings here, you can also
use Tobago Express or Caribbean Star or LIAT.
When you get to Tobago you can
rent a car, or hire a taxi to get to Charlotteville -
Call Royal Taxi (868)
639-8153 (Lester or Gemmo) or Call Lester at home 639-8857,
they offer my
guests special rates, and will meet you at the airport.
Once in Charlotteville
you can stay at a number of places, the choice is yours, see some of the accommodations
at the website indicated. Of course I would be happy to help as usual.
are we likely to see while diving ?
Easy question to answer, look
through almost any fish and / or marine life book on the Caribbean and chances
are within a few days you might have seen almost all of the common life, lots
of fish, hard and soft corals, and occasionally a shark and if we are lucky a
manta or two. Take a look at the photo albums listed on the entry page.
you dive in Trinidad also ?
Once conditions are good I am happy to
dive in Trinidad, mostly "down the islands".
Remember the water
in Trinidad can be cold down deep, and some have expressed dissapointment that
the water clarity is not the blue that people expect of the Caribbean. Our waters
tend to be a murky brown green color due to the amount of fresh water from our
land and from South America via the Orinoco.
are your views on Spearfishing ?
Like most activities, Spearfishing
and Underwater Collecting has a time and place !! We enjoy spearfishing and collecting
very much, however spearfishing is never done with students or beginners in the
water, nor in any areas designated as Marine Parks, or recommended as such. Unless
a fish is going to be eaten, it should not be hunted, and the shot should not
be attempted unless it is a "sure" one, one should not take a shot on
an off chance, this tends to injure the marine life recklessly. As far as the
lobsters go I have some simple rules : if you have to damage the reef, leave them,
if they are too small 3inch carapace - leave them, if it is has eggs leave it
! You are not allowed to shoot a lobster on our trips !
you have a question, drop me a line and I would be
happy to answer you !