Bringing gear aboard is the preferred choice of avid divers but remember, the gear is with you your entire trip, and does take up space! Be sure to rent a Pelican rack for your tanks. This is the only way tanks may be stored aboard our boats, both for your safety and the protection of the boat. Gear generally runs $150/week for a set (BC, regulator, tank, weight belt), but other combinations of equipment may be arranged. When you make reservations with the dive shop, ask about pick up and delivery, as well as their deposit policy (usually a credit card). This deposit is paid upon arrival in cash or travelers checks, and will be refunded to you after the inspection of the vessel at the end of your trip. This deposit is independent of what the dive shop may require for security of their gear.
For gear rental call ADMIRALTY DIVE CENTER, 340-777-9802.
If you are planning to do just a few dives, consider 'Rendezvous Diving.' Just place a reservation with a professional dive shop in your sailing area. They will meet your boat, bring all the gear, take you to a great place, and bring you back to your boat. The cost of a 2-tank dive is approximately $80 - $85. This is a great way to enjoy the sport and let the rest of the non-divers enjoy another activity. It also keeps bulky gear off the boat when you are not using it.
Contact one of these local dive operators:
LOW KEY WATERSPORTS, St. John - 800-835-7718
Dive BVI, Tortola - www.divebvi.com or 800-848-7078 or 284-495-5513
Blue Water Divers - www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com or 284-495-1200
UBS - www.scubabvi.com or 284-494-0024
CYOA has a supply of masks, fins, and snorkels available at no charge to our guests. Some guests prefer bringing their own gear for comfort, if you have a prescription mask, or if you're a weird size (very BIG or very SMALL).
For a great selection of windsurfers and kayaks call West Indies Windsurfing at 340-775-6530. They will deliver the equipment right to your yacht!
For rod and tackle equipment on St. Thomas contact: Admiralty Dive Center in the Holiday Inn at 340-777-9802. Be sure to ask them whether it is safe to eat the fish you catch. Many reef fish in the Virgin Islands are carriers of Ciguaterra poisoning, and are not safe to eat! Make this a "catch and release" vacation!
THE BITTER END
If you wish to try your hand at several water sports and not bother with rentals, spend a day or two up in North Sound, Virgin Gorda. Moorings are available for $15/day, and you can rent kayaks, sunfish, sailboards, water skis, scuba equipment, or use the pool.
THE BITTER END YACHT CLUB, Virgin Gorda - 800-872-2392, 284-494-2746
Leverick Bay Water Sports, Virgin Gorda - 284-495-7376 or www.watersportsbvi.com