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Frequently Asked Questions

We have taken these questions from the emails we receive. Hopefully these and our diving rules will tell you all you need to know about Scuba Diving with Pro Divers St Kitts.

Please use our Booking Form. This asks for all the information we need. Please only telephone us if you need a booking urgently.
The prices are on our rates page are kept current. We will confirm your full price including taxes etc prior to accepting your booking. There are no hidden extras to pay on your diving day.
We provide complimentary transport from all hotels in the Frigate Bay area. This covers the Marriott Resort and Beach Club, Timothy Beach Resort, Royal St Kitts Hotel, Sugar Bay Club, Silver Reef, Sealofts, etc.
We do not provide transport from Kittian Hill or the Park Hyatt.
We are a few minutes walk from the Cruise Ship dock.
We require a 50% deposit to confirm your booking.
This guarantees you a place on our boat.
Your deposit is refundable if you cancel 7 days prior to your dive.
For cruise guests we will also refund your deposit if your ship fails to dock.
After you contact us and we have you scheduled, we will ask you to telephone us with your CC number.
For security reasons we request that you do not send your CC number by email or through the booking form.
We normally dive Monday to Saturday (only the occasional Sunday).
We normally leave the dock at 9.30am each day, returning around 1.30pm (occasionally we will depart later).
No. There are however plenty of ferries from Nevis that will bring you over to the Marina.
Yes. ALL divers are required to show their C Card (or equivalent) before diving.
Yes subject to space on the boat. Snorkel gear is included but please appreciate our sites are mostly too deep for snorkelling.
Yes we will. Leave your gear when you have finished diving for the day and we will wash it off and have it ready on the boat for you when you arrive the next day.
No. Providing you book and pay a deposit for your package at one time you may take your dive days over a 2 week period.
From 2018 we are located in the Marina at Port Zante. This is next to the cruise ship dock.
Please ignore Internet references to "Fishermans Wharf".
Your personal timings will be in your confirmation email.
On a regular day we use the following schedule:
  • Hotel Pickups 08.45.
  • Port Zante meeting time 08.45 (LOCAL TIME).
If you are driving yourself please be at the boat by 09.00.
For dive students your pickup up time may be earlier.

These timings give divers enough time to check gear etc before the boat leaves the dock at 09.30.

Yes. The seating area is completely shaded. There is also ample open space on the bows.
No. There are restrooms at the Marina.
We have bottled drinking water available free of charge. Please bring your own snacks.
The boat has a flat deck, so at the wharf you step straight onto the deck. When diving we do a "giant stride" to enter the water.
2 sets of ladders allow an easy climb back onto the boat.
The boat has a first aid kit and oxygen onboard.
We do have dry stowage on board for small bags etc. You should make sure that electronics are contained in a dry bag.
We have rinse facilities at the marina. If you are diving on multiple days, we will take care of the gear for you.
We have a fresh water rinse bucket onboard for cameras.
Virtually all our sites are within 10 to 30 minutes of our dock.
This depends on two factors, bottom time and air consumption.
You get the maximum bottom time for a "no decompression" dive because that is calculated by the dive computer we provide. We also ask that for safety reasons you start your ascent with no less than 500 PSI (40 Bar) in your tank.
Within the above limits, actual dive time differs for each buddy pair.
The important thing to note is that the dive for the group does not end when the first diver has to return to the boat. This means that experienced divers will be able to enjoy longer dive times.
We are a warm water destination.
A 3mm shorty suit (we have these available) is suitable for most divers all year round. Summer seas are warm enough to dive in swimwear only.
Some divers may prefer to use a 3mm full suit during the winter months.
This table is updated during the 1st week of each month.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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C 26° 26° 26° 26° 26° 27° 28° 29° 28° 28° 28° 27°
Obviously this differs from day to day (and site to site) due to many factors. But we normally enjoy visibility in the 60 to 80 feet (18m to 24m) range all year round.
It is very rare for us to experience any current at all (NO drift diving here).
When it is windy (surface wind) we can usually find some sheltered dive sites.
The majority of our sites are multi level, giving us a choice of depths.
Details of the depths of each site are listed on our dive sites page.
The best marine life here is in the 40ft to 70ft (12m to 21m) range.
We do not undertake deco diving.
We will provide you with a computer so you can maximize your bottom time without requiring decompression stops.
We do however require you to make a safety stop of at least 3 mins at 15ft after every dive.
Our standard cylinders are 80 cu ft (11ltr) aluminum with A Clamp valves.
We also have available 63 cu ft aluminum and 40 cu ft aluminum.
We do 2 dives, maximum 60 minute bottom time each dive with a minimum of 60 minutes surface interval.
We normally allow 3.5 to 4 hours for a dive tour.
Yes. This is particularly important when we attach to mooring buoys as the buoy lines are covered in barnacles and not suitable for use as a descent line.
Yes. All our dives are led by an experienced Padi Instructor (usually by Auston himself).
We do try however to allow buddy pairs as much freedom as possible during the dive.
If you keep within visual distance of the dive leader and tell us when you get to 1,000 psi (80 bar) then we can navigate for you and ensure that you are back under the boat when it is time for you to ascend.
This question is often asked by experienced divers who do not want to do 2 dives at 40 ft because there are trainee divers on the boat.
Where neccessary, we will have 2 instructors on the boat and split into 2 groups.
We have some excellent dive sites at shallower depths which means that our shallower dives will always be on an interesting dive sites.
We also have many multi level dive sites. On many of our sites you can choose your own depth.
Please note that we do not take bulk group bookings on behalf of the cruise ships. We are not a "cattle boat".
Yes. You need to have the correct "Solo Diving" or "Self Reliant Diver" qualification.
You need to make arrangements with us to rent a Pony tank (40 cu ft).
You also need to ensure you have an SMB and all the necessary safety equipment.
Yes. We are more than happy to train juniors and to take juniors diving.
We have BCD's starting at size XXS.
Please note that we follow PADI standards for divers 10 - 11 yrs old and 12 - 16 yrs old.
If you need gloves because your hands get cold when diving, then the answer is yes. Please do not however handle any marine life or touch any coral.
No. There is no Nitrox available on the island of St Kitts.
Farting is possible while scuba diving but not advisable because:
Diving wetsuits are very expensive and the explosive force of an underwater fart will rip a hole in your wetsuit.
An underwater fart will shoot you up to the surface like a missile which can cause decompression sickness.
The acoustic wave of the underwater fart explosion can disorient your fellow divers.
The massive underwater fart explosion attracts sharks trying to find out who did that.
We charge you extra for replacing the wetsuit!
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