WHAT TO BRING
An OQ BOAT TRAVEL AND SCUBA DIVING VOLUNTARY RELEASE, WAIVER, AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM is required to be signed by every diver/passenger before we leave the dock. Anyone under 18 years of age must have a release signed by a parent or legal guardian. If the minor is not accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, then the release must be signed in advance and brought to the boat by the minor on the day of the departure.
What should I bring with me on my charter?
NUMBER ONE….your dive gear and two full tanks! Please remember to check your tank fills before you arrive at the boat…..it’s no fun to find out once under way that you don’t have enough gas and watch all your dive buddies having a good time! It can be chilly up here in the PNW! Average water temperatures here in Puget Sound range from 46-54 degrees. Be sure to bring a change of warm clothes and a towel for after your dive. We have a “dry area” in our v-berth for stowing dry goods and for your changing privacy. You are welcome to brink beverages and snacks, we will provide snacks, beverages, and lunch during your trip. If you are vegetarian or have diet restrictions please let us know ahead of time; we have a small selection of vegetarian soups and some that are gluten free.
Please leave any large tote containers or large travel type dive suitcases in your vehicle, we will provide bins under the seats to stow your dive gear. Loading the deck with big totes and bins take up valuable deck space and can cause tripping hazards. Your gear should be packed in as small a bag as possible, preferably mesh. Ideally you should have tanks, a dry bag with clothing and undergarments, a gear bag for your “wet gear” and bcd, and any personal effects such as purses, backpacks etc. And one last note, please do not put your weights in your gear bag. It will really save the crew’s back!
Cameras and lights! We have a fresh water rinse bucket for photography equipment. Please make sure all of your batteries are charged up and ready to go! Lights are optional but highly recommended, PNW waters can be dark and a light will help you communicate with your buddy. Plus, there are many nooks and crannies that critters love to hide in and that light will help you get a good view!
Anything else to bring?
Seasickness medication if you think you may need it…
Extra cash for Ocean Quest t-shirts and tips!
Show up with a smile and we’ll smile bigger and be ready to show you a great day on (and below) the water!
Tipping Etiquette for Crew
Gratuities for the Crew are not included in the price of any ticket or charter. Our Crew works very hard to provide you top notch service and an all around enjoyable, safe dive experience. Please show your appreciation in the Tip Jar at the end of the dive. It is customary to tip 15-20% of the full price of your ticket, plus or minus of course depending on the service you receive.
We do not rent dive gear. We can direct you to several great local dive shops that will be happy to outfit you in the proper gear for cold water diving. We have a small amount of spare items such as masks, fins, hoods, and gloves on board in our “save a dive” kit just in case they may be needed.
COMMON SENSE RULES
- Always Arrive At The Boat On Time: Dive boats are often in use multiple times each day. It is important that they depart and return on time or the subsequent dives will not be on time. Divers should arrive at the designated loading area a little prior to the announced boarding time. You need to allow ample time to double check your gear and to allow for any additional paperwork that might be needed that day. If you are late in arriving you may literally miss the boat!
- Do Not Board The Boat Until Asked Aboard By The Crew: Dive boats need to be properly prepared prior to their departure. Fresh dive cylinders, snacks, first aid supplies and even emergency oxygen need to be loaded on board or checked prior to casing off. The crew needs adequate time and space to get ready for the days activities. If you board too early you simply get in the way or even prevent the crew from completing their assigned tasks. As soon as the boat is ready you will be invited aboard. Once on board you should quickly and neatly stow your equipment and double check everything prior to departure.
- Listen To The Boat Safety Briefing: At the beginning of any dive boat trip a member of the crew will give a boat safety briefing. Listen carefully. The safety briefing will include not only important safety instructions in the case of an emergency but some common sense tips on what will work best on the particular boat from which you are diving. Pay attention and do not distract the attention of others by talking during the briefing.
- Stay In Your Allotted Area or Space: Dive boats with a load of scuba divers and dive gear can be very crowded. For your comfort and the comfort and safety of everyone on board you need to set up in a confined area and keep your equipment there as well. It is not only good manners to maintain you gear in your own space, but it will prevent possible equipment damage or even divers from tripping over your items.
- Set Up Your Gear – Check To Make Sure You Have Everything: Once your dive gear is on board immediately set up your scuba unit. Check your air then turn your air off and purge the line. Secure your unit with the straps or bungees that the boat has in place. Make sure you have everything. Once the boat departs it is too late to replace a forgotten item.
- Keep The Dry Area Dry: Many divers will bring a towel, camera and even a log book on board. These items are usually stowed in a “dry area” of the boat. Please make sure that you keep this area dry. Do not place wet gear or towels in this area. If the boat has an enclosed cabin area it is important not to enter that area while wearing a wetsuit, unless the Captain says it is ok. Water in that area not only creates a safety hazard for slipping but can cause mildew and odor in what is the living area of the boat.
- Enter & Exit The Water Properly: When divers are lined up to enter the water be ready. Have your equipment appropriately in place and be ready to go when it is your turn. Use the entry technique recommended in the Dive Briefing. When returning to the boat wait your turn to use the ladder. Hold the trail line until it is your turn. Never get onto the ladder when someone is still climbing out. If they were to fall they could land on top of you. When it is your turn quickly move to the ladder and follow the technique recommended in the dive briefing. Once on board move yourself and your equipment out of the way to make room for the next diver.
- Remember The Crew: Thank and Tip the Captain and Crew… The boat crew goes out of their way to make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip. Be sure to thank them. It is also customary to tip the crew. If the crew went above and beyond the call of duty in helping you either spot critters, take care of your gear or even help you in or out of the boat it is nice to thank them with an extra gratuity.