Do you need a buddy?
While you are welcome to dive with a buddy, it is not required for this dive. We find diving solo to be the best way to hunt for teeth and other fossils.
Is this a guided dive?
No, it is not a guided dive. While on the boat we will give an overview of each specific dive site, draw a map, and answer any questions that you may have. We will also review navigation skills with you before the dive if need be.
Do you limit bottom time?
No, we do not limit bottom time. Divers can dive until they reach 500PSI. With this in mind, everyone has different bottom times, so dives can last anywhere between 1 to 2+ hours.
What is the average depth of a fossil dive?
Most dives are typically around 28-30 ft, though our shallowest spots are about 12 ft and our deepest is around 39 ft.
What is the visibility like?
This is a low visibility dive. The average visibility for fossil dives in Venice is 6-10ft. That being said, we have some days where the visibility is 20+ feet and some days where it is lower. We do not dive when the visibility is less than 3-5ft.
What kind of boat will we be diving from?
We have a 26ft World Cat.
Before the Dive
Do you have rental gear available?
Yes, we have rental gear available upon request.
You must arrange this with the crew beforehand.
How far in advance do you recommend booking our dives?
We recommend booking:
– Weekends – 2-3 months in advance
– Weekdays – 1-2 months in advance
That being said, there are occasionally last minute cancellations so there is a possibility that you can book last minute. For larger parties, it is recommended to book earlier.
What is the cancelation policy?
If a dive needs to be cancelled due to bad weather and/or visibility, we will contact you as soon as possible to relay the information. While we will always be communicative if we see a weather problem arising ahead of time, there are some days where we cannot make the call until the night before or morning of.
Is there a minimum amount of divers required to make a trip?
No. We can take up to 6 divers, but there is no minimum. We will normally dive even if there is only one diver booked.
Do I need my Florida Fossil Permit?
No, you do not need your own fossil permit. All the finds on the boat are covered under our permit.
Should I worry about seasickness?
While most days the conditions are calm, there are times that it can be a bit rocky out there. If you know you get seasick, it is recommended that you take Dramamine (or something similar) the night before, as well as the morning of. Once we are out for the day, it is unfortunately not possible to return to the dock for someone who is seasick.