Scuba Diving & Centers in Bermuda
Bermuda is probably the undisputed champion in scuba diving and has some of the world's finest diving centers. Some of the dive shops offer PADI 5-star facilities. Bermuda diving offers all the classic ingredients that you want for a special dive - the reefs, shipwrecks, underwater caves, a variety of colorful corals and marine life, and finally clear and warm water. If you have never dived before but want to give it a try, don't miss out diving in Bermuda.
There are great dive centers in Bermuda that can give you an out of the world dive experience. These dive shops also take extra care and provide extensive guidance for first timers. Bermuda is a great place to start and pursue your diving dream. Most of the Bermuda diving shops offer a Discover Scuba courses, which allow first-time scuba divers to take a brief lesson and follow an instructor to a shallow wreck or reef dive in Bermuda waters. It requires no certification or previous experience - only adequate fitness. Do you know that novices can learn the basics and then dive into water up to 25 feet deep on the same day? Yes, with experienced instructors and guides, many do it in Bermuda. And there are many shallow water reefs and shipwrecks in Bermuda that you can experience as you dive for the first time.
Many of the resorts in Bermuda have in-house diving shops and offer three-hour scuba diving courses and teach the basics in a pool, on the beach, or off a dive boat, that finally leads to a fascinating reef or a wreck dive.
Although you can easily dive year-round, the best months for diving in Bermuda are May through October. The sea is the most tranquil at this time, and the water temperature is moderate. It averages 83°F (28°C) during this time and dips to about 62°F (17°C) between November to April. During the wintertime, you need to bring your own scuba diving gear as diving shops in Bermuda are mostly closed.
During winter you will need appropriate wetsuits. Also note that Bermuda waters are exceptionally salty, so additional weights may be required. But the Atlantic waters are generally quite clear, so visibility is high under the ocean surface. Visibility during summer time, May to October, is generally up to 25 meters (about 80 feet). In the other months the visibility is far higher and can be up to 61 meters (about 200 feet).
Reef Dive in Bermuda
There are some 200 square miles of coral reefs in the waters surrounding the island. Some of the easiest & best day trips for reef dives include exploring the south-shore reefs. These reefs are the most dramatic ones in Bermuda.
The ocean-side drop-off can be up to 60 feet in some places. The corals are so honeycombed with caves, ledges, and holes that opportunities for any discovery is simply quite vast. Most of Bermuda's reefs are still in excellent health. You are bound to get the exotic experience to swim with schools of Multicolor Fish or even the occasional barracudas. As part of conservation drive, removal of corals is illegal in Bermuda.
If you want to know where the coral reefs are located, what can you expect to see if you take a dive for these magnificent reefs, and how Bermuda’s coral reefs have been formed, then check out Bermuda Coral Reefs. Note that reef corals get badly damaged (bleached) as they come in contact with UV sunscreen lotions that we use to protect our skin from sun burns. This has been observed through a study by European Commission. Divers should therefore take care not to use sunscreen lotions while diving.
Shipwreck Dive in Bermuda
There are more than 300 wreck sites in the waters surrounding Bermuda many of which are well preserved. Some 20 of them are believed to have been wrecked off the island itself and are lying on the ocean bed quite close to Bermuda island.
Most of the well-preserved famous Bermuda shipwrecks are to the north and east, and dive depths range between 25 feet and 80 feet. Several wrecks in the west are in relatively shallow water, 30 feet or less, and are ideal for novice divers. Each wreck has a very interesting story that we heard them all from the veteran divers including Teddy Tucker and Graham Maddocks. If you want to know more about these shipwrecks, exciting stories about them and where they are located in the Atlantic, check out Bermuda's Famous Shipwrecks.
I generally spend a lot of time with the diving veterans exploring which are the most popular wreck dives in the island. Based on all our exploration, here is a Bermuda Wreck Diving popularity list that I have prepared.
Top Shipwreck Dive Sites in Bermuda
Bermuda's Department of Tourism and the island's diving shops have instituted a free Shipwreck Certification Program for divers. The program is an innovative approach to provide more than just a memory to scuba divers. Since its launch in September 1996, many of Bermuda's 35 most popular and historic shipwrecks have been profiled in the Shipwreck Certificate Program. On completion of a wreck dive listed in the program, a diver receives a special certificate, beautifully crafted on decorative parchment-type paper. The diver's name, date of the dive and name of the dive operation, with the captain's or dive master's signature, is included on the document. Each certificate has the name of the ship, a silhouette of it prior to its sinking and a short description. The best part about the certificates is - they're free!
Bermuda Dive Operators & Their Offerings
You should not go out into the Bermuda waters for scuba diving on your own. You will need to find the right dive center in Bermuda to get the best of diving experiences. So where are the best Scuba Diving Shops in Bermuda?
If you are a beginner in scuba diving, you may be interested to know that the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world's largest recreational diving membership and diver training organization founded in 1966. PADI members like the diving shops, resorts, instructors, and dive masters teach the majority of the world's recreational divers. Some of the top Bermuda dive shops are PADI members.
There are several dive centers in this island. Almost all the 5 star resorts operate dive centers. The following diving shops in Bermuda are the ones stand out from the rest in terms of their maturity in diving activities, facilities, packages and overall friendliness. Note that most operators offer Discover Scuba dive for beginners, as well as 1-tank and 2-tank reef & wreck dives for experienced and certified divers. While the Discovery Scuba dives last for about 2.5 to 3 hours, the duration of 1-tank and 2-tank dive are about 4 hours (half day). Visit the dive center links for detailed info.
Blue Water Divers: A diving shop having PADI 5-Star IDC facility and Bermuda’s longest running dive operation. It gives you great access to Bermuda’s exciting wrecks and pristine reefs. It offers year-round scuba diving, two custom dive boats and operates from three locations. It also offers guided shore dives and dive packages.
Triangle Diving: It operates from the picturesque waterside of Grotto Bay Beach Resort located at the eastern side of the island. It has a full-service PADI facility with custom dive boat, offering access to Bermuda’s largest wrecks, vibrant reefs, training and more. Triangle Diving is located at the East End, minutes from St. George.
Dive Bermuda: This diving shop has PADI 5-Star IDC facilities and operates out of Fairmont Southampton hotel in Southampton Parish. This is Bermuda’s one of the few land-based operations to offer scuba diving for both North and South shore wrecks and reef sites.
Fantasea Diving & Watersports
For cruise ship passengers docked at Kings or Heritage Wharf, this is a very convenient dive operator. They are located within the dockyard itself and have a 5 star PADI dive center. They operate daily 2-tank dives for both reef and wrecks and also offer Discover Scuba lessons. From the cruise pier, you can walk across to their dive center.
2-Tank Dive: $165 per person (gear included)
PADI Discover Scuba Diving: Shore Dive- $100 per person, Boat Dive- $165 per person
Contacts & Booking
Phone: 441 236-DIVE(3483)
Email: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Tucker’s Point Dive and Water Sports Center
They are located at the eastern side of the island in Castle Harbor area and in the property of Tuckers Point Hotel & Spa. This is one of the relatively new PADI centers in Bermuda. They offer daily 1 and 2 tank reef & wreck dives from their custom built boat (30-ft 380hp boat which can reach virtually any reef or wreck site). The on-board facilities include EPIRB, GPS, VHF, life rafts, flares, oxygen, life jackets, marine head, provision for hot water shower and enough shades. You can even have your own chartered dive program or customize a dive.
Contacts & Booking
Phone: (441) 298-4050; Email: email@example.com
Diving Gear & Equipment Rentals in Bermuda
Other than the diving centers, there are several other places in Bermuda where you get Scuba diving equipment and gear rentals. Visit Diving equipment and gear rentals for a list of all places renting scuba gears.
Check out Bermuda Water Sports for various water sport activities in Bermuda.
Check out Bermuda Activities to know about all other activities in the island.
By Raj Bhattacharya
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