All 7-day charters aboard Kelea include 3 dives for certified divers. Additional dives can be added based upon weather, itinerary and captain’s discretion.
TRY SCUBA / DISCOVER SCUBA DIVE
This is a course for non-certified divers. This allows you to get your feet wet and enjoy the thrills of diving. The course includes a small classroom setting and some basic in-water skills training. Once you have mastered these skills, you will continue to a beautiful, shallow reef dive at a maximum depth of 40 feet. These dives can also count towards an Open Water Scuba Certification but do not result in certification alone.
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Diving Costs information
***3 dives included in charter cost for certified divers***
Additional Dives*: $50 per dive, per diver - dependent on circumstances (ie: total # of divers, weather, safety, logistics etc).
Try Scuba: $150/diver, this course does not provide a certification upon completion
*Additional dives are based upon weather, itinerary and at Captain’s discretion. Seven dives maximum during the charter week.
All dives and Try Scuba courses include tank fills, all gear including weights and dive lights, briefings and a licensed scuba instructor serving as your guide.
Kelea’s Crew - Phil Pattat-Barrat and Florence Laidler
Growing up in London, Phil worked extensively within the hospitality industry. His vast experience managing teams in different restaurants throughout London and the quaint English countryside of Kent taught him the high standards of excellent customer care and service he brings to yachting.
Travelling with Florrie to Bali, Australia and California before settling in Antigua where Phil qualified as an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore license has transformed Phil’s passion in life to sailing. He loves being on the ocean and enjoying the outdoors. Phil has a broad and in depth knowledge of the Caribbean from Antigua to Grenada; and has even completed an Atlantic crossing - an experience and adventure he will never forget!
He looks forward to sharing his passion with guests and taking them around the beautiful Virgin Islands. His favourite part of the day is entertaining guests with craft cocktails and tales of adventures while the sun sets.
Florrie - First mate/ Dive Instructor/ Chef
With an incredibly lively, outgoing, sparkly personality Florrie will make your vacation as enjoyable and as fun as possible! Florrie takes great delight in sharing the flavours of the world with you. Quality of produce and locally sourced fresh foods remain the mainstay of her cooking.
A traveller from an early age Florrie has a great appreciation for the cuisine and culture of many different countries. With a degree in Marine Science she has travelled and worked extensively in the marine industry, as well as earning her dive instruction certification. Working aboard the largest commercial sailing Trimaran in the world as the chief stewardess in the British Virgin Islands allowed her to refine her skills and cement her belief in superior customer service. Armed with the knowledge of awesome diving and snorkelling spots throughout the BVI she’s sure to add amazing adventures to your vacation.
As a RYA Yacht master with experience across the Caribbean including an Atlantic crossing she’s a great help to Phil when she’s not in the galley!
Charter Season Kicks Off at USVI Charter Yacht Show, Territory’s Boutique Fleet & Customized Vacation Experiences on Full Display
The annual showpiece of the industry’s hard work in perfecting its craft paid off with a successful seasonal launch at the USVI Charter Yacht Show, held November 12-15 at IGY Marina’s Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas. Nearly 70 yachts, both power and sail, with uniquely qualified professional crews, were on show to over 160 brokers from over 100 charter businesses in the Caribbean, U.S., and Europe, which market the territory’s customized boutique marine vacations. Synergizing the destination of the U.S. Virgin Islands with its charter industry professionals, show organizers, the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht Association (VIPCA), work year-round with several territorial departments and federal agencies. Key aspects of this work were the subjects of event seminars that updated attendees on government regulations and information on natural resources. A taste of local culture and history was also offered in the opening ceremony with Caribbean Ritual Dancers and with a panel presentation by historians and national park tour experts on the second day.
“VIPCA has gone above and beyond to meet its mission of promoting the USVI as a destination of choice for the yachting community and protecting the interests of our marine community and businesses,” says The Honorable Albert Bryan Jr., Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Read the entire press release on our website
Photos by @mangomediavi
2022 USVI Charter Yacht Show 🗓 November 12-15 📍 Yacht Haven Grande 🛥 Build. Learn. Certify. Shine. 🌐 www.usviyachtshow.org