CHARTER PASSENGER INFORMATION
WHAT TO BRING
When packing for your trip, please remember storage is limited. Bring only items you expect to use and bring all items listed below.
Scuba Equipment required
Diving suit capable of keeping you comfortable in 40 degree Fahrenheit water. I would recommend a drysuit (with proper training and experience). If you choose to go wet, I strongly recommend three finger mitts and a hooded vest in addition to your 6-7 mill wetsuit.
Adequate regulators for cold water. Your regulator system must have an alternate air as well as a primary second stage. You may also consider a pony or bail out system.
Submersible pressure gauge and depth Gauge (a dive computer is not required, but highly recommended).
Mask, fins, snorkel, dive light(s), knife, weights and weight belt and spare parts kit, (remember limited space).
1 or 2 tanks , tanks must be current in hydro and have a current VIP sticker or they will not be permitted on the boat.
Watch or bottom timer, again a dive computer is highly recommended.
Buoyancy compensator with a power inflator, whistle and compass.
No dives will be permitted without the proper equipment — Make arrangements to buy , rent or borrow.
If you bring a fully weight integrated bcd or very heavy gear, be prepared to have your buddy(s) help lift and lower gear to transom.
Air Fills, Nitrox, Trimix & Argon
We have a compressor that provides air fills to 3500 psi @ $5.00/tank
Trimix fills are priced /mix payable at end of the trip.
Certifications and diver safety
All divers must be certified. We recommend advanced certification and require sufficient experience for the profiles you wish to dive. Certifications will be checked before departure and each diver must sign the enclosed liability waiver, PADI Statement of Understanding, and fill out the medical portion or the PADI medical Statement. Please note: if any of the listed medical conditions apply to you, we require you to consult a physician before participating in diving activities.
Recompression Chambers – Emergency Evacuation
The nearest chambers are located in Alpena, MI. Purchase of D.A.N. is highly recommended as some medical policies do not cover. DAN’S toll free membership number is 1-800-446-2671.
All dives are conducted with buddy teams.
Visibility Vis is seldom less than 25’ and often exceeds 50’. Colder water is generally clearer water.
No souvenirs may be taken or disturbed.
Each diver must provide operator with name, address and type of diving certification.
There is a 110 Volt AC diesel generator on board providing intermittent AC power through out the day. There are three 12 volt DC plug-ins. Extra battery packs are recommended.
Food and Beverages We do not provide soda pop. Feel free to bring your own in aluminum or plastic containers. Please, no glass bottles ! One cooler per group allowed and keep it a reasonable size.
DRUGS NONE. Any illegal drugs found to be on board will terminate the charter immediately. The authorities will be contacted. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!
Tobacco (all types) Outside only and keep a reasonable time period before and after dives.
Weather There will be no refunds unless we would happen to get weathered out completely, (can’t leave the dock.) or mechanical issue with the boat.
Departure and Return Plan to arrive at the boat at about 7:30 am EDT the morning of departure. Allow 1/2 hour for loading, pre-departure briefing, signing of liability releases and other paperwork. We will try to leave dockage at approximately 8:00 AM EDT.
What to expect During the day we will moor over one or more shipwrecks where you can dive subject to weather, accepted safe diving practices and specific policies of Blackdog Charters LLC.
Gratuities Dive boat gratuities typically run between 10-15% of your charter cost. Gratuities are not included in your cost. If you get good service, please show your appreciation. Gratuities may be offered individually or pooled and offered by the group leader.
How to Contact Us
Blackdog Charters LLC.
PO Box 122 854 21st Ct. South
Presque Isle, MI. 49777 Naples, FL. 34102
Or email: CaptBrianAnderson@yahoo.com Web: www.blackdogdivecharters.com
Thank You, we are looking forward to providing you with a memorable shipwreck diving trip!!!
Captain Brian Anderson 507-236-2280
Blackdog Charters llc.