Plenty of both private and charter yachts feature dive compressors and gear onboard. This, of course, requires that the crew be trained in proper operation and procedures. The good news is that several captains and crewmembers can lay claim to being PADI certified.
But what about owners and charter guests who want to try their hand at diving and don’t have the equipment or properly trained masters onboard? In some cases, rendezvous diving can be arranged – meaning a third-party boat with trained staff and equipment meets the yacht and takes care of everyone.
Dive Butler International takes that concept to a new level. It offers private scuba instruction aboard a yacht anywhere in the world – literally. How? By flying in its dive instructors and gear.
Whether your yacht will be in traditional cruising grounds like the Caribbean or the Med, even as far as the Maldives, Dive Butler International can and will send someone to work with you. The company is the brainchild of Alexis Vincent, a PADI Master Instructor who has spent well more than a decade in the recreational-diving industry. He’s been working with resorts and tour operators for much of that time, and he realized there was an untapped niche for one-on-one instruction wherever and whenever people wanted it.
Vincent and more than two dozen PADI instructors, most of whom are multi-lingual, can work with adults and kids alike to teach everything from basic breathing techniques to important safety skills. They’ll research and map out a dive trip based on everyone’s abilities and what type of marine life you hope to see. Dive Butler International can also, if you wish, arrange photo and video mementos of your dive. The team will also, on request, provide tips on gear to buy if you want to outfit your yacht for the future.
Since Dive Butler International customizes packages according to clients’ needs, pricing can vary. Check the price list on its Web site (see “our services”) to get a sense of what your options are, then call or e-mail the team to learn about how else your experience can be tailored.