Galapagos Dive Trip April 11-18 2011

Galapagos Diving

Your underwater adventures in the Galapagos will encompass everything from sharks to nudibranchs, and more. The islands are best known for amazing shark diving around Wolf and Darwin Islands. These small and remote islands are best reached by liveaboard vessels for divers. Your diving experience here will generally include Galapagos sharks, silky sharks and lots of schooling hammerheads being cleaned by king angelfish. Seeing marine turtles, schools of tuna, eagle rays, and sea lions is very common and seeing a whale shark is very possible from June through November. All the islands you travel to are amazing sites for underwater photography.

Macro photographers will have their fill of sea horses, barnacle blennies, coral hawk fish, and many others. An abundance of rays are at many of the dive sites (including spotted rays, marble rays, golden rays and stingrays) along with sea lions, sea turtles, schools of grunts and snappers. The variety of life in these water is unlike any other place, with thick schools of the native brown stripped salema, snappers, groupers, Chevron barracuda and huge sea turtles.

There are also many unique things to view on land. Consider adding on some time to your trip to experience the land animals as well. And of course, a trip to the Galapagos would not be complete without taking time to watch their most famous inhabitants - the giant tortoise!

Make your reservation today for a once in a lifetime experience in the "Enchanted Islands."


Days aboard the M/V Humboldt Explorer generally involve a 6:30 a.m. dive followed by breakfast, a dive at 9:30, lunch at 12:00, and afternoon dives at dive at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. Dinner is served at approximately 7:00 p.m. Under current National Parks guidelines, no night dives are allowed by any vessels within the Galapagos National Park.

Please note that these itineraries are examples only, and will change depending on local regulation, weather and logistics at the Captain’s discretion. Currently, each week the itinerary includes the same islands. The number of dives and the dive sites may vary depending on sea conditions, crossing times and currents. The order of the island visits, however, is dictated by the Galapagos National Park and may vary weekly.

San Cristobal Departures

All departures for 2010 and onwards will be from San Cristobal for 2010.
For those flying to and from the Galapagos on Mondays to join the vessel, a guide will meet you upon exiting the baggage claim area for transfer to the vessel. If the departure island changes, your airlines tickets from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands will automatically be changed (so long as the tickets have been purchased through our partners).

Monday: San Cristobal
Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in theGalapagos islands mid-day. Guests are met at the airport and taken to the vessel.
Boarding the vessel after 12:00 noon, guests will depart for a short crossing to the a calm site for a check out dive and safety briefing. Lunch will be served before the dive and dinner will be served after the check out dive. The vessel will make a late day departure to the next destination.

Tuesday: North Seymour - North Syemour Canal, North Seymour Point
6:30, 9:30, dives. Sightings include turtles, hammerheads, sea lions.
Afternoon/overnight transit to Darwin (20 hours).

Wednesday: Darwin - Darwin's Arch
6:30, 9:30, 1:30 and 4:00 dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks, eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, and silky sharks. Night at anchor.

Thursday: Darwin - Darwin's Arch
6:30, 9:30, 1:30 and 4:00 dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks, eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, and silky sharks. Evening crossing to Wolf Island (2.5 hrs).

Friday: Wolf Island - Landslide, Shark Bay, Pinaculo
6:30, 9:30, 1:30 and 4:00 dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, turtles and silky sharks. Overnight transit to Isabela Island (15 hours).

Saturday: Isabela Island – Cabo Marshall
6:30 and 9:30 dives. Sightings include giant manta rays, mobula rays, turtles, hammerheads, black-striped salema. Overnight transit Cousins Rock (8 hours).

Sunday: Cousin’s Rock
6:30, 8:30 dives – wall and macro diving with excellent chance of seeing sea horses, sea lions, eagle rays. Breakfast and transit back to Santa Cruz (3 hrs). Land trip to see the giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz, traditional Ecuadorian BBQ lunch at a farm in the highlands (cost is $15 per person), and transit to Puerto Ayora for shopping and possible visit to Darwin Center on your own. 7 p.m. return to the boat, dinner and crossing to San Cristobal.

Monday: Baltra/San Cristobal
Breakfast; depart the vessel by 8:30 am . Trip to the interpretive center and time to visit the beach in town to see sea lions and marine iguanas. Transfer back to the airport for flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

$3000 Per Person Double Occ.
Packages Include:

•7 nights/8 days aboard the vessel
•3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
•Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
•2-4 dives a day (days vary)
•Use of tanks, weights and belts
Packages Do Not Include:
•Airport transfers (except same-day Galapagos arrivals)
•Hotel accommodations
•Flights to/from Galapagos
•Last evening meal
•Rental, instruction, nitrox and retail charges
•Crew gratuities
•Trip cancellation insurance
•Departure taxes - up to US$41 pp
•Premium alcoholic beverages
•National Marine Park fees - $100 pp, cash only. Paid on arrival in Galapagos.
•TCT Tourist card - ($10 pp, cash only) Paid at Ecuador airport of departure for Galapagos. Cash only.
•Hyperbaric chamber fee ($35 pp)
•Temporary fuel surcharge - if applicable

Become a SCUBA Instructor Today

PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Are you looking for something extraordinary?
To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn't even know existed?
All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training.
The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.
The IDC program is a minimum of five days (not including online independent learning) It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.
The Fun PartIt’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you.
The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.
You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.
Get College CreditYou may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course.

The Challenging Part
The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication are key.

What You Learn
During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education.

Sample Schedule (subject to change)
Day One
Course Orientation
General Standards and Procedures
How to Teach the Open Water Diver Course
Teaching in Confined Water
Skill Demo Workshop (and 800 m/yd swim)

Day Two
Confined Water Teaching Presentation 1
Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
How to Teach the Advanced Open Water Course
Conducting Open Water Dives
Risk Management

Day Three
Open Water Teaching Presentation 1
How to Teach Discover Scuba Diving (Intro to Scuba)
Advanced Open Water Workshop
Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 1
4 Es Counseling Workshop 1
How to Teach the Rescue Diver Course

Day Four
Open Water Teaching Presentation 2
Rescue Exercise Workshop
Confined Water Teaching Presentation 3
Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 2

Day Five
Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 3
4 Es Counseling Workshop 2
How to Teach the Divemaster Course
Confined Water Teaching Presentation 4

Day Six
Make Up
Specialty Instructor Courses: Enriched Air Instructor, Emergency O2 Provider Instructor, Optional)

Day Seven
Open Water Teaching Presentations
Fun Diving or Specialty Instructor Courses: 5 for $500 Search and Recovery and Underwater Navigator (Optional)

Day Eight
Open Water Teaching Presentations
Specialty Instructor Courses: 5 for $500 Boat/Deep/Wreck (Optional)

Day Nine(Vortex Springs)
Open Water Teaching Presentations

Day Ten
(Destin Florida)
PADI Instructor Exam

PADI IE - Instructor Examination

To complete your Instructor training you need to be tested after you complete your IDC, You will only be allowed to take these exams once your IDC has been passed successfully, these tests or examinations are needed so that you can certify as an OWSI. The exam is a right of passage for PADI Instructors and is known as the Instructor Examination (IE).
The purpose of the IE is to evaluate your knowledge and skills in order to make sure they are sufficient to earn a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification. It is an evaluation program that tests your teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, water-skills, understanding of the PADI System and attitude and professionalism. The IE is a standardized evaluation conducted by Instructor Examiners who work for the various PADI Offices.
The IE is run by professional PADI Instructor Examiners from the local PADI Regional Headquarters, which goes a long way to ensure that your Instructor assessments are correct and without bias.
You will be tested both on your dive theory and knowledge as well as your personal dive skills and teaching presentations and these will occur in a classroom type environment, additionally these exams take place in both confined (pool) and open water (normally the beach if local dive conditions allow) environments. Confined water environments for the PADI IE is normally restricted to swimming pools to aid administration and logistics.
To pass the IE and to get certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you have to successfully meet the standards in every section of the Instructor Examination or IE. If you fail at your first attempt at the IE you will be permitted to take a second IE. Your second IE is not allowed to be taken within 5 days of the first and if you wait longer than 1 year after the first one you will need to either take a full IDC again or apply to PADI.
Areas that you will be evaluated on:

Dive theory Classroom Exams

  • Physics
  • General Skills & Environment
  • RDP - Recreational Dive Planner
  • Physiology
  • Equipment

PADI Classroom Exams

  • PADI Standards & Procedures

Classroom Presentations

  • Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation

Pool / Confined Water Teaching Presentations

  • Confined Water Presentations (1 random skills)
  • Confined Water Skills (5 random skills)

Open Water Presentations

  • Open Water Teaching Presentation (2 random skills)
  • Rescue Exercise 7 Demonstration

Your application fee for the PADI Instructor Examination are never included in your IDC course or package price, and need to be paid at the IE to PADI.
Once you have passed your IDC you will be invited to take your IE, this is normally taken the weekend straight after your IDC finishes. You will be given a standard set of instructions like this.
This information is intended to assist IE Candidates in their preparation for their IE with information on venues, times and date. Make sure you read it carefully. If you have any questions in regard to the IE we suggest you contact your Course Director in the first instance or alternatively Instructor Development at PADI
Be sure and bring to the Orientation all materials necessary to participate in the IE. Additional information of venues and scheduling will be provided at this time.

Entry to the IE

If you are taking the full IE, your PADI Examiner needs three documents related to you. These include:
  • An Instructor Certificate of Completion filled out and signed by a PADI Course Director. This form documents your completion of the IDC or OWSI program. Please note that the hologram shipped with your PADI Instructor PADI Guide to Teaching should be affixed to this form. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your IDC and IE paperwork.
  • Your completed IE Enrollment Form with payment details attached. The IE fee is payable by check, credit card or bank draft to the PADI Examiner at the IE. Please note it is our policy not to accept cash. All checks and bank drafts should be made payable to PADI Americas.
  • A copy of an approved medical form. This form must be signed by a physician indicating that you have been examined and declared unconditionally fit to dive within a year of the IE's final day. Without an approved medical form, you will not be allowed to participate in the confined or open water components of the IE.
Your Course Director may have:
  • Given these documents to you with instructions to bring to the IE Orientation and Registration.
  • Made other arrangements to ensure they are available at the Orientation and Registration session.

Your Course Director will be able to tell you which option they have chosen. However regardless of which option these are required items and must be handed to the Examiner at the IE Orientation and Registration. Failure to do so may result in your not being able to take the IE.

Resitting your IE

If you are resitting one or two segments of the IE, the examiner will need the following:
  • The Certificate of Participation from your previous IE.
  • Completed IE Enrollment form with payment details attached. The cost is made per segment payable by check, credit card or bank draft to the PADI Examiner at the IE. 
  • If you are resitting either the confined or open water portion of the IE, a copy of an approved medical form. This form must be signed by a physician indicating that you have been examined and declared unconditionally fit to dive within 12 months of the IE's final day.
If this is your 3rd IE, you are required to provide your 3rd IE remediation document, signed off by a valid PADI Course Director.

Confined Water Logistics

The confined water portion of the IE will be held at a local pool / confined water area.

Open Water Logistics

The open water site for the IE will be announced at the Orientation.

2016 IDC Schedule TBA

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Fall November

Start Today with Elearning

How Does Elearning Work?

Complete IDC (AI-OWSI) $999
Elearning Course $320 (Paid online)
AI Only: $599 (Attend first five days)
OWSI Only: $699 (Attend last five days)
PADI Manuals/Materials/Crew Pak/Slates (Varies) $400-$600

Specialty Instructor Courses: $150 + Boat Charter (or get five for $500)
Emergency First Response Instructor Course: $250 Plus Instructor Materials
Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor Course: $250 Plus Instructor Materials

The Above costs do not include IE, membership, or registration fees.
Please consult the latest PADI price list from your Divemaster Package for the most current fees.


Staybridge Suites:  Ask for the Special Down Under Diver's rate.

Sea Oates Condo on the Beach: Call Gulf Sands 251-968-4100 ask for Condo H102

Contact our Course Director Bryan Eslava for details at


Black Friday Sale!!! One Day Only!!! Friday 10:00 to 1:00pm

Down Under Dive Shop's 2010 season has come to an end, and it's time to move out our 2010 inventory and get ready for next year.
Down Under Dive shop will be hosting the largest "one day" clearence sale in our history on Black Friday, November 26th 10:00 am to 1:00pm.
Come in or call for 25% off of all products (excluding Courses, Weights, and T-Shirts)
and 50% or more savings on the following items.

All Waterproof Drysuits Starting at $899 ($1999 Regular)

ALL Masks!!!
Starting at $30

Select 3mm Wetsuits!!!

Prices Range from $40 Shorties $88 for 3mm Full Suits.

All Gear Bags 50% Off!!!

Red Twin Jet Max Fins $99!!!

Pelaj Spearguns $150!

Free Dive T-Shirt with Purchase of $100 Gift Certificate!!!


This week at Down Under Dive Shop 11/11

Happy Veterans Day!

Dive Boat Schedule:
Sat: 6hr 2 Tank Charter:
Sun: 6hr 2 Tank Charter

Class Schedule:
Open Water Diver/Scuba Review Nov.15
Enriched Air Nitrox: Nov. 12
Advanced Openwater Diver: Nov. 13
Deep/Wreck: Nov 14
CPR/First Aid/AED/O2 Provider Nov 17 and Nov 27

Instructor Development Course Nov. 22

Manatee Trip Feb 12th

Fiji March 19th (sign up today only one spot left)

Palau March 18th 2012

Congratulations to Kevin Johnson on the PADI Open Water Diver Course.

Meet The Staff:
Specialty Instructor: Jim Mahan Jr.

Jim is Public Safety Search and Recovery Diver and has over 30 Years of Diving Experience.

Manager Course Director: Bryan Eslava

Bryan is our resident Course Director (Instructor Trainer), Side Mount Instructor, Full Face Mask Instructor, Tec Trimix and Full Cave Diver.
Bryan also teaches a host of Specialty Instructor Ratings ranging from CPR Instructor to Equipment Repair Technician.
Bryan is also an adventure travel guide and takes groups on diving vacations around the world including Belize, Curacao, and the Pacific.


DIVE PALAU March 18-25 2012

Check out the Video

Prepare to ‘Dive Easy’ on Tropic Dancer where you’ll enjoy all of the amenities you’ve come to expect from a Dancer Fleet yacht®. Once you’re settled in on this comfortable yacht and ensconced in Dancer Fleet surroundings, you’ll be ready to focus on the huge variety the underwater world of Palau has to offer. At Blue Corner you’ll be greeted by gray reef and white tip sharks, Napoleon Wrasse, spotted eagle rays, schooling jacks and barracuda, trigger fish and more. Look for manta rays, octopi, nudibranchs, garden eels and maybe even a leopard shark when diving in German Channel. Peleliu Corner, where the ocean currents converge to make up some of the strongest currents you’ll ever experience, is home to large numbers of tropical fish and a variety of corals including soft, cable and black. Sea fans decorate the wall while large pelagic fish cruise around Peleliu Corner.

Here is a sample of some of the dive sights:

Remnants of WWII are still visible throughout Palau today, including many ship and plane wrecks resting at the bottom of Palau’s inner lagoon. Japanese Zero, one of the most famous, lies in only five feet of water just waiting to be explored. While in Peleliu, if weather permits, you’ll be treated to an island tour where you’ll visit the Peleliu War Museum, explore the battlefields of Orange Beach and Bloody Nose Ridge and get a sampling of life in Palau today.

Photo Gallery:

$3230 PP ($1600 Deposit)
Additional charges: Nitrox is $150.00 per person for the entire seven day charter. For those guests that do not want to purchase nitrox for the entire charter, they can pay $10.00 per nitrox fill during the charter and pay for these at the end of the charter. Guests that are repeaters from the Fiji Island Dancer II trip will get FREE nitrox for the entire charter. There will also be other charges as follows: cabin tax is $35.00 per person, marine park fees are $60.00 per person and a new Green Tax is $15.00 per person.

Trip Brochure:

Contact Bryan Eslava for details at

PADI Course Director
Wk. 251-968-DIVE (3483)
Cell. 251-979-8459


This week at Down Under Dive Shop

This week at Down Under Dive Shop

What’s up, Divers?
Let’s start off with last weekend’s dive Report.
Saturday everyone had an awesome time with 40-50’’+ of Viz on Atlantis Bridge Rubble.
We then made our way over to Southwind Barge for lots of bottom time and flounder everywhere.

Cheynne Milan, Bryan Eslava, Terry Miller, Scott Williams, Sonia Webb, Pete Holmes and Hugh and Gail Headrick enjoyed an amazing week of diving in the Florida Keys.
We started off our Trip with some awesome reef diving on French and Molasses Reef.
Mid week we made 5 dives on the Wench Hole and a Night Dive on Snapper Ledge.
We ended our trip with 130’+ viz and zero current on the Duane.
Call Bryan to sign up for the February trip to see what you missed.

Class Schedule:
Open Water Diver/Scuba Review Nov.15
Enriched Air Nitrox: Nov. 12 $175
Advanced Openwater Diver: Nov. 13
Deep/Wreck: Nov 14
CPR/First Aid/AED/O2 Provider Nov 17 and Nov 27
Divemaster Nov. 06
Instructor Nov. 22

Dive Boat Schedule:
Sat: 6hr 2 Tank Charter:
Sun: 6hr 2 Tank Charter

Manatee Trip Feb 12th

Fiji March 19th (sign up today only one spot left)

Congratulations to Scott Williams on obtaining the PADI Master Diver Rating!!!

Meet The Staff:

Instructor: Marcie May

Marcie a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Full Cave Diver, Cavern Instructor, boat captain and best of all a massage theropist. She loves spearfishing and training divers. During the summer this is pretty much all she does. During the winter she and her husband, Steve, enjoy dive travel to exotic locations such as Belize and Honduras.

Mitchell Craft

Mitch is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Side Mount Instructor, Full Face Mask Instructor, Tec Trimix and Full Cave Diver.
Mitch has been diving since the age of 12 and his adventures have taken him diving in some of the most adventurous places in the world.