Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQs can help with frequently asked questions.
You can also call us at (206) 265-0006 or e-mail us via our contact form if you have more questions as well.

Do I need to be a certified scuba diver to go on a dive tour?

You must be certified with a recognized scuba agency such as PADI, SDI, SSI, NAUI, BSAC, CMAS, etc.

What is the water temperature?

Water temperatures in the Salish Sea and Puget Sound range between 46 degrees in the winter to 57 degrees in the summer (7 degrees – 18 degrees C). 

Do I need to bring scuba gear?

All of your local diving specific gear (including 2 piece 7mm wetsuits) is provided and included in your tour price. If you have any gear you would like to use feel free to bring them along. Our dive professionals will review with you if the items are appropriate for Salish Sea diving.

How do you clean your rental gear?

All of our gear is soaked and rinsed in a fresh water rinse containing an enzymatic nontoxic, all natural, safe for the environment cleaner. We also launder our neoprene 2-3 times per year with gentle natural soap.

Additionally, after each usage our regulators, masks, snorkels and BCD low pressure hoses are soaked in a disinfectant solution.

What should I bring for the dive day?

Bring your certification card (or work with us to verify your certification in advance) and weather appropriate clothing. Check the forecast ahead of time and bring items such as a warm, waterproof jacket & hat (winter) or a light jacket, wide-brimmed hat, and sunscreen (summer). If you are not sure, just call or e-mail us and we’ll give you some suggestions.

I left my certification card at home, can I still dive?

No problem. We can look up most diver certifications online. We’ll need your full name, as it would have appeared on your most recent certification card, your birth date and the dive agency certified with. If you need a replacement card, we can order PADI cards for you as well. Call us at (206) 265-0006 and we’ll get everything taken care of for you.

I’m interested in a guided scuba diving tour, how do I get started?

Review our Dive Tours page, decide on a tour option, then click any of the Book Online buttons to see our dive calendar. Select the date, enter your details and click ‘book now’ on the page. You will complete payment online. An e-mail with coordination details and information on how to send in your certification info and complete the liability form will arrive soon after. If you have any problems, just call us at (206) 265-0006 and we’ll assist you.

How far in advance should I book?

Ideally as soon as your travel plans are set. Customers booking their tour 6 months out is not unusual. Booking 2-3 weeks out is always good but not required. Also remember the closer you get to your desired tour date, the more likely that date’s limited spots will be filled. Call or e-mail us if you need any assistance with a specific date.

Why are some days not listed, and for tomorrow it says bookings are closed?

Once the maximum number of divers have signed up for a particular tour, that date is no longer available. Occasionally, a date also might not be available if we are unable to run tours that day and/or we have a private class scheduled.
In addition, tour bookings close 1 day in advance so that we can best handle staffing, logistics and other items to provide you an excellent experience and gear.

What is the pick up area for transportation?

Thank you for checking.  Due to traffic patterns and timelines, we must limit the range of the pick ups.  Below you will see our defined pick up area.  If your lodging is within the area – we can pick you up there.  If your lodging is outside of the area – we are unable to pick up and you may need to arrange for transportation.

Do you have any recommendations on lodging?

We have used Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals in the past and recommend them for our guests. They also have some West Seattle rentals.