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Dive Experience and Required Certifications

Diving off the Mid-Atlantic is not for everyone. New divers or divers who have only dove in tropical environments (OR) have not dove in the last few months should get some additional experience / tune up in local quarries prior to diving on any of our trips. This additional training will get you accustom to cold water and low visibility diving.

Fenwick & Winter Quarter Shoals:
Advanced Certification w/20 logged dives (2 within the last 30 days), cold water & low viz experience required (OR) Open Water Certification w/previous Ocean City diving experience within the last 12 months and 2 dives within the last 30 days. No shakedown dives.

Zone 1:
Advanced Certification w/30 logged dives (2 within the last 30 days), cold water, open ocean & low viz experience required (OR) Advanced Certification w/previous Ocean City diving experience within the last 12 months and 2 dives within the last 30 days. No shakedown dives.

Zone 2:
Advanced Certification w/30 logged dives (2 within the last 30 days), cold water, open ocean & low viz experience required (OR) Advanced Certification w/previous Ocean City diving experience within the last 12 months and 2 dives within the last 30 days. No shakedown dives.

Zone 3:
Advanced Certification w/50 logged dives (2 within the last 30 days), cold water, open ocean & low viz experience required (OR) Advanced Certification w/30 logged dives AND previous Ocean City diving experience within the last 12 months and 2 dives within the last 30 days. No shakedown dives.

Zone 4 & Screw Wreck:
Advanced Certification w/60 logged dives (2 within the last 30 days), deep water AND previous Ocean City diving experience required. No shakedown dives.

Zone 5: (USS Arthur Radford & Marine Electric)
Advanced Certification w/60 logged dives (2 within the last 30 days), deep water AND previous Ocean City diving experience required. No shakedown dives.

If you do not meet the required prerequisites, you may elect to hire a Private Divemaster Guide. Private Divemaster guides are available for hire with advanced notice. If you would like to hire a private Divemaster guide, please contact info@ocdiveboat.com

We do not provide any equipment including tanks on our charters. You must bring all your own dive gear in good working order when you come to dive.

Anybody who arrives at the boat the morning of a trip without the proper certification will not be permitted to dive and will not be offered a refund.

If you are under 18 years old, please read our policy regarding divers under 18.

What safety equipment should I dive with?

All divers are required to carry a safety sausage, cutting tool, and a wreck wheel/line. Along with this, you should get the proper training from a qualified and experienced instructor. Pony bottles and a powerful dive light are highly suggested.

Are the dives guided?

Our dives are NOT guided by our crew. We supervise divers from the boat on the surface. You must dive with a dive buddy when diving off our boat and you must also follow all common recreational dive standards as you learned in your SCUBA certification class.

Granny Line System

OC Dive Boat uses a Granny Line System to easily and safely get you from the surface to the wreck. Please use this line system for both your descent and your ascent. Please keep your hands on a line the whole time to and from the wreck and on the tag line at the surface. NO FREE ASCENTS OR DESCENTS! (Unless in an emergency.) Please control your ascent so you do not pull the whole line up with you.

Is spearfishing allowed?

Yes spearfishing is allowed on any of our trips as long as you practice safe spearfishing standards and adhere to the local and federal fishing regulations. Please do not shoot fish that are obviously under sized; all under sized fish will be thrown back into the water.

Spearfishing Rules

Medical Statement

Diving can be strenuous, you should not be extremely overweight or out of condition. Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health. All body air spaces must be normal and healthy. A person with coronary disease, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, a severe medical problem or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not dive. If you have asthma, heart disease, other chronic medical conditions or you are taking medications on a regular basis, you should consult your doctor before participating in diving.

 
 
 
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