Taking pride on the water: Vitamin Sea (2015)
Vitamin Sea is a 6.5m rigid hulled inflatable boat with a fiberglass hull and inflatable pontoons made by Gemini Marine. It is powered by a 150HP Mercury outboard engine and is capable of carrying up to 9 divers. Vessel Registration number II256S.
Rigid hulled inflatables are extremely stable in the water and are favored by many government agencies around the world for their stable profile. They will often be out on the water long after other boats must retreat back to the marina. The stability of a rigid hulled inflatable allows AUSC to quickly reach off-shore dive sites in a safe and stable manner. Vitamin Sea has a full compliment of mandatory safety equipment including VHF Radio, GPS, Sounder, EPIRB, life jackets (both inflatable and foam), flares, and first aid kit. Additionally, we also carry a DAN Oxygen Kit for any medical event that may benefit from the administration of oxygen.
Boat Trip Pricing
- Single Dive: $25.00
- Double Dive: $35.00
- Single Dive: $35.00
- Double Dive: $45.00
Note: there is currently a $5 fuel levy in place on all boat dives to cover the extra high petrol prices! Thanks for your understanding.
If you are towing the boat, AUSC will compensate any ramp ramp fees paid , and will offer a dive credit for your trouble. On extended regional trips, cost per a kilometer is also reimbursed as per the clubs towing policy.
Essential Equipment for a Boat Dive
Boat dives have some mandatory equipment requirements beyond a typical dive kit. Dive sites visited are typically deeper than shore dives and you may reach your No Decompression Limit before being limited by your remaining air. Therefore, a Dive computer (not bottom timer) is mandatory on all boat dives. To allow you to be seen by the boat if you surface a distance away or visibility is restricted either by wave activity or time of day a Surface Marker Buoys (SMB) mandatory. A SMB also has the benefit of being deployed from depth with a small hand reel to allow the boat the track your position before surfacing and warning other marine traffic there is a diver below. A torch is also required on night / sunset dives but is also recommended on day dives for underwater signaling.
Sun care and hydration are also important aspects of boat diving. AUSC highly recommend a hat and sunglasses plus sunblock. A sufficient supply of personal drinking water must be taken on board for yourself to manage hydration throughout the activity.
Booking a Boat Dive
If AUSC cancels a boat dive due to weather, mechanical issues, sick boat handler etc and you have already paid, AUSC will issue a boat dive credit or refund.