July – Texas Clipper Wreck in South Padre

July 3-6, 2020 Dive the Texas Clipper in South Padre Island!

Leader:  Sam Gilcrist

Friday, July 3rd – Travel Day – Drive to South Padre – Meet at 7pm at the Hotel

Saturday, July 4th – 2 Tank Dive on the Clipper

Sunday, July 5th – 2 Tank Dive on the Clipper, Backup Dive:  2 Tank Dive at Jack Up Rigs

Sunday, July 5th evening or Monday, July 6th – Travel Day – Return to Houston

$425 pp – includes 4 dives, 2 breakfasts on the boat

Not Included:  Travel Expense, Hotel, Nitrox ($10 per tank), other meals & drinks

The Texas Clipper is an artificial reef 17 miles off the coast of South Padre Island. Intentionally sunk in 2007, the 473-foot former Texas A&M University research vessel was prepared for divers of all levels for diving up to 80 feet.  Enjoy Texas Diving on the Diver I 60 foot ocean class vessel with indoor air conditioned seating!

Dec 2020/Jan 2021 – South Africa-Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town


South Africa Safari and Apex Predator Diving 14 day Vacation

Sunday, December 27, 2020 to Jan 13, 2021 (includes travel dates)

Kruger National Park – 4 days – 2 1/2 days of safari tours with Guides, 2 – 4×4 Game Drives, Sundowner Drive, Year’s Eve Celebration in the Safari!

Flight from Johannesburg to Durban (southern coastal town).

Accommodations in Belvedere Estates

Dolphin Coast of Kwazulu Natal – 1 day

Diving Aliwal Shoal – 2 days – 3 dives and 1 Bait Dive: hundreds of Raggie Tooth Sharks, Oceanic Black Tip Sharks, Tiger Sharks. Mako Sharks, and Dolphins

Protea Banks Diving – 3 days – 5 Dives and 1 Bait Dive:  Hammerhead Sharks, Bull Sharks, Guitar Sharks and large rays

Flight from Durban to Cape Town

Cape Town – 4 days

Simons Town  – Cape Fur Seal & 7 Gilled Cow Shark Dives

Cape Town Tour including Robben Island Tour, , Red Bus City Tour, Table Mountain Cable Car, wine tasting

Gansbaai – Caged Great White Shark Diving!

Meals Included:  12 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Activities planned for Non Divers too!

$5600 pp Diver Rate, based on double occupancy (prices are subject to fluctuate due to their currency)

$4587 pp Non Diver, based on double occupancy (prices are subject to fluctuate due to their currency)

$1288 pp Single Supplement Add On (prices are subject to fluctuate due to their currency)

20 spaces available

$500.00 Deposit to reserve your spot!

 

Activity Package:

2 – 4×4 Game Drive in Kruger National Park

Sundowner Drive

Morning Guided Bush Walk

Protea Banks Baited Dive

Aliwal Shoal Batied Dive

Robben Island Tour

Deal Dive & 7 Gilled Cow Shark Dive

Red Bus City Tour

Table Mountain Cable Car

Great White Cage Dive

 

Not Included:

Airfare into Johannesburg and out of Cape Town

Nitrox

Some of the meals and extra excursions

 

2020 Flower Gardens Trips

Come dive the Northernmost coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico with Gigglin’ Marlin. Some trips will have a GMD Trip Leader; however, we can book any trip that The Fling offers. Boat departs from Freeport on the night before the trip date. Arrive at 7:00 pm for check-in & early boarding at 7:30 pm. The boat returns to Freeport around 6:00 pm on Sunday.

NEW PROCEDURES SINCE PANDEMIC:

ALL DIVERS AND STAFF ON THE FLING BOAT WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AN ADDITIONAL RELEASE FORM PERTAINING TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURE  TAKEN PRIOR TO BOARDING.  YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING IF YOU HAVE A FEVER.

Full payment is due at time of booking.

Trip Cancellation Policy – Once you book the trip, the space is yours, no refunds.  However, if the trip cancels due to weather, then you can get a full refund less the credit card processing fee or roll your money to another available date for the full value.

Fling Charters is charging an additional $100pp fee on every charter.  We will be charging this just prior to the trip departing.

2020 dates

July 4-5 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

July 9-10 (2 day week: Thur-Fri, Stetson/Kraken)

July 13-15 (3 day week: Mon-Wed)

July 23-24 (2 day week: Thur-Fri, Stetson/Kraken)

July 27-29 (3 day week: Mon-Wed)

August 1-2 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

August 6-7 (2 day week: Thur-Fri, Stetson/Kraken)

August 10-13 (Mon-Thurs, 4 day Coral Spawning)

September 5-7 (3 day weekend, Sat-Mon, Labor Day Weekend)

October 3-4 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

October 17-18 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

October 31-Nov 1 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

2020 pricing

2 Day Weekday (air only):$535.00 Reserve Now

2 Day Weekend (air only): $585.00  Reserve Now

3 Day Weekday (air only): $685.00 Reserve Now

3 Day Weekend (air only): $700.00  Reserve Now

4 Day Weekend (air only): $880.00 Reserve Now

Full payment is due at time of booking.

Trip Cancellation Policy – Once you book the trip, the space is yours, no refunds.  However, if the trip cancels due to weather, then you can get a full refund less the credit card processing fee or roll your money to another available date for the full value.

September – Cozumel, Mexico (Annual Marlin Dive Team Trip!)

September 19-26, 2020 (Sat to Sat) – UPDATED MONTH for TRAVEL

Fiesta Americana All Inclusive Resort

Marlin Dive Team Annual Trip

Annual Cozumel Trip is September 19-26, 2020 (Sat-Sat)

Trip Leaders: Bill & Tonya Merritt

Join the Marlin Dive Team on their annual Cozumel Getaway!  Dive the the beautiful blue water with all of your dive buddies, or come along to make new ones.  This trip is suited for all diving levels and non-divers too.  We can complete lots of specialties this week along with, Advanced Open Water and even Open Water Dives, if needed!

Deluxe Room Diver, based on Double Occupancy: $1760 pp

Master Suite Diver, based on Double Occupancy:  $2103 pp

Single Rates, Non Diver Rates and Additional nights or Less nights available! Contact Tonya to quote: 281-445-3483 (DIVE).

Other Options may include: Cenote Diving, Whale Shark Snorkel, Dolphin Encounter, Fishing Charter, Spearfishing Charter, and Mopeds around the islands!

Included:  hotel, tax, meals at 7 restaurants, drinks, alcohol, room service, mini bar, 6 days of 2 tank boat diving, nitrox, 1 night boat dive, 2 dive PADI specialty, trip t-shirt, el cielo afternoon beach excursion by boat.

Not included: Airfare, Dive Tips, Hotel Eco Tax

Southwest is now flying directly Houston Hobby to Cozumel Airport!

Click here to reserve your spot with a $500 Deposit!

August – Aqua Cat – Bahamas

August 22-29, 2020 – THIS TRIP IS A GO!!  Come join the FUN!

Aqua Cat Liveaboard – Exumas, Bahamas

Trip Leader: Doug Jones

$2915 pp Ocean View Rooms based on Double Occupancy

$2515 pp Ocean View Rooms based on Triple Occupancy (3 twins or queen & twin rooms)

$2315 pp Some Ocean/1 skylight room based on Quad Occupancy (4 twins or bunk combo rooms)

6-12 spaces available

PRE-TRIP KICK OFF PARTY: Thursday, August 13th at 6:00pm

The trip includes boat accommodations, meals (except Friday night), beverages ($soda, run drinks, vodka, beer, wine), diving, Shore Excursions, t-shirt, Airport Transfers, Safety PADI Marker Buoy Specialty.

Not Included:  Airfare, Tips(15%), Taxes, $225 Port Fees,$150 Nitrox for the trip, Dinner Friday Night

Boat Departs from:  Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
Boarding: Saturday, 6:00pm
Saturday you will take Ground Transfers

Boat Returns to:  Nassau, Bahamas (NAS). Friday afternoon
Disembark: Saturday, 9:00am

Sample Itinerary
Itineraries are weather dependent and tailored to best diving available each trip.
Saturday:
6:00pm board. Check in, dinner, unpack, orientation and safety briefing.
Sunday:
Depart before first light; offering 4 daytime dives and 1 night dive today.
Monday through Wednesday:
4 daytime dives and 1 night dive per day/night in the Exuma Cays and/or Eleuthera. Shore excursions are offered daily.
Thursday:
4 daytime dives Captain’s Dinner with photo and video presentations; awards presented during dessert.
Friday:
2 daytime dives.
Return to Nassau 2:00-5:00pm depending on weather and travel distance.
6:00pm Farewell Cocktail Party.
Port night in Nassau! Dinner on your own. The evening is yours to enjoy in Nassau.
Saturday:
Disembark vessel by 9:00am.

See the Aqua Cat Flyer:  https://gigglinmarlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/ASL-aqua-cat-flyer-wo-CTA.pdf

2020 Shark School Dates – Eleuthera, Bahamas

2020 Dates: October 17-24, 2020

Join Dr. Erich Ritter (experimental shark behaviorist and avid conservationist) and his organization, SharkSchool, for a week long class that teaches divers, snorkelers, rescue swimmers, and others how to interact with sharks, what to look for when entering the water, and most importantly, how to feel safe among sharks. SharkSchool’s main purpose is to bring humans closer to sharks, focusing on how to interact with these animals while emphasizing their crucial position and importance in the marine realm. (http://www.sharkschool.org/about.html)

Dr. Erich Ritter is the head of the SharkSchool, an organization

Challenge yourself by encountering these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat, knowing that sharks are top marine predators and physically far superior to humans. Once you have learned to interpret shark behavior,  you’ll put your own fear / anxiety aside and be comfortable with sharks.  In addition, you’ll be able to enjoy the entire encounter and to act accordingly and to respond on the basis of scientific knowledge learned, rather than on the basis of presumptions and fear. In this way, your shark encounters are pleasant, incredibly fascinating and safe.

*Ross University students will have the opportunity for additional education tours around the island!

Shark School Package and Costs

The Shark School package includes:

Seven (7) nights at Cape Eleuthera Resort, four (4) person occupancy per condo

Group breakfast and dinner at the Bull Dolphin restaurant at Cape Eleuthera

Five (5) days of lecture with a copy of Dr. Ritter’s book, “Shark-Human Interaction”

Five (5) days of one (1) tank dive with the sharks, followed by in the water interaction with the sharks at shark beach.

Rental car for each four (4) divers for seven (7) days, gas is the guest responsibility, pick up and return at Governor’s Harbour Airport.

Daily gear storage, fresh water rinse and set up at Ocean Fox Cotton Bay dive shop.

Cost for the one week stay and shark school is $2571. Deposit of $600 required, no refunds within 30 days of the school.

2020 – Rig Trips / Spearfishing Trips

Join us as we head out into the Gulf of Mexico to dive on the Oil Rigs.  The Oils Rigs are an artificial reef habitat to many species of underwater creatures!  If trained and meet the requirements, you have the option to spearfish while on these trips.

Spearfishing season: April-October

Trip Dates:

Coming Soon for April to October, 2020

Trip Details:
· A very experienced Dive Instructor leads the trip

· 2 or 3 Tank Rig Trip

· Going 40-65 miles out

· Spearfishing Optional (must be trained)

· Boat leaves out of Freeport

· Boat departs in morning and returns same night

· Dive Equipment Rentals (if needed), tank rentals and Nitrox mixes are in addition to the boat price.  Contact the store to reserve your gear and order mixes.

· Bring your own drinks and snacks

$499 pp

Call 281-445-3483 to book or on link below

 

 

Photo by Erich Schlegel

 

Trip Cancellation Fee – Minimum of a $100 (depending on  the trip date and date of cancellation)

Call to register. 281-445-3483

Want to learn how to spearfish so you can join our trip? Enroll in our Spearfishing Course!

Course Description/Checklist/Site Map 2018

AS OF 3-15-20 SPRING LAKE IS CLOSED…

Diver Authorization Program & Diving –

$230 per person for the Course ($30.00 deposit to hold spot)

Volunteer Diving is Free once you have completed the course, only a Reservation is Required!

Marlin Dive Team Members & Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim Customers are welcome to take the Diver Authorization Program, dive and discover the uniqueness of Spring Lake (formerly known as Aquarena Springs).  

Schedule:  SATURDAY – Class from 8am – 12pm & Dive from 1-5 pm

2020

TBD when they open back up!

Call to Book Now! 281-445-DIVE (3483)

Pre-requisites: Open Water Diver with 20 dives beyond certification course, photocopy of certification card, photocopy of your very last completed dive log page, 4 completed assessment quizzes (course attached below), all of your dive gear (there are no tank fills) and payment.

You can find the Course Description (including the schedule for the dives and accident management plans), Check List, and Site Map here: Course Description/Checklist/Site Map 2018

You will need to read through all the Course Content

Then complete all four quizzes and fill out the following forms: Volunteer Diver Agreement; Assessment of Risk, Waiver and Release Form; Continuing Education Form: Forms & Quizzes

You will also need to fill out a Medical Form

and the Registration Form

Course No Show without notifying- $30 fee (to avoid, call to reschedule prior to course date minimum of 5 days prior)

Links:

Course Description/Checklist/Site Map: Here

Forms & Quizzes: Here

Medical Form: Here

Registration Form: Here

 

 

 

July – USS Oriskany Wreck in Pensacola, Florida

July 24-25, 2020  FRI/SAT

USS Oriskany wreck in Pensacola, Florida

Trip Leader: Ron Clark

2 days of 2 tank boat diving. Hotel & travel expenses, dive gear/tanks & air fills are not included.

$395 pp for recreational divers (4 dives)

$495 pp for technical divers (2 dives)

TWO MORE RECREATIONAL SPACE LEFT! 6-20-20

KICK OFF PARTY – Wed, July 15th 5:30-6:30pm at Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim.  Stay for the Marlin Dive Meeting at 6:30pm

Click here to reserve your spot!