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

April 11, April 25, May 9, May 30, June 27

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

 

 

 

2020 Shark School Dates – Eleuthera, Bahamas

2020 Dates: Mar 17-24, 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.

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

June 13-20, 2020 (Sat to Sat)

Fiesta Americana All Inclusive Resort

Marlin Dive Team Annual Trip

Annual Cozumel Trip is June 13-20, 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 – Little Cayman, Cayman Islands


Little Cayman Beach Resort, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

August 15-22, 2020

Leaders: Mathis & Shannon Weatherall

Room Choices:

4 Ocean View Rooms, based on double occupancy: $2548pp, Single Rate add:  $867

6 Pool View Rooms, based on double occupancy: $2285pp, Single Rate add:  $605

Non Divers Discount $250pp

Package Includes: Resort accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, all meals, free wifi, welcome rum punch, cocktail reception, fees, taxes, Nitrox, 6 days of 2 tank morning boat dives, 5 days of 1 tank afternoon boat dives, tanks and weights, t-shirt.

Not Included:  Dive Guide Tips, Staff Tips, airfare, $200 for Drinks Package (3 per night)

Gigglin’ Marlin is holding on Cayman Airways: 

14 seats holding for this schedule with Cayman Airways
KX4624 15AUG GCMLYB 230P 305P – Grand Cayman/Little Cayman
KX4722 22AUG LYBGCM 1055A1130A – Little Cayman/Grand Cayman

6 seats holding for this schedule with Cayman Airways
KX4724 15AUG GCMLYB 320P 355P – Grand Cayman/Little Cayman
KX4421 22AUG LYBGCM 845A 920A – Little Cayman/Grand Cayman

Round trip airfare is $200.00 per person tax included, final taxes are subject to change and determined upon ticketing ..

BAGGAGE LIMITS :
When travelling to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman via the Twin Otter Service; Baggage allowance is 55 lbs per person (combined weight of up to 2 pieces) and only one 15 lb carry-on, any excess will be charged US$0.50 per pound.

In addition to the one carry-on item, you may bring free-of-charge items below:

One small personal article such as a briefcase, purse, day planner, small laptop computer, camera case, compact disk player or similar sized personal entertainment item Personal aid devices such as wheelchairs, braces, canes, crutches, prosthetic devices and walking sticks, provided passenger is dependent on them One infant article such as a small collapsible stroller, a diaper bag or a government approved child seat (larger strollers can be checked in the jetway prior to boarding the aircraft)

Once you make your Grand Cayman Flights from Houston, let me know which of the options you would like.

Suggested Houston Flights:

UA 369 15AUG IAHGCM 942A1235P – Houston/Grand Cayman
UA 387 22AUG GCMIAH 135P 435P – Grand Cayman/Houston

$500.00 to reserve your spot!

 

 

 

August – Aqua Cat – Bahamas

August 22-29, 2020

Aqua Cat Liveaboard – Exumas, Bahamas

Trip Leader: Doug Jones

$2915 pp Ocean View Rooms based on Double Occupancy

6-12 spaces available

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

October – Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

October 3-11, 2020 (Saturday – Sunday)

Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

Trip Leaders: Mathis & Shannon Weatherall

9 days/8 nights at Buddy Dive.
2 or 3 bdrm. options available. 1 bedrooms are available for an additional charge.  Includes: 7 day car rental per condo, unlimited nitrox, hotel taxes & fees, airport transfers, 6 days of unlimited shore diving (one day of non-diving), 9 boat dives and $75 food credit pp to be used at Blennies Restaurant.

    • Diver: $1455 pp (based on double occupancy)
    • Non Diver rates available
    • Excursions can be added in Bonaire – Horseback Riding, Sunset Cruise
    • This is also TECH WEEK.  Cool presentations to see also!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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