Nassau, Bahamas – May 26-31, 2021

Can’t wait to get back in the water? Peter Katz’s annual Memorial Day Weekend trip is on!

Scuba Shack’s most popular trip year-after-year includes all the great diving you expect to find in Nassau, with five nights of poolside accommodations at Orange Hill and four days of diving with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas. Join us May 26-31 for a perfect trip for novice and advanced divers!

Why is the southwest side of Nassau perfect for novice and advanced divers? Most dive sites are close to the island and in waters no deeper than 35 to 45 feet. Most sites feature wrecks and/or fantastic coral formations. But what’s really unique is that on many of those sites – yards away – is the famous Tongue of the Ocean featuring vertical walls covered with hard and soft corals dropping more than one mile deep! It’s simple – novice divers can enjoy the dive along the top of the wall and more advanced divers can enjoy the deeper wall diving!

During this Memorial Day Weekend trip, divers will enjoy eight scheduled dives.

  • Three days of two boat dives each morning
  • Plus an all-day Scuba Safari Adventure to Nassau’s Blue Hole with two dives and a trip to Rose Island featuring a beach barbecue.

Optional…

  • Two-tank afternoon dives – Dive Propulsion Vehicle Trip included on one of the afternoons

Trip leader Peter Katz has out-done himself again this year, setting up another unique dive adventure!

Dive by day, and enjoy some of the finest dining on the island by night! Nassau, famous for its warm, clear water, is a draw to TV, movie-makers and divers alike! Dive sites include The Bond Wrecks, Southwest Reef and Peter’s favorite, Pumpkin Patch!

The southwest side of Nassau also features more than a dozen dive sites featuring wrecks placed as artificial reefs!

Nassau Dive Trip Pricing

  • Double Diver $1,295
  • Single Diver $1,675
  • Non-Diver $750

Optional Add-ons

  • Extra night and breakfast
  • Two-tank afternoon dives (two afternoons available)
  • Four day Enriched Air Nitrox package
  • Non-divers can join the Scuba Safari Adventure

The price of the trip includes gratuities, tax and service charges. A full breakfast each morning is included.

A non-refundable $500 deposit will hold your spot. Final payment is due on April 5, 2021.

Airfare and required Travel Health Visa are not included. Valid passport required.

Scuba Shack highly recommends you carry travel and DAN insurance. Beware as coverage varies.

COVID-related Travel Protocols

Visit the official Bahamas government COVID website for current information. COVID-19 policies may change and this website will have current information.

Step 1: Pre-Arrival Testing

Everyone traveling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than five days prior to the date of arrival. The day the test is taken is considered day zero. The test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.

As of Jan. 26, a proof of vaccination policy has not been put in place.

Step 2: Apply for Travel Health Visa

Your negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a mandatory Bahamas Health Visa application and must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas. Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, immediately apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa online at https://travel.gov.bs.

As part of the Travel Health Visa application, travelers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Travel Health Visa application fee.

Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process. Apply immediately to allow adequate lead time for completion. The cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent on length of stay. The expected cost is $60 for a five-night stay.

Step 3: Returning to the United States

Visit and review the CDC webpage concerning air passengers arriving in the United States. COVID-19 policies may change and this website will have current information.

As of Jan. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all persons flying to the U.S. to obtain a verifiable negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or Antigen) taken no more than three days prior to the date of the flight, and to have a verifiable paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before they board and for potential review by public health officials after they arrive in the U.S.

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you must show documentation of recovery. This must include proof of a recent – within three months – positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.

For on-island testing, we are working to arrange for a mobile testing unit to come to Orange Hill early on Monday morning. If we are unable to arrange for mobile testing, you’ll need to arrive at the airport early to be tested on-site. Results are available in one hour or less. Plan for additional delays as this is a holiday weekend.

Book your return flight to the United States for no earlier than noon to ensure you have time to get tested and checked in.

Previous Trip Reports

Get the idea? Scuba Shack has been diving the southwest side of Nassau since 1987. We’ve lost track of the number of group trips we’ve hosted to the island, but we’re confident it’s more than 50 trips!

Photos from Previous Nassau Trips

 

Equipment Specialist course starts April 6

Don’t let social distancing keep you from continuing your diving education.  Join Scuba Shack online and earn the PADI Equipment Specialist rating.  This specialty maybe applied towards your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

During the course, you will learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. We will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions.

We will discuss:

  • General Equipment overview and maintenance
  • Regulators and how they work
  • Tanks and Valves
  • BC Maintenance

Materials

PADI Equipment Specialist Touch eLearning

Prerequisites

If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Equipment Specialist course.

Course Dates

There will be three, 90 minute sessions, and each will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Monday, April 6
  • Wednesday, April 8
  • Friday, April 10

You must attend all three sessions to receive your PADI Equipment Specialist certification.

Location

Virtual classroom via JoinMe, with the details and instructions provided to students prior to the class.

Technology Requirements:

Click here to learn what you’ll need to participate in the online program. You can join on most computers or your iPhone / Android mobile device.

Program Cost & Enrollment

$150 includes the PADI Equipment Specialist eLearning Touch, and certification fee.

Register for the class online or call (860) 563-0119 to enroll in the program. Enrollment will be limited to the first 10 students.

Scuba Shack is 100% AWARE!

As divers we are fascinated and in awe of our magnificent oceans and the underwater world. I can still remember my first dives in the Florida Keys & Hawaii, thinking about how lucky I was to explore this unique environment. My first trip to Nassau was another major turning point as I first encountered reef sharks. I wasn’t afraid of them. I respected them and marveled at their beauty.

So these oceans and everything that lives within them need to be protected. So how can one person, one dive shop in central Connecticut possibly help?

Here is how we will start to make a difference. Scuba Shack is now a proud participant in 100% AWARE. What does that mean? Well, with every PADI certification we issue, we will donate $10 to Project AWARE.

Project AWARE connects the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation.

We want to make a difference. This is just one small step that we can take right now. 70% of the planet is blue! Let’s keep it that way.

 

DUI Trade Up & Wet2Dry programs

Upgrade to a better drysuit with DUI. If you’re looking to go dry, trade your wetsuit for a credit towards a new drysuit! Visit Scuba Shack today for all the details … and bring your old suit with you!

Get up to $200 in credit towards a new DUI drysuit when you trade in your wetsuit.

Get up to $500 in credit towards a new DUI drysuit when you trade in your drysuit.

WET2DRY

Receive $100 CREDIT for any used, intact wetsuit toward a NEW San Diego, Yukon, Coronado or H2O Operations (surface-mode configuration) drysuit.

Receive $150 CREDIT for any used, intact wetsuit toward a NEW TLSse, 30/30 or TLS Public Safety drysuit.

Receive $200 CREDIT for any used, intact wetsuit toward a NEW CF200X or CF200se, CLX450 Classic, FLX Extreme, TLS350, TLS Public Safety (w/ full encapsulation) or H20 Operations (dual-mode configuration) drysuit.

DUI TRADEUP

Receive $250 CREDIT for any used, intact drysuit toward a NEW San Diego, Yukon, Coronado or H2O Operations (surface-mode configuration) drysuit.

Receive $375 CREDIT for any used, intact drysuit toward a NEW TLSse, 30/30 or TLS Public Safety.

Receive $500 CREDIT for any used, intact drysuit toward a NEW CF200X or CF200se, CLX450 Classic, FLX Extreme, TLS350, TLS Public Safety (w/ full encapsulation) or H20 Operations (dual-mode configuration) drysuit.

THE FINE PRINT

  • Trade program credit not eligible in conjunction with any other discounts or offers.
  • Only one (1) wetsuit OR one (1) drysuit may be traded per new drysuit.

New location opens in Rocky Hill

Scuba Shack is now open in the Shunpike Business Center, 1275 Cromwell Ave A-6 in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. We are located around the back of the first building on your right. Directions are available right here, and we are located less than three minutes off I-91’s Exit 23.

We made the move over the weekend of April 14 & 15 with a lot of help from our friends! We could not have done it without their help – a heartfelt thanks go out to all.

After a couple of very long days, the showroom is now ready and open for business.

New Location Photos