Alaska Dive Training, Equipment, and Travel

Alaska Diving

Alaskan Diving

We enjoy some of the best cold-water diving in the world! Our typical summer water temperatures reach up to 55 degrees, with winter temps dipping to 36. Visibility is best in the winter at 40-60 feet, but summer diving is more comfortable with the average visibility being around 20-40 feet.

Summer time is also the only time we run our Charter Boat, which allows us to access many more dive sites.  Although our temperatures become comfortable in the summer, we still recommend dry suits for our divers. We can offer a dry suit diver certification in as little as two days! For more information on our summer time diving, and diving from our charter boat, [CLICK HERE] to jump to our “Dive Trips” page.

Diving With Us

In the summer months (June-Sept) we operate boat dives mainly in Resurrection Bay, out of Seward. Although there are times when we add trips during the week days, we primarily operate every Saturday and Sunday. Our dive boat is inspected by the US Coast Guard annually, and we always limit ourselves to 12 divers. On boat dives, we keep a self-deploying life raft, EPIRB, oxygen, first aid, and all emergency supplies on-board. Our staff are CPR and first-aid certified—and in many cases, first-aid instructors. Above all else, we value the safety of our divers.

What will I see?

Although the flora and fauna may be different from one dive site to the next, we have some very reliable predictions of what you’ll see during a dive with us in Resurrection Bay. This is mostly because we have so much invertebrate life at each site. Some of the invertebrate life you’ll see are: Sea Stars, Anemones, Tunicates, Ascidians, Sponge, Encrusting Algae’s, Giant Barnacles, Nudibranch’s, Sea Cucumbers, Chitons, Limpets, Urchins and Tube worms. Some of the fishes we see are Rockfish, ling cod, kelp Greenling, gunnels and Ronquils. Add to this the “charismatic mega-fauna like Giant Pacific octopus, Wolf Eels and Stellar Sea Lions and you have a veritable smorgasbord of life to entertain you during you dive! For some examples of these wonderful critters and a slideshow, [click here]

In the winter time we dive in Smitty’s Cove. This is a small marine park which has debris leftover from WWII that forms a nice artificial reef. Enter from a concrete boat launching ramp on the northeast side of the cove, and you’ll find a gravel bottom with about 20 feet of depth. From there, you’ll be able to navigate north to deeper waters, or pick through the invertebrates in the shallows. Don’t forget to pay a $10 parking fee at the harbor master’s office before diving. In Whittier, it is an ordinance to use a dive flag in Smitty’s cove.

A typical day of diving with us:
You’ll meet us at the dive shop prior to your trip so you can check out your gear. This is typically a Friday so you can take your own gear to Seward for a Saturday or Sunday trip. Unless other arrangements have been made, you’ll be responsible for your gear from the time you leave the shop until the time you return it to the shop. For an additional $25 fee, we can deliver your gear to the boat, and return it to the shop after your trip.

The boat charter is separate from the shop, and due to the logistics involved, we rely heavily on our customers to provide their own transportation to Seward, and bring their gear (whether rental or personally-owned). Unlike our warm water counterparts, we have to travel two hours south to reach our dive boat. After you sign the liability release and check your gear, we’ll head out to the dive site. We’ll spend about an hour between dives enjoying lunch and a cup of hot chocolate or tea, before jumping back in for the second dive. Our average dive depths are about 50 and 100 feet respectively, but we let you manage your own dives unless a dive guide is specifically requested.

To join us for a day of diving, or book a trip for your group, please fill out this

Online Reservation Form

or give our shop a call at 907-770-1778.

New Snorkeling Tour!

We are pleased to announce a new tour for our Alaskan non-diving visitors! Now you can see what you’ve been missing in our nutrient-rich Alaskan waters while SNORKELING! That’s right, we’ll set you up with a dry suit and all the necessary gear for a snorkeling excursion along our rugged coastline. You’ll be warm and comfortable in our dry suits, while enjoying the inter-tidal zone life on a guided tour by one of our on-staff naturalists. Hot chocolate and homemade soups will warm your soul while you spot whales, eagles, mountain goats, and Dall porpoise.

This tour is offered Friday – Sunday, and participants must be in good health and willing to complete a medical questionnaire. Call for details: (907) 770-1778.

Reservations:

Interested in joining us for a day or two of boat diving? Fill out this Online Reservation Form!

Boat fee: $150 per person
Gear package rental (includes everything while diving on the boat with us): $99 per day / $125 for weekend
Nitrox tanks: $15 each
Dry suit only rental: $50 per day / $65 for weekend