Dive Provo Dive Boats
Dive Provo operates 3 modern dive boats, designed for customer convenience, include such amenities as showers, rinse tanks, comfortable seating, platform and ladders, as well as VHF radio and safety equipment. Our regular schedule is a daily 2 tank dive to any of the following areas Northwest Point, West Caicos, French Cay, Sandbore Channel, Pine Cay and Grace Bay. Areas chosen are based on where divers diving multiple days have already been and on weather conditions. Single tank dives are scheduled most afternoons and go out to the closest dive area of Grace Bay.
Dive boats depart from the docks at Turtle Cove Marina for diving along Provo’s north shore, and from our dock on the south side of the island for trips to West Caicos and French Cay. Departure time is 8:00 am for the 2-tank dives, returning to your hotel any time between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm depending upon the destination. The south side trips have the later return times.
Afternoon dive boats depart around 2:00 pm for single tank dive in Grace Bay, returning at approximately 4:30 – 5:00 pm. 3 tank dive days and snorkel trips are also scheduled on demand and Private Charters are also gladly arranged!
For information on transfers to the dive shop please visit our transfers page.
The Provo Conquest and Provo Crusader are both 36 ft Newton dive boats with plenty of shade and a comfortable seating area up top with the captain. Newton dive boats have pretty much become the standard in the industry and are a pleasure to dive from. The Provo Challenger, reconfigured by Jardine/Sewell Boatworks, has a slightly narrower beam than both the Conquest and Crusader, but with a cruising speed of 26 knots is a favorite for Private Charters.
Our Dive Staff
The professional Dive Provo staff is dedicated to providing guests with convenient and trouble-free diving. From pick up at your hotel (for select resorts) to dropping you off at the end of the day the staff will do their utmost to make sure you have a good time. No lugging heavy gear! The staff will set up your gear for your dive and break it down and rinse it at the end of the day. Just pack your bag, leave it on the dive boats and it will be ready for your next dive.
At Dive Provo we know it is not just outstanding diving that makes a great vacation, it is also the attitude and friendliness of the dive staff. Dive Provo customer surveys continually rank our staff as “Number One” in reasons why they would return.
Your hosts Alan and Clare Jardine both SSI Platinum Pros, PADI and NAUI Instructors and have more than 30 years of experience in the dive industry having lived in the Bahamas, Bonaire, and the British Virgin Islands prior to acquiring Dive Provo. Dive staff move around the resorts from one end of the world to the other so you may well meet people you made friends with on your last vacation somewhere else.
By and large Dive Provo’s staff are in their 30’s (or older in some cases) and they all have a great variety of life experiences to share with you.
Nearly everyone has been with Dive Provo for at least a year. Nigel Suffolk has been with us for 10 years, coming to us from Little Cayman, and he also worked at Beaches for a couple of years.
Selma Storm has been at Dive Provo for 11 years, and now with 2 young children, is working part time. Working alongside Selma is Justin Hinks who was with Dive Tortola in the BVIs and Brendal’s in Abaco before moving to Provo. There must be something in the water here as Justin also now has children – twins.
Jon Ward who also worked with Brendal’s in Abaco and also in St. Maarten, has been with Dive Provo 8 years. He took over from Danny (Paul Daniels) as operations manager at the beginning of this year. Danny bought a cave house in Spain and has retired from diving to become a property magnate. Check out his blog www.onefootinthecave.net
Nives Skrlj, with a doctorate in biochemistry and an unpronounceable last name has been with us 4 years. Luckily she met Jon and this summer they snuck off on holiday together and got married in Hawaii. Now we can all call her Dr. Ward; so much easier!
Anna Proudfoot worked in Thailand prior to coming to Provo and before diving worked in the UK prison service. Quite a change of career! Most of our staff have worked in Thailand at some point and Kate Yarwood and Pablo Cantos-Arevalo are no exception. They seem to have settled in Provo, hopefully at least for a while.
You are most likely to meet Jo-Anne Charman in the shop, setting the schedule. She and her partner worked at Beaches then left and ran their own dive shop for a few years in The Philippines. A sailing trip brought them back to Provo where they decided it felt like home , so they stayed.
Ric Fimio is someone you will come across less frequently. He is the old man of the team; with many years of boating and diving experience he keeps everything running, and is greasy on a daily basis.
Last but not least we have Kelly Currington. Kelly hails from Texas and was introduced to diving by Dive Provo as a Resort Course student. She was hooked, changed her life, became an instructor, and after working on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor for a couple of years came home to Dive Provo. She is now our resident “fish expert”.