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Texas Gulf of Mexico Scuba Diving


    281-469-2846

 

        

 Experienced - No Crowds - Nice Big Boat - FUN!!!


 

Come Dive With UltaDive ULTRA DIVE CHARTERS AND SCUBA TRAINING

Ultra Dive is a recreational dive boat charter service operating out of Galveston or Freeport, Texas. These day trips are typically run on either a Saturday and or Sunday by Capt. Al Manica. Capt. Al is an experienced licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain and PADI Dive Master with over 18 years of professional offshore experience.

Safety is our first priority at Ultra Dive and that is why we have two dive masters on board each trip to assist you top-side and in the water. Divers taking part in the oil platform/oil rig dive trips must have at minimum a basic open-water scuba diving certification. If you are interested in taking part in a wreck dive, you will need to have an advanced certification at minimum. The majority of these trips will be oil platform/oil rig dives. However if you are interested participating in a wreck dive please call to find out when we will be running a wreck dive trip.

Should you be in need of open-water and or more advanced scuba training, Ultra Dive also offers beginner or multi level advanced scuba diving classes and certifications. For more information regarding our group or private scuba classes, please contact us at: 281-469-2846

 


 

Come Dive With UltaDive  WHALE SHARK ENCOUNTERS and OTHER ULTRA DIVE VIDEOS:

Whale Shark Ultra Dive Video, click here or the photo below.

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Please click on the photo or text above to view video of an encounter with a 35 foot whale shark that was taken during one of our rig dive trips. Although we can't guarantee that we will meet up with one of these majestic creatures on any given trip, the few times when it does happen it is truly unforgettable. This video was filmed at an oil platform approximately 20 miles from shore out of Freeport Texas.

 

  An Ultra Dive - Oil Rig Dive, Sea Hunt style, click here or the photo below.

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An Oil Rig Dive video shot by LuNa. click here or photo below.

 


 

Come Dive With UltaDive  OIL RIG DIVE SITES

 

Oil rigs and or wrecks are essentially artificial reefs and will attract the same marine life as a natural reef. The underwater structure of an oil rig adds approximately 2 to 4 acres of hard surface to the water column. They are covered with barnacles, encrusting sponges, bryozoans, and white hydroid or ivory coral and will literally attract thousands of various types of marine life. With the typical 40 to 80 foot visibility you can expect to see: large schools of plate sized angel spade fish, red snapper, ling, barracuda, amberjacks, groupers, sheep head, dolphins, rays, turtles and occasionally whale sharks to name a few.

Oil rig diving is considered to be the safest type of Texas Gulf of Mexico diving due to depth control. Oil rigs are massive structures that penetrates the water column from top to bottom. As such, you can dive at 10 feet or to 100 feet and in either case, you will still have much to see and will have an experience of a lifetime.


Come Dive With UltaDive  DAS BOAT

 

"The Carolyn Jane"

The Carolyn Jane is a 36 ft. (42ft.loa) dependable scuba dive customized Chris Craft sport fish/yacht. It has a large main salon cabin, two state rooms, a full size bathroom, full galley, tank storage and spacious fore and aft decks which makes gearing up or removing equipment a breeze. She is also equipped with a sofa, refrigerator, microwave, large swim platform with a retractable ladder. The Carolyn Jane has some of the latest navigational electronics, rescue and safety equipment including O2 and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). Completed with an experienced licensed U.S.C.G. Captain / Dive Master.

Most dive sites are within 15 to 30 miles offshore, so don't spend valuable dive time traveling on a slow moving cattle dive boat or a smaller boat where you may be cramped and exposed to the elements. Instead, travel in style and comfort aboard The Carolyn Jane. In most cases, she can get you to the dive site within one to one and a half hours and without the crowd! Each trip has a maximum of only six divers plus the Captain and a Dive Master, allowing each diver ample room to gear up.


Come Dive With UltaDive  EXPERIENCED CAPTAIN / DIVE MASTER & CREW

Pictured above first picture, left to right: Captain Al Manica (left) with one of his PADI instructor/dive masters: Dr. Mike. In the second photo, Al is pictured with his good buddy Captain Jean-Michel Cousteau the renowned oceanographic explorer and son of Captain Jacques Cousteau inventor of the first scuba diving regulator and famous oceanographic explorer/scientist.

Captain Al is a  licensed United States Coast Guard Captain / Merchant Marine Officer and a PADI Dive Master with over 20 years of professional offshore and scuba diving experience. In addition, Al has and continues to be involved in university research work, ecological studies and archeological shipwreck restoration and mapping projects involving The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Captain Al is also President of The Global Under-Water Awareness Association (GUWAA), United States/Texas Division.

GUWAA Underwater Clean-up Projects


Come Dive With UltaDive  DIVE MASTERS WANTED

Due to the high number of Gulf of Mexico dive charters being run by Ultra Dive, we are now seeking additional local dive masters to supervise these trips. All candidates must be certified by a nationally recognized scuba training organization and have active dive master insurance. For more information please contact Capt. Al at: 281-469-2846 or by e-mail at: ultragrp@sbcglobal.net .


Come Dive With UltaDive  SOME DAY TRIP PREPARATION

These day trips have a departure time of 10:00 a.m. and we typically return between 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please be at the boat dock at 9:30 a.m.. Once at the dive site, there will be a brief pre-dive orientation, buddy team selection, and a review of general safety procedures by an experienced dive master. No one dives alone on these trips, so if you arrive without a dive buddy, you will have one or more before you ever enter the water. When you get into the water we ask that you please stay with your buddy or buddy group. When diving an oil platform, please dive within the four main legs of the oil platform throughout the entire dive.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited on these dive trips. Bring a light lunch and nonalcoholic beverages. No large coolers please, the boat is equipped with both a large cooler and refrigerator for your convenience. In addition, we ask that you please not wear shoes that could mark the deck of the boat. Light color soled tennis shoes, sandals, boat shoes or bare feet are all good options but dark colored or black rubber sole foot wear which can make dark scuff marks to the white decking, is a big no–no. Thank You for your cooperation.

If you are at all concerned that you may be susceptible to sea sickness, we suggest that you take an over the counter medication as a precaution.


Come Dive With UltaDive  MAP & DIRECTIONS TO THE MARINA

From points north of the marina: Travel 288 south to 332 east, stay on 332 until you get to the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW) Surfside Bridge then exit to the right just before the ICW bridge. Go to a stop sign then cross left under the bridge onto Sailfish Ave and drive about one quarter mile until you get to the Bridge Harbor Yacht Club entrance located at: (411 Sailfish Ave., Freeport, TX 77541). Enter the marina and go to shed B. The trip will be departing out of shed B aboard the "Carolyn Jane".  BHYC phone: 979-233-2101

From Galveston area: Travel southwest along the Seawall Blvd. (FM 3005) until you get to the ICW Surfside Bridge (approximately a 20 minute coastal scenic drive). Cross over the bridge into Freeport and then take your first u-turn left. Go to a stop sign then cross left under the bridge onto: Sailfish Ave and drive about one quarter mile until you get to the Bridge Harbor Yacht Club entrance located at: (411 Sailfish Ave., Freeport, TX 77541). Enter the marina and go to shed B. The trip will be departing out of shed B aboard the "Carolyn Jane".  BHYC phone: 979-233-2101

Additional accommodations at the marina: -  Showers  -  Clean rest rooms  -  Convenience store  -  Ice  -  Restaurant located atop the third floor of the marinas main building,  -  Outside wet bar and occasional live entertainment on weekends.


 

Come Dive With UltaDive  THE PRICE

Most comparable Texas Gulf of Mexico dive trips can easily cost $300.00 or more per diver. ULTRA DIVE is now offering this trip at only:

$ 265.00 per diver! (plus gratuity)

We accept the following forms of payment: PayPal, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Visa or Check

To make a payment please click on the PayPal/Credit Cards logo below.

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Come Dive With UltaDive PRIVATE CHARTER RATES: If you are more interested in diving with just a few of your buddies only, Ultra Dive also offers private charters for individuals or groups up to six. Depending on availability, you can book any day of the week. Cost for a private day trip charter is: $1,590.00 total.

Come Dive With UltaDive DISCOUNT RATES FOR DIVE SHOPS or DIVE CLUBS: If you are the owner of or affiliated with a dive shop or dive club and would like more information about our discounted rates, please either e-mail or give us a call at: 281-469-2846 and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Come Dive With UltaDive DISCOUNT RATES FOR U.S. MILITARY MEMBERS: Ultra Dive also offers a $30.00 discounted rate for veterans and or active duty personnel presently serving in the United States Military. A military identification is required to receive this $30.00 discount which will be deducted from the standard individual total fee.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

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Come Dive With UltaDive GIFT CERTIFICATES: Ultra Dive also provides personalized gift certificates for that special someone in your life. So whether its a birthday, holiday or some other type of special occasion, we can provide you with a personalized gift certificate having the recipient's name and special occasion printed on it. Cost per certificate is: $265.00. Please call: 281-469-2846 for more information.

 

Come Dive With UltaDive  RENTAL EQUIPMENT: Most divers bring their own equipment, however should you have a need for rental gear, please let us know what you need and we will make arrangements with one of our associate dive shops to have it at the boat when you arrive. The rental fee is $15.00 per item listed: Tank - Regulator - BCD - Wet Suit - Mask, Fins and Snorkel set - (Weight belt and or weights: $5.00). Each person is financially responsible for the rental equipment, so if you loose it or break it... you own it.

Come Dive With UltaDive  OVER NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: If you are traveling from out of town and need a place to stay over night, our marina has clean and comfortable rooms/suits that you can reserve. To make reservations please call: 979-233-2101and ask for Mr. Howard Andrews. Be sure to tell Howard that Capt. Al Manica referred you so you can receive a discounted rate.

Come Dive With UltaDive  TIPPING POLICY: Gratuities primarily go to the dive-master/deckhand and are in addition to the charter fee. These individuals work exceptionally hard so please be a generous tipper. For a typical trip consisting of six divers, a fair tipping amount would be $40.00 from each person scheduled to dive. Of course anything higher would be greatly appreciated and tipping the captain is optional... Thank you.


Come Dive With UltaDive  SCIENTIFIC & ARCHEOLOGICAL RESEARCH DIVE TRIPS

Ultra Dive also offers it's services for offshore scientific research expeditions. We have been involved with oceanographic, ecological and archeological research projects conducted by prestigious universities and or institutions of higher learning.

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Come Dive With UltaDive USS HATTERAS EXPEDITION

Historic USS HATTERAS EXPEDITION, September 2012:  Ultra Dive is involved in a Texas based historical shipwreck mapping project in association with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Working with the NOAA, Ultra Dive is honored to have been chosen as an additional research vessels involved in the archeological survey and BlueView sonar mapping of the civil war shipwreck: The USS Hatteras. The Hatteras was a Union blockade gunboat that was sunk by The CSS Alabama off the Galveston, Texas coast January 14th 1863. Click the NOAA link below for more information:

http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/press/2013/pr011113.html

Pictured above (left to right) are: (1.) NOAA archeologists diving on the Hatteras wreck. (2.) "M/V Carolyn Jane" & "R/V Manta" at the Hatteras dive site. (3.) NOAA Divers aboard The Manta. (4.) An artistic depiction of the historic battle.

Come Dive With UltaDive UNDERWATER SALVAGE, SEARCH & RECOVERY AND EXCAVATION SERVICES

Ultra Dive also offers underwater salvage, search & recovery and or excavation services to the public. Whether you need to find a piece of jewelry that you lost at the local swimming hole, need to recover an outboard or an entire boat that sunk in the Gulf of Mexico, Ultra Dive has the equipment and experienced divers required to do the job. We can also assist you with boat underwater maintenance issues such as: zinc or propeller replacements, underwater hull cleaning or inspections, etc.. In addition, we are experienced in shipwreck site excavation, providing that all relevant governmental authorizations have been properly obtained, if applicable.  


Come Dive With UltaDive SOME SCUBA DIVING SAFETY TIPS 

   Ultra Dive has been in the scuba diving charter business since 1995 and we have a flawless safety record. Our first priority is for the health and safety of all our customers. We are aware that one main goal of recreational scuba diving is for you to have an enjoyable and fun experience. We try not to inhibit in achieving this goal with a barrage of regulations but instead simply require that all divers follow our rules which are based on many years of Texas offshore diving experience. We also ask that you please follow standard diving safety procedures applicable to the dive site conditions, dive within your comfort zone and have a good time! All divers are expected to act responsibly and follow three primary rules when diving with Ultra Dive. They are:

1. STAY WITH YOUR BUDDY. Staying with your buddy applies from the time you both enter the water to when you both ascend and get back to the boat. This is known as the first rule of diving because it is the most important. Please stay with your buddy at all times while in the water. If you arrive at the boat without a buddy, one or a buddy group will be assigned to you before you ever enter the water.

2. STAY WITHIN THE RIG STRUCTURE WHEN DIVING AN OIL PLATFORM. At times a diver can drift away form the platform and will attempt to swim back while submerged using a compass barring, please do not do this. Should you lose sight of the structure, immediately make a controlled assent and either get back to the dive boat or to the rig while on the surface. Keep in mind that there could be other boaters in these areas which is just another common sense incentive to stay within the oil platform for obvious safety reasons.

             As is the case with all reputable offshore scuba diving charter boats, we too require that all divers have their own personal inflatable "safety sausage". In the event that you should drift too far away from the platform or dive site, the use of this locating device will make you much more visible to us and or other boaters that may be in the area. The average cost for one of these items is only $25.00 and can be purchased at your local dive shop.

3. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED ON BOARD. Consumption of any alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited for the full duration of these diving charters. "Full duration" does include surface intervals and the ride back to the dock.

Come Dive With UltaDive  DAN SCUBA DIVER INSURANCE:

Another safety precaution we highly recommend is that you become a member of the Diver Alert Network, "DAN". DAN is a scuba dive safety insurance association. For as low as $35. per year, you get a host of valuable benefits while supporting DAN's mission of providing emergency medical assistance and promoting diving safety. Please click on the DAN logo below to join today or for more information.

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CLICK HERE or on the DAN logo for more diver insurance information.


WE DO FISHING TRIPS TOO

Click on either photo above for information about our FISHING TRIPS.


                       Please allow me this opportunity to thank you for visiting my Ultra Dive web site. I hope it has answered any questions you may have had but if not, feel free to contact me personally and I will try my absolute best to assist you. And in case I forgot to mention, stay with your buddy and have many safe and fun dives!

        Thanks again and I hope to hear from you soon...

       Captain Al, Phone: 281-469-2846, e-mail: ultragrp@sbcglobal.net


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 (281) 469-2846

9597 Jones Road Suite 128, Houston TX 77065

 

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