Dive Bermuda opened its doors in 1981 and is Bermuda’s only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre. They are based at the Fairmont Southampton hotel and offer a range of diving experiences, courses, and water-based activities.
Certified divers can join a one or two-tank guided dive. In the high season two tank dives generally depart in the morning and take in a wreck and a reef. Their location on the south shore of the island gives easy access to wrecks such as the Hermes and the Marie Celeste. In the afternoon they offer a one-tank shallow reef dive suitable for less experienced or rusty divers. Divers should bring their cards for verification by the dive crew.
You don’t need to be certified to enjoy diving in Bermuda. The company offers the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course. The half-day course begins with an introduction to the basic principles of diving, followed by practical lessons in basic skills. Participants then go on the dive boat for a shallow reef dive just off the shore. It’s a great way to experience a dive without going through the whole certification process.
Divers wanting certification can take the PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver courses here. Experienced divers can take courses such as Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Wreck Diver, Boat Diver, and Deep Diver.
Beach rentals are offered from their shop on the private beach at the Fairmont Southampton. Snorkelling gear, kayaks, paddle boards, floats and more are available for rent. Dive Bermuda has even marked out a snorkelling route around the bay with coloured buoys. It takes in some historic cannons and interesting coral formations. The shop also sells t-shirts, hats, sunglasses, sun cream and more. Storage facilities and equipment servicing are also available.
The company also operates from the Grotto Bay Beach Resort.