Boat Services

Scheduled Dives

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Scheduled Dives are usually listed on a Monday evening on our Facebook group – Falmouth RHIB Diving on Stingray – Expected maximum depth, price and ropes off times are also listed.

The close in dive sites are only £15, which includes:

  • St Just Pool
  • Stanwood
  • East Narrows
  • Fraggle Rock
  • Shore’s Rock
  • Andromeda
  • Killigerran
  • NG Petersen
  • Caroni Rivers
  • Epsilon
  • Old Wall

The next range band is £20 and includes:

  • Volnay
  • Hera
  • Outer Bizzie
  • Gull Rock
  • Helford
  • Mohegan (Manacles)
  • Raglans Reef (Manacles)
  • Vase Rock (Manacles)

Beyond that, to our normal scheduled limits we charge £25, sites include:

  • City of Ghent
  • Lath Rock
  • Dodman Point
  • Lizard Point
  • Carmarthen
  • Citrine
  • Veritas

For boat charter, see RHIB boat charter page for Stingray.

Dive Boats

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Atlantic Scuba owns and operates two Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs).

Stingray

Stingray is moored in the Fal River at Mylor, ideally situated for access to Falmouth Bay, the Manacles, the Lizard, Gerrans Bay and Veryan Bay. It also makes it ideal for small groups and individuals, for our scheduled dives.

Stingray at Scubafest

Stingray at Scubafest

Starfish

Starfish is kept on a trailer, to be launched anywhere it is required. This may be Plymouth, Penzance, Hayle, Newquay or Rock. It can be booked as a complete boat charter only, we do not offer individual spaces unless it is being used in conjunction with Stingray, when Stingray is fully booked.

Starfish on trailer

Starfish on trailer

Snorkelling Trips by Boat around Falmouth

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Our commercially coded dive RHIB, Stingray, is used regularly for scuba diving and free diving trips, it is also used for snorkelling trips.

A typical 5 hour day at sea, for up to 10 people, would see us leave Mylor Yacht Harbour at around 10am. Returning at around 3pm.

We have two usual routes, although we can go almost anywhere you like, within reason. Routes are usually chosen based around the wind direction. Below are the two usual routes:

Eastern Route: Fraggle Rock (St Anthony’s Lighthouse), Seal Caves, Shore’s Rock, Andromeda Wreck, Killigerran Head (or Seal Beach if it is low water).

Southern Route: Hole in the wall, UB86, UC92, ss Ponus, Ben Asdale.

The Southern route sites are all easily accessed from shore, it is a lot easier from a boat though.

A 5 hour trip costs £350 without kit, or £400 including Mask, Snorkel, Fins and a Wetsuit.

An 8 hour trip is £550 including any required kit.

If we see any interesting wildlife on the way, we will stop to watch if requested.

Mylor Yacht Harbour Information

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Mylor Yacht Harbour is situated just outside Falmouth, within the Carrick Roads (the Fal river estuary). It has many facilities that makes it a great place for a base for a dive boat.

There is plenty of parking available, within two small car parks close to the marina and at either side of the half mile long valley (boat lay-up area).

There are public toilets as well as the rather smart, harbour customer’s toilet and shower block. Outside the harbour toilet block, there is a warm water kit wash.

Mylor cafe has some excellent food, they are used to people in wetsuits going in to order food, we usually sit outside though, with a view over the harbour. Castaways is a very good, quality restaurant.

Below is an aerial photo of Mylor Yacht Harbour (courtesy of the Channel Coastal Observatory), various features are coloured, see the legend below.

Mylor Yacht Harbour

Mylor Yacht Harbour

Green – Car Park (pay & display, £5 all day. Take the tear off strip to the cafe to get £2 off)
Yellow – 30 minute stop, kit drop off area
Purple – Harbour toilet/shower block
Red – Trolley parks
Cyan – Cafe Mylor
Blue – Boat (loading/pick up location)

We are a very social group, if we are at Mylor around lunchtime, we have lunch at the cafe. On a two dive day, we stop at the cafe between dives. After mid afternoon dives, we usually stop for a drink and a piece of cake.

We call this ‘civilised diving’ 🙂

Film & Media Boat Charter

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Stingray is a stable vessel and is useful as a base for film & media work. Although it may not have the space and comfort of large hard boats, it does have speed as well as accessibility to shallow sites in it’s favour.

It has been used in:

  • Two different Rosamunde Pilcher films made by FFP New Media for German TV
  • BBC Radio Cornwall live broadcast platform
  • BBC One Show for filming a Freediving feature with Ian Donald and Andy Torbet
  • BBC One Show as a featured boat, as well as for filming a piece with Miranda Krestovnikoff
  • Numerous features for Scubaverse.com as a base for some featured dives with Jeff Goodman
  • Jocks and Nerds magazine, Tudor watches freediving Photoshoot with Ian Donald
  • Scuba Magazine Photoshoots and article features with Mark Milburn and Nick Lyon
  • ITV Countrywise with Ben Fogle, Freediving at Longships reef, Lands End
  • BBC Spotlight South West, multiple programs
  • BBC Inside Out, featured boat, surface camera boat
  • Poldark safety/guard boat, photographer’s boat, mounted mobile reflective screen

 

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Dive Boats and Boat Services

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Stingray Dive Charter RHIB – Licensed and insured vessel available for:

Mylor Yacht Harbour Information

11942243_918979378173909_8526842959662884944_oIt is also a good Scuba diving school dive boat, for Cornwall anyway.

RHIB Boat Charter, Starfish

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Atlantic Scuba owns and operates two RHIBs (Ridged Hulled Inflatable Boats) as dive charter boats. ‘Starfish’ is a Category 4 MCA coded RHIB, licensed to carry 12 people including the boat skipper. It is fitted with a single Mercury 200HP Optimax 2 engine, it is very fast, reliable, quiet and comfortable.

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Basking Shark & Wildlife Watching

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Our charter RHIB ‘Stingray’ is legally coded to take 11 people out for viewing wildlife as well as taking scuba divers. The waters around Cornwall have a rich wildlife heritage including Basking Sharks to Atlantic Grey Seals. As a WiSe (Wildlife Safe) Master accredited operator we have received instruction in species identification, life history and behaviour of a range of species that we might encounter, and will record our sightings for use in basic scientific research. read more →

Magnetometer & Side Scan Surveys

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Atlantic Scuba owns two proton precession Magnetometers for detecting ferrous objects underwater. Our Planet Electronics MX500 Proton Magnetometer is a high quality Nuclear Magnetic Resonance scanner.  When towed behind our rhibs it can be used to find wrecks/wreckage or even cannons at various depths depending on the size and shape of the object. Our Aquascan AX100 is a more compact unit with similar capabilities to the MX500. By simultaneously using both our boats with both magnetometers, we can cover large areas very quickly. read more →

RHIB Boat Charter, Stingray

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Atlantic Scuba owns and operates two RHIBs (Ridged Hulled Inflatable Boats) as dive charter boats. ‘Stingray’ is a Category 4 MCA coded catamaran RHIB, licensed to carry 12 people including the boat skipper. It is fitted with two Mariner Optimax 90HP engines, it is fast, reliable, quiet and comfortable.

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