Moonshadow is the newest edition to our fleet.
Atlantic Scuba owns and operates it’s own 10m hard boat, Moonshadow. Moonshadow is available for full charter for one dive, two dives or for full day bookings. It also runs scheduled dives, where individuals can book on, for a 1 or 2 dive trip. ‘Moonshadow’ is a Category 3 MCA coded vessel, licensed to carry fourteen people, including two crew. It is fitted with a reliable Yanmar 240HP engine, it is both spacious and comfortable.
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Moonshadow and Stingray are both kept at Mylor Yacht Harbour, here is some information on both Mylor and the boats.
Mylor Yacht Harbour is situated just outside Falmouth, TR11 5UF, 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 next to Cafe Mylor. Outside the berth holders toilet/shower block, there is a warm water kit wash.
Cafe Mylor 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.
Green – Car Park (pay & display, £5 all day)
Yellow – Kit drop off area
Red – Our Trolleys (behind the lower car park pay and display machine)
Cyan – Cafe Mylor
Blue – Boat (loading/pick up location, this varies depending on how many boats are visiting)
Where will the boat be?
The boat will be situated at the blue marked area on the aerial photograph above. It will arrive around 10 minutes before R.O. time, unless on the Eastern arm where it will arrive a little earlier.
What does R.O. mean?
R.O. stands for Ropes Off, the time the boat plans to leave the quayside. So get there beforehand, an hour before works well, to get your kit ready and on the boat before that time.
How long will we be out?
We rarely do two dives per trip, unless asked. So most trips are just one dive. We normally state 2.5-3 hours for a recreational dive trip. So not too long to wait for the toilet.
The following on really apply to the RHIB. RHIB diving is a very effective and efficient way of scuba diving from a boat. RHIBs are usually much faster than hard boats, they are also more economical. Here are some of the questions we get frequently asked about RHIBs:
How do you get back on the boat?
When stationary, RHIBs usually sit very low in the water, the closer to the stern, the lower they sit. You have to haul yourself in using the ropes and grab handles provided. If you make yourself very buoyant first, it is quite easy, we will always help you if you need it.
Where’s the toilet?
Unfortunately, this is one area RHIBs lose against hard boats. We don’t have one.
If we are doing two dives, what do we do with our kit?
Leave your kit on the boat, just switch cylinders.
Where do we put stuff we want to keep dry?
To be honest, your car will be best. The is very little dry storage on a RHIB. We have a dry box to place your car keys but that’s about it.
If you have any other questions about diving from our boat, please contact us.
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’ 🙂
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 Moonshadow, it does have speed and manoeuvrability, 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, S03Ep05
- Farer Aqua Compressor freediving shoot, camera boat, location scout and location advisor
- Sunday Telegraph feature looking for Barrel Jellyfish
- Fishing Impossible, series 2, Jay’s transfer boat
Moonshadow is an excellent filming platform too. It has been used in:
- When Cruises go wrong – Channel 4 – Filming platform
- Devon and Cornwall (S02 Ep01) – Channel 4 – Hero boat as well as Filming Platform
- Cornwall with Simon Reeve Ep02 – BBC 2 – Filming Platform as well as being involved with the actual project.
Stingray Dive Charter RHIB – Licensed and insured vessel available for:
- Dive Charter
- Basking Shark trips
- Blue Shark trips
- Wildlife Watching
- Magnetometer surveys
- Side-Scan surveys
- Scheduled dives
- Film and Media services
- Freediver training
- Freediving day trips
- Snorkelling Trips
- Commercial Diving
- Safety Boat
- Fast Response vessel
- Standby and Security boat
- Sports Coverage
Atlantic Scuba Dive Centre is based at Mabe, near Falmouth in Cornwall. At our premises we have a well stocked retail shop and service centre, air/nitrox/oxygen/trimix filling station and a large range of school/rental dive gear. There is also ample parking. We operate our own dive charter boats, ‘Stingray’ is an MCA coded dive RHIB, ‘Moonshadow’ is an MCA coded Lochin 33 hard boat. Both are moored at Mylor, in the Fal Estuary, which gives easy access to the local area.
A range of SDI courses available at Atlantic Scuba
A range of TDI courses available at Atlantic Scuba
Courses only available at Atlantic Scuba
PADI courses available at Atlantic Scuba
One of the amazing creatures we see underwater around Cornwall.
‘Stingray’ and ‘Moonshadow’ are available for charter to a wide range of dive sites in the area. We also run weekly scheduled dives, which can be booked through our Facebook group, Falmouth RHIB and Hard Boat Diving. They are also suitable for pleasure trips and wildlife watching trips for up to 11 and 12 passengers respectively. Both boats are fully insured and carry all the required safety equipment to go up to 20 miles from a safe haven. Specialising in scuba diving around Falmouth Bay, Gerrans Bay, Veryan Bay and the Manacles, basically from Dodman point to the Lizard point.
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