Moonray is the newest edition to our fleet.
Atlantic Scuba already owns and operates it’s own 10m hard boat, Moonshadow and now owns a 10.7m hard boat, Moonray. Moonray 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. ‘Moonray’ is a Category 2 MCA coded vessel, licensed to carry ten people, including two crew. It is fitted with a reliable Cummins 355HP engine, it is both spacious, comfortable and fast.read more →
Atlantic Scuba owns and operates it’s own 10m (33′) 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. It is also fitted with a diver lift. read more →
Moonshadow and Moonray are both kept at Mylor Yacht Harbour, here is some information on both Mylor, the boats and how we operate from there.
Mylor Yacht Harbour
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 to base for a dive boat.
There is plenty of parking available, there is a small car park as soon as you reach the bottom of the hill, Admiralty Quay. There is also lots of parking either side of the half mile long valley (boat lay-up area), which is passed the berth holders car park. Do not park in the berth holders car park, which is behind the café.
There are public toilets next to Café Mylor. Outside the berth holders toilet/shower block, there is a warm water kit wash.
Café 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, £6 all day)
Yellow – Kit drop off area
Red – Our Trolleys (behind the berth holders car park pay & display machine)
Cyan – Café 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 15 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 or have a group booked. 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 café.
Can we get fills between dives?
The basic answer is no, Mylor is 15 minutes away from Atlantic Scuba’s shop. It will take an hour to go from Mylor, open the yard and the shop, fill the cylinders, close the shop & yard and drive back. If you are doing two or more dives, either bring enough for the dives or we can bring cylinders to Mylor at £10 per full cylinder.
Can we get fills before the morning dive?
The answer to this is also no. We leave around 8:30 to go to Mylor and get the boat ready, getting up an hour earlier to fill a cylinder, will start us off on the wrong foot.
Can we hire cylinders?
Yes, as long as we have at least a day’s notice and not before we are about to leave the harbour. Any hire cylinders will be brought down to Mylor but NOT loaded onto the boat.
A Typical Day.
The boat leaves the harbour at either 10am, 2pm or 6pm. A two dive day will start with a 10am ropes off (RO). Night/evening dives have a ropes off at 6pm.
The crew and most divers will arrive around 9am. Divers should unload their kit on the quay with the blue crane(s), then park in the first car park (Admiralty Quay) or up the valley passed the berth holders car park. Most will then suit up before heading to the boat, although there is ample room for suiting up on Moonshadow, less room on Moonray. At 9:30 the crew will find out where they will bring the boat in for loading, they will tell the divers so the divers can move their gear to that location. If you need a trolley to move your kit, we have our own which are located behind the Pay & Display machine in the berth holders car park (blue handled trollies). They are padlocked together with a combination lock, the code is for our customers only, just ask. Only use these trollies, not the MYH trollies. Quite a few divers now bring their own folding sack trucks to move their kit around. We can store folding sack trucks under the deck of Moonshadow, or on the deck of Moonray. Then move your kit to the pick up point and return the trollies. If we are staying out for 2 dives, bring food and two tanks, we have hot drinks on board and a toilet.
The boat will head out and the dive site location, unless already agreed, we be decided on the sea state. We will visit any requested sites, if the conditions are suitable. Maximum in water time is 60 minutes, unless the whole boat has been booked for the purpose of doing longer or technical dives. After the dive(s), the boat will head back to Mylor and find a spot to unload the divers and kit.
Please be considerate of the Mylor Yacht Harbours customers and staff, try not to block their path.
The following only really applies 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 can be more economical. Here are some of the questions we get frequently asked about RHIBs:
How do you get back on the boat?
Our RHIB has a ladder at the stern connected to the frame. You can choose whether or not you keep your fins on or not.
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?
The RHIB does not have room to store the extra cylinders, so we will return to harbour. 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 boats, please contact us.
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
- 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, ‘Moonray’ is an MCA coded 35′ ProCharter. Both hardboats 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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Atlantic Scuba, scuba diving in Cornwall. An SDI 5* scuba diving centre or scuba diving school, whatever you want to call it. Learning to scuba dive, in the UK, complete a scuba diving open water course, or many diver training courses in Falmouth. Diving from our own boats for leisure or under diving instruction. Learn how to scuba dive in Falmouth Cornwall England. Start a scuba diving course, learn to dive today with SDI scuba diving lessons. Also snorkelling and freediving. We sell scuba/dive gear, our shop has a wide range of scuba equipment, including tanks/cylinders, scuba masks, suits, wetsuits and regulators. Get you scuba certification at our Dive shop/scuba store.