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Charlie Pro 21-Day

Overview

If you’re fascinated with life under water, enjoy meeting new people, and have the qualities to engage others and teach them new skills, consider becoming a dive professional. Here’s your chance to open the door to exploration and adventure for people of all ages while you do something you love every day. We can help you make it happen.

If you are 18 or older, you can pursue a professional level dive certification and earn your Divemaster (DM) certification from our PADI five-star dive shop. While in training for your Divemaster certification, you will live aboard a monohull yacht with the staff of the concurrently running Charlie 21-day Advanced Scuba adventure. You will be able to participate in some of the regular Charlie activities, but to a limited degree.

Adventure Focus

Advanced Scuba

Sailing

Ages

18+

Days

21

Boat

Monohull

Charlie Pro 21-Day Description

Prerequisites:

  • Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver
  • 18+ years old
  • 40 logged dives
  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months

Exit Requirements:

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months
  • 60 logged dives; documented experience in underwater navigation, night diving and deep diving

Once certified as a PADI Divemaster you are qualified to:

  • Assist PADI Instructors in conducting PADI programs
  • Supervise participants in PADI experience programs Generally supervise both training and non-training related diving activities
  • Teach and certify Skin Divers
  • Conduct PADI Scuba Review for certified divers
  • Apply for PADI’s Divemaster Discover Scuba Diving instructor rating
  • Enroll in PADI Assistant Instructor or the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). Contact Sail Caribbean Divers for course dates and enrollment information.

Charlie Pro 21-Day Activities

Kayaking

Ready for a little exploring with a friend? With all the beautiful anchorages and coves we visit there’s much to explore by paddle power.

Snorkeling

Meet the creatures below the waves. Swim alongside a friendly sea turtle, join a school of Blue Tang fish, and explore the reefs!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Get your footing and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to maneuver with perfect balance. You’ll have terrific views above, as well as below the waves.

Tubing

Our Number 1 watersports toy is nicknamed “Papa”. You’ll be hanging on so tight you won't even be able to give a thumbs-up.

Wakeboarding

Once you’re up it’s a thrill every single second, especially if you get airborne. No wonder this is a Sail Caribbean one-handed favorite!

Waterskiing

Get up, get steady! Then you’ll be zipping back and forth across the wake for a ride you’ll remember.

Windsurfing

After you’ve learned to read the wind, you’re sure to take full advantage of it on your rig. Time to hook in and hold on!

Small Boat Sailing

You’ll learn so much on your big yacht. Try applying your seamanship skills to smaller boats and feel how swiftly they respond.

Social Events

Dance with Moko-Jumbie stilt walkers at our Fireball Party, win the famous Chili Cookoff, and compete for glory at the SC Olympics.

Beach Sports

Team up for a spirited game of volleyball or a fast-paced soccer tournament, then cool off rehearsing a synchronized swim.

Hiking

The islands we visit are mountainous. Reaching the best vantage points provides challenges, but the pay offs are breathtaking vistas!

Community Service

Whether your interest is in cultural heritage, marine biology, or environmental conservation, you’ll have opportunities to roll up your sleeves and pitch in!

Marine Biology Seminars

Topics include: respect and awareness of marine organisms, coral biology, geologic formation, sharks, invasive species, sea turtles, and the night ocean.

Island Exploration

Hike through a rainforest, travel mountainous hillside roads, learn about the art of glassblowing, visit an organic farm, and discover different cultures.

Yacht Racing

It’s the ultimate team sport! Whether you're on the helm, trimming the jib, or on the rail helping to balance the boat, everyone’s efforts count.

Sailing

If you've never set foot aboard a 50' sloop, it's OK with us – No Experience Necessary! You’ll learn by doing and we’ll be by your side all the way. If you’re already a sailor, build on your knowledge!

Advanced Scuba

Work your way up from Advanced Open Water to Rescue Diver with Specialty certifications along the way. If you're 18, you can even 'Go Pro' and become a PADI Divemaster.

Kayaking

Ready for a little exploring with a friend? With all the beautiful anchorages and coves we visit there’s much to explore by paddle power.

Snorkeling

Meet the creatures below the waves. Swim alongside a friendly sea turtle, join a school of Blue Tang fish, and explore the reefs!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Get your footing and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to maneuver with perfect balance. You’ll have terrific views above, as well as below the waves.

Tubing

Our Number 1 watersports toy is nicknamed “Papa”. You’ll be hanging on so tight you won't even be able to give a thumbs-up.

Wakeboarding

Once you’re up it’s a thrill every single second, especially if you get airborne. No wonder this is a Sail Caribbean one-handed favorite!

Waterskiing

Get up, get steady! Then you’ll be zipping back and forth across the wake for a ride you’ll remember.

Windsurfing

After you’ve learned to read the wind, you’re sure to take full advantage of it on your rig. Time to hook in and hold on!

Small Boat Sailing

You’ll learn so much on your big yacht. Try applying your seamanship skills to smaller boats and feel how swiftly they respond.

Social Events

Dance with Moko-Jumbie stilt walkers at our Fireball Party, win the famous Chili Cookoff, and compete for glory at the SC Olympics.

Beach Sports

Team up for a spirited game of volleyball or a fast-paced soccer tournament, then cool off rehearsing a synchronized swim.

Hiking

The islands we visit are mountainous. Reaching the best vantage points provides challenges, but the pay offs are breathtaking vistas!

Community Service

Whether your interest is in cultural heritage, marine biology, or environmental conservation, you’ll have opportunities to roll up your sleeves and pitch in!

Marine Biology Seminars

Topics include: respect and awareness of marine organisms, coral biology, geologic formation, sharks, invasive species, sea turtles, and the night ocean.

Island Exploration

Hike through a rainforest, travel mountainous hillside roads, learn about the art of glassblowing, visit an organic farm, and discover different cultures.

Yacht Racing

It’s the ultimate team sport! Whether you're on the helm, trimming the jib, or on the rail helping to balance the boat, everyone’s efforts count.

Sailing

If you've never set foot aboard a 50' sloop, it's OK with us – No Experience Necessary! You’ll learn by doing and we’ll be by your side all the way. If you’re already a sailor, build on your knowledge!

Advanced Scuba

Work your way up from Advanced Open Water to Rescue Diver with Specialty certifications along the way. If you're 18, you can even 'Go Pro' and become a PADI Divemaster.

ON EVERY SAIL CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE

Sail Caribbean offers ten different adventure groups with 30 different sessions in the British Virgin and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. You live aboard a modern 50′ monohull yacht or 45′ catamaran with other teens in your age group and learn to sail. No experience is necessary. Every adventure focuses on an activity, but each offers scuba, marine biology, community service, cultural exchange, watersports, friendships, personal growth and lifelong memories.

Want to compare adventures?  Download our 2019 Schedule (PDF)!

Charlie Pro 21-Day

Itinerary

Day 1

Get acquainted with our beautiful home base; meet your Captain and everyone on your program. You’ll have your first boat meeting over a delicious dinner, and set the course for the rest of your adventures to come.

Days 2-5

Your captain leads you through some preparations and basic sailing lessons before you de-dock for a first sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. You become familiar with the boat, go over basic navigation, practice using the winches, and take a turn behind the helm as you head toward Cooper Island. Manchioneel provides a mix of stunning coral as well as flat sandy patches to begin practicing advanced scuba skills.

Days 6-9

You and your dive group are in for an exciting trip as you complete your first dive on the Wreck of the Rhone. Dive on it again at night and see what a different world it is! Head to Nanny Cay for your first docking and celebrate with some shopping, beach volleyball, pool time and a nap on the beach.

Days 10-13

You and your crew will have to step up on Challenge Day! Your captain and mate are just along for the ride so you’ll look to each other for leadership and support. Enjoying all that The Bitter End has to offer: hiking, watersports, restaurants, and small boat sailing. Work towards specialties or Rescue Diver certifications.

Days 14-17

Let the festivities begin! An endless stretch of beach is the sight of our Sail Caribbean Olympics. Events such as tug-o-war and dizzy-fender set the stage for a little friendly competition between boats. This day always proves to be full of laughter and memories. You’ll then head out to help out on a Dive Against Debris.

Days 18-20

Learn about the life cycle of a sea turtle at Diamond Cay and check out one of their favorite hangouts. Join some other Sail Caribbean students at Trellis Bay for a Fireball Full Moon Party. Before you head back to base, stop off at The Baths for a spectacular hike and snorkel.

Day 21

Fond farewells as you head back home, with airplane letters in hand, ready to tell your family about all of your amazing summer scuba adventures!

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Charle Pro 21-Day

Sessions

1

Charlie Pro 1 Divemaster

Begin Date

06/23/2018

End Date

07/13/2018

Tuition

$5995

Service Hours

5-8

# of Dives

30+

2

Charlie Pro 2 Divemaster

Begin Date

07/15/2018

End Date

08/04/2018

Tuition

$5995

Service Hours

5-8

# of Dives

30+

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Optional

Courses

Scuba

PADI Divemaster

While in training for your Divemaster certification, you will live aboard a monohull yacht with the staff of the concurrently running Charlie Advanced Scuba adventure. You will be able to participate in some of the regular Charlie activities, but to a limited degree.

Prerequisites:

  • Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver
  • 18 years old
  • Logged 40 logged dives
  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months

Exit Requirements:

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months
  • 60 logged dives; documented experience in underwater navigation, night diving and deep diving

Once certified as a PADI Divemaster you are qualified to:

  • Assist PADI Instructors in conducting PADI programs
  • Supervise participants in PADI experience programs
  • Generally supervise both training and non-training related diving activities
  • Teach and certify Skin Divers
  • Conduct PADI Scuba Review for certified divers
  • Apply for PADI’s Divemaster Discover Scuba Diving instructor rating
  • Enroll in PADI Assistant Instructor or the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Newly certified Divemasters have the opportunity to join the Sail Caribbean Divers team in an internship position and build on their development as a dive professional. While living on the Charlie program’s staff boat, you will be directly assisting Sail Caribbean Divers staff with Open Water certifications, Discover Scuba sessions, and co-leading recreational dives.

After the last Charlie program ends in August, Divemasters can join the Open Water Scuba Instructor certification course given at the Hodges Creek facility of Sail Caribbean Divers. Housing will be land-based. See sailcaribbeandivers.com or contact info@sailcaribbeandivers.com for OWSI course dates.

PADI Recreational Diving

Prerequisite: Must be Open Water certified or equivalent

Non-certification recreational diving is available as an option on all of our adventures. Ever imagine diving on a coral garden, drifting through a rainbow canyon, or exploring a sunken wreck? You will enjoy recreational diving in the BVI with our own Sail Caribbean Divers Instructors and Divemasters. On Delta in the Leeward Islands, professional dive instructors from each island along with our dive staff take you to gorgeous dive sites. You’ll gain expert knowledge from each local instructor and get the most out of every dive site you visit. You must provide proof of certification from a recognized agency like PADI, NAUI, YMCA, or NASDS.

PADI Dive Specialties

You may be able to earn multiple dive specialty certifications. The particular specialties offered will depend on the adventure chosen and our diving schedule. You will decide which specialties you’d like to do when you are in the Caribbean.

All below are available on Charlie Advanced Scuba adventures. Availability on other adventures is shown.

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Also available on Sierra

Practice techniques for improving buoyancy and decreasing air consumption resulting in better under water control and more enjoyment/preservation of the diving environment. (2 dives)

Project AWARE Dive Against Debris

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Also available on Foxtrot and Sierra

The impact on marine life of garbage dumped in our oceans is one of the biggest issues of our time. You can help by going on a dive with mash bags to collect the debris that

Project AWARE Reef Fish Identification

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Also available on Sierra

Study a variety of fish while observing and identifying markings, shapes, and behavior. (2 dives)

Underwater Naturalist

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Also available on Sierra and Ocean

Explore and identify marine life including vertebrates, invertebrates, and plant life. (2 dives)

Project AWARE Specialist

Prerequisite: None

Familiarize yourself with the plight of worldwide aquatic ecosystems and learn how to protect aquatic resources. (Non-diving specialty)

Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Prerequisite: None

Also available on Foxtrot

Study the fragile Coral Reef system, and how to preserve it, while observing and identifying markings, shapes, and growth. (Non-diving specialty)

Digital Underwater Photographer

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Learn the PADI SEA (shoot, examine, adjust) method, principals for getting good photos underwater, plus how to edit and share your shots. (2 dives)

Boat Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Develop skills needed to dive safely from a power or sailboat as well as special procedures for diving in areas with boat traffic. (2 dives)

Underwater Navigator

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Hone your underwater navigation skills using a compass, natural navigation techniques, and other navigational tools. (3 dives)

Night Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Explore the intrigue of diving at night while focusing on equipment handling, navigation, nocturnal marine creatures, and day to night contrast. (3 dives)

Search and Recovery Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Advanced or equivalent

Practice search patterns, effective search techniques in various conditions, and raising heavy objects using lifting devices. (4 dives)

Multi-level Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Advanced or equivalent

Apply valuable techniques for extending bottom times using the recreational dive planner (wheel format) and diving computers. (2 dives)

Drift Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Learn pertinent safety techniques, how to fine tune your buoyancy and use specialized equipment, as you use the ocean currents and tides as your propulsion. (2 dives)

RMS Rhone Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Advanced or equivalent; 15+ yrs old

The RMS Rhone Diver Specialty, a PADI Distinctive Specialty, is exclusively available at Sail Caribbean. Made famous in the movie, The Deep, this 310-ft cargo ship sank in 1867. She is our most requested dive site and is regularly voted the top wreck dive in the Caribbean.

Enriched Air Diver- Nitrox

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent; 15+ yrs old

Learn recreational skills and techniques for diving with different mixes of Oxygen and Nitrogen, for increased bottom time. (2 dives)

Wreck Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Adventure or equivalent; 15+ yrs old

Learn recreational skills and techniques for diving in man-made environments and practice using specialized wreck equipment. (4 dives)

Deep Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Adventure or equivalent; 15+ yrs old

Discover deep dive planning, hazards, special equipment, and extra safety precautions. (4 dives)

Charlie Pro 21-Day

FAQs

Where will I live during Divemaster training?

You will live aboard the staff boat, a monohull yacht, and sail with the fleet of the concurrently running Charlie Advanced Scuba adventure.

When not in training, what will I be doing?

You will be living and traveling with the teen program and will be able to participate in some of the Charlie 21-day activities like watersports and island exploration, but to a limited degree.

Who are the Sail Caribbean Dive Instructors?

Our BVI Dive Instructors are full-time, dive professionals, working year-round for our dive center in the BVI, Sail Caribbean Divers. In addition to their teaching certifications from PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors), our dive instructors are thoroughly trained and experienced with our BVI diving operations, procedures, protocols, safety policies and dive boats. They are intimately familiar with the many dive sites in the BVI.

Our dive instructors are solely focused on educating and supervising divers at an exceptional level of safety. They do not have responsibility for the sailing or living experience of the students onboard the sailboats.

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Charlie Pro 21-Day

Reviews

“Diving four to five times everyday gave me the opportunity to not only learn all the skills required of a divemaster, but also the chance to really perfect them.”

Eliot F., age 19, Bethesda, MD

“I had a blast during my three-week Divemaster Program. I received the professional certification while sailing around the beautiful islands and experiencing the fun alongside the other students and staff. The workload was spaced out evenly so I could relax and take in my surroundings when needed. The Dive Staff I trained with were exceptional teachers with unwavering enthusiasm. The program can be taxing, but the reward is more than worth it. This program is very unique, and I would recommend it for anyone looking to become a better diver and who thrives with added responsibility.”

Curtis C., age 19, Washington, DC

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