ULTRA DIVE CHARTERS AND SCUBA TRAINING:
Ultra Dive is a recreational dive boat charter service operating out of Galveston or Freeport, Texas. All divers taking part in these scuba diving trips, must have at minimum a basic open-water certification. However, should you be in need of such training, Ultra Dive also offers beginner or advanced scuba dive classes and certifications. For more information regarding our group or private scuba classes, please contact us at: 281-469-2846
Plan on making two separate dives on either a wreck or oil platform/oil rig. Oil rigs and or wrecks are essentially artificial reefs. The underwater structure of an oil rig located in 100 feet of water adds 2 – 4 acres of hard surface to the water column. They are covered with barnacles, encrusting sponges, bryzoans, and white hydroid or ivory coral and literally attract thousands of various types of marine life. With the typical 50 to 80 foot visibility you can expect to see: large schools of plate sized spade fish, colorful angelfish, red snapper, ling, barracuda, amberjacks, groupers, sheep head, dolphins, rays, turtles and occasionally whale sharks to name a few.
Rig diving is considered to be the safest type of Texas Gulf diving due to depth control. Oil rigs are massive structures that literally penetrate the water column from top to bottom. You can dive at 10 feet or to 100 feet and in either case still have much to see and experience.
“The Carolyn Jane”
This boat is a 37 ft. (42ft.loa) dependable scuba dive customized Chris Craft sport fish/yacht. It has a large main salon cabin, two state rooms, a full size bathroom, full galley, custom made tank racks and spacious fore and aft decks which makes gearing up or removing equipment a breeze. She is also equipped with a sofa, refrigerator, microwave, large swim platform and a retractable deep in-water ladder complete with an experienced licensed U.S.C.G. captain / Dive Master. The Carolyn Jane has some of the latest navigational electronics, rescue and safety equipment including O2 and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB.
Most dive sites are within 15 to 40 miles offshore so don’t spend valuable dive time traveling on a slow moving cattle dive boat or a smaller boat where you may be cramped for space and exposed to the elements. Instead, travel in style and comfort aboard The Carolyn Jane. In most cases, she can get you to the dive site within one to one and a half hours and without the crowd! Each trip has a maximum of only six divers plus Captain and Dive Master, allowing each diver ample room to move and gear up.
DIRECTIONS TO THE MARINA:
From points north of the marina: Travel 288 south to 332 east, stay on 332 until you get to the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW) Surfside Bridge then exit to the right just before the bridge. Go to a stop sign then turn left under the bridge onto Sailfish Ave and drive about one quarter mile until you get to the Bridge Harbor Yacht Club entrance located at: (411 Sailfish Ave., Freeport, TX 77541). The trip will be departing out of shed C aboard the “Carolyn Jane”. BHYC phone: 979-233-2101
From Galveston: Travel southwest along FM 3005 until you get to the ICW Surf Side Bridge (approximately a 20 minute coastal scenic drive). Cross over the bridge into Freeport and take your first u-turn left. Go to a stop sign then turn left under the bridge onto: Sailfish Ave and drive about one quarter mile until you get to the Bridge Harbor Yacht Club entrance located at: (411 Sailfish Ave., Freeport, TX 77541). The trip will be departing out of shed C aboard the “Carolyn Jane”. BHYC phone: 979-233-2101