COURSES & 2017 PRICES
(Subject to change, also monthly specials available)
Boats leave at 9am, 11.30am and 2.30pm, with the exception of Blowing Rock trips which leave at 8am. Night dives leave 30 minutes before sunset. All divers are asked to be at the shop 30 minutes before departure (45 minutes for your first dive with us). Prices include all equipment, course prices include manuals, certification etc.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE READ THE 'DIVING RISKS' SECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR HOMEPAGE BEFORE MAKING RESERVATIONS
FUN DIVES (per person)
Up to 31st October 2017
From 1st November 2017
Five dive package
Ten dive package
Blowing Rock (2 tank dive) - see dive sites page for details (minimum 5 people required)
* night dive supplement is $10 added to these prices, per person (minimum 4 people and 24 hours notice required). Package prices per person and cannot be shared
We do not charge for equipment usage so are happy to provide equipment if you do not have or do not want to bring your own. We use budget style rental BCDs, regulators etc. and adhere to the "small bubbles, no troubles" motto. Also we use full foot warm water fins (a small selection of open heel & booties), and short wetsuits in either 2 or 3 mm, so if you feel the cold you may prefer to bring your own.
Reservations for dive packages will require a deposit payment of $10 per person per dive, payable on your first day of diving. This is non refundable (except in the case of dive cancellation by Dolphin Dive for weather or other reason), deposits are only valid for the dive times made upon reservation and are not transferable to other dive times or days. Please bear in mind when making reservations that weather conditions will affect dive conditions and may limit visibility and choice of dive sites. Refunds will not be given for low visibility or repeated dive sites, or for sickness (whether self induced or otherwise). We recommend you carry adequate insurance to cover you for such eventualities.
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR - Dives booked between 20th December and 5th January will need to be paid for in full upon arrival in order to keep the reservation. Refunds will only be given for weather cancellations.
Unless dives have been pre-paid then no-shows will result in the cancellation of the remainder of any dives booked. We are easily contactable in person, by phone or email every morning from 7.30am.
We offer a special rate of only $25 per dive for dive professionals (Divemasters and Instructors) upon showing your pro-level card.
Please contact us for group rates (6 or more divers). Group bookings will require a 50% deposit at the time of booking (email us for full terms and conditions).. Discounts will vary according to season.
PADI Open Water - full entry level certification (students should be able to swim 200m in open water and be comfortable in the sea e.g. be comfortable snorkeling)
PADI Discover Scuba Diving - try dive for first timers
PADI Advanced Open Water
PADI Advanced Open Water (incl. Night dive)
Open Water/Advanced Open Water combo
PADI Rescue Diver (minimum. 2 people)
Emergency First Response - required for Rescue Diver
PADI Divemaster - internship based (entry requirements - 40 logged dives and EFR/Rescue diver). Cost includes crewpack but does not include PADI application fee or annual membership fee payable direct to PADI. If you have less than the 40 logged dives email us about options to get to that level and costs.
Approx. 2-3 months (full time 5-6 days per week)
COURSES START AT 8.30AM SO YOU NEED TO ARRIVE THE DAY BEFORE STARTING. YOU ALSO NEED TO ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 18 HOURS AFTER DIVING BEFORE FLYING - Please e-mail us if you require more detailed schedules for your particular course
Before undertaking a PADI diving course, or refresher, with us you must read and understand the PADI Medical Statementand seek the advice of a doctor in case of doubt. In any case if you answer YES to any of these questions then you must get written permission to dive from a doctor, using the attached form, before coming to the island. Click above to link through to a copy of this statement.
The PADI e-Learning system allows you to complete all the theory and tests on-line before you get here. This means that when you come to the island you save approx. 3/4 day of time on the course.
This option is more expensive though than doing the full course here as PADI charge you direct for e-Learning and this varies by course, but for Open Water it costs $179. During the registration process you nominate a PADI dive shop, which then receives a rebate of part of the fee you have paid. If you register using the buttons on this page then you will be affiliated with Dolphin Dive and we then charge you only $235 to complete the inwater sections of the course with us.
If you're planning to do the course over the busy holiday periods please check availability in advance before signing up with PADI, to avoid any potential disappointment.
Total price for Open Water (e-learning option) = $179 paid to PADI, plus $235 to Dolphin Dive = $414 (2-3 days)
Total price for full Open Water course (incl theory) done on the island with Dolphin Dive = $330 (3-4 days)
Course duration will depend on student comfort level, class size, weather conditions etc.
PADI speciality courses and adventure dives - prices on request
Not been diving for a while? Take a refresher including one dive for $70. Please ensure you have checked the PADI Medical Statement on this page before booking a refresher, in case you need to get written permission to dive from a doctor
DIGITAL UW CAMERA RENTAL
Rent a digital camera with underwater housing to take photos of your experience. Includes a CD with your own plus shop photos. Only available when diving or snorkelling with the Dolphin Dive boat. $15 or $10 when included as part of a course e.g. Underwater Photography as part of the Advanced Open Water course.
DIVING & HOTEL PACKAGES (email us for other dates or combinations)
Dive with us and stay at the Hotel Los Delfines next door (en-suite rooms with air conditioning and tv). Room rate does not include any meals.
5% discount on these prices for courses and dive packages booked in advance (note - does not apply to hotel/diving packages or to Divemaster course)
5th Jan - 31st May
1st Jun - 31st Aug & 1st Nov - 20th Dec
1st Sept - 31st Oct
21st Dec - 4th Jan
no discount - standard prices
5 dives and 3 nights in the hotel (single occupancy)
2 x 5 dive package and 3 nights in the hotel (double occupancy)
PADI Open Water course and 5 nights in the hotel (single occupancy)
2 x PADI Open course and 5 nights in the hotel (double occupancy)
PADI Advanced Open Water and 3 nights in the hotel (single occupancy)
2 x PADI Advanced Open Water and 3 nights in the hotel (double occupancy)
Please contact us to book any of these packages, or for a quote on other options such as longer stay or other diving options. Package prices not valid for Easter, Christmas or New Year, please contact us for quotes for these periods.
Note that dives are local day dives, supplements apply for night dives ($10 per person) and trips to Blowing Rock ($35 per person)
Note : all certified divers will be asked for proof of certification prior to diving. For PADI certified divers this can be checked online if original card has been lost/mislaid. Anyone wishing to undertake a PADI dive experience or course is also required to complete a PADI Medical Statement to ensure fitness of health prior to diving. If you answer YES to any of the questions then you need to get written permission to dive from a doctor, using this attached form, and before coming to the island.
* INSURANCE - we are located in a remote location with very limited access to medical facilities. There is usually no doctor on the island, just a nurse. Big Corn has a basic hospital facility but medical emergencies will require boat evacuation to Bluefields or Managua. Dive emergencies will require evacuation to the re-compression chamber in Puerto Cabezas in the north of the country, a boat trip of 6-8 hours. We recommend that divers carry adequate travel insurance and have confirmation from their insurance company that the cover extends to Little Corn Island, and that the provider is able to arrange treatment, transport etc as recommended by medical staff. We require all divers over 50 to provide insurance details before diving.
Payment is preferred in cash (cordobas or US$) or by credit/debit card (subject to a 5% charge imposed by the bank).
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