Scuba Diving Frequently Asked Questions

Scuba Diving in Puerto Rico

  • Chevron down What are the water conditions like?
  • Puerto Rico, especially the east side of the island where we are located, enjoys great water conditions year round. Because of our geographic location, we have many cays which protect our dive sites from rough waters.

    Water visibility can vary drastically depending of wind and rain. Average visibility is about 40-50 feet and can go up to 100 feet.

    The water temperature changes seasonally. Our seasons are just the same as they are in the United States, with the winter months being colder than summer. A rough breakdown of water temperatures would be as follows:

    January-March: 74 – 76 degree, 3mm suit
    April-May: 75 – 78 degrees, 3mm suit
    June-August: 80 – 85 degrees, no wetsuit required
    September-October: 78 – 80 degrees, 1mm-3mm suit
    November: 78 – 74 degrees, 3mm suit
    December: 74 – 78 degrees, 3mm suit

    As always, you should base your thermal protection needs on your sensitivity, the number of dives you are going to perform each day, and the number repetitive diving days you plan to participate in.

  • Chevron down What's included with the diving?
  • All of the dives we offer include tanks, weights, and weight belts. In addition, the following items are available to make your dives more enjoyable at no additional charge:

    On board the boats:

    • Ice chest with ice
    • Fresh water, refreshments, fruits, chips and salsa
    • Towels
    • Full day trips include lunch
    • DAN 02 Kits
    • DAN First Aid Kit

    On the docks:

    • Gear rinse tanks
    • Overnight gear storage rooms
  • Chevron down What equipment can I rent?
  • If you don’t already have your own equipment, the following items are available for rent:

    • Masks, fins, snorkels
    • BC’s (ScubaPro)
    • Regulators (ScubaPro)
    • Wetsuits (3mm Sealife)
    • Computers (UWATEC)
    • Digital cameras (Sea & Sea)

    To learn more about our rental equipment, visit our Equipment page on this site.

  • Chevron down What is a typical dive profile?
  • Once you have boarded your boat and before leaving the dock, your crew discusses several desired dive sites. If you have suggestions on particular sites or types of dives you want to do this trip, be sure to speak up. Based on your suggestions, our crew can recommend specific sites to visit during this trip.

    Typically our first dive is a deep dive following a 70 foot dive for 40 minutes profile. Most likely, this will be to one of our sites along the Cordillera. Once everyone is back on board, we move the boat to your second site. After an appropriate surface interval, our staff briefs the second dive.

    For your second dive, the typical profile for this dive is 30 to 50 feet for 50 minutes.

  • Chevron down How do you mix beginners and advanced divers?
  • All boats with divers have a minimum of two crew members. One is an in-water Divemaster and the other crew member remains on board to assist divers. On both dives, we have a Divemaster in the water to assist other divers and to lead portions of the dive.

    At Aqua Adventure, we respect the effort you put into earning your certification card and respect the qualifications you earned. As such, we expect that all divers who present themselves as certified divers are capable of executing and successfully navigating a dive as a buddy team without any assistance from an in-water Divemaster. However, for your convenience and peace of mind, we have a dive master in the water all the time to assist you and guide and navigate your dive for you.

    All of our dives start with a briefing, where our Divemaster shares with you a description of the site, local area, environment, and emergency procedures. Divers who are experienced and comfortable with their own navigation are welcome to go off on their own. During the dive briefing, a suggested profile is described along with a return time. If you perform your own navigation, all we ask is that you are back on the boat by the specified return time.

    When possible, we try to separate divers by experience levels and offer two options, a more experienced boat trip and a beginner diver trip for divers who are new or have not been in the water for an extended period of time.

  • Chevron down What hotels do you offer?
  • Please see our list of current hotels and specials. We offer packages at a variety of hotels and small resorts in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. However, the most convenient hotel would be El Conquistador, where our office and boats are located.

  • Chevron down Where are you located?
  • Aqua Adventure’s dive center is on the property at the marina of El Conquistador Hotel Resort. Located in Fajardo, we are about a 45-minute drive from San Juan. We can arrange transportation from San Juan.

  • Chevron down What do I do with my kids?
  • Most of our partner resorts can assist you in arranging babysitting services for younger children.

    If you have teens (ages 10-15), consider having them learn to dive! When they become certified divers, they will be eligible for dive trips.

    Younger children (ages 4-10) are welcome aboard the boats as snorkelers or bubble watchers. All we ask is that a parent or guardian remains on board to supervise them. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on the boats.

    Guests choosing to stay at the El Conquistador Resort can find a full-day children’s program available for kids of all ages.

  • Chevron down If I am staying in the San Juan area, is it worth driving 45 minutes to dive on the east?
  • Yes! San Juan faces the Atlantic Ocean, which usually is rough and the sea conditions are not the best to go diving most days. Waves and strong wind cloud visibility and do not offer the most comfortable ride.

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