Spring Break Bahamas Trip
Time & Location
About the Event
Prerequisite: Open Water Diver & Nitrox
The sheer size of the Bahamas is breathtaking - an archipelago of 700 islands located at the meeting point of the Western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The clear waters offer incredible diversity of dive environments. You'll find the third-largest barrier reef offshore, plus deep walls, fascinating wrecks, blue holes, tunnels, caverns and some of the best shark diving in the world. The climate is subtropical, providing around 340 sunny days a year - alongside superb diving conditions. The Bahamas not only hosts hundreds of colorful fish. Pelagic species also love this archipelago. In particular, scuba divers flock to the area for one-of-a-kind encounters with hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and silky sharks. Other than sharks, graceful dolphins and whales travel around the islands. Also, keep an eye out for the Nassau Grouper, a goliath fish that can reach almost 20 pounds and is the national fish of the Bahamas. Often frantically swimming around the Nassau Grouper are their little friends, the wrasse, which cleans the grouper in exchange for protection. Perhaps the most iconic aquatic creature is the Queen Conch, a massive mollusk that slowly make their way across the sandy bottoms. Prized for their colorful and extravagant shells, conchs are often harvested in great abundance. Spiny lobsters are also common, and the “March of the Spiny Lobsters” takes place a couple times a year in shallow waters.
The trip involves a 4 days stay at the Orange Hill Beach Inn for (March 18th and March 22nd). We will have 3 full days of diving in addition to plenty of time to explore the island's sights and nightlife! We will begin our dive days by taking a charter boat out for 2 dives at 9:00 to explore some of the amazing walls of the 'Tongue of the Ocean'. The first two dives are followed by a quick lunch break before we go back into the water for another 2 dives at a shallower reef, wreck, or the sites where parts of James Bond and Jaws were filmed!
Prerequisites for this trip are PADI Open Water Diver and Enriched Air Nitrox. If you want to go on this trip and only have your Open Water Certification, you will be given priority signups for the Nitrox class so that you can still go. The Nitrox course will only be 2-3 hours long and will be held on campus. No diving required for the Nitrox Course.
We can only take 10 students on this amazing getaway! For those who sign up, the trip will cost $600 ($200 nonrefundable deposit) to cover round trip flights to the Bahamas. Lodging and dives will be covered by the club. Other expenses such as meals, gratuities, and other fees will be covered by the club if possible. Students are strongly recommended to bring their own dive gear due to the volume of diving we will be doing. However, if you do not have your own gear, the club will be able to rent gear for you.
By RSVPing, you agree to the terms below:
- I am Univerisity of Maryland Student or Staff/Faculty.
- I am PADI Open Water Diver certified or equivelant
- I have, or will have an Enriched Air Nitrox certification before the beginning of this trip.
- I will give at least 1 month's notice should I decide to cancel this trip.
- If I cancel within this time, I will provide a University excused reason must be presented within 3 days of the end of this trip.
- If I cancel within 1 month of the trip start date and do not provide a University excused reason, I will be permanently blacklisted from any future TerraFins events.
- I will pay a $200 non-refundable deposit for this trip.
- I understand that the remaining $400 fee must be paid by the pay-by date (to be determined by the TerraFins E-board), otherwise I will forfeit my spot on this trip.
- I understand that the remaining $400 fee will not be refunded after the pay-by date (to be determined by the TerraFins E-board.)
- I understand that the security deposit will not be refunded under any circumstance.