About Us

Scuba-hut.com has been created by divers, for divers.
The site was born of frustrations with the UK diving industry, and in particular being unable to readily find available dive boats in around the country. Our aim is to put all the information you need to organise your diving trip in the UK into one easy to search place, eliminating the need to trawl the web. We are trying to create a one-stop-shop for all things scuba in the UK, for the benefit of divers, dive companies, dive clubs and boat operators.

Because we ourselves are divers, we understand the needs of the dive community and that is exactly why we created scuba-hut.com. Our easy to use search facilities let you browse our database of dive boat operators and dive facilities, or to refine your search to exactly what you’re looking for.

Our adverts give you all the information you need to make decisions for your dive trip – from boats through travel to suggestions for accommodation. All the information in our adverts is vetted to ensure they are accurate and up to date, and because your safety is paramount, we provide listings of any accreditations the dive boat owners or operators hold. The entire site is designed so that you can make an informed, honest and unbiased choice about where you go to dive, and with whom.

We are also trying to build a national online dive community. Our forum is an excellent place to ask questions, give dive trip feedback, and generally discuss UK scuba diving. It’s a great place to pick up (and leave) tips and reviews from around the country. But we need the help of the dive community to make it a successful and useful tool, so log in and get typing!

We aim to evolve scuba-hut.com into the most diver-friendly site in the country. We always put our customers first and welcome any feedback on how to improve our service.

Meet the Team:
Peter:
Peter is an experienced recreational diver with years of scuba-diving behind him. He continues to dive regularly around the UK and also abroad. Peter recently took the decision to put his years of experience into practice and take the step to become a PADI Divemaster and can often be found in the pool helping people train for Open Water certification.

Peter has organised a number of trips both in the UK and abroad. These include:

    Dahab and Sharm el Sheik in Egypt
    Sulawesi the Lembeh Strait, Manado and Bunaken in Indonesia
    Truk Lagoon and Yap in Micronesia
    Palau
    Mombasa in Kenya
    St Abbs
    Anglesey
    Cornwall and Devon

Richard:
Richard’s scuba diving career began whilst travelling through Thailand. He completed his PADI Open Water course in Koh Tao, before returning to the UK to face colder waters! Gaining much experience in Stoney Cove, Richard has also dived extensively at inland diving sites, around the North Welsh coast, and also in Devon and Cornwall. Richard gained his PADI Advance Open Water certification in Sharm el Sheik, and Rescue Diver back in the UK. Richard has also travelled to Micronesia and Palau.
Robert:
Robert has considerable recreational dive experience. Although not as prolific in UK waters, Robert has dived Tahiti and Brazil. However, Robert’s knowledge of Scottish diving is impressive. Also, his marketing skills are of particular use at scuba-hut.com.

Travel

We at Suba-hut.com have selected some initial sites to help you plan and organise your Scuba diving trip. As we develop the site - and more members of the community contribute advice, ideas and comments - we will add more links and information on them.
UK travel
Plan your car trip:
Detailed and up-to-date road maps for the UK (and overseas) Google Maps
Car hire:
For getting around your chosen location - Scuba-hut has used this site for local car hire. Worth a try Car:
Taxi services:
For local travel Taxi:
Rail:
Check travel options & times - and book your trip in advance Rail:
Bus:
If you can't get there by rail - or just need to make a final hop - try this site for local bus connections Bus:
UK flights:
There are many sites you can visit. However, We at Scuba-hut.com have used this site before and found it to be reliable. A useful place to start looking for connections & fares. Air:
Accommodation:
Looking for cheerful lodgings near to your dive site? Try these Bed & Breakfast links - they provide accommodation for most budgets
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Overseas travel
For complete trips:
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Flights:
We know that there are many different sites - but we have found this one to be useful and a good starting point flight: Baggage allowances If you're travelling with loads of gear, these sites will give you some useful advice.

Scuba Gear

There are many ways you can purchase scuba diving equipment whether you are just beginning your scuba diving training or a qualified scuba diver :

    Your local scuba diving centre can give you expert advice on what scuba diving equipment you need. You can find scuba diving centres by going to the Scuba-Hut.com easy to use search facility.
    If you know what scuba diving equipment you need then you can go to many of the on line scuba diving equipment stores for example: www.simplyscuba.com
    There are a number of scuba diving equipment manufacturers and these are a few links:

Boat Diving

Diving from a boat is a skill in itself and PADI run a specialist course to help divers learn how to scuba dive from a boat safely. Scuba-hut.com has collected some tips from our own experiences of boat diving to help you plan for a successful scuba diving trip.
There are numerous configurations of charter or hire dive boats to take you out to dive sites, but the main types used in the U.K. are:
RIB's:
Rigid Inflatable Boats which are fast, but can be unstable in poorer weather     Rib Boat
Hard Bottom Boats:
Bigger, and can carry more divers, but are generally slower     Rib Boat
Liveaboards:
Boats with accommodation so that you can stay close to dive sites some distance from land overnight and therefore packing in more diving into your trip!     Rib Boat
Boat Diving Tips

    Pay attention to the captain. Although you've chartered the boat, it is still the captains, and you need to respect that. Carefully follow all instructions whilst on the boat, and particularly the briefing. All boats are different, and so are the captains and they will know best for their dive boat.

    Get to know the dive boat. Know where facilities on the boat are kept. Remember the boats name and notice what it looks like underwater so you can spot it after the dive.

    Don't take things onto the boat you won't need as space will be limited, especially for things that need to stay dry. However, be prepared as you won't be able to go back to the car to grab a spare bit of kit if you forget something, or a piece of equipment breaks. Also take note of the weather. If it's cold take warm, dry clothing, if it's hot remember your sun cream, and always remember some fluids. You don't want to dehydrate whilst scuba diving.

    Invest in a boat bag. Most scuba divers will take a bag or crate with their own scuba equipment onto the dive boat to make it easier to board, and to keep their equipment safe. Remember it is likely to get wet on the boat.

    Pick a spot on the boat and stick to it. You will usually be positioned near your scuba tank, with some room for storage of your scuba gear. Don't spread your equipment around the boat and respect the space of your fellow scuba divers. Return to the same spot on the boat after your dive and the boat crew will let you know the procedure for changing to a full tank for the next dive.

    Carefully follow entry and exit instructions to the boat for your dive. They can change considerably from dive to dive. If the sea is rough, time your entry and exit when the water is closest to the dive platform if there is one.

Find a variety of dive boats for hire or charter across the U.K. using scuba-hut.com's search facilities..

Scuba Gear (2)

There are many ways you can purchase scuba diving equipment whether you are just beginning your scuba diving training or a qualified scuba diver :

    Your local scuba diving centre can give you expert advice on what scuba diving equipment you need. You can find scuba diving centres by going to the Scuba-Hut.com easy to use search facility.
    If you know what scuba diving equipment you need then you can go to many of the on line scuba diving equipment stores for example: www.simplyscuba.com
    There are a number of scuba diving equipment manufacturers and these are a few links:

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