Dear Dream Team Guest Here is a list of things to bring to help you enjoy your live-aboard experience.
Proof of Citizenship Required for all passengers. US Citizens need a Passport, Non US passengers need a Passport and maybe a Visa (if necessary for US or Bahamas). Passengers from Visa Waiver countries must register online 72 hrs before flight, see https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/. Please print out and bring with you ESTA confirmation. You can be refused passage if you do not have proper proof of citizenship. Please contact us if you have any passport or Visa questions.
Physical requirements Divers must be advanced open water certified and experienced divers. These shark diving trips are not for inexperienced or novice divers. All passenger must be able to climb a flight of stairs and divers must be physically capable of performing a giant stride entry. Additionally, all divers must be capable of boarding the vessel after the dive with all dive gear intact, including, but not limited to: mask, fins, BCD with cylinder, and weights. Minimum age for Shark diving is 18 year old. Sorry no kids on shark diving trips.
Medical conditions Any diver with a medical condition which is a contraindication to diving should not join these shark diving trips. PLEASE Notify us in advance of any medical conditions and be prepared, upon boarding, to provide the crew with an originally signed and dated letter from their doctor on the doctor's letterhead stating that the doctor understands the consequences of diving with the diver's specific medical condition and that the diver is medically fit to dive. Standard medical release forms alone will not be accepted. Please contact Divers Alert Network for advise about your medical condition. Medical facilities while on board are a minimum of 3 hrs away. We are not liable for nor insured for any in water activities, such as diving, snorkeling, swimming, shark diving etc. All passengers will be required to sign release of liability waivers.
Insurance We recommended all passengers purchase trip insurance to protect in the event your trip is canceled. We recommended that all divers and snorkelers have diving accident insurance ( Divers Alert Network 1-800-446-2671 ). Divers Security Ins. 1-800-288-4810. Insurance should cover in water activities and medical evacuation. Travel insurance try: http://www.travelguard.com/ http://www.insuremytrip.com/ http://www.tripinsurancestore.com/ We offer a named storm guarantee; lose more than 3 days on a trip and within a year you can reschedule for free. We do recommend you get trip insurance to cover flights and other travel expenses.
Minors Person under 18 need parent's permission consent letters and release forms signed and notarized by both parents. Sorry no minors on shark diving trips.
Dive and Snorkel Gear Snorkelers need mask, snorkel and fins. Good quality gear makes your experience much better. Divers need dive certification, BC, regulator, dive tables or computer, watch, log book, wet suits, spare parts, safety sausage, night diving requires flash lights and cyalume or marker lights. We have some rental gear onboard, please notify us in advance if you plan on renting equipment. We are not a dive shop our rental equipment is limited and is not fancy but is properly serviced and maintained.
Rental prices for whole trip. Regulator with octopus and gauges $50, Buoyancy Compensator $50, 3mm wetsuit if available $25, Mask, fins & snorkel $25, Dive light ($10 per dive) or $25. 80 cu ft air Tanks, air fills, weights and belts are included in trip price. Sorry No nitrox.
Personal Items Space is limited and the vessel is very casual, temperature is usually quite warm but the months between December and March are the coolest. Warmer clothes and jackets are occasionally needed in Winter, something warm to put on after you get out of the water is a good idea. Several bathing suits, shorts and T-shirts, blouse/shirt and wind breaker. Also deck shoes, sandals, suntan lotion (non-oil), sunglasses and hats. The sun can be intense you may want light long sleeve shirts and hats. Bring your medicines and toiletries you need. Feel free to bring books or music devices for the free time. You may bring tapes, CDs, books, personal electronics, etc. Please mark all personal items and dive gear with name and address.
Towels We provide 2 large towels per person for the whole trip. No washer or dryer on board. You may want to bring one or two personal towels.
Extra Cost and Cash The Dream Team and the Bahamas accept US dollars and Travelers Checks. The Dream Team does not accept credit cards. Please bring extra money for crew tips, rental snorkeling or scuba diving equipment (masks, snorkels, fins, BCD's, regulators), and shore excursions (taxi fares, dining, souvenirs, etc.).
Tips We are a service industry and gratuities are a major part of our crewmember's salary. A gratuity of 10% of ticket price is customary ($250. to $400. from each person), but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding.
Alcohol Beer is the only alcohol provided on board. You may bring your favorite bottle of wine or liquor. No drinking while diving, snorkeling or other activities.
Seasick Medicine Sometimes the seas get rough, don't assume you won't need it. You may want to check with your family doctor. We do have onboard some sea sick medicines.
Emergency Contact In case of a home emergency vessel can be reached by calling our office ( 561-848-5375 or 561 707 6187) The vessel does have satellite phone but this is best used for outgoing calls.
Food and Special Diets Advise us two weeks in advance of trip if you have any food allergies or special dietary needs. Advise us in advance if you have any other special needs or request. Only dinner served day of departure and breakfast served day of arrival back into Florida.
Airports Nearest is Palm Beach International (PBI), 20 minutes to boat. 2nd is Ft Lauderdale International, 1 hour to boat. 3rd and biggest is Miami International (MIA) about 2 hours to boat. Tri-Rail commuter train runs from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach (45th Street Station), website http://www.tri-rail.com/ , Ph 1-800-874-7245 or see ground transportation desk in the airports.
Ground Transportation Van and Taxi, Otis Jones Courteous Car Service 561-358-1247. Taxi, Willie at Four Seasons transportation 561-835-3666. We use these taxis all the time and they know how to get to us.
Hotels Oceanfront, Best Western Sea Spray, Singer Island, 1-800-330-0233, http://www.bestwestern.com/ , apr. $90 night, 10 min to boat, 25 min to PBI airport. Oceanfront, Hilton Singer Island, 1-561-848-3888, http://hiltonsingerisland.com , apr. $130 night, 10 min to boat, 25 min to PBI airport. Near Airport, Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn, 561-839-1469, http://www.bestwesternwestpalm.com/, apr. $80 night, 15 min from airport, 15 minutes to boat. Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport, Australian Ave. 1-561-684-9400, http://www.hilton.com/. , apr. $90 night, 25 min to boat, 5 min to PBI airport. Near Airport, Radisson Suite Inn Palm Beach Airport, 1-800-333-3333, http://www.radisson.com/westpalmfl , apr. $110 night, 25 min to boat, 5 min to PBI airport. Super 8 motel, 15 min to boat, apr 80. night. 561-848-1424 http://www.super8.com/Super8/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=05161
Boat Location Riviera Beach City Marina, 200 E 13th St, Riviera Beach, FL, 33404 near West Palm Beach, FL. Once you turn onto East 13th Street turn right just before main entrance to marina go one block South to second entrance follow down to water where loading zone is. Call Captain Scott at 561 351 9354 for the crew to meet you or walk out the far southern dock to the 'Dolphin Dream".
Calls us if you have any problems. Thank you, The Dream Team
Thank You The Dream Team Inc po box 530485 Lake Park, Fl, 33403-8912 off. 1-888-277-8181 off. 1-561-848-5375 captain's cell 561 351 9354 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dolphindreamteam.com www.sharkexpedition.com
see you soon, Thank you