DIVING CENTER
 

Diving

DIVING CENTER

 

 

La Boa Charter & Diving has two diving centers, one located in Marina di Praia and a second located in the Sorrento Peninsula.
 
The diving center of Marina di Praia organizes immersions in the Amalfi Coast, while the second one is the starting point for diving in the most suggestive locations of the Sorrento Coast.
Both diving centers are equipped with modern facilities, available for a sufficiently small number of customers, such to ensure the maximum involvement of each guest of the diving center.
The guests' stay will be enlivened by the instructors of La Boa Charter & Diving, which will make the diving as much enjoyable and relaxing possible.

Underwater Jobs

 

The Boa & Diving Charters offers a wide range of jobs that can be performed at sea:
  • Removing stranded anchor
  • Removing ropes or fishing lines from helixes
  • Search and Retrieval
  • Inspection and maintenance of helixes and hulls
  • Check of underwater pipes
  • Design, implementation and maintenance of buoys for marine areas
  • Design, implementation and maintenance of artificial ecological reefs for fish repopulation
  • Design, implementation and maintenance of artificial ecological reefs for the creation or increase in length of beaches
  • Design, maintenance and laying of catenaries
  • Design and installation of pipelines
  • Design, installation and maintenance of floating docks
  • Documentation photos and videos

Specialties

 

La Boa Charter & Diving offers the following diving experiences:
  • DEEP: Diving up to 40m in depth
  • NIGHT: Night diving
  • COMPASS: Underwater navigation
  • CAVE: Exploring caves
  • FIRST AID: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency care
  • RESCUE: How to rescue an injured diver
  • NITROX: Scuba diving breathing air enriched  in O2
  • DECOMPRESSION: Diving up to 54m with nitrox decompression stops

Equipment

 

The diving center La Boa gives you the opportunity to rent the entire equipment at discounted prices. La Boa has available regulators, BCD, wetsuits, diving torches, computers, masks and fins for snorkeling.
The equipment of the diving center are the following:
  • 20 tanks (10lt / 12lt / 15lt)
  • 20 GAV
  • 20 Octopus
  • 20 Mute
  • 30 Fins
  • 30 Masks and snorkels
  • 5 Computer
  • 2 Spotlights
  • 1 Underwater Scooter

Rates

 

Diving

One dive without equipment: (call);
One dive with equipment rental: (call)
Two dives on the same day with equipment rental: (call)

Packages

6 dives without equipment: (call)
6 dives with equipment rental: (call)
10 dives without equipment: (call)
10 dives with equipment rental: (call)

Extra

Boat trip (not allowed for divers):(call)
Intro dive: 60 €

Equipment rental

Diving suit: (call)
Buoyancy compensator: (call)
Regulator + Octopus: (call)
Mask + Snorkel + Fins: (call)
Single diving cylinder 15L (full): (call)
Torch: (call)
Computer: (call)

Courses

SSI Open Water Diver: 450 €
Advanced OWD: 400 €
Advanced OWD + Nitrox: 550 €
Deep Decompression without equipment: 350 €
Stress & Rescue: 400 €
DiveCon (without student kit): € 570
Diver Experience: 180 €

Specialty Courses

Nitrox: 270 €
CPR-First Aid: 200 €
Navigation: 180 €
Deep Diving: 200 €
Night & Limited Visibility: 180 €
Boat Diving: 150 €
Equipment: 150 €
Underwater Photography: 350 €

Courses

At the Diving Center, it is possible to attend diving courses PADI and SSI. Courses at the facilities of La Boa Charter & Diving are divided into a theoretical phase (with audio and video teaching aids which simplify lessons for the students) and a practical phase, with groups made up of a maximum of two students , so that instructors are more focused on students. Courses last from as few as 2 days for a Specialty course, up to 20 days for a Divemaster course. Available courses follow:

Initiation

The first diving experience for children (maximum depth 2m and minimum age 8 years).

Recreational

Courses for the 18m Open Water and up to 30m Advanced Open Water patents.

Dives

 

La Boa Charter & Diving organizes scuba diving activities using a 10mt motorboat, for a limited number of participants. The journeys are managed so that all participants can enjoy the dives which will last enough time, specifically for those customers (photographers, biologists, inexperienced divers, etc..) who need to not be in a rush while diving. There are many different possible dive-types, depending on their difficulty.
 

EASY

Vettica Maggiore

The seabed is pebbly and crowded by gobies of various types. At the shadow of small isolated boulders often are found Anemonia sulcata sea anemones. The stones are immersed in the sea grass which has to be probed carefully to meet unusual inhabitants such as octopus, moray eels and groupers hidden in the ravines at summertime. Going towards the tip looking east, diving offers large cracks and crevices filled with coral and the wall which deepens ahead has several yellow sea fans and sponges of various types.
DEPTH: 20m
SEABED: Pebbles
VISIBILITY: Good
DIFFICULTY: Easy

Secca dei gamberi

This shoal lies just a few hundred meters from Capo Conca and looks like a strip of wall that stretches from the coast for about fifty meters, with several plants and animals: already near the surface (at depths ranging from ten to twenty meters) octopus and moray eels can be easily found. Down along the eastern ridge two large sponges and various axinelle cannabis can be found, along with colonies of sea bream and very often lobsters. The dive has a minimum depth of -15 meters where breams can be easily found. The typical flora of this area decorates the walls that plunge down in the blue. An attracting cave filled with a huge population of crayfish, the main inhabitants of this area, is found during the dive.
DEPTH: 15m-40m
SEABED: Shoal
VISIBILITY: Fair
DIFFICULTY: Easy

Capo D'Aniello 1

The dive involves the exploration of a huge cave that presents its huge entrance around 15 meters deep. The dive, despite its low depth, provides a good grasp of all the equipment as well as a good level of experience in the exploration of caves.
DEPTH: 15m
SEABED: Cave
VISIBILITY: Good
DIFFICULTY: Easy
 

AVERAGE

Capo D'Aniello 2

This dive is suitable for both inexperienced and advanced divers. The dives allows divers to move along the ridge to a 18m deep bathymetry and to admire the corals that dominates the whole area. Lots of small groupers, appearing from the various cracks of the wall, swim in this area during the spring / summer months, while it is not uncommon to see yellowtails in the surroundings. Experienced divers may want to go to depths up to -40m, where there are large boulders that are usually shelter of some lobsters or breams, then going along the wall divers can discover a mixture of yellow gorgonians and vents filled with coral grouper hiding is that bream. This wall has lots of sea slugs and parazoanthus and astroides: photographers and biologists often choose this dive for their journeys. 
DEPTH: 10m-40m
SEABED: Wall
VISIBILITY: Good
DIFFICULTY: Average

Torre di Grada

Near the Torre di Grada, a rock lead the divers to an starting depth of about 20 meters, where it is possible to see the presence of white and yellow sea fans. Suddenly, after a rush of about 10m it lies a wall of yellow sea fans, sponges and coral, and as the ridge sinks to lower depths yellow sea fans turn to red. At 40 meters a full set of coloured sea organisms can be seen, and a solitary paramuricea clavata lies in this area, just above the ridge of one cliff. Rising up to the tower the seabed changes very rapidly, since here there are big slits that hide groupers, lobsters and in the months of June and September it is not difficult to find large sized amberjacks. This dive is not recommended when the sea is rough.
DEPTH: 10m-50m
SEABED: Wall
VISIBILITY: Good
DIFFICULTY: Average

Ischitella 1

Ischitella is a rock located a few hundreds of meters from the beach of Praiano and can be reached only by sea. Its rocky cliffs plunge more than fifty meters and are full of marine organisms at any depth: octocorallia, pinna nobilis, sponges, red gorgonians and some branches of Gerardia savaglia. Since this rock is wrought by the strong currents of the Gulf of Salerno when fishes step in, it is possible to meet very interesting big predators. This diving is particularly suitable for advanced divers, because both the east wall of the west wall offer wonderful sightseeing below 25m.
DEPTH: 10m-50m
SEABED: Wall
VISIBILITY: Fair
DIFFICULTY: Average

Capo di Conca 1

This trip includes a first descent along the west wall where it is possible to found a dense mead of sea grass, then there is the first wall, filled with octocorallia and coral, that reaches -40m. During the divers ascent, at a depth reasonable even to OWDs, there is the entrance to a cave very impressive, where croakers and shrimps live in.
DEPTH: 10m-40m
SEABED: Wall
VISIBILITY: Good
DIFFICULTY: Average

Banco di Santa Croce

This shoal has its top at about nine meters in depth and lies just 300 meters away from the coast. The sides go down up to a depth of -50m and, although often the visibility is not perfect, the Banco di Santa Croce is one of the most interesting diving across the Sorrento Peninsula, since lots of Mediterranean marine organisms can be found here, even at shallow depths. Starting from -20m up to -40m the first paramuricea clavata can be seen.
The diver is fascinated by the huge number of corals which can be found during the descent: great fans are intertwined each other and not far away there is even a Gerardia Savaglia. The colours amuse so much the divers that it is impossible to notice the herds of thousands of Antias that swim among the branches of gorgonians.
While ascending from the bottom along the wall, divers found extensive areas of Parazoanthus and Astroides which are good starting point for photographers who can take the last shots of a dream-diving.
Whiloe stopping for decompression, it is possible to see whiz yellowtail and bonito.
DEPTH: 10m-50m
SEABED: Shoal
VISIBILITY: Good
DIFFICULTY: Average

Scoglio Penna

It is a small sharp rock, tall and narrow, which stands on the eastern edge of the Bay of Ieranto, which is separated from the coast by a narrow channel that during summer-time is often crossed by boats. Here the dive is very attractive, thanks to its location, that is constantly subjected to strong currents, being near the limit of the two gulfs (Naples and Salerno). From the first meters the walls are rich in life on each side and at each depth, and especially the external side that falls over -50m is covered by beautiful paramuricee. During the ascent it is possible to see a hole that pierces the rock at about 6m in depth, carpeted with colonies of orange corals (Astroides calycularis) and sea daisies (Parazoanthus Axinella). This immersion is one of the most interesting of the Amalfi Coast.
DEPTH: 40m
SEABED: Wall
VISIBILITY: Excellent
DIFFICULTY: Average

Punta Campanella

Punta Campanella is the point that separates the Gulf of Naples from the Gulf of Salerno. The side that looks Naples has walls that jut out into the blue, while the side of Salerno has walls that slopes more gently. Usually it is difficult to dive due to strong currents that are located near Punta Campanella and it is needet to go behind the coast, where plants and fhises can be easily found during the whole dive.
DEPTH: 40m
SEABED: Wall
VISIBILITY: Fair/Excellent
DIFFICULTY: Average/Hard

Vervece

It is a little rock, located a few meters off the Bay of Sorrento and a few minutes by boat from the port of Sorrento. This island is part of the Protected Marine Area of Punta Campanella. The distance from the coast and the constant presence of dominant currents of the Gulf of Naples favor the establishment and development of many marine species. Due to its special flora and fauna, it has been placed within the Zone "A" of the Marine Park, and it is needed a special permission to access the area.
This rock is easily identified by its lighthouse lantern, and the divers who dip there are surrounded by clouds of red damselfish, wrasse, bream and damsels which are often upset by a thick group of barracuda, which have settled in this area. On the east side at about 12m depth was placed the statue of Our Lady of Vervece, protector of all divers.
Going ahead with the dive, the rocky walls of Vervece descend steeply over -50mt and at each depth it is possible to find marine organisms of exceptional biological interest.
DEPTH: 40m
SEABED: Gerardia savaglia
VISIBILITY: Fair
DIFFICULTY: Average
 

Hard

Capo di Conca 2

The descent into the blue along the east wall leads divers to reach depth very not easily accessible to everybody. During the immersion it is possible to see crowds of eucinelle and at greater depths numerous families of sponges. The shady slopes are stained by large blooms of Parazoanthus. At lower altitudes and in case of decompression a cave with double entry can fool our expectation.
DEPTH: 10m-70m
SEABED: Wall
VISIBILITY: Good
DIFFICULTY: Hard

Gerardia Savaglia

This dive leads us to admire once again the wonders of nature, reaching high depths where it is possible to have the chance to see strains of black coral. Numerous colorful organisms adorn the entire wall.
DEPTH: 40m
SEABED: Gerardia savaglia
VISIBILITY: Fair
DIFFICULTY: Hard

Ischitella 2

Going down along the Ischitella wall, on the east side, we will remain enchanted by the breathtaking scenery of red gorgonians and at about -40m we will find a nice branch of Gerardia savaglia. During the ascent we will be surrounded by shoals of small fishes that will accompany us for the duration of the dive. Paying attention it is possible to admire a hundred barracuda that have now become the dominant predators of this rock. Who loves divings very challenging (recommended only for divers with deep decompression patent) has the opportunity to dive on the wall of the red coral.
DEPTH: 10m-50m
SEABED: Wall
VISIBILITY: Fair
DIFFICULTY: Average/Hard

Li Galli

The islands of Li Galli offers different types of diving, but the most interesting and challenging (available only for experienced divers) is the Gallo Lungo dive. This immersion is breathtaking, because while you are on a plateau at -20/-25m depth a clean cut of the wall that plunges a straight dizzy appears. Only who has an advanced diving levels has the opportunity to go where sponges and yellow sea fans (often including sprouting antennae of some lobster) are found. Also in the summer months it is easy to find groupers who dwell throughout the warm season. Since here the water is always crystal clear, this is a dive which has not to be missed.
DEPTH: 40m
SEABED: Gerardia savaglia
VISIBILITY: Fair
DIFFICULTY: Hard

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