Dominica with Fort Young & Buddy Dive

Fort Young Buddy Dive Dominica was hit by hurricane Irma Sept 18th 2017.  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the good people, our friends in Dominica.  Until further notice, our Kids Sea camp week 2018 Dominica has been canceled.  We have moved this venue to Cayman Brac.  Brac Reef Beach Resort July 28 – Aug 4th 2018.

Buddy Dive Dominica at Fort Young Hotel

Moved to Cayman Brac July 28-Aug 4th.

The Fort Young is the ideal hotel for individual family scuba vacations adventure trips and Kids Sea Campers alike. Whether you are visiting Dominica for a family diving vacation. Caribbean hiking tour or a conference, our oceanfront location at the heart of our island’s historic capital Roseau makes Dominica’s finest heritage hotel the perfect place to stay. For scuba diving families, Fort Young is fully equipped with a PADI 5 star Buddy Dive Dominica dive shop and a jetty/ dock where the boats come to pick you up, whether you are diving, snorkeling or heading off into the bay to go whale watching. Hikers can arrange a wide variety of excursions in close proximity to the hotel such as treks to waterfalls in the rainforest and bird watching trips from Fort Young Hotel’s own activities desk.

If you are looking for some traditional Caribbean relaxation, there’s Fort Young's rooftop jacuzzi, infinity pool, gymnasium, and spa. Add in the Palisades restaurant where you can dine while watching the sun set into the sea, as well as a buzzing cocktail bar and cafe.

What's included

  • 7 Nights 
  • 6 days of diving
  • breakfast, Lunch, and dinner
  • All rental gear for kids 
  • Free Nitrox 
  • Sunset cruise and sperm whale watch trip 
  • One night dive
  • Sea Life cameras to use all week and thumb drive to keep
  • Combo trip with waterfall hike and swim excursions
  • Sprem Whale presentation 
  • Dominica presentation 
  • Fort Shirley excursion
  • Indian River excursion 
  • 2 days with afternoon diving
  • Sasy daily
  • Seal team daily
  • PADI, Open Water program
  • Daily Yoga classes
  • Non-divers: Snorkeling, shopping, and spa
  • Airport transfers
  • Choice of Ocean View Suite and Deluxe rooms
  • Opening orientation with live music and dinner
  • Tom and Margo Peyton are your hosts
  • Private dive boats
  • Free Nitrox certifications with PADI E-learning ( Prior to arrival, E-learning fee not included) Please email Margo at margo@familydivers.com
  • Free Digital photo classes certifications with PADI E-learning ( Prior to arrival, E-learning fee not included) Please email Margo at margo@familydivers.com
  • Treasure hunt for the Seal and Sasy teams
  • Pizza movie night during the night dive

Programs/Courses

SASY (PADI): Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth is for kids age five to seven. Essentially, SASY is snorkeling using scuba equipment instead of a snorkel. Once a child completes the SASY program they receive a SASY participant card and wall certificate.

SEAL Team (PADI): Is a confined water scuba experience for ages eight and up. Kids learn basic scuba skills and do “AquaMissions” in a pool where they are limited to a maximum depth of 12 feet (3.6m). Children who progress and accomplish more skills become a “Master Seal” and are then certified to a maximum depth of 20 feet (6m) with an instructor.

JOW (PADI): Children 10 and up can take the full PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification course with specific age limitations for scuba diving. Kids can progress to Junior Open Water diver, which allows them to dive with a PADI-certified parent, guardian or professional to a maximum of 40 feet.

AOW with E:learning completed prior to arrival (E:learning is not included), PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.

If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. Here are the seven of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives.

Digital photo course: Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.

The goals of the Kids Sea camp Diver distinctive specialty training

KSC certification: PADI has created a Kids Sea Diver Specialty course. The certification developed with PADI and KSC founder Margo Peyton is designed to make families that dive together to become better dive buddies. The certification is to assist parents and other adult family members who want to Kids Sea Camp Diver data and refresh some of the basic skill divers learned during previous dive training. The program provides education for those wanting to become more aware of environmental issues and concerns impacting the regions they are currently diving. Reinforcement of the “Good Buddy” principles and practices for adults and kids diving together.

A KSC reboot, by going through the course a new Kids Sea Camp Diver will show mastery in both diving and being a well-trained and confident parent and child buddy team. Divers will have training and education in environmental stewardship and watermanship. There will be an emphasis throughout the course on safety, teamwork, and conservation.

  • Refresh divers with basic signs and skills learned in open water courses as well as updated skills and changes to technique since their certification.
  • Educate parents and adults about the benefits of continuing education in diving.
  • Encourage interest in leadership roles that promote responsible diving and safer dive planning.
  • Discuss local eco-issues and concerns, customs and traditions and how this has impacted the local environments. Examples: Overfishing, land run-off, plastic introduction, depletion of marine animals.
  • Identify local environmental issues, discuss solutions and create awareness.

 

Nitrox course

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver. If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course. Note that in some regions the minimum age is older than 12.

You’ll learn why diving with Air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll:

  • Discuss managing oxygen exposure
  • Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
  • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course – ask your instructor to learn more.

SAT: (ALL DAY) Arrival at DOM airport pickup and transfer to Fort Young resort.  Resort orientation and check in to your room.  Check in at Buddy Dive dive shop, get your lockers, equipment and dive waivers turned in.

6:30pm Private dinner reception for Kids Sea Camp families.  Welcome from Fort Young GM, Food and Beverage, and Buddy Dive GM.

GOOD NIGHTS REST.

SUNDAY:- Thursday:  Diving for adults and kids begins early 8am after breakfast, 2 tank morning dives, afternoon dives or excursions.  One night dive will be provided with Pizza movie night.  Presentations and slide shows throughout the week in the evenings.  Whale watching & Sunset Cruise Sunday night.

Friday:  Family day diving, graduation and final slide show with Tom & Margo. Poetry presentations and prizes.

Sat: Say goodbye and see you again soon.  Post and share your photos of your amazing time at Kids Sea Camp.

Detail schedule with excursions, dinners and tours will be provided in your documents package.

 

Ocean Front Suites: Our finest accommodation. Each of our suites is named after a key figure from Dominica’s past and is fit for those appreciating a bit of grandeur today. All suites combine spectacular views from the bedroom and balcony with a giant double bed, a walk-through dressing room, along with two bathrooms, featuring both a whirlpool tub and shower. And for those wishing for some privacy to entertain in their exclusive quarters, the dining room table seats eight.

Ocean Front Rooms: Combining breathtaking views (some with wraparound balconies offering 270 degree vistas), there’s nothing but sky separating the balconies of our oceanfront rooms from the turquoise seas below. Families are well catered for, as four of the rooms interconnect, and every room comes with bath with shower, cavernous cupboards to store your clothes and possessions, coffee making facilities and a color TV. 

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Amenities and Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony or patio
  • Bathrobes
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Cable TV service
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Free wired high-speed Internet
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • In-room massage available
  • In-room safe
  • Iron/ironing board
  • LCD TV
  • Non-Smoking
  • Phone
  • Premium TV channels
  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Refrigerator
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Turndown service

 

 

Oh, the stories if these historic walls could speak. Fort Young Hotel was a real French fort in the 18th century during the conquests of the Caribbean Island. The almost all the rooms have a view of the ocean and Ocean Front rooms are right on the ocean. For the single rates add $650 to the one bedroom rates. For a single adult in a 2 bedroom please call for the quote.

The 2018 KSC Dominica has been canceled to the damage from the Hurricanes of Irma and Maria. We are expecting to return to Dominica the summer of 2019.

Room TypesDivers ratesNon-divers
One bedroom Ocean Front Deluxe. double rate$3,195$2,975
Two bedroom Ocean front connecting$3,675$2,975
Two bedroom Ocean front deluxe connecting$4,100$2,975
One bedroom Ocean suite. double rate$3,475$2,975
One bedroom Fort rooms double rate$2,375$2,175
Two bedroom Fort rooms connecting patio$2,950$2,575
Seal & Sasy program$1,550
JOW program Includes $2,250
Certified kids$2,250

Be one of the only dive boats on the water

By the time you have been driven across the island from the airport to the hotel you will already be stunned at the sheer rugged beauty of Dominica. These overwhelming sensations of The Nature Island are just a precursor to your introduction to the best half of Dominica: the underwater world! The dramatic mountains you have traversed are mirrored in the topography of our underwater dive sites. Cliff faces plunge into the Caribbean Sea and descend straight down 1500 feet (460 meters), pinnacles rise up from the surrounding depths almost to the surface, and volcanic ridges slope off into deep blue water.

These dive sites are covered in thriving healthy coral reefs and schools of midwater fish like Chromis, Creole Wrasse and sergeant majors. Larger pelagics patrol the outer edges of the reefs and barracudas, turtles and sting rays frequently swim right through dive groups causing delightful photographic chaos.

Our reefs are made up of volcanic formations of ledges, crevices and swim throughs. These formations give refuge to a myriad of small critters considered rare in other destinations. Seahorses and frogfish are common and almost guaranteed sightings for divers on a week long package. Other rarer critters like batfish, flying gurnards, yellow head jawfish, upside-down jellyfish and flamingo tongue snails can be found if you carefully search the reefs.

Our reputation as the region’s most colorful diving is due to the profusion of sponge life and crinoids. First time divers in Dominica will be amazed at the variety of color, from yellow tube sponges, azure vase sponges, pink vase sponges, green finger sponges, lavender rope sponges to crinoids of every hue.

You might think that Dominica’s multitude of rivers and lush interior would lead to limited visibility, but once again Dominica defies logic. Due to our very deep waters close to shore and heavy sediments from our volcanic sands, our visibility averages over 80 feet (24 meters) year round. After heavy rains, the sediments subside within hours and you can be back in the water enjoying good visibility.

Water temperatures vary from a high of 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) from July through December to 76 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) from January through June. The windy season is around April. Our rainy season is in the summer months from July to September. Despite the possibility of tropical storms during these months, the weather is often dominated by flat calm seas, sunny skies, and perfect diving conditions!

The reality is that there is no bad time of year for diving in Dominica. Good visibility, warm seas, excellent marine life along with uncrowded dive sites and excellent dive staff ensure that most divers simply cannot wait to come back.

Scott's Head Pinnacle: Recently listed as one of the top dive sites worldwide by Scuba Travel in the UK, there are very few who would disagree with this assessment. If truth be told, most dive staff would dive here every day were it not for the sometimes challenging winds and currents. On those days when conditions are perfect, divers are in for a special treat. This pinnacle sits on the edge of the volcanic crater and you can actually swim through the crater wall into the interior. The wall is covered in gorgonians, giant barrel sponges, and whip corals, and it is often patrolled by pelagics like horse-eye jacks, barracudas, turtles, yellow tail snappers and ceros. The problem with Scott’s Head Pinnacle is knowing where to look!. This site is better for intermediate and advanced divers unless there are perfect conditions.

Champagne Reef is another reflection of the sheer raw volcanic power simmering just out of sight. In shallow water, just 15 feet (5 meters), volcanic vents spew forth hot water and bubbles creating the effect of diving in champagne. The surrounding reef is well known for critters like seahorses, frogfish, reef squid and lobster and also makes an excellent night dive. You will usually tour the Champagne Reef first and then enjoy the bubbles during your safety stop. Look out for the resident reef squid and expect to see snorkelers over your head here! A good dive for all skill levels.

Nose Reef: This sloping reef in the central part of the West coast is so named for three protruding ledges somewhat reminiscent of a nose. The deepest ledge sits at 120 feet (36 meters) and the shallowest at 40 feet (12 meters), but it is best at about 80 feet (24 meters) on top of the deeper nose. This ridge sticks out into the current and is therefore home to thriving sponges of every color and size. The sheer density of corals and sponges here makes it a favorite place for divers, as well as turtles and pelagics to hang out!

Real Caribbean dining

Palisades Restaurant
The place to be (and be seen) in Roseau. Our destination dining restaurant combines the finest of local cuisine with the latest twists on international classics, in a fusion of traditional and contemporary flavors.

Try tantalizing Caribbean dishes such as locally caught seafood sancoche, pumpkin and ginger soup from the pick of our island’s farms, or perhaps our take on a Dominican classic – hearty Provision Pie.

With mouthwatering views from every table on the terrace, along with Roseau’s only air-conditioned restaurant inside for those that prefer, the Palisades is an unforgettable place to dine.

It ain't easy, but it's worth it

Getting to Dominica can be done through St. Maarten (SXM): You could book from most places in the US to SXM then connect on Winn-Air to DOM.

San Juan Puerto Rico (SJU) There are many flights daily with that connection.

Costs: Round trip from SJU is about $443 and from SXM $335. You can check on www.hopper.com and another good source is www.cheaptickets.com.Winn-Air is the best source from SXM http://www.fly-winair.sx/contact-us.html

Take the Ferry: Ride with the locals across from St. Lucia! It's will take a little longer (3 hours) and yes you are traveling across the Caribbean Sea. So on a bad day, you may run into a few rollers and white caps. But the trips only cost about $50 per person. If you need more assistance, please contact Steffie at Buddy Dive in Dominica 011-599-717-5080 or give Margo Peyton.

Please give us a call if you need some help 803-419-2556