Dive enthusiasts rejoice! Conveniently located on the eastern side of the marina at Abaco Beach Resort is DiveTime Abaco, a dive company providing full service scuba diving, snorkeling, and PADI certifications in the Out Islands.
The real story here isn’t how great it is to have a full-service dive shop on property (we already know how great that is!)… the real story is the guy behind it all: Michael Sherratt. His love for the ocean and giving others memorable experiences that last a lifetime really comes through everything he does and says.
“My Dad and my Uncle were members of The British Sub Aqua Club during the 1960’s & 1970’s they were both strong influences on me,” explains Sherratt. “During a trip to Spain they put a mask and snorkel on me, age 5, and threw me in the pool and that was that. I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau on TV and all I wanted to be was ‘underwater explorer,’ although I didn’t see that tick box at school careers day! But living in Cornwall, you are never far from the ocean: surfing, sailing, diving, and spear fishing were the norm.”
Sherratt’s wife, Amanda, was born in Nassau, Bahamas but can trace her roots back to the first couple that originally settled Man O War Cay. She was educated in England from the age of 9 and spent almost 20 years in the UK where she and Michael met. In 2006, they returned to Abaco to look after Amanda’s mother who had become ill.
Amanda’s family has been involved in scuba diving in the Bahamas since the late 1970’s and therefore inevitable that the two of them would set up our own dive shop. DiveTime was born in 2011 on Man o War Cay and later to set up an operation at Abaco Beach Resort in 2016.
“I have been in love with the ocean for as long as I can remember,” says Sheratt. “Diving is a passion but creating a sustainable tourism product, educating divers, and promoting conservation is the goal.”
DiveTime Abaco’s offerings include:
- Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Tours
- Island Hopping Tours & Private Charters
- Novice Dives for Non-Certified Divers over 13 years old
- PADI certifications from Open Water Diver to Divemaster
- Equipment Rental for both Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
- Air Fills & Tank Rentals
- The Dive Boutique offers a range of Retail Equipment, T-Shirts, and Sunscreens
DiveTime Abaco is open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm and they are located at Abaco Beach Resort (just follow the dive signs around the marina!)