RIB ‘Cearban’ Features
A highly capable dive boat, we can cruise at 20knots+ getting you to the dive site quickly and safely. She’s has all the great features of a hard boat but with all the speed of a RIB. A perfect combination
✦Redbay Stormforce 9.1m Cabin RIB – MCA Cat 3 Coding – 12 Divers
✦2 x 315HP Inboard Diesel Engines (630hp total)
✦Full Safety Features – Liferaft, LifeJackets, VHF, Radar, Raymarine ChartPlotter & Sounder.
✦Dive Ladder & Bottle Racks, Oxygen & First Aid Onboard
✦Cabin & Deck Shelter
✦Sheltered Bench Seating, Cabin Power Supply,
✦Electrical supply which powers the important kettle and shower!!!
For close inshore diving we can take up to 12 divers, further afield we drop this down to 1o and technical diving groups with multiple stage cylinders and long distance trips would be max 8. With our cruising speed around 20knots we can quickly reach our dive sites, with the hull design there is no roll meaning we have a very stable platform. For longer day trips we prefer to stop in the isles for some time ashore. Otherwise for close trips inshore we come back to the marina to relax for lunch.
Owner Shane Wasik, is the main skipper aboard Cearban. Unlike many dive boat skippers he has many years diving experience with over 2000 dives. His qualifications include BSAC First Class Diver and Advanced Instructor, TDI Rebreather & Trimix Diver, HSE IV Commercial & Scientific Diver, as well as a qualified Marine Biologist and well published underwater photographer. Spending much of his diving career in the local waters, he has an intimate knowledge of the dive sites, marine life and photographic opportunities available.
We are based from Dunstaffnage Marina which provides easy access to the pontoon for loading equipment and parking. There are toilets, showers, shop, cafe and accommodation on-site which is great for groups. Alternatively for those who want to be closer to Oban, the town has extensive restaurants and bars along with everything from hostels to hotels.
Dunstaffnage Marina is located to the north of Oban and is much closer than you think! Just a couple of hours drive from Glasgow and 2 1/2hrs from Edinburgh. Combined with our speed, the location means there is far less travelling and time required for your dive trip. For those travelling from further afield we can arrange longer itineraries to make sure you make the best of your trip.
Oban has a wealth of accommodation, ranging from hostels, B&B, hotels and camping. There are plenty pubs and restaurants and a busy place during summer. We’d advise you to book early to accommodate larger groups. Upmarket accommodation is also available at Dunstaffnage, along with an excellent bar and restaurant. See this link for more details!
Air Fills & Gear Hire
We have limited scuba gear hire available (BCDs, Regs, Suits, Tanks, Weights, Basic Gear) and can fill air to 300b at the marina for multi-day trips. Nitrox is available is also available in the area. For day trips divers should bring 2 cylinders with them (or setups that allow multiple dives). Otherwise for close diving and winter, we come back into the marine to warm up! See here for details.