Important info to ensure that your next
Curacao dive vacation is as AWESOME as you need it to be.
If you’re dreaming about your next #seriouslyfun Curacao dive vacation, take a couple of minutes to check out what we’re doing to help keep you safe and healthy, while you’re here.
The following COVID-19 precautionary measures at The Dive Bus – aka the current ‘The Dive Bus normal’ – apply to Dive Bus Crew members and divers, to help keep everyone safe, healthy and having a great time.
The measures and are based on recommendations, guidelines and regulations from 4 key organisations:
The Curacao Tourist Board, which communicates the latest Government level decisions and policies into critical information to visitors, to help you plan and keep you safe on, your next Curacao dive vacation.
The Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association, which translates Curacao Government level decisions and policies into ‘best practices’ for Curacao tourism business operators.
Divers Alert Network (DAN) safe practices for properly sanitising your dive equipment and yourself.
Thanks for taking the time to read this important information regarding your Curacao dive vacation. We’ll do our very best to ensure that you get the vacation you need and deserve, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Risk-free bookings / reservations
Planning and booking your next Curacao dive vacation is a GREAT way to beat the Corona virus blues. Especially when it’s risk and worry free, with no deposit or pre-payments.
So you can book whenever you’re ready, and settle up at the end of your #seriouslyfun dive vacation in sunny Curacao.
To manage social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions, we’ve temporarily disabled our online booking facility, so please contact us directly instead.
Checking in and out at The Dive Bus
On arrival at The Dive Bus, we’ll meet and greet you in one of the outdoor chill-out spots to get you checked in and settled in (instead of inside the Shop, as previously).
Just about all (diving and PADI course related) paperwork is available for you to complete online, prior to arrival, on our Reservations page – or you’re welcome to use our digital devices to check in.
Settle up with PIN, credit card or, our favourite, good ol’ plain cash, once you’re done diving.
The Dive Bus Crew and divers are required to wear face masks where social distancing isn’t practical / possible which includes the shop and in our vehicles. Bring your own or purchase your own disposable one in The Dive Bus shop.
For the time being, “air equivalents” of handshakes, High 5’s, hugs, fist, elbow or butt bumps and / or other body greetings with Dive Bus Crew or other divers, are sufficing effectively and occasionally, hilariously.
Beer O’Clock is still happening (because, as yet, Hell has not frozen over). However you may need to speak a little louder to account for your socially distant fellow Beer O’Clockers.
The Dive Bus Retail Shop
As it’s also home to the restroom, it’s likely that you’ll be in the Dive Bus Shop at least once. It’s also where you’ll find a stack of different masks and snorkels (because if you don’t have your these days, you really should), useful dive stuff, fun Dive Bus stuff and the Goody Fridge (which, since the best beer of the day is the one after you’ve done divin’, is worth checking out.)
These social distancing and hygiene rules apply in the shop:
Maximum 2 divers plus 1 staff member at the same time – just follow the floor tapes.
If someone beat you to the restroom, please wait outside the shop. Advance planning may be required; line-jumping is at your own risk…
Please ask before trying on any masks so we can ensure they’re cleaned, before and after.
Lockers are available for your use, free of charge – unless you lose the key. Please disinfect your locker using the disinfectant wipes / spray available once you’re done.
Dive activities at The Dive Bus House Reef
As there’s plenty of space to account for social distancing, group sizes remain the same for The Dive Bus house reef activities, including:
Dive Bus Trips
Now you have even more space on The Dive Bus trips due to our new maximum of 4 divers on the Bus – unless you specifically request more (for a family or friends group, for example). The Dive Bus interiors are disinfected after each trip.
Chips, chocolate, fruit and sodas are still available on the Dive Bus trips, but no picnic lunches, for obvious reasons. You’re very welcome to bring your own; some accommodations provide them on request, so it might be worth checking with yours.
PADI Dive Courses
Here’s some great news for your next PADI dive course at The Dive Bus:
1. There are no social distancing related changes to teaching most PADI dive courses at The Dive Bus, because:
the classroom, gearing up and rinsing facilities are all outdoor, with plenty of (social distancing) space
we walk across the road to the Dive Bus house reef for all Confined and Open Water training dives, so no transport required
2. We’re following any and all changes that PADI has made for teaching PADI dive courses and skills, due to COVID-19.
3. We’ve migrated the Knowledge Development portion of as many PADI courses as possible to PADI eLearning. Which also means that:
You can start your next dive course on your favourite device, in your favourite place, wherever and whenever you like.
With just the fun, wet, salty parts of the course to complete with us in sunny Curacao (or any other PADI dive center, anywhere in the world), you’ll have plenty of time left for as many fun Dive Bus trips as you can handle.
Personal sanitizing and cleaning
Please pay attention to – and follow! – the personal safety and hygiene signs displayed around the dive center, as per the most recent DAN hygiene guidelines.
Inside and outside areas are disinfected frequently but please also use the hand “sanitization stations” around the dive center.
Unless you’ve got used to drinking from cups that taste of disinfectant by now, bring your own personal water bottle (label it!) or pick one up from The Dive Bus shop.
Equipment sanitizing and cleaning
The Dive Bus tank valves are disinfected after each use.
The on-site rinse tanks are strictly for Dive Bus rental equipment only, as per the latest DAN equipment hygiene guidelines. That way we know that it’s sufficiently and correctly disinfected, sanitized and safe for our other divers to use.
Please rinse your personal dive and / or snorkel equipment at your accommodation instead so that YOU are in control of the cleanliness and hygiene of your equipment.
We strongly recommend that you have your own mask and snorkel, for obvious reasons. You’re welcome to try out the different styles available in the Dive Bus shop, to find and buy the one that fits you best (they’re sanitised before and after each try-on).
Be safe not sorry: check your travel / health insurance before leaving home!
Don’t hesitate to advise a Dive Bus Crew member if you feel, or see anyone displaying, any symptoms of COVID-19 or not following social distancing or disinfecting protocols. Because better safe than sorry.
Anyone displaying symptoms is required to consult with a doctor and follow necessary procedures, so it’s critical to check your travel, health and / or DAN insurance long before leaving home, so you have time to renew / update if necessary.
A very cool digital infrared thermometer is available to check body temperature.
What did we miss..?
If you have ANY questions that we didn’t cover above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
What did YOU miss..?
Nothing if you’re already following The Dive Bus on social media, for a daily fix of #seriouslyfundiving.
But if you’re not, here’s what you missed:
We’re looking forward to seeing and diving you at The Dive Bus – and very much appreciate your support, now more than ever.
Until then, stay safe and see you on The Dive Bus social media!