Dive30A started as a dream….the dream of not having to leave 30A to go diving! With South Walton Artificial Reef Association’s deployment of South Walton’s new artificial reefs, we recognized our community’s need for safer, quicker, and easier access to our unique marine habitat. So in early 2017 we began running Guided Snorkel Tours under the Snorkel30A banner with great success. This highlighted the even bigger need for professional SCUBA diving resources in our area. Until now, the closest dive shops to 30A were located in Destin and Panama City Beach almost 20 miles away in either direction. That’s when we really got to work! During 2019 we worked closely with Walton County to help create a brand new category of SCUBA Charter permits allowing local dive operators to launch directly from the beach, much like Grayton’s renowned Charter Fishing Captains. From our humble beginning as Snorkel30A, we’ve now grown into South Walton’s first full-service dive operator.
Explore Beyond the Shore with Dive30A!
Walt Hartley Owner, Lead Instructor (PADI & SDI)
Growing up along the shores of South Walton, Walt fell in love with the water at a young age - "It's a part of me," he explains. "But being under the surface...that's my 'Zen' place." An avid spearfisherman, cave diver, and underwater videographer, Walt loves sharing his passion for the underwater world and introducing folks to all the possibilities and opportunities diving offers.
Favorite Local Dive: Seagrove Rock Favorite Sea Creature: Sea Turtles & Octopus
The ‘Osprey’ is a 21’ Avon Searider - a capable RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) specifically geared for SCUBA diving and beach launching. This particular vessel was actually used to train US Marines based out of the Naval Support Activity Panama City Division Base - also home to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit.
We’re able to carry up to four to six divers per trip, plus two to three crew depending on our groups and objectives for the day. There will always be a USCG captain operating the boat (who is also a certified Divemaster or above), plus the Dive Instructor and/or Divemaster with whom you’re diving. We will assign additional dive/boat crew as necessary. The ‘Osprey’ launches directly from Grayton or Inlet Beach, right off the sand. Don't worry - you, your gear and everything you'll need for a great dive will be onboard as we launch.
Interested in joining the Dive30A Team? Just click below to submit an application. One of our crew will get back with you soon - Thanks!