Scalloping Diving

Scallop Diving is a great way to spend an afternoon under the sea. Often described as an aquatic mushroom hunt, the zen of the search is loved by most. Seasoned veterans can spot a shell as far as they can see – and many bring down multiple bags as they’re used to filling up at least one. Those new to scallop diving will be given a briefing on how to find the scallops and where to look for them – as well as their sizing.

Before attempting a scallop dive all divers should be comfortable in 50+ feet of cold New England Water and having experience carrying a dive flag.

Most of the scallop dives we run are through Boston Scuba and take place right in Boston Harbor. There are a couple other boats that will take you out of Gloucester, so make sure to pay attention to where the boat is leaving from!

EAT THEM!

Most of the scallops you’ll be able to eat right away. If this is your first time cooking with Scallops you can check out some of our favorite recipee’s* here-

Scallops Provencal

Pan Seared Scallops

New York Times Interactive Recipee’s

Alternatively, if you don’t think you can eat them all right away the best thing you can do for you – and your future self – is to divide the scallops into portions, pop em in plastic bags and freeze them. These scallops are incredibly fresh and will therefore hold for a very long time in the freezer and keep most of their flavor. The trick is to get all of the air out of the bag before sealing it. Also make sure to put the scallops in the Freezer as soon as humanly possible. The quicker you do, the longer they’ll last and fresher they’ll taste.*

*Eating raw or uncooked seafood can be harmful (but also delicious). Don’t blame us if you happen to get sick from the seafood you catch through our charters (but do blame us for the fun you have and how tasty the scallops are!)

Scallop charters typically have  two dives.  Participants are expected to have their own dive gear and an advanced certification. The dives will usually take place at the bow of the wreck where light penetration is doable, but only recommended to those skilled in overhead environments. While divers are not required to bring their own dive flags, DSMB’s are highly recommended and can be found in our online store or in our shop. If you require rental gear make sure to rent the gear as far in advance as possible (at least 2 weeks). Further more, if you are new to our shop or unsure of your wetsuit size, please take the time to come into our shop and try the gear on.

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