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!
If you plan to go lobstering you must be able to show proof that you hold a current and valid Massachusetts Lobstering License.
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 recipes* here-
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!)
- Dive charters will leave from their specific marina and dock location. Make sure to double check the location online to make sure you’re going to the right place!
- Please plan to be at the dock, ready to board at least 30 minutes before the assigned departure time! We’ll be leaving the dock right on the dot whether you’re there or not!
- The trek out and back may be rough, if you get seasick easily, we recommend bringing sea bands or seasick medicine to combat the symptoms
- Divers may also bring water and snacks for the ride out and back!
- IF YOU REALIZE YOU CANNOT MAKE THE DIVE: Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for the charters. However if you find out that you cannot make the dive, let us know and we’ll work with you to find someone to fill the spot ASAP. Once we are able to fill the reserved spot, you will be refunded in full.
Scallop and lobster charters typically have two dives. Participants are expected to have their own dive gear and an advanced certification (you can also rent any gear you don’t have from ECD). 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.
Scallop Diving Calendar