Boat back in the water! — More to do

Yesterday FINALLY… our boat went back in the water. At 4pm, she was lowered from the lift and we pulled it out a little further before starting the engine for testing.

No water came into the hull, so the repairs were done right. Even this morning a quick check confirmed this. No water in the hull… whooohooow.

The engine started fine too and ran fine. Water came out of the exhaust within a few seconds, so the engine worries are over.

Unfortunately, the transmission now revealed a problem. It was scraping….so this has to be taken apart now and probably will cost a penny or two again. (this sh*t does never seem to stop.

Result is obviously–> we can still not drive the boat.

Hopefully I get to the bottom of this new problem by the end of this week so I can order the necessary¬† parts ūüôĀ

In the mean time Eva and Bert will be working on the inside. Benches and top rail need to be prepped, repaired and made ready for Poly-Urethane paint and The deck likewise…. And then….still the bimini-frame to be done.

All repairs done and to be done have been made possible by people who love SNUBA SXM who donated a little or a lot..

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform/boat (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)

You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)


We will keep you posted each week with our progress.
Thank you much!!!

Rebuilding in full speed

After taking care of the house situation, and after we stopped crying in our beers, the SNUBA SXM team has started making progress with the rebuild. The first problem to tackle, was un-seizing the boat engine. Because we could not remove the boat from the boat lift immediately after Hurricane Irma (there was no electricity to the lift), Hurricane Maria took the boat of the lift for us and deposited it into the marina. Unfortunately she made water. She can’t sink, but the engine was half way under water. It took us 2 and a half weeks, many hours, lots of lube, blood, sweat and tears, to get ANY movement in the engine after the boat was put in the yard. But, on October 2nd, the mix of 50/50 Acetone-ATF, finally resulted in the pistons breaking free by manually manipulating the flywheel with a screwdriver. Since then we have been able to spin the engine multiple times a day using the battery and a new starter, that was given to us by our friend Sam.

This, obviously gave us an enormous amount of energy and the hope is now  by this Friday, to have a working engine again so we do not have to worry about that anymore and we can move on to making the boat better than it was before the storm. This is what still needs to be done:

  1. Replace oil and oil filter
  2. Check / Rebuild transmission
  3. Replace / Rebuild leaking Steering Ram
  4. Rewire / Replace electrical wire harness
  5. Replace bilge pumps and switches
  6. Rebuild console
  7. Repair and recoat hull below the waterline (yard job)
  8. Repair and recoat the rest of the hull outside
  9. Repair transom
  10. Repair and repaint the deck
  11. Put new cleats on the boat
  12. Repair / Replace huge parts of the bimini framework
  13. Replacing all Navigation lights
  14. Making and adding Splash deflectors to the bow and adding splash guards to the console
  15. Installing Audio.
  16. Reestablish mooring in Little Bay

When this is all done, at least we will be back in operations and we will start rebuilding our platform. We hope 1-16 will be done by November 10th and the platform by the end of December.

With this, I would like to thank our friends, family and caring former guests for your donations so far. It is great to see how many people care for our little company.

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)
You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)

We will keep you posted each week with our progress.

Thank you much!!!

Mich

 

Hurricane Irma

And here she is… Right over our little island. Hurricane Irma, a hurricane of category 5, completely shut us down. Of course she had a little bit of help from the gutless looters who took materials that were spared by her.

So… SNUBA SXM needs to be rebuild from scratch. But, we will and we intend to do it soon. We are working hard to find resources to build a new platform, get new equipment and find some sort of boat.

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)

You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)

 

Great Stuff. We hope you are part of the rebuild.

 

Warmest regards,

 

Team SNUBA SXM

 

Overherfsteren in de tropen?

Wie wil er een paar maandjes naar Sint Maarten komen. Als je al rescue diver bent helpt dat, maar Open Water Duikers worden ook gewaardeerd.

Geen rokers. Wij zoeken per direct een of twee mensen tussen de 20 en 35 jaar die voor een paar maandjes komen rondhangen en helpen met ons bedrijfje. Je verblijft in een twee kamer apartement dat door ons is gehuurd. Wij leiden je verder op, terwijl je meedraait met ons.

Het is helemaal niet super druk in deze tijd, dus het is geen zware opgave. Je zult onder meer:

  • Veel SNUBA duiken met onze gasten, na opleiding tot guide.
  • Tanks vullen/sjouwen.
  • Meehelpen in onderhoud duikspullen, platform en boot.
  • Fotoos maken onder water, deze door een serie filers halen en online zetten

Je kunt als DiveMaster vertrekken of als SNUBA Guide. Ligt aan je instroomnivo.

Ons platform
Ons platform

Excellent according to 170 Tripadvisor guests.

SNUBA SXM Certificate of Excellence
SNUBA SXM Certificate of Excellence

After only a year and a half of hard, dedicated work, SNUBA SXM has received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. It proves to the world that so far, we have delivered great tours for our guests. Let’s keep this thing going and elevate it even further.

Thank you team for your wonderful dedication towards this important goal. Kelly, Bert, Eva, Georgi, Emmeke, Jaimie and Thomas… I would not have even dreamt of doing this without you guys. For those of you still here…. think we need a small celebration soon.

Thank you SNUBA International for your continued support.

Mich

 

Booking Payment Problem fixed

As some of you have found out in the last few days it seemed impossible to get thru to book yourself on one of our departures due to PayPal giving us a problem. If you have seen the screen message below while trying to book yourself on one of our tours, please accept our apologies. The problem has now been fixed and your bookings can again be processed. We hope to see you soon for some great underwater SNUBA fun!

Warmest regards, Mich

 

Instructeur gevraagd in Sint Maarten

PADI Intructor Wanted
Wij zoeken een PADI Instructor

Kom je net uit je IDC en ben je geslaagd?

Dan hebben wij een baan voor je!

Als je naast Nederlands, ook Engels en misschien nog een andere taal spreekt, tussen de zeg…21 en 30 jaar oud bent, niet rookt en goed bent in op tijd komen…. een leuk online netwerkje hebt en je hebt twee rechterhanden….. lees dan verder.

Voor een goed lopend jong SNUBA bedrijfje, zoeken wij een PADI Instructeur die net uit de IDC komt en die wij verder kunnen (en willen) opleiden tot SNUBA Guide en Specialty Instructor en die ons SNUBA bedrijfje wil meehelpen groeien.

Naast inwoning in ons crew apartment (2 slaapkamers, keuken, woonkamer, badkamer, balkon), krijg je een redelijk salaris (om rond te komen)¬†en aandeel in de tips (om te feesten)…. Ook is¬†Sales¬†Commission aan de orde.
Je zult, naast het leiden van SNUBA duiken met cruise schip en hotel gasten, interns opleiden van open water tot en met divemaster en een aantal specialties (ik leer je de specialties te geven).

Je komt binnen als OWSI en gaat weg als MSDT of in ieder geval gebrevetteerd in de 5 specialties (de brevetteringskosten zijn voor jou, maar je krijgt de specialties)

We zoeken iemand die ons team komt versterken vanaf eind mei tot eind december.

Heb je er zin in, informeer dan…. Schrijf ons een berichtje

On a Cruise and want to SNUBA?

Sint Maarten SNUBA Cruise Excursion
On a cruise ship in Sint Maarten?

If you are on a cruise and one of your stops is the Island of Sint Maarten, SNUBA SXM can arrange a perfect excursion for you.

We are located only a 10 minute walk from the cruise ship facilities and are super easy to reach. There is no need to grab taxi’s. (You can just ignore the barrage of taxi and gypsy taxi sales pushers as you walk off the perimeter) If you book with us, we will be meeting you in Bobby’s Marina, right under the gazebo. It does not get any easier.

Of course we do have contracts with a few cruise lines, so the chance might be that we are not able to book you directly. For instance, if you are on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines on one of their bigger ships, or Carnival Cruise Lines (except CCL Fascination), you should turn to their respective Shore Excursion Desks or website pages instead. There are perks to booking thru them.

In all other cases, you can use the booking form you find on the right side of every page on this website, to book yourself in.

We do reserve the right to cancel or modify your booking if we find you booked yourself into a time slot that does not comply with your available time on the island or if you are on one of the before mentioned ships. In any of these cases, we will contact you.

Please do read our cancellation policy.

DiveMaster/SNUBA Guide Intern wanted

For the period June 1 – August 31st, we are looking for one or two enthusiastic career oppertunists who would like to become SNUBA Guide and PADI DiveMaster during this period.

You will, after a two week initial SNUBA training period, be building experience in leading SNUBA dives as you are simultaniously working towards your PADI Divemaster.

You will be diving often, but will also be doing any other things needed by our small establishment. This might be: taking pictures, post production, publishing on the website, doing briefings, filling tanks, cleaning/small maintenance and more…

You will be housed in our Intern Apartment, which you share with another intern. All housing costs are taken care of and you receive a share in tips once the initial training period is over and you have become a SNUBA guide. Other than that, this is an unpaid Internship, resulting in mentioned certifications.

We are looking for primarily Dutch PADI Rescue Divers with language skills, absolute non-smokers between 18 and 30 years old.

We have 2 positions to be filled.

Please contact us for more info.

 

 

New guide training. Loads of fun!

One of our Interns, Jaimie (Seven) is now experiencing the joy of leading SNUBA runs. Although Mich is always behind her raft to be the responsible person in the water, he is not really having to do much as Jaimie is doing an awesome job at showing our guests an awesome time under water. First Briefing was great and surface support experience there was already plenty.

Hats of for this great first SNUBA run Jaimie… many more will follow!