Dmitry Baranov: the decision to combine diving and yachting came as soon as I got a skipper's license and felt that I liked it. I became a PADI IDC Staff dive instructor in 2007, worked for three years at Red Sea Diving College, a year as cruise Director in Maldives on a Safari boat.
And I was not looking for scope, I was just interested. I love all kinds of activity: mountain skiing, skydiving... I wanted to know what sailing is, so I tried that five years ago, and I learned. And I thought then: why not to try to put these two things together — diving under sail? And we started to promote such a format of travel: yacht&dive. Seven trips in such a format have already been successfully organized and brought off. Three more trips planned for 2019, they are in our schedule.
UD: how did the format of diving from under a sail develop in practice? What does such a trip look like now, in 2019?
DB: This is how we combine yachting and diving in one trip. It would seem that a simple approach arises: we take on Board our cylinders and dive directly from the yacht. Did once, did not like: still uncomfortable, uncomfortable, cylinders take up space, it is not always possible to approach a good site on a catamaran, it is not always possible to anchor there, especially in national parks. No anchor can be if one person is left to manage the boat, but the boat I ran, and diving was headed too I'm not to torn the same! So we came to a different format.
Moving along the route on a sailing yacht. We anchor in a suitable place. The local dive centre bodyshot on your boat with snaryagu. We transfer to them, we go to dive, then back on Board. Or as, for example, in the Seychelles: put the yacht in the Marina in the morning, the bus picked us up from the Marina and took us to the dive center, from there they did two dives, and we were brought back. And on their yacht have been going further. Although when taken from the water-a little more comfortable. And Marina is also an expense.
You can combine and even easier, making combined trips: a week of daily diving, a week on a yacht. Did so in Mexico: first week on a catamaran in the water area-with introductory snorkeling, and the second week-daily diving with a local dive center in the same places.
UD: it Turns out that you offer a new look at the world map. For a diver, The earth is shaped like a suitcase: here to dive, here not to dive. The yacht map of the world is different: the marinas are lit with bright colors, silver and gold lines stretch the passages corresponding to the skipper class. If the and another combine – map immediately is obtained richer! Where on your world map do you offer such a synthetic product?
DB: Mexico, Seychelles, Madagascar, French Polynesia, the Bahamas-we went through this personally. The plans include Brazil, where there is diving and yachting on the coast. The Caribbean, especially Cuba. As well as Thailand and Malaysia: they found good opportunities to implement our format. And this is a good alternative to such familiar formats as daily diving and dive Safari. To people for a week or two of his vacation to see more, try more, more would have taken home with me. We can say that this novelty is something unique that we sell.
The, that now is called conditional support liveaboard, it same so and was born. People went first on the boats on which they spent the day and spent the night – and then they began to dive from them. Then under this deal have adapted boats slightly more comfortable. There are places where you go sailing, motor-sailing. Large decorative schooners: in Indonesia, for example, there are a couple. Not in the Caribbean. And in the cold waters that interest many divers, this is generally rare!
Or take Madagascar: there's diving, there's yachting, and this year was the first trip there. The group in Madagascar was very sophisticated in travel, and all as one said: this is wow! Unanimous opinion. Best trip ever in my life. It must be very comfortable sailing in British Columbia, too. But all -??? more love warm water.
UD: and if you take more obvious directions-why don't you go there? Greece, Maldives?
DB: in terms of yachting in Greece, the market is massive. We are interested in creating exclusive routes. Maldives, where I worked for a while-they did not bother, but in the Maldives there is no bareboat Charter: do not give a yacht without a crew, and yacht infrastructure in General. Plus there is very bad with navigation: no digital maps in the Maldives do not work. And at low prices for a dive Safari there is no sense in the yachting format in the Maldives. And there is nothing on the Islands that can not be seen by ordinary Safari.
But the Seychelles has beautiful Islands that you can go around on a yacht: we did it three years ago already. There is a very decent diving, and yachting is all combined successfully.
UD: what do you put on the counter today, what product? What will you present at the Moscow Dive Show?
DB: Lay out a variety of active rest. There are two key routes: French Polynesia and Madagascar. These are our two trump cards. So and write large letters: Madagascar! Reunion and Madagascar-it was the first trip of the year, a month without a break, with replacement groups. Reunion is not often in the news, and it is a very good island: nature, active volcano, whales again.
UD: Your welcome guest-who is he, what is he? What is the optimal size of the yacht-diver group-how many people?
DB: The group, based on the size of the catamaran, is eight or nine people, plus me as the organizer. In Polynesia took two catamarans, we were 19 people. And in Mexico, six people went on a catamaran, and 10 people arrived for diving, two different weeks. That is, someone went to both, and someone only on yachting or diving only.
It is important that from the trip there were high-quality pictures, looking at which other people would want to go to those places too. So for underwater photographers and videographers and especially for guys with drones, we have the most special conditions – and we invite them to the trip in the first place.
UD: Yes, without high-quality shooting and a trip is not a trip. But here is group, here is there is skipper, skipper, and further as are distributed duties? You need a cook, you need a sailor, you need to keep watch.
DB: we Assume that any person can be taught to work with the sailing armament of a yacht. So part of the entertainment and educational program is also a crash course of a young sailor. But without force. Who doesn't want to learn, can calmly relax. But always in the team that we recruit, there are people who have an interest, and we agree in advance to work together. There are people with yachting experience who do not have to be trained for a long time.
That is, a diver with yachting experience-Yes, a welcome guest, but you can without. It is possible to begin to acquire this experience, and it is possible and not to begin.