Under the supervision of PADI-certified instructors, the one-hour course will provide water novices with the skills and confidence needed to embark on aquatic expeditions. Though the class won't churn out scuba divers certified to dive alone, it might finally put to rest a persistent fear of bathtubs and really big puddles.
A PADI five-star diving facility, Arlington Scuba Center, Inc. first opened its doors in 1972. Since then, the shop's scuba instructors have helped countless divers obtain PADI open-water certification. The lessons start within the facility's classroom and pool and eventually progress to natural locations, such as the five-story bathtub at Clear Springs Scuba Park, so students can complete dives in real-world conditions. Aside from this standard certification, the staff teaches advanced courses in which students can train for search-and-rescue missions or float above the hull of a sunken ship. Back on dry land, staffers man Arlington Scuba Center's dive shop, where they sell fins, masks, and other equipment from respected brands such as Aqua Lung and Henderson.
Waterways snake all over the planet's surface, many emptying into a great blue ocean. As many scuba divers have found, those depths comprise a whole other world to explore—and require a specific set of skills to conquer. At SCUBASTOP, certified instructors use their knowledge to open that aquatic world to just about anyone.
Students here first get their feet wet with Discover Scuba, a class that teaches the absolute basics of diving. Anyone inspired to delve further can enroll in a PADI certification course that starts in classrooms and heated pools before voyaging out to the open waters of Balmorhea State Park or The Blue Lagoon scuba park. Specialized advanced courses are also available for anyone interested in rescue diving, digital underwater photography, or joining an improv group run by clown fish.
The staff at Dive West has two favorite scuba diving locations: their indoor heated pool and Cozumel, Mexico, where the water temperature almost always hovers between 70 and 80 degrees. Dive West's training programs encourage divers of all experience levels to graduate from the first location to the second. In addition to open water diving certification courses, the company offers digital underwater photography, stress and rescue, and other specialty classes. Students can customize their experience in just about any way, with group or private classes held on weekends or weekdays.
Once you've been certified, Dive West's travel department can send you to wondrous dive spots. Vacations to the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Belize are all on the calendar, in addition to monthly trips to Cozumel and beginner-friendly visits to local bathtubs.
Founded more than 30 years ago, Pro Dive provides comprehensive scuba services to seasoned pros and novice divers alike. In the Discover Scuba Diving course, the shop's experienced, certified, and web-footed instructors give nautical newbies their first taste of scuba's charms with an hour-long session in the facility's on-site pool. After being aquatically grounded in the basics, hop on Pro Dive's 45-foot dive boat, which will speed-float to a nearby coral reef packed to the gills with natural beauty and mermaid statuary. All students that participate in the pool training can take part in the instructor-chaperoned ocean dive, even if they're not scuba certified or can't tell a puffer fish from an unusually chubby anemone.
Lasting one to two hours, the Discover Scuba class includes all the equipment and instruction necessary to exploring the primordial womb of Lone Star Scuba's heated pool. A PADI-certified instructor will conduct a short lesson that covers basic safety skills and methods for using the equipment to pick up dates at the mall. Once thoroughly soaked in scuba knowledge, the majority of your experience will be spent in the water getting accustomed to life as a goggle-eyed amphibian.