The scuba aficionados at My Scuba Adventures immerse their guests in the art of deep-sea exploration, whether by hawking gear at their dive shop or by teaching technique during in-depth certification courses. Lessons cover everything from snorkeling and swimming to wreck diving and underwater navigation. Each course can be completed at the student's pace to fit busy schedules and allow ample time for gills to grow in. Along with a heated pool, the facility serves divers' needs with rental and for-sale gear, repairs, and organized trips to far-off dive locales such as Cozumel and Cuba.
Brent Clevenger founded Sink or Swim Scuba in 2006 to provide regular open-water dive experiences to fledging and senior divers alike. He trains neophytes in his full-sized pool, letting them control their buoyancy to drop to the full twelve-foot depth after they master underwater breathing fundamentals in the shallow end. He also oversees scuba certification training during group dives at the Piedmont Dive Rescue Association Lake Norman Quarry. The former dig site provides plenty of underwater excitement with schools of fish and sunken objects to explore, such as the quarry manager's shed which used to house instructions on how not to flood the quarry.
Mankind was never meant to breathe underwater, but the instructors at Columbia SCUBA defy such limitations, helping students of all sorts?from small children to disabled adults?explore the forbidden depths. As young as 8, kids can start training with PADI Bubblemaker classes, using equipment suited to their smaller size, and swimmers of all ages can join Discover Scuba sessions to learn the basics of diving in the safety of a pool. For students looking to become certified divers, open-water diving and specialty diving courses test practical skills in unique environments, such as submerged shipwrecks filled with sunken coupons, whereas trips to the Florida springs or Cozumel convey the majestic experience of communing up close with marine wildlife.
Servicing divers in Columbia since 1977, Wateree Dive Center's certified submersion specialists orient the fin-less to the subsurface realm with thorough training. Mammals can test out marine life before trading their lungs to a sea-witch with the Try Scuba course, a one- to two-hour test dive for first-time sea spelunkers. After arming themselves with scuba gear provided by the center, students will explore the depths of a swimming pool, learning to use their air-granting accouterments, maneuver through water, and identify swimmers by their legs. Underwater explorers interested in further subaquatic training will receive a $50 coupon toward open-water-diving classes if they enroll within 60 days.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: American Red Cross-certified lifeguards
Pro Tip: All proceeds go to sponsor kids through our camp programs. Lifeguards are trained to mentor kids
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 200,000 gln swimming pool, picnic area.
Recommended Age Group: All Ages