Squalo Divers, a PADI Five Star Dive Center, works in tandem with top industry brands such as Aqualung, Mares, and GoPro to outfit divers so they can explore underwater ecosystems. Equipment such as tanks, depth gauges and buoyancy-control devices prepares landlubbers for underwater travel without tricking a whale into swallowing them. Alternatively, the shop’s maintenance services can whip older gear into working order before each aqueous adventure.
Taught by certified instructors, Squalo Divers' courses run the gamut of scuba instruction, ranging from basic open-water certification to emergency-responder techniques. Courses incorporate cutting-edge training materials—including dependable gear and online study aids—and are taught in English or Spanish. The scuba center also offers trips to explore local waterways renowned for their extensive array of marine life.
It would take a massive pool to accommodate every diver who's been trained by Scuba Outfitters of Naples. To date, the company's instructors have educated and certified more than 1,000 scuba divers, and their aquatic alumni only continue to grow in numbers. PADI training begins in Scuba Outfitters' heated indoor training pool, where the experts introduce the most fundamental skills, such as how to avoid dissolving. Eventually, the instructors take students to premier diving locations, including the reefs of Key Largo.
Imagine for a moment diving into the ocean, resurfacing with not only memories of the sub-aquatic environment, but a full reel of photographs, too. Underwater photography is just one of the many courses offered at Scuba Quest, a family-owned company that has shown students how to safely explore the seas for more than 25 years.
Scuba Quest began as a single shop, but has since spread to six locations across the state of Florida. At each, the company’s NAUI-certified instructors lead refresher courses, beginner classes, and comprehensive certification programs. Rather than climbing into fish tanks while pet-store clerks are on break, Scuba Quest's students can put their new skills to the test in unfamiliar waters during the company’s exotic diving excursions around the globe.
Ocean Hunters has virtually everything a diver would want to tackle the depths of any waters, from brand-name equipment to expert instruction. Instructors lead full open-water scuba certification classes, as well as other occasional classes in freediving and spearfishing. The shop sells equipment, gear, and apparel such as fins, wetsuits, and weight belts from brands including Oceanic, Genesis Scuba, and HammerHead Spearguns.
The ocean—it's one of the world's most underexplored regions. The PADI-certified instructors at Divers Cove give explorers the scuba tools they need to tour the ocean and the planet's myriad aquatic arteries. They initiate the curious with basic pool sessions during Discover Scuba courses and prep the seasoned with advanced classes and open-water dives. They offer specialty classes, too, such as underwater photography and rescue diving. They even outfit underwater mariners with scuba gear and perform repairs on busted equipment.
Co-owners and master SCUBA trainers Brian Gagas, Steve Gagas, and Dave Hoffert don't just teach scuba classes; in their free time, they can be found in the water diving up to five times a week. Gold Coast Scuba offers classes for beginners and more advanced students that follow PADI-certified curriculum. Advanced classes include night dives, dives that focus on navigation and peak performance buoyancy, and deep-sea and shipwreck diving in the bathtub. The shop also offers 24-hour equipment rental for snorkelers and divers.