Blue Sea Adventures' two SDI Five Star scuba-training facilities bustle with seasoned dive instructors and dive masters who incorporate online training into their courses. The varying curriculum touches on an array of basic, intermediate, and advanced skills, including open-water scuba diving, underwater photography, and rescue know-how from the FEMA-approved Emergency Response Diving International Program. Additionally, Blue Sea Adventures’ certifications are recognized around the world. Swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling gear is available at Blue Sea Adventures’ stores, which feature expansive showrooms and professional repair technicians who can fix simple or more complicated problems, such as cleaning out the strawberry milk shake so often caught in snorkels.
As part of a premiere PADI five-star National Geographic instructor-development center, International Scuba’s team trains underwater explorers in a variety of courses that range from snorkeling and skin diving to open-water and rescue diving. The heated, indoor salt-water pool accommodates divers from ages 8 and older, and equipment packages ensure all students are outfitted for their dives. Beyond the student level, divers can also earn their master scuba-diver certification, thus becoming teachers themselves.
Students who master any of these levels can then elect a related specialty allowing them to dive under the ice, discover underwater wrecks, snap photographs of marine life, and help protect coral reefs from predatory plastic bags. Students who have completed their desired level of training but want to venture forth with a group can also participate in a trip diving in locations abroad and in 30 rivers, quarries, and beaches in and around Texas.
With more than 13,000 divers certified under their tutelage since 1975, Scuba Ventures' instructors, dive-control specialists, and dive masters guide pupils through the three steps toward scuba certification. Students first learn diving and safety fundamentals during classroom training and practice sessions in Scuba Ventures' heated indoor pool. Then teachers whisk them away on two-day open-water training trips to locales such as the Caribbean or Lake Ouachita where, upon successful completion, they earn an open-water certification card and a free back scratch from a puffer fish.
Instructors also teach an array of training courses ranging from spearfishing sessions to lessons in underwater photography. Scuba Ventures also sponsors dive trips throughout the year, which guests can stock up for by renting or purchasing brand-name gear from the shop.
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.
Combat Swim's cross-training swim program will challenge you in a variety of ways including short swimming drills, high repetition weight training, calisthenics in and out of the pool, treading water with weights, and high intensity interval training. You do not need to be a proficient swimmer to participate in the program at it will get you fit, focused, and full of energy.