The The Dive Shop's instructors, drawing from Scuba Schools International's programs, teach water-safety skills to fledgling divers and swimmers of all ages. Classes and activities range from the Scuba Rangers club—where kids aged 8–12 learn to snorkel and scuba dive from the safety of a pool—to open-water dives, swimming lessons, and more advanced stress-and-rescue dive sessions, during which instructors turn dog paddlers into almost-mermaids, minus the pet octopuses.
Leisure Time Dive & Ski Center helps adventurists plunge to new depths and soar down mountainsides at supersonic speeds. The facility stocks an extensive supply of scuba gear and skiing equipment, and makes items from both departments available to purchase or rent. Divers wanting to improve their craft can participate in a variety of different educational lessons, from a rescue diver course to the open-water training classes needed for PADI certification. Leisure Time also doubles as a full-service travel agency, and assists clients in planning exotic scuba diving and skiing vacations.
Whether, certifying scuba divers or teaching kids how to swim, Choo Choo Diving and Aquatic Center's small class sizes ensure students get the most out of their courses. Inexperienced divers enroll in the discover scuba class, and more advanced divers can get certifications to become open-water instructors. Meanwhile, at the swim school, kids as young as 6 months old splash in the pool with their parents, whereas older children are separated by age and experience level.
Jim Quick is an outdoor jack-of-all-trades. The former Marine has not only taught scuba for the past two decades, he is also a wilderness first responder, and holds certifications from an alphabet of organizations including SSI, NAUI, and the YMCA. Take one of his classes with Quick's Diving Services to learn how to snorkel in a shallow reef or dive deep under the waves to uncover oceanic treasures. He and his team of upbeat instructors also train students in scuba rescue and first aid through comprehensive courses that can turn even the newest beginner into a divemaster, given enough time and effort. When they aren't teaching courses, the instructors also run trips to the gulf shores, Philadelphia Quarry, and Morrison Springs.
At Dive Educators, the team of certified instructors works to uphold the center's SSI Diamond status. That means everything from helping newcomers get their feet wet in the heated waters of the center's 25' x 50' pool to teaching more seasoned divers advanced skills such as technical diving in the pool's 20' x 25' x 10' dive well. To supplement the in-water curriculum, the instructors have two classrooms where students can complete coursework and test the waterproofness of a Power Point presentation.
Once you strap on scuba gear, it feels like anything is possible. Those flippers and oxygen tank allow you to explore an underwater reef, investigate the remains of an historic wreck, or put a new twist on Casual Friday. More than anything, they open up whole new worlds—worlds you would never be able to see if you were stuck on land.
The certified instructors at Dive! Dive! Dive! know this, and they've made it easier than ever for students to learn the ins and outs of scuba diving. Aside from training students to dive, they sell all the necessary gear, repair broken equipment, and host dive trips across the Caribbean.
Start by getting your feet wet in a Discover Scuba class; by the time you've completed the subsequent classes, you'll have progressed through open-water certification and journeyed to West Palm Beach or Panama City for an ocean dive.