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A local dive shop is just that - local. The pool of certified scuba instructors is going to be small in any given geographic area. Plus, the best instructor at your local dive shop is probably more likely to be found in the water than behind the counter! See more  


The Global Advantage

More Education

At Scuba.com, every single person you talk to is a Certified Scuba Instructor with years, if not decades, of experience. There are members of the staff that have gone on to achieve a Course Director rating, which means they are certified to teach scuba instructors! Scuba.com Instructors are experts, whether you're talking about the equipment you need, techniques you've learned, or the locales you've always wanted to visit.

At a local dive shop, your options may be more limited. Finding someone just around the corner with Course Director level education and knowledge is going to take some luck. With Scuba.com just a phone call or an email away, why deprive yourself of some of the most knowledgeable, friendly, well-trained scuba instructors around?

More Experience

Scuba.com instructors have dived all across the globe. Puget Sound, the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the South Pacific, Scuba.com instructors have lived, worked, and dived in some of the most gorgeous dive spots you could possibly imagine. If you need to know how thick your wetsuit should be while diving off Washington, Scuba.com instructors have "been there, done that," and are happy to pass on the knowledge. If you don't know what kind of wildlife you'll be running into while diving the Cayman Islands, our instructors can tell you exactly what you'll find and how to prepare. Scuba.com instructors can even give you first-hand travel tips for the dive-spots you're headed to, from accommodation advice to even restaurant suggestions!

At a local dive shop, you're going to get expert local advice -no one knows their hometown dive spots like a local instructor. While the nearby dive site might be extraordinary, diving is about adventure. Diving is about seeing the sights; it's about exploring a majestic, alien world that few people get to see. Why limit your options?

You can call our instructors on the phone at 1-800-34-SCUBA, or you can visit the Scuba.com online forums to engage with instructors and the diving community as well!

More Technical Know-How

At Scuba.com, your gear will be assembled, serviced, and repaired by factory trained and fully certified instructors. On-the-job experience can be a great way to learn, but Scuba.com instructors also have certifications from every scuba manufacturer. There are even members of the staff who have served as Technical Director for several major scuba equipment manufacturers - are getting the literal cream of the crop at Scuba.com. Because of the high volume of orders Scuba.com receives, compared to a local dive shop, Scuba.com instructors have working hands-on knowledge of both the newest equipment and the old standbys.

A local repair shop has to go with whatever technician they can find around the area - factory-trained technicians with knowledge of multiple manufacturers' products may be thin on the ground. Most if not all manufacturers recommend factory-trained technicians, and many warrantees for your expensive scuba gear hinge on the service of a certified repairman. Let Scuba.com's master technicians take care of your gear and your peace of mind.

More Gear

Scuba.com's warehouse is larger than most scuba equipment manufacturers, offering a massive gear selection. At over 12,000+ square feet, all of it stacked with gear, you'll never be stuck without exactly the right equipment for exactly the right dive. You'll also be comfortable knowing Scuba.com instructors will always point you toward the gear you need, not necessarily what's most profitable for the shop.

A local dive shop has the front shelves and the back room. They might be able to order what you're looking for, but why jump through the hoops when you can order what you need right at Scuba.com?

More Options

If you are looking for that "hands on" experience, Scuba.com even has a retail location in Orange County. Located at 1752 Langley Ave in Irvine, California, the Scuba.com retail shop means you can see and check out any gear before you buy it. The retail store is filled with the same Scuba instructors you'll talk to on the phone, meaning you won't be sacrificing service for knowledge - at Scuba.com, you get the best of a local dive shop and a global dotcom. The massive equipment warehouse is on the premises, too, meaning you won't lose that enormous selection of dive gear.

You can even bring your gear that needs repair right into the retail shop, where factory-certified technicians will fix your equipment right on the premises.

Why not let Scuba.com's instructors make your next dive trip just that much easier? See less  

Aaron Bob Darrick Elliot Jim Reggie

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Aaron

Aaron is our "dive any chance i get" instructor. Early morning dives are the best way to kick off the day. He loves to dive in Laguna Beach, diving his favorite spots and seeking out new ones. When the surf picks up he's out there body boarding. Aaron's interest in the diving world is wide and varied, not only an instructor he is also one of our SCUBA Repair Technicians.

Aaron community service includes working with the local youth Scuba program so he can share his skills with tomorrow's diivers to share his passion of the underwater world.Aaron has dove throught California, Baja California, Mexico and all over the Hawaiian Islands including one of his favorite dives off the Big Island at night with the Giant Manta Rays

 
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Bob

Bob has been a diver since 1980, taking his first class in Puget Sound's chilly waters. He became an instructor in 1993 and a Course Director in 2000 - diving's highest Instructor Rating (in other words he teaches Instructors how to teach). His knowledge on diving and gear is derived from 25 years of working in shops and resorts in various parts of the world and as the Technical Support Director for several major equipment manufacturers. His career choice has led him from the Pacific Northwest's waters to the Caribbean, Florida, California and the South Pacific. His favorite place to dive is in the Coral Atolls of Kwajelein.

 
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Darrick

Darrick started diving in 1994 and has traveled all over the Americas trying it out. He has been diving in every state but Alaska and some of the stops along the way include The Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, South Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Atlantic Northeast and Southeast and the Red Sea. Darrick has logged over 10,000 dives, ranging in altitude from sea level to 10,000 Feet. Darrick has been a Master Scuba Diver Trainer since 2005, and has trained hundreds of divers in Hawaii. One of his most memorable classes included a glimpse of a tiger shark consuming a whale carcass off the shores of Oahu. Darrick teaches all levels of diving. His young age belies his vast diving experience throughout our great nation. Yes, Darrick has come a long way from that first Rock Quarry dive in Ohio, but he still cherishes his diving adventures in Michigan's Great Lakes and beyond.

 
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Elliott

Elliott attained his instructor training in the diverse fresh/salt water environments of Florida. Getting involved in the industry was an easy decision for his adventurous and naturalist lifestyle. Now as a professional instructor, he is able to share what he concludes to be a respectable medium for anyone seeking a sustainable way to experience something unique and fun or to simply decompress from life’s affairs while seeing the world from a different perspective. When he does not have his fins on, you can find him swimming the beaches and kayaking bodies of fresh water along with a multitude of other active lifestyle interests.

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Jim

A Platinum Pro 5000 Instructor and resident gadget nut. Jim knows what works with what and more importantly, what doesn't! He says he was certified when the dinosaurs ruled the earth, and in fact, claims to have taught them how to dive. He has dove all over the world, including the kelp forest and Channel Islands of Southern California, every major island in the Hawaiian chain, in Mexico from Socorro Island to Cozumel Island, in the Caribbean including Belize, Bonaire, all three Cayman islands, Honduras, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos. He's dove in Africa, including the Red Sea, Kenya, Tanzania, Malaysia (Sipadan), Thailand, Papua New Guinea and his two favorite dive spots in the world in Western Australia (that's not where the Great Barrier reef is, it's on the other side) Ningaloo reef (with whale sharks) and Rowley Shoals, "because it's blooming out in the middle of nowhere".

 
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Reggie

Reggie comes from a family of divers, including his brother and sister who are also instructors. Reggie is one of the next generation of instructors who doesn't really understand why divers are taught to use dive tables in their classes. "We don't use slide rulers in school anymore - everyone uses computers - why should it be any different with diving?" With over a decade of diving under his weight integrated system his favorite place to dive and play is Cabo San Lucas.

 

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