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2301 Central Expy #140

Plano, TX 75075

(972) 423-3483​


Mon-Fri: 11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Why Dallas is One of The Most Popular Places to Get Scuba Certified

When you think of scuba diving, your mind might immediately wander to tropical destinations like Hawaii or the Caribbean. However, you might be surprised to learn that Dallas, Texas, is actually one of the most popular places in the United States to get scuba certified.

Scuba Adventures Plano has won “Top Dive Shop” two years in a row, an award given to SDI dive shops that complete the most certifications that year. This is a surprising feat to outsiders who don’t understand why so many people are getting scuba certified in Dallas.

Dallas has become a hub for scuba enthusiasts from all over. In this blog post, we will explore why Dallas is such a great place to get certified and what makes it stand out among other diving destinations.

Access To Dive Sites

One of the main reasons why Dallas is a popular spot for scuba certification is its proximity to some fantastic dive sites. While Dallas may not have any oceans, it does have plenty of lakes and quarries that are perfect for training dives. These freshwater sites are ideal for beginner divers to practice their skills.

Furthermore, getting scuba certified in Dallas offers an alternative to traveling abroad for certification courses. Many people will want to go scuba diving on their tropical vacation and choose to get certified while they are there. Unfortunately, this takes a lot of time out of your vacation and you are doing mostly training dives instead of having fun and exploring.

Getting scuba certified before you go on vacation means you can take your time with training, receive high-quality, reliable instruction from certified professionals and gain more leisure time on your trip.

Additionally, some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean are only a few hours flight away from Dallas and are already popular vacation destinations for DFW residents. Scuba Adventures also organizes regular trips to coastal locations like the Gulf of Mexico, allowing newly certified divers to experience open water diving without having to travel far.

Training Facilities

Another factor that sets Dallas apart as a scuba certification destination is the abundance of top-notch training facilities in the area. Whether you are looking to complete your Open Water Diver certification or advance your skills with specialty courses like advanced buoyancy or night diving, there are facilities that cater to your needs.

Scuba Adventures has an 18-foot-deep heated pool in Plano that we use for discover scubas, open water courses and some specialties. It’s the deepest pool in the metroplex and is an exceptional place to train.

We also have a dedicated pavilion at The Scuba Ranch in Terrell, Texas.  The Scuba Ranch is less than an hour from the dive shop and is the perfect place to get your certifications in Dallas. We run open water courses, advanced, rescue and other specialties at The Scuba Ranch.

The Community

In addition to its convenient location and excellent training facilities, Dallas also boasts a vibrant scuba diving community that welcomes divers of all levels. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a complete novice, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow divers through local dive clubs, events, and social gatherings. This sense of camaraderie and support can make the learning process more enjoyable and help foster lifelong friendships with like-minded individuals who share your passion for underwater exploration.

Are You Looking to Get Scuba Certified in Dallas?

Dallas has emerged as a surprisingly popular destination for scuba certifications thanks to its proximity to diverse dive sites, excellent training facilities, and thriving diving community.

Whether you are just starting or looking to advance your skills as a diver, Scuba Adventures offers everything you need to kickstart your underwater adventure. So why wait? Take the plunge and join the ranks of certified divers in one of the most unexpected but rewarding places in the U.S.!

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Customer Reviews

Scuba Adventures

Customer Reviews

John Worthen July - 2020

I can’t recommend this place enough. After moving to the area, I read a lot of reviews and emailed several dive shops before going with Scuba Adventures. I choose them because they were the most responsive and helpful. The owners seem to not only be great divers but have business backgrounds. This is the most focus on customer service I have seen in a dive shop. Good inventory with all of the brands I could ask for. On point with their pricing. If you do find a better price they will work with you.

I ended up taking the Rescue Diver course and had a blast! I just got back from a dive trip with them at Lake Travis, very enjoyable. They also have one of the only indoor pools (18 ft.) in the area.

At Scuba ranch they have a big spot that is one of the easiest to get to and a nice pavilion for training. They are right next to the air refill station, which I love! Family and friends are welcome at the ranch. Good community there on weekends and you'll most likely find a dive buddy for a fun dive.

Maddie Womack August - 2020

Scuba Adventures and their staff are beyond amazing! Their Plano store has a very wide selection of equipment and the pool is 18ft deep! Their Scuba Ranch location is amazing and still growing, with plenty of room and seating. I’m a fairly new diver and all the instructors do an amazing job of making me feel safe and secure deep underwater. Their staff is always very helpful and I can’t wait to continue my diving knowledge and certificates with them.

Jason Domenden March - 2020

Found a great diving shop for all my gear. Been living here in texas for awhile and this shop has just what I needed. Really recommend scuba adventure for all your gear.

Emily Winnenberg March - 2020

Went in last week to pick out goggles for an upcoming trip— loved the selection of masks they had available! Ended up picking out a hot pink pair to shamelessly match the other accessories I’d picked out.

Matt K March - 2020

The new owners are the greatest! Their positive approach towards people and the sport of diving are huge part of the reason I love the sport. When they told me they were going to open a dive shop; I knew without a doubt I was going to be their customer. I have taken several dive adventures with them and other scuba diving misfits, and plan on taking many more.

Martin Garvie February - 2020

Decided to revisit this shop since it is under new management. Already impressed with the facility improvements - by far the best training pool I have seen. Looking forward to the roll out of the full training curriculum - will be able to go from open water certified through all kinds of technical specialties. Good dive gear selection. Owners really have a great vision for promoting scuba diving and ocean adventures.

Don Champlin July - 2020

This is the shop with the most experienced and competent personnel in the metroplex. Their commitment to safe, enjoyable and professional instruction is obvious from the first time you enter the store and meet the staff and owners. I have dove with most of them over the years and know first hand the love of diving they have and now share with the community as the new team. They are knowledgeable and up to date with the latest dive info. Don't miss a chance to dive with them.

Julie L February - 2020

In January 2020, Scuba Adventures was purchased by divers that were affiliated with a different scuba store. These same divers taught me to dive, and got me to fall in love with scuba diving (despite me being pretty scared to start). I trust them, enough that I opted to take a trip with them to Cozumel for diving in 2019. It was one of the best trips of my life, and now I'm already signed up for their Costa Rica dive trip in 2020 with Scuba Adventures. I haven't visited the shop yet, but I can 100% vouch for the new owners--they are knowledgeable divers, good people, and all around amazing.

Jeremiah Perez May - 2020

Owners and staff are professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Allowed me to try backplate and wing set up in the pool. They did not pressure me to buy anything, but gave great information on products and financing options. All in all great staff and would recommend them to anyone!!!

Eric Coulombe August - 2020

Great customer service, from the owners to the employees. Very knowledgeable about everything and anything pertaining to scuba diving. The instructors are highly educated and experienced in scuba diving. They put you through real life scenarios, so you know and understand what to do in the event something happens while you are under water. My family and I learned a lot about scuba diving in a very short amount of time. We will definitely keep taking additional courses with Scuba Adventures as we progress. We definitely reccomend Scuba Adventures to anyone wanting to learn and get scuba diving certified.
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