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2301 Central Expy #140

Plano, TX 75075

(972) 423-3483​

info@scubaplano.com

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

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

Scuba Adventures Frequently Asked Questions

Open Water Course FAQs

Call the shop, check out our website, shoot us an email – we are very flexible on helping you get started because as excited as you are to get started we are just as excited to share the underwater world with you.

Absolutely – we run “Try Scuba”’s every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, but if those days don’t work for you call us and we can work something out.

You will need what we call personal gear – we call it this because this gear has the most personal fit to you, those are mask and fins.

You will also need boots and a snorkel, but the mask and fins need to fit you personally. This gear is so important we spend as much time as it takes to get you the best fit. A bad mask fit or bad fin fit will ruin your dive. If there is a problem in our on-site pool, we can trade out the gear and get you in what is best for you.

Gear cost is somewhat flexible but you can be as little as $180 all the way up to $505. Again the most important item is fit and comfort; we would rather sell you an inexpensive mask that fits perfectly than the most expensive mask that does not fit. We want to make you scuba fanatics and the way to do that is to make you comfortable in the water.

It costs $475 to become an Open Water Scuba Diver. This includes:

  • An experienced SDI Instructor.
  • A BCD, regulator, wetsuit, tanks and weights to use throughout the course.
  • A FREE Nitrox course.
  • Online study materials
  • A weekend training in the pool
  • A weekend training at the Scuba Ranch

In warmer months, we generally run open water classes every weekend. You can see our course schedule here.

Yes! We’re proud to have the deepest pool in the DFW area (18 feet!). And even better, it’s heated! Our pool is perfect for year-round training.

We generally run our final course weekend at the Scuba Ranch in Terrell, Texas. We have our own dedicated pavilion, dock and underwater platform perfect for skills. During your dives you’ll find a “shark,” sunken planes and sunken boats.

Want to get certified in winter? Ask our staff about getting certified at Spring Lake at The Meadows Center in San Marcos, Texas, where the water is 72 degrees year-round!

Students between the ages of 10 through 14 may obtain an SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Certification as long as they train and dive under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or active dive professional.

And 15-17-year-olds may get scuba certified with parental consent.

Yes! We love working with boy and girl scouts!

There are four merit badges we can help scouts earn including scuba diving, swimming, first aid, and lifesaving.

You can schedule a time for your entire troop to get certified or your child can register for any of our open water courses.

We also offer the opportunity to fundraise for your troop through Discover Scuba classes.

Learn more about our Boy/Girl Scout programs.

Certified Diver FAQs

The options are endless! Once you’re certified, you’re able to scuba dive anywhere in the world up to 60 feet with a buddy.

The best advice we can give new divers is to dive, dive, dive! The more you dive, the more comfortable and confident you’ll be.

Here are a few popular things to do once you’re certified:

  • Go on a dive trip! Whether it’s Lake Travis, Florida, or international, many divers are itching to get some different dive experiences under their belt once they’re certified.
  • Get some extra practice in at the lake. We run courses almost every weekend and there are often certified divers hanging out at the Scuba Adventures pavilion and going on “fun dives.”
  • Sign up for the Advanced Buoyancy course. This is many divers’ favorite course. It’s especially helpful for new divers who are looking to master their buoyancy skills. The nice thing about this course is it’s run in our 18-foot pool at the shop so it’s easy to do one weeknight.
  • Sign up for an Advanced Adventure course. The great thing about this course is that you get a taste of 5 different specialties and you’re certified to dive up to 100 ft instead of 60 ft.

After mask, fins, snorkel and boots, the debate is on as to what should be your next purchase.  Most agencies these days really encourage the use of a dive computer, and we would encourage you to look at that as your next purchase, that way when you go diving you are familiar with your computer and how it operates.  You will know where it has been and that no one was diving on it the day before that may cut your diving short.  

Other items to consider are regulators as that is the key life support equipment and making sure you know how that is cared for is also important.  If you are still just wanting to minimize costs while still renting the regulator BC and computer, then think about a wetsuit that suits your diving.

If you’ve just finished your open water course and plan to do any freshwater diving, we highly recommend Underwater Navigation. This will help you navigate the Texas lakes and limited visibility where natural contours are not as visible as they are in the ocean.

If you are looking to mainly do dives in the ocean, then a deep specialty where you can achieve some depth but in the care of an instructor is where you should focus.

Of course one of our most popular is advanced buoyancy since it is the only specialty that you can get with pool dives only and the material you learn here will translate to all your dives.

One of our favorite things about Scuba Adventures is our dive community. Whether it’s to Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, the Florida panhandle, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, or Bonaire. We’re always planning our next dive trip. See what trips we have coming up.

Scuba Adventures Services FAQs

Scuba Adventures provides service and repair, inside our own shop, for products in our ScubaPro, TUSA, Halcyon and Catalina Cylinders lines.

In addition, our technicians have taken dive manufacturer’s approved courses for most of the major brands of dive gear on the market.

Including:

  • Mares
  • Oceanic
  • Atomic
  • Sherwood
  • Aqualung
  • Apeks
  • Cressi
  • Edge & Hog
  • Poseidon Diving Systems
  • US Divers
  • Zeagle

 

Our tech team stores a large amount of parts year-round. If the needed parts are in stock, we can turn your gear in 1 week. Allow 2 weeks if parts needed must be ordered.

Rest assured, your dive equipment is in good hands with the Scuba Adventures service team.

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

John Worthen July - 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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