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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.

The Most Incredibly Diverse Underwater Ecosystems…Landlocked? What It’s Like Scuba Diving in Aquariums

Some people are just drawn to the water, some people love it so much they keep it in their house, in this case I am talking about an aquarium, and some people learn to scuba dive.

That describes me. As a child I was infatuated with the water and had a dream to become a cetacean biologist and eventually become the director of a Sea World. I could imagine no better life than being surrounded by dolphins and whales all day. I didn’t pursue that dream, but I did become a scuba diver.

The vocation I did chose allowed me to travel all over the world and dive in wonderful locations. Even when my travels took me to landlocked destinations, I still would seek out the aquariums, like in Lisbon, Singapore and Shanghai.

Aquarium Scuba Diving

Some aquariums offer the rare opportunity to scuba dive them, either through my time as a volunteer at the Dallas Aquarium to diving the Living Seas at Epcot, Disney World.   

These locations bring you all sorts of undersea life, like the Georgia Aquarium that allows the unique opportunity to dive with Whale Sharks and now to even do it on a rebreather. In the Mandalay Bay Aquarium, you can get a taste of diving in full chain mail, and Epcot has one of the most diverse aquariums in the world.  

I no longer look into aquariums but look out the glass at those looking in. In one instance at Epcot, my dive buddy and I joined in on the father-daughter dance at a wedding reception (underwater wedding crashers) and at a separate instance, I photobombed the bridal photos. This creates memories that all involved will have forever.  

Diving inside the glass allows scuba divers to engage with the audience and perhaps tap into the future diver that is watching. Interacting with the children in whatever way possible, from peek-a-boo to blowing bubble rings for the kids lets them know the underwater world can be both safe and fun. One of the best ways towards conservation of our oceans is to remove the fear of the unknown or by letting them see you swim side by side with sand-tiger sharks.   

So, when you are traveling, whether for work or for fun, in cities which might seem far from the ocean, remember all you need is your swimsuit. Las Vegas, Orlando, and Atlanta, to name a few, can offer you a new experience in diving.   

Learn to Dive With Scuba Adventures

Are you heading to a destination with amazing scuba diving? Whether in the ocean or aquarium. Or are you just ready to take your love for the underwater world to another level? You can learn to scuba dive right here in DFW, Texas! We have a heated, indoor, 18-foot pool ideal for training year-round as well as a pavilion and training platform at the Scuba Ranch in Terrell, Texas. It’s easy to get started. Sign up for an Open Water Scuba Diving course today.

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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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