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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.

Local Scuba Diving From DFW

Local Scuba Diving From DFW

Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few options for scuba divers in the DFW area. These options can be done in a day, weekend, or you can make a mini-vacation out of it and stay however long you’d like!

The Scuba Ranch- Terrell, Texas

You can scuba dive at the Scuba Ranch just about all year long (check the Scuba Ranch website for holiday closures). Just an hour’s drive from the dive shop you’re able to scuba sunken boats, planes, and even a shark! Entry for scuba divers is $20 and $10 for observers. You’re also able to get tank fills for just $10. 

Want to make a weekend out of it? Tent camping is only $5 and RV camping is $25. 

The best part about the Scuba Ranch is you can almost always find a dive buddy. Scuba Adventures has a dedicated pavilion and dock so there is almost always staff or club members diving on the weekend.

Lake Travis- Austin, Texas

Lake Travis might not be the most glamorous diving, but sometimes you just want to dive off a boat! About 3.5 hours from the dive shop, you’re able to spend a fun weekend in quirky Austin, Texas, get a few boat dives in, practice your giant stride, and go treasure hunting!

Lake Travis is known for its pontoon boat parties. Boats plus alcohol almost always equals lost items such as phones, sunglasses, keys, and wallets. You never know what you’ll find! You can even purchase an underwater metal detector from the shop to take your treasure hunting to the next level.

In addition to various lost objects underwater, you’ll also find purposefully sunken items such as boats, cars, a washing machine, a microwave, various barrels, a satellite dome, and more. 

One of the best things about Lake Travis is you’re able to get depth, which is perfect for finishing off your Advanced Adventure course of getting your Deep Diver Specialty. The low vis also is a great test for your navigation skills.

The Meadows Center- San Marcos, Texas

Did you know the densest population of turtles in the U.S. is in Texas? That’s right! And it’s only a 3 hour 45 min drive from the dive shop.

The Meadows Center Spring Lake boasts crystal clear, 72-degree water year-round making it a perfect winter trip or winter open water check-out dive.

But there’s a catch. Because Spring Lake has eight threatened and endangered species, is a state antiquities landmark, and has ongoing biological and archaeological research projects, divers going for open water check out dives must remain in the confined dive training area and certified divers who want to explore the rest of the lake must undergo a dive authorization course for $230 that assesses your skills, buoyancy control, and situational awareness. But if you’re looking for a beautiful place to dive in Texas year-round, it’s worth it!

Valhalla Missile Silo- Abilene, Texas

Just 3.5 hours from the scuba shop is an abandoned U.S. missile silo from the cold war. It was created to house Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles aimed at the USSR. The missiles were removed and over time the silo has flooded with groundwater. Now it’s one of the most interesting dive sites in the U.S.

The Valhalla Missile Silo is over 100 ft deep with 58-68 degree water year-round. There’s no over-head environment so it is suitable for all experience levels.

Texas Flower Gardens- Galveston, Texas

Galveston isn’t known for its crystal clear waters, or beaches for that matter. So most divers don’t associate Caribbean blue waters and expansive coral reefs with Texas diving, but they’re wrong!

Just 4.5 hours from the Scuba Adventures dive shop and 70-115 miles off the Texas coast lies the northern-most Caribbean coral reef system, the Texas Flower Gardens.

You can expect to see TONS of coral (51% of the ocean floor is covered in coral), crystal clear blue waters, barracuda, chub, jack, eels, and maybe even manta rays!

Bonne Terre Mine- Bonne Terre, Missouri

No, you don’t have to go to Mexico for 100 ft visibility. Try Missouri!

9.5 hours drive from the dive shop is the world’s largest lead mine! It was all mined out and the pumps were turned off. Slowly and surely the fresh spring water reclaimed its territory and filled back up the mine. 

Now, Bonne Terre Mine is “America’s Best Underwater Attraction” as an underwater maze with large pillars, shafts, and archways. The 50 planned scuba trails are littered with mine artifacts such as shovels, drills, ladders, ore carts and more.

The U.S.S. Oriskany- Pensacola, Florida.

Seeing The Great Barrier Reef is on just about every scuba diver’s bucket list. But what about The Great Carrier Reef? The largest wreck dive in the world?

A 10.5 hour drive from the dive shop to the Florida panhandle lies 911 ft long aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Oriskany. It was sunk as an artificial reef on May 17th, 2006. Since then, it has grown a variety of coral and attracted pelagic fish, angelfish, snapper, grouper, amberjack, manta rays and even whale sharks! 

The bottom of the carrier rests 212 ft deep in the sand and the shallowest point of the wreck is 84 ft. Due to the depth and strong currents, this dive requires advanced training.

Blue Hole- Santa Rosa, New Mexico

And just when you thought this list couldn’t get any better, we’ve added ANOTHER dive site with 100 ft visibility driving distance from the dive shop (8 hours drive)! 

The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico is a geological phenomenon called the Santa Rosa sink. This sinkhole’s water completely renews every 6 hours which gives it it’s incredible 100 ft visibility and constant 62-degree temperature.

It’s 4,600 ft above sea level, so it’s considered an altitude dive. Be sure to keep that in mind when making your dive plan. In addition to that, on your drive back, your altitude will reach 7,000-8,000 ft so be sure you’ve had a proper surface interval.

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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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