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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.

Explore The Beautiful Lake Ouachita in Arkansas

Looking to explore one of the world’s cleanest lakes this summer? What better way to do so then by starting under water!

Lake Ouachita lies just outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas and is one of the most stunning lakes both above and below the surface.

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About Lake Ouachita

Lake Ouachita is the largest lake in Arkansas and offers 40,000 acres of clear, clean water. It is surrounded by the beautiful Ouachita National Forest that offers 93 campsites close to the water. These campsites are perfect for a quick, inexpensive getaway with the whole family!

The lake averages to be 50 feet deep with the deepest area being around 200 feet deep. Lake Ouachita was not cleared out before it was filled, meaning there is still a forest of trees lurking beneath the surface. The clear water and village of trees underneath make for incredible scenery when scuba diving.

While diving, you can also look out for fish like bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass, and largemouth bass. The lake also includes rare creatures like the freshwater jellyfish due to the high-quality, cleanliness of the water.

You won’t have to worry about the temperature of the water because it stays around the same year-round due to the shallow depth of the lake. The average spring and fall temperature (in Fahrenheit) are in the mid 70’s and in the summer, temperatures can reach the low 90’s.

Scuba Diving Lake Ouachita with Scuba Adventures

You may be asking, how can I explore the gorgeous water of Lake Ouachita? The answer is simple: take a Deep Diver or Advanced Adventure course at Scuba Adventures.

Each of these courses offer a variety of learning experiences that will allow you to safely explore the depths of Lake Ouachita. These courses differ depending on what you want to learn. Listed below are the requirements, what to expect, and what will be learned in each course.

Advanced Adventure Diver Course at Lake Ouachita

The Advanced Adventure course is made for those looking to dip their toes into other SDI specialties after completing their basic Open Water Scuba Diver course. There are two specialties that divers must take during this course: Deep Diver and Navigation Diver.

Besides those two specialties, divers can choose three different specialties (for a total of five) to try out, which include:

  • Advanced Buoyancy Control
  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Computer Nitrox Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Marine Ecosystem Awareness
  • Many more!

To enroll in this course, divers must be an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent. However, there are some limitations for Junior divers (ages 10-15) on what specialties they can participate in.

Deep Diver Course at Lake Ouachita

This specialty course is for anyone looking to explore a little more, go a little deeper, and learn the risks and benefits of deep diving. Upon completion, you will be able to see all of Lake Ouachita’s creatures (like the rare freshwater jellyfish) that don’t typically travel to the shallows.

Before taking this course, you must be an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent. You also need to be at least 18 years old or 10 years old with a parent’s consent.

Divers will be able to travel beyond the beginner 18 metres/60 feet to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet by the end of the course. 

Related: View our other scuba diving courses 

Join Scuba Adventures at Lake Ouachita

 If you are interested in diving at Lake Ouachita, contact us using the link below or over the phone at 972-423-3483 so we can look into scheduling a dive trip with instructors for you and your buddies!

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Customer Reviews

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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.