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Adventure Outfitters offers several scuba diving and freediving classes for experienced and inexperienced divers! See our upcoming classes here or if you don’t see one, let us know! We work around your schedule.


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Discover Scuba

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? Maybe wanted to try out and see what scuba gear would be like?

If so, Discover Scuba is the class for you. In this class, you get to try out a full set of scuba equipment and learn some of the basic principles and skills of scuba diving. This is a quick and easy introduction to the world of scuba, all under the close supervision of PADI certified professionals. When it’s done, you will learn to breathe underwater comfortably with a regulator, monitor your air and depth through standard gauges, and to control your buoyancy with a buoyancy compensator.

While not an actual certification, Discover Scuba is an excellent introduction. Plus, if you want to take the next step and get certified, all the skills you will learn will carryover in the Open Water Certification. All the equipment will be provided and anyone 10 years or older can participate.

For more information on Discover Scuba, click here.


Scuba Review


Has it been a year or more since your last dive? Did you get certified awhile back and your skills may be a bit rusty?

This class will leave you confident of your diving abilities with a quick, fun, and easy review class. This will take the “guess work” out of trying to remember everything again, and make you look like a pro on your next dive. Scuba Review is a refresher class that quickly and comprehensively reviews all the necessary skills and knowledge from the Open Water course. In less than a day we will get you back out into the water and ready for your next dive. We can tailor the class to your individual needs, but we generally review:

  • General safe diving practices and habits
  • Dive planning fundamentals, including use of tables and/or dive computers
  • Equipment use and maintenance
  • Problem management

So bring your scuba gear (or you can rent some from us) and get back into the water. This class is available to all who have an Open Water or equivalent certification.

Your Open Water certification is your first giant stride into the underwater world. This class allows you to dive worldwide and is the world’s most popular diving course. In this class you will learn all of the basic skills and become knowledgeable of all the standard scuba equipment, preparing you to be able to dive in locations all over the world.

The class consists of Knowledge Development classroom sessions to learn the basics (which can be completed online anytime), pool or confined water sessions to develop the basic skills, and at least 4 dives in local dive sites to hone your new skills. If you have taken Discover Scuba Diving or a resort diving class, you may receive credit toward your Open Water Certification.

Anyone 10 years or older can enroll and after completing this class will become an officially certified scuba diving, ready to dive worldwide.

Each class is divided into three parts:

Independent Study

You may either purchase the individual study materials and read them on your own and attend a three to four hour-long class prior to the confined water portion of the certification; or you may purchase the online e-learning independent study class from PADI. Both classes have the same materials and requirements. Your selection depends upon your schedule and learning styles.

Confined Water

You will learn, practice and master all required dive skills in a pool before going into open water. Depending on class size, this class can run from half a day to a full day.

Open Water Dives

Once you have mastered your skills in the pool, we will practice all of the skills in a local environment. This also includes fun diving tours. Your Open water dives can run over two and a half days, depending on weather conditions and season. Adventure Outfitters usually begins Open Water with two dives at the Springs, Denton Lake (Avon Park) or Venice, Florida shore diving. The last two will be accomplished in the Gulf off of Clearwater on a boat. (We highly recommend that you get certified with at least two of your dives in the ocean – since that is where you will more than likely be diving. Many dive shops will have all dives in the Springs in an extremely, calm controlled environment. We believe this form of learning doesn’t teach you how to deal with a “normal” dive environment.

You should expect your dive certification after your independent studying, to take three days over two weekends. We will allow extra time to go over particular skills, if needed. For more information on the open water certification click here.

Adventure Diver


Looking to expand your diving experience and try your hand at a few types of diving and different gear? The PADI Adventure diver course is all about sampling some of the many different types of diving and diving opportunities available. The certification consists of three types of different dives of your choice from the following:

For divers 10 years and older:

  • Altitude Diver
  • AWARE-Fish Identification
  • Boat Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator

Additional Adventure Dives available for divers 12 and older

  • Deep Diver
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Drift Diver
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Search and Recovery Diver
  • Underwater Videography
  • Wreck Diver

For more information on specialty dive courses, click here.

Enriched air (Nitrox)

PADI Enriched Diver Course (Nitrox) is the most popular specialty course. This course enables you to use a gas mixture with a higher oxygen content – typically 32 percent to 36 percent. Enriched air gives you a longer no decompression time giving you a longer bottom time. You will learn about managing oxygen exposure, equipment consideration and how to get more dive time including using enriched air, setting your dive computer and analyzing the oxygen content of the air in you tank. Some believe that you are even less tired when you use enriched air, especially when having repetitive dives on vacation. Please join us to find out why this specialty course is the most popular!

For more information on the enriched air certification click here.


Rescue Diver

In this exciting course, you will learn to prevent certain diving-related problems and how to manage them should they occur. You will learn about a few of the specific concerns affecting divers, and the best way to provide aid in and out of the water in an emergency. This course is both challenging and demanding, but is ultimately very rewarding. The course covers:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

You must be at least 12 years old and a certified Adventure Diver (or equivalent) and have a current CPR certification which can be gained through the Adventure Outfitters EFR class.

For more information about being a certified Rescue Diver, click here.

Rescue Class | May | 2014

Emergency First Response Provider

Not usually foreseen, medical emergencies can happen not only in the diving world but anywhere. Be prepared and confident for any emergency situation, should one arise. In this class you will learn:

  • CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • First Aid for adults, children, and infants
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
  • Providing Emergency Oxygen

Although not a scuba course, this class is important information for all, and is a required prerequisite for the Rescue Diver course. Anyone over the age of 10 may enroll. Group class rates available.

For more information on Emergency First Response, click here.


Advanced Open Water Certification

So you’ve got your Open Water certification and want to take your certification to the next level? The PADI Advanced Open water certification is the class for you! In this course you will build on the skills you learned in the Open Water class allowing you to branch out and try a few new aspects of diving, while honing your skills and getting a few more dives under your belt under the supervision of an Instructor.

The core of this class includes 5 adventure dives. You will complete an Underwater Navigation dive where you will better learn the principles of underwater navigation and how to effectively use an underwater compass to find your way around. You will also do a deep water dive to 60 to 100 feet and learn the important considerations of deep dives including the practical aspects and physiological concerns of deep diving. The last three Adventure dives are up to your choosing, currently we offer:

Boat Diver | Digital Underwater Photography | Dry Suit Diver | Peak Performance Buoyancy | Multilevel Diver | Night Diver | Search and Recovery Diver | Wreck Diver

Each of these Adventure dives will give you credit toward the specific certification in each of these specialties. You will need the Open Water certification and at least the basic scuba gear and an underwater compass for the navigation dive. Depending on which adventure dives you choose, you will the specific gear for that type of dive, such as a flashlight for the night dive, or dry-suit for the dry-suit dive.

Overall this is a must-have certification for those wishing to further develop their scuba diving skills and will provide you with a wider array of diving experience.

More more information on Advanced Open Water Certification, click here. For more information on Tampa scuba diving, click here.


Do you see yourself motivating and leading others while diving? Would you like to expand your dive knowledge? Do you want to pursue a dive career? Then the Divemaster course is the course for you. This is the first professional level within the PADI system and it allows you to work as a training assistant, supervise certified divers and conduct some programs independently. You will learn dive leadership skills that will carry you far into your diving career. In this exciting, well-rounded course you will complete water skills, stamina exercises, learn dive theory, complete practical training exercises and an internship. There are some prerequisites for this course. You will use the skills and knowledge you mastered in this course to lead, mentor and motivate other divers.

As a Divemaster you will be able to teach certain classes such as Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Review, and Underwater Photographer dive specialty to name a few. To become a Divemaster, you need to be at least 18 years old, an Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and have an Emergency First Response Certificate and have at least forty dives to begin the course and sixty for certifications, along with a Medical Statement signed by a physician. Please check out or contact us for more information.
For more information about becoming a Divemaster, click here.

Freediving Class

This program teaches fundamental Freediving techniques for comfortable enjoyment in the aquatic world to depths of up to 20m / 66ft. You will also practice Static Apnea to help develop your breath-holding abilities and in-water comfort.

Freediver covers the following:

  • Safety and buddy procedures
  • Equipment for snorkeling and freediving
  • Proper breathing for freediving
  • Techniques for snorkeling and freediving
  • Confined water & open water skill development
  • Format / Duration

The Freediver course is held over 2 to 2 1/2 days. The course includes: 2 classroom sessions, 2 pool sessions, 2 open water sessions. Prerequisites:

  • Swimming or snorkeling experience
  • Good health and fitness
  • 12 years of age with guardian permission


$395.00 US and includes the following:

  • Personalized instruction from highly trained and accomplished PFI Instructors
  • 1 instructor/assistant : 5 student divers ratio
  • Freediver student manual & workbook
  • Pool and classroom sessions
  • Open water instruction
  • Boat fees may be an additional charge where applicable
  • Abyss Freediving T-Shirt
  • Certification card
  • Registration and Payment Details

To secure your spot in a course, we need to receive both your registration and a 50% deposit or full payment. Any outstanding course balance is due by the start of the course.

Is this course for you?

You’re new to Freediving or typically dive in the shallows. You want to increase your breath-hold and your ability to dive deeper and stay longer. You aren’t familiar with Freediving safety.

Gear recommendation for this course include low volume mask, J snorkel, longblade fins, weight belt, timing device and preferably a 3mm or thicker wetsuit with hood. These items can be pur3LEON BLU PHOTO SHOOT-2 (2) (Mobile)chased at one of our local affiliated dive shops.

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Wreck Diving

In this course you will be able to explore sunken vessels, aircraft, and other amazing wrecks in the underwater world.

Your Wreck Diver (External Survey) instructor will teach you about safety, hazards and cautions, special risks of overhead environments, entanglement, limited visibility, deep diving, equipment, location of wrecks, sources of information, search methods, underwater navigation, legal aspects, artifacts, treasure, salvage, archaeology, and much more. Get ready to start exploring!

You must be 18 years old to take this course.

For more information, contact or call us at 813-832-6669.



Can you see the light? If you dive within the light zone of a cave–the area near the cave entrance where natural light is always visible–you’re in the cavern zone.

In this Adventure Outfitter’s course you will learn:

  • Cavern navigation and line protocols
  • Planning, organization, techniques, problems and hazards of cavern diving
  • Special equipment use, such as lights, guidelines, reels and redundant breathing systems
  • Air sharing, disorientation, silting, line problems and other emergency procedures specific to cavern diving
  • Silt prevention, buoyancy control, air management and emergency procedures
  • Depth and distant limits for cavern diving

For more information, contact us at or call us at 813-832-6669.

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Technical Diving

PADI Tec Deep Diver

Our Tec Deep Diver training program and technical diver equipment and air fill support. We have recently completed the installation of our new air compressor and modified our fill station to support trimix fills. This is on top of our already extensive enriched air and pure oxygen fills. We continue to supply outstanding, O2 clean air.

TEC 40

Tec 40 is a fantastic transition course from PADI recreational scuba diving to technical diving. TEC 40 qualifies you to make limited decompression dives to 40 meters/130 feet. During this course you gain experience and build the knowledge and skills required to continue tec diver training. To begin this course you must be:

  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • A PADI Enriched Air Diver with at least 10 dives using enriched air deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
  • A PADI Deep Diver
  • At least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives
  • Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

This course will take place in three sessions, each one consisting of self-paced study, classroom instruction, and a series of dives. We’ll try to complete the last dive of the course on one of the deep wrecks on the east coast. The cost for TEC 40 includes all study materials and air fills; dive sites entry fees, boat fees, and enriched air fills or oxygen fills are not included. Since this is a transition course, you can begin diving with an appropriate recreational BCD and suitable recreational dive computer; adding technical equipment as needed.

TEC 45

Tec 45 takes your technical diving training to the next level qualifying you to dive to a depth of 45 meters/145 feet and learning to plan and conduct repetitive decompression dives using a single stage/decompression cylinder. In TEC 45 you will dive in your complete technical rig and learn to make accelerated decompression dives using enriched air or pure oxygen. This is a challenging course that requires a commitment from you to become a full technical diver. To enroll in the TEC 45 course, you must:

  • Be a PADI TEC 40 diver
  • Be a PADI Rescue Diver
  • Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, with at least 12 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 10 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

This course will also take place in three sessions, each consisting of self-paced study, classroom instruction, and a series of dives. We will complete the last dive of the course on one of the deep wrecks on the east coast. The cost for TEC 45 includes all study materials and air fills; dive sites entry fees, boat fees, and enriched air fills or oxygen fills are not included.

TEC 50

Tec 50 is the third course in the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program. Successfully completing this course will demonstrate you have the skills and competency as a tec diver to dive to a maximum of 50 meters/165 feet. You will learn to make extended, accelerated decompression stops using up to two gases. This is an extremely challenging yet rewarding course that opens your world to deeper diving and areas of the ocean limited to an extremely small, elite group of divers. To enroll in the TEC 50 course, you must:

  • Be a PADI TEC 45 diver
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, with at least 20 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

This course will also take place in three sessions, each consisting of self-paced study, classroom instruction, and a series of dives. We will complete the last dive of the course on one of the deep wrecks on the east coast. The cost for TEC 50 includes all study materials and air fills; dive sites entry fees, boat fees, and enriched air fills or oxygen fills are not included.


Cancellation and Deposit Policy

We understand that your family and your health come first. If you must cancel your course, please call Adventure Outfitters at 813-832-6669 or email us at info@adventuretampa to reschedule as soon as possible. We are dedicated to serving our students and this gives you the best chance possible to secure the right timeframe for you.

Group and Semi-Private Lessons: To protect students and instructors alike, Adventure Outfitters enforces a the right to charge full price unless the student cancels at least 24 hours prior to a course. Student will receive a 50% refund if canceling at least 72 hours in advance.

Private Lessons: a student must cancel at least 72 hours prior to the course to receive a partial refund.

Deposits: We know that issues come up and we will try to work with you as best as we can. However, since we have such small classes, we have to adhere to our schedule as best as we can to make it fair to our instructors and other students. Check to see if your credit card has trip insurance or look into trip insurance if you are traveling here. 

To ensure your specific course dates and/or to cover the study material costs the following non-refundable deposits are required. For any private course 1,2 or 3 students – $250  deposit; for a group course 4-6 students – $200 deposit; or for a Referral student(s) – $100 deposit. If you have to reschedule any course dates, there is a $50 rescheduling fee. All remaining costs (any rental, entry and outstanding course fees) will be paid prior to any pool or open water session. 

*Refunds do not include 3% Credit Card fees

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