Tampa Scuba Diving Classes
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Adventure Outfitters Dive Center is a 5-Star-rated PADI Dive Center and an SDI/TDI/ERDI/PFI and IANTD Facility and family-run, Veteran-owned, business that prides itself on quality private and/or small-class sizes with personalized instruction. Our instructors are PADI, SDI/TDI and/or IANTD scuba diver trainers. By having multiple certifying agencies, leading in safe practices and standards in diving worldwide, we can customize your experience even further. We make sure that each diver receives personalized attention, high-quality rental gear, explores unique dive sites, and has the best experience possible. We devote as much time as it takes to ensure that you not only master each skill, but become a confident, informed diver, ready for today’s high-tech dive scene.
To give you the best education, Adventure Outfitters supports several certifying agencies.
- SDI / TDI / ERDI / PFI / AAUS
International Training is a collection of certifying agencies concentrating on different arms of the dive industry. Starting off as technical divers, International Training was the first agency to introduce online learning or eLearning, making it more accessible to divers. International Training focuses on technical diving or diving that exceeds recreational dive limit; sport diving with a solid foundation and skills to make safe divers, while also introducing fun new concepts to new divers; and professional diving including instructors, divemasters, public safety and first response teams as well as commercial agencies and organizations. Learn more here
PADI is the world’s premier certifying agency and is a leader on safe practices and standards worldwide. No matter where you travel, PADI certifications are accepted worldwide and PADI’s education materials and performance-based education is a leading and proven teaching method across different cultures, languages and physical abilities. Learn more here
One of the first technical agencies, IANTD was started in 1985 in support of the dive community where mixed gas diving and the use of decompression gases were limited. Led by Tom Mount, IANTD is now one of the leading technical training organizations in the world and is used by military and commercial divers worldwide. Learn more here
- Performance Freediving International – PFI
As a cutting-edge sport, Freediving has just recently started to become recreationally popular. PFI was the first agency in North America to offer a complete course that not only included ways to improve in depth and time but most importantly, the course taught the safety characteristics of the sport. According to the PFI website, the PFI system is used by exclusively by Red Bull and Special Operations forces including the US Naval Special Warfare Group and US Special Forces as well scientific and educational institutions such as American Academy of Underwater Sciences. Learn more here
What you will need for your course
Due to safety, fit and comfort, every diver is required to have their own personal gear. Before you start your class, we will walk you through the different types of diving, appropriate gear and what is suitable. You will have the opportunity to try on different types of equipment to ensure a proper fit and safety. Our gear is competitively priced and hand-selected by our instructors and service technicians to get you the best equipment for the best price. For your course, you will need to have a well-fitting scuba mask, snorkel, pair of boots and fins, mask and defog to complete the course. If your gear is ill-fitting or poses a safety concern/hazard, Adventure Outfitters will assist you with finding more-suitable gear for your course.
What to bring during your Confined and Open Water Sessions
Please bring your personal gear, swim suit, towel, snack/sack lunch, water and sunscreen. We will also need all of your course paperwork and if you completed online training, please print off your certificate of completion and bring that with you.
Entry fees range from $20 to $50 and boat charter fees range from $100 to $175. These are fees that are charged by the operator of the dive site and/or vessel. The dive sites that are chosen for your course, are based on availability, comfort, visibility and weather conditions.
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