The waters in and around Clearwater, Florida, are rich and teeming with marine life. It's no wonder that the city is one of the most important SCUBA diving centers in the state. Thousands of different tropical fish species, angelfish, flounder, sting rays, barracudas, sea turtles, manatees, and even sharks have all been spotted in the waters off the Clearwater coast. There are dozens of dive shops and private companies that offer diving certification for new divers in Clearwater. Be sure to check availability, pricing options and weather conditions before booking your first SCUBA certification course.
This SCUBA diving center has three locations in Tampa, Dunedin and Clearwater. Mac's Sports features an in-store year round heated pool used for training and introductory SCUBA lessons and is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mac's entry level SCUBA certification courses are designed to give you the basic skills you'll need to become a responsible and competent diver. The course combines academic sessions, pool sessions and open-water fun dives where you can test out your newly acquired SCUBA skills. Both individual and group courses are available starting at $199 for the basic introductory level class.
2126 Drew St.
Clearwater, FL 33765
Mike's Private SCUBA Lessons
Certified dive instructor Mike Miller allows for tremendous flexibility for those learning to SCUBA dive by catering to students' schedules. Mike teaches private lessons for groups and individuals who want to get PADI certified during their stay in Clearwater and the greater Tampa Bay area. Adults and children ages 10 and up are invited to discover the joy of SCUBA diving and learn how to do it safely. Mike SCUBA instruction also includes Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Nitrox/Enriched Air Diver and Dive Master. Introductory courses start at $495.
Mike's Private Scuba Lessons
P.O. Box 757
Ozona , Florida 34660
Diving Clearwater selects dive sites that are not regulated by weather, which means you'll never have a dive or lessons cancelled due to poor conditions. These sights also feature average visibility of 200 feet and diverse marine life. All of Diving Clearwater's guides are fully certified and have over 10 years of experience. PADI Open Water certification classes are generally small and cater to individuals' needs. Diving Clearwater also offers guided snorkeling and swimming with manatee sessions.
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