Scuba Diving Classes near Portland, Oregon

Scuba Diving Classes near Portland, Oregon
Many people think of tropical locations like Cozumel or Fiji when they think of scuba diving. This does not mean that residents of Portland lack options for taking scuba classes. Whether you're looking for a beginners certification, specialty classes or an advanced certification, dive centers around Portland will be able to provide you with training that is recognized worldwide.

Seven Seas Scuba Dive Centre: Open Water Course

Just north of Portland, Seven Seas Scuba Dive Centre offers the PADI Open Water class. This is the first certification offered by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. After completion of this class, you will receive a certification recognized around the world. You will be able to join dive trips, obtain air fills and begin exploring the underwater world. In the class you will learn to assemble your dive gear, plan dives, and read a diving table. This class will also qualify you to take advanced classes and specialty classes, many of which are offered by Seven Seas.

Seven Seas Scuba Dive Centre
3200 SE 164th Ave, Ste 216
Vancouver, WA 98683
(800) 880-1855

Aquatic Sports: Specialty Courses

Once they've completed the Open Water level certification, many divers are eager to learn more specialized skills. Aquatic Sports, affiliated with Scuba Schools International, offers beginning and specialty classes. Popular choices include Deep Diving and Wreck Diving. During the Deep Diving class, divers learn techniques and additional safety procedures for diving to depths from 60 to 130 feet. In the Wreck Diving class, divers learn the skills needed to safely explore shipwrecks.

Aquatic Sports
10803 SW Barbur Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
(530) 245-4991

Pacific Watersports: Advanced Open Water Course

The PADI Advanced Open Water class offered by Pacific Watersports in Aloha, Oregon, gives Open Water certified divers the experience and skills to attempted more advanced diving. The class includes five specialty dives which include Deep Diver and Underwater Navigator. Additional specialty dives are determined by instructor and student and may include Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist, Search and Recovery Diver and others.

Pacific Watersports, Inc.
17128 SW Shaw St.
Aloha, OR 97007
(503) 642-3483

Article Written By Diane Hansen

Diane Hansen has a thirst for adventure and loves to share the world through the written word. Currently, she is the feature editor for "TRAVELHOST" magazine and is working on her first novel. She graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in 2002 with a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She has been writing freelance since 1996.

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