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10 Best Dive Shops Near Me
Picking the right dive shop can be tough, especially if you are a first-time diver. In this blog post, I will share my top 10 dive shops in the area based on decades of experience in the diving community.
Have you ever wondered what goes into picking the perfect dive shop? It is actually quite simple - it all comes down to four things:
- Certification Agency
- Personal Touch
Certification Agency is important because you want to go to a PADI 5-star dive centre. There are more than 160 diving certification agencies. Some are only a couple of shops and are barely recognized by other shops. PADI Divers hold the world's most highly recognized and highly sought-after scuba diving certification. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be accepted or welcomed. Always choose a dive centre that runs the full range of PADI dive courses.
Dive store location is important because you want to be able to get there with minimal hassle. Take into account such factors as parking and public transport. It is also important to determine if the dive shop is close to the diving sites that you want to dive in. If you are looking for an area from where to base your diving, then ensure that the location offers a wide range of sites and types of diving. Does it offer shore dives, boat dives or both? As you become more experienced, you will want a location that can meet your changing demands.
Scuba diving equipment is essential since you want to make sure you have the best and safest gear for your dives. They should have a full range of dive gear, technical diving equipment and snorkelling gear. You also want to make sure the dive shop has a good knowledge of the equipment they sell. And that the people in the dive shop are well-trained PADI professionals, not just salesmen who know little more than you and just want a fast dollar. Buying dive gear is not like buying a can of soup in a supermarket; it's a lifelong investment on which your diving enjoyment depends.
The personal touch is important because you want to find a dive shop that makes you feel welcome and comfortable. It is also vital to find a dive shop with experienced and knowledgeable staff who can help you with any questions you may have. It is necessary to be able to find a dive shop that offers dives that meet your need in terms of types of diving, training, travel and timing. Find a dive shop where you feel part of the group, as diving is an activity where you will spend a considerable amount of your recreational time as diving is a very social activity.
This list of the top 10 dive shops in Australia will help you find the perfect dive shop for your next diving adventure!
- Abyss Scuba Diving
- Divers Den
- Perth Scuba
- Pro Dive Cairn
- Jetty Dive Centre
- Lets Go Adventures
- Frog Dive
- Go, Dive Brisbane
- Sun Dive Byron Bay
- Tasmanian Divers
When you are ready to start diving, be sure to check out one of these great dive shops!
If one of these dive centres is not near you, then check out PADI's Dive Store Locator, and you can find a dive centre in a specific area. You can also filter by a range of details such as facilities, courses and activities to find the dive centre that meets your needs.
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