The three things that a Scuba Dive Center in Northern Virginia, or anywhere else for that matter, can offer you are the three E’s: Education, Equipment and Experience. These are the three things necessary to be a Scuba Diver and a quality Dive Center will offer you all three.
Location: Alexandria Northern Virginia & Fairfax County, Virginia
That may sound like a simple question but it is really very important if you want to get the best in service, training and sales support in scuba diving. We are all somewhat lazy at heart and would naturally prefer that any Dive Center that we patronize be conveniently located. Since I live in Alexandria, Northern Virginia I would want a Dive Center that is located in that area. There may be more then one dive center in that particular are so then you have to look at other criteria to narrow your search. I might start by searching for Scuba Classes Northern Virginia or Scuba Lessons Northern Virginia.
What certification agency to choose is an issue we have discussed before. There are several reputable certification agencies and they all offer many quality courses. Some, however, have advantages over the others. While all of the Scuba Certification Agencies follow the same guidelines there are some very distinct differences. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, or PADI is the Largest Scuba Certification Agency in the world. Any certification that you earn at a PADI Dive Center is recognized world wide. However, PADI does stand out in one area that I find to be extremely important. PADI has by far the finest support materials, books, DVDs, Videos, etc of any Scuba Training Agency. Thus a PADI course is easier to learn and to master.
Scuba Diving Training – Certification and Continuing Scuba Education – Northern VA
If we are a new diver then we are interested in Learning to Scuba Dive. If we are already certified as a Scuba Diver then we might be interested in continuing your scuba education. In addition there are several types of continuing education Scuba Diving Training Courses available. There are the recreational courses such as the PADI Advanced Open Water or the PADI Rescue Diver. There are “PADI Specialty Diver Courses” such a Underwater Photography, PADI Underwater Digital Photography, PADI Wreck Diver, PADI Night Diver, PADI Underwater Navigation, PADI Multi Level or Computer Diving, PADI Deep Diving, PADI Boat Diving and PADI Equipment Specialist just to name a few. These are all courses that are available for the recreational diver to assist him or her in discovering new areas of interest.
There are a lot of Dive Centers and they all offer some Scuba Diving Certification. Only a select few can offer Professional Level Scuba Certification beyond Divemaster Level. Those that can are knows as PADI 5 Star Instructor Development IDC Dive Centers. These Dive Centers will also offer training and Certification for Assistant Scuba Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor as well.
Major Brands for Sale and Service of Scuba Diving Equipment in Northern Virginia
There are often several Dive Centers in a town or city. While most of them may offer the courses that you want you will also want Scuba Diving Equipment. You will want to patronize a Dive Center that offers many different lines of retail scuba diving equipment. There are many reputable brands available. Some of the best brands of Scuba Diving Equipment are Scuba Pro, Sherwood, Zeagle, Aeris and Mares Diving Equipment. Finding all of these quality brands in one Dive Center is very unusual.
Many Dive Centers will carry one or maybe two of these brands. The advantage to patronizing a Dive Center that carries so many is that such a Dive Center like Aquatic Adventures will offer the best Scuba Regulator, Scuba BCD and Scuba Computer of each brand of Scuba Diving Equipment, giving you a wider selection and more quality and choices often at better prices. Your quality Dive Center should also offer service on these items once they are sold so that you can get the most out of them. Here I would conduct a search for Scuba Equipment Northern Virginia or Scuba Diving Equipment Northern Virginia.
We have looked at the first two E’s – Education or Scuba Certification Courses and Scuba Diving Equipment. Now we need to look at when and where we will have the opportunity to try and put these things o use. We all want to go diving but many of us do not know where is the best place? What is the best time of year to dive at a particular location? Where to stay? How to get there? Your local Dive Center can be a great resource in this area as well.
At Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy we offer Scuba Dive Trips year round. We try to have at least one every quarter. We will vary our Dive Destinations to offer a variety of trips throughout the Caribbean and Pacific. We have been leading Dive Trips for over 25 years and know where and when to dive. We offer local trips to places like Morehead City, North Carolina for wreck diving, we offer trips to Florida to dive with the Manatee and get away from the winter cold, we offer live-a-board dive boat trips to the Bahamas, and we also offer trips to the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
The Final Test – What Others Think if the Best Dive Center in Northern Virginia?
Once you have narrowed your selection to one or two Dive Centers be sure and ask other Scuba Divers what they think of your choices? Once you find a Quality Dive Center be sure and let others know about them. In today’s world any business that does things well and stands behind their product or service is worth keeping.