There isn’t a bad dive shop in the Las Vagas area. These shop owners love the water, the adventure and bringing more divers into the fold. It’s the little personal touches at these area shops that make the breathtaking world of water accessible to anyone. Check out the top shops in Las Vegas Valley for the best lessons, instructors and facilities this area has to offer.
101 S. Rainbow Blvd. #11
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Price: from $100
This school doesn’t start in the water. Instead, it offers lessons on such subjects as selecting the right equipment for your dive online. Other instruction includes a home study course with text and DVD training. Upon completion of that academic and equipment review, hit the pool and eventually the open water for two days of six different dives. One of the longer-standing shops in the area, GR8 DIVN promises great facilities and a trustworthy operation any diver can get behind.
AAI Neptune Divers
5831 E. Lake Mead Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89156
Price: $300 to $350
Five minutes talking to owner Stephen Castle makes the bottom line of Nevada diving clear: This industry isn’t about money, it’s about absolute passion for scuba diving. Located in North Las Vegas, this full-service NAUI Pro Platinum Scuba Facility is the only one of its kind in the Las Vegas Valley. In addition to its affiliation with the Unified Team Diving, AAI is one of the only local schools offering a full-time course director and instructor trainer ready to take you from being a guppy to SCUBA instructor yourself. Expect up-front pricing, no matter the course, and an owner who cares about budgets and just plain wants more people to love diving, traveling, adventure and the diving community as much as he does.
1402-C Nevada Highway
Boulder City, NV 89005
Price: $299 open water certification course/$49.95 student material pack
Nothing beats classes with Charlie Franks, with more than 1,000 dives under his belt and a solid sense of humor. He is, after all, an Elvis tribute artist. At only a year old, this already well-known shop has earned a reputation around town for its super-friendly instruction and love of the local environment. Franks training reaches the highest levels in the International Dive Educators Association, making it easy to obtain basic certification all of the way to instructor qualifications at this awesome dive shop.
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3220 N. Rancho Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89130
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Dive into the depths of Lake Mead with courses from the typical open water certification course to dry suit and altitude diving. Run by the Duckro family and it’s fun group of dive-loving friends, this local shop’s awesome offerings abound. Take advantage of dive team resources, gear and some of the best instruction the city has to offer. Owner and master diver Bill Duckro specializes in the most tentative first-time divers, alleviating insecurities and sharing his love of diving with every student.
Dive Into Fun
50 N. Gibson Rd., Ste. 170
Henderson, NV 89014
Price: $60 gear rental/$500 private lessons/$300 open water dive course.
Offering all things scuba, Dive Into Fun’s state-of-the-art new facility includes training, rentals and services for any level of diver. As the company continues to launch, expect specials like free Nitrox dive classes. Expect to purchase or rent your own gear here, but a $60 rental package perfect for the open water dive class offers a competitive rate for the area. Enjoy personalized instruction at this budding facility, but be prepped to complete it all in less than a year, including four open water dives with the instructors.
Michael E. Esser was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has been writing professionally for the last 10 years and has worked as a copywriter, journalist, critic, and freelance writer in several industries. His work can be found at Examiner.com.