By Elliott Fuller
Nestled within a bounty of spectacular scuba diving destinations in central Texas – rivers, lakes, quarries, and other key attractions – is Dive World Austin, a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center (IDC) that provides training, dive gear service and rentals, community-driven events, and a plethora of other services to the local diving neighborhood. With a regular staff of over two dozen dive professionals, the company showcases the majesty of central Texas diving while exploring some of the most treasured dive sites throughout the world.
Utilizing a heated indoor pool and an abundance of knowledge on local waters, Dive World Austin conducts a variety of training courses and programs suited for scuba divers of all stripes: whether they be green, seasoned, or returning to the water. Courses range from open water to advanced; rescue to emergency first responder; and master scuba, instructor, and divemaster. PADI specialty courses offer an even wider spectrum of choices, which are easily accommodated by local waters, and include: boat diver, wreck diver, night diver, AWARE – fish identification, underwater navigator, sunglass hunter, and many others. Adding to this variety is the center’s robust equipment center, which provides rentals from a wide swath of leading manufacturers, including configurations for just about every diver; service and air refills ensure visitors stay in the water for longer.
Scuba for adults isn’t the dive center’s only venture, either. Dive World Austin organizes an annual week-long Kids Scuba Camp program aimed at showing avid young divers aged eight to 11 the basics of scuba. Dive World Austin also offers skin diver and snorkeling courses to teach students eight and older the ins and outs of shallow, shorter diving experiences.
Local diving is the bedrock of Dive World Austin, and in central Texas, there are plenty of choice dive sites to choose from: whether exploring the mighty depths of Lake Travis or recovering lost valuables from nearby rivers, the team shares adventures in its own backyard. Beyond local features, Dive World Austin also conducts regular trips to stunning scuba diving destinations the world over, with its next scheduled adventure taking place this summer in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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