As individuals, and as a business, we have all been keeping track of what’s happening around the world and here at home. We are continually assessing the state of the pandemic and making decisions in real time that put the health and safety of our employees, our customers, and our communities first. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to temporarily close ScubaStop beginning Tuesday, March 24th. We will continue to follow the guidelines of government and health officials in determining when we will reopen our store using the same hyper-local and informed approach we have used to date.
While our physical store will be closed, we will remain open and continue to take calls to set up your Open Water Class or other Specialty Course for a later date in the year. In addition, if you’re in need of rental equipment or to purchase any gear we can set up an appointment so we can meet you at the store.
These are uncertain times, but we also know they are temporary. While we work together to slow the spread of the outbreak, we are constantly reminded of a ScubaStop core belief— it’s always better to be safe than sorry. It may be hard but we need to keep up the social separation for a couple of weeks. This is the only way we are going to STOP the spread of this virus and get back to our normal lives. We’re sure you have questions – please feel free to call us (817-668-DIVE 3483) or email us at [email protected] And let’s stay connected while we keep our distance – join us on Facebook.
Although the risk of acquiring a disease or infection from contaminated scuba equipment is low, there is still some measure of discomfort in this time of the corona virus. ScubaStop would like to reinforce that we are, and have always been, vigilant in sanitizing/disinfecting our “shared” equipment between users. We follow all cleaning guidelines set forth by our dive equipment suppliers, such as Aqualung, Huish Outdoors and Henderson and as advised by Diver Alert Network (DAN).
Our certifying partner, Scuba Schools International, is allowing, and urging, us to change up training practices slightly due to the virus. They are allowing us to alter water exercises to eliminate sharing the same mouthpiece. If you’d like to purchase your individual mouthpiece, along with your personal mask and snorkel, ScubaStop has a variety of these in store for purchase.
ScubaStop is changing to a smaller class size and offers shorter in-classroom time due to most work being done online.
Our team at ScubaStop guarantee to continue to follow robust cleaning procedures and protocols that have always been our standard. They have to be… we are family!
Thank you, ScubaStop friends and family,
Keep the faith, he will get us through this.
GOD bless and have a great day!!
Victor & Kae Justice
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BEGIN SCUBA DIVING TODAY
The opportunities are virtually endless! Advances in equipment and training have made diving one of the safest sporting activities available and nearly anyone can participate! We take great pride in our reputation for producing the areas most knowledgeable, skilled, and confident new divers! Our training programs are specifically designed with FUN and FLEXIBILITY in mind, and any course we offer can be tailored to your specific needs or schedule. Whether you’re interested in a course for yourself, the entire family, or a group, we’ve got the training program you’ve been looking for! No pressure, no stress, pure fun! Whether you’re looking for the thrill of adventure or the ultimate escape, scuba diving has something to offer everyone.
LEARN TO DIVE
Now you can complete the initial home study portion of the Open Water SCUBA certification course online, on your schedule. Our experience has shown that students that complete the home study portion of their training online perform better during the rest of their training. ScubaStop now offers on-line learning programs that allow our students to complete the academic home study portion of the class anywhere, any time. No driving back and forth all week to sit in class. No trying to get off work to make class on time. No long drug-out classroom sessions at the end of a hard day. After you complete the home study portion online, you can complete the rest of your training at ScubaStop! All certifications issued by ScubaStop instructors are recognized worldwide. You can register for your open water certification course For only $290, in person or over the phone. Check our website calendar to see what days fit your schedule. DON’T WAIT TOO LONG, CLASSES “FILL UP FAST”!!!
BEGINNING OPEN WATER SCUBA COURSE
ScubaStop offers the most flexible and enjoyable scuba instruction program in the area. All of our courses are self-paced and are designed to provide our students with the complete SCUBA experience and much more than just the minimum requirements! This award-winning training program now allows you to complete the majority of the academic course work online! Diving is fun, your course should be too!!
Why take the Open Water Course? – The Open Water SCUBA Certification course is the first level that divers complete to begin diving on their own. The course will teach you how to properly choose, assemble, use, and care for SCUBA equipment, and how to safely plan and conduct dives. Students completing the course are issued a certification that is accepted worldwide which will allow you to rent equipment, have tanks filled, and participate in tours and charters.
Why Online Training? – We understand that your time is valuable, and providing online training for the academic portion of the class allows our students to complete the material at their own pace and on their own schedule. We find that students completing the online work are typically better prepared for the in-water portion of their training. Personal assistance is always available for students needing help with any of the material.
Course Schedules – Our fun, self-paced courses make it easy to complete the course without the hassle of tight schedules and there are no penalties for missed classes. Our online home study format means less time in the classroom. No pressure. No wasted time. No strict schedules to meet. It’s easy and you can start today! Our goal is to make SCUBA training available for anyone that wants to learn to dive. Please check the ScubaStop website (Calendar Tab) for our class schedule. You will find weekday and weekend classes available to fit your busy schedule. While many students complete the course and become certified scuba divers over a 2 weekend period, students have up to 6 months to complete the training. With online training, it’s easy and you can start today!
Note – These are typical schedules. Days and times are subject to change and all times are approximate. Make sure to call ahead to reserve your seat and confirm times for each class.
LEARNING COURSE SCHEDULE
SAT – ORIENTATION (Q&A, Test Day & getting to know your gear) (1/2 day)
SUN – POOL DAY (1/2 day)
The following SAT 7:30 AM – ?:00 PM – DIVE DAY
SUN 7:30 AM – ?:00 PM – DIVE DAY
The course does not have to be completed in consecutive days or weekends…you can split it up as needed!
Course Format – Following the completion of the online course work, you will have a minimum of one classroom session, one pool session, and two days of diving. You progress to each next step when YOU and your instructor feel you are ready. Our enjoyable “no pressure” program allows you to receive as much extra work as necessary to make you confident and comfortable and get you certified!
Certification Dives – Depending on the time of year (Oct – May) we head south to The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos, TX. where the water is warmer and the visibility is 50 – 60 feet. During the other months of the year we head out to Scuba Ranch in Terrell TX. At Scuba Ranch we have our own private pavilion where we do all of our Open Water Classes, overnight camping, grilling and we even have movie nights!!
Certification – At the completion of the course, you will be certified to dive within recognized recreational limits. As an open water diver we can train at a max depth of 60 feet. We do strongly recommend that if you intend to regularly conduct dives below 60′ that you complete the Deep Diving specialty course or an Advanced Open Water certification. Leaving the local area or planning to travel? Your certification will be recognized and gladly accepted by dive shops, charter boats, and resorts throughout the world.
Equipment – The only equipment you will be required to provide will be your own SCUBA-Quality mask, snorkel, fins, and boots. We offer a discount to our open water students on all of these and other items! If you purchase your mask, fins, snorkel and boots from ScubaStop, we will provide all other equipment required during the open water course at no extra charge. If you prefer to rent your gear the rental cost is an additional $120.
Additional Training – ScubaStop offers a full range of courses. Whether you’re interested in Perfect Buoyancy, Navigation, Enriched Air Nitrox, or one of our many other specialty courses, we offer the training program you’re looking for, and all of our courses are designed with fun and flexibility in mind. Click here for more information on ScubaStop’s Advanced Open Water Certification Program.
Who can learn? – Anyone that is over the age of 10, in good health, and can swim comfortably in the water can learn to dive. What about Medical Conditions? There are certain medical conditions or medications that can prevent a person from being able to dive safely. In some cases, approval from your doctor may be required before you can be enrolled in a SCUBA training class. Give us a call at (817) 668-3483 if you would like more information.
Cost – At ScubaStop, we pride ourselves in being honest with our customers from the start. The cost of our open water certification course includes all academic materials, Instructor Fees and SCUBA Equipment rental. Our students also receive a free 6-month subscription to “Dive Training” magazine. Individual entry fees to parks and springs (typically $20-$40 per day) are not included.
Kids and SCUBA training – While children as young as 10 can get certified to SCUBA Dive, not all 10-year olds are mentally or physically ready to undergo the training. For children under 14 years of age, we like to meet with the child and parent before enrolling the child in a SCUBA training program. For students under the age of 16, a parent or legal guardian must be present for all in water activities.