Charleston Scuba

Teaching the Lowcountry to dive since 1987. We are the only PADI 5-Star IDC and Coast Guard Certified Dive Operation In the Charleston area.

We are Charleston's only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center. Classes are available from snorkeling level to Staff Instructor. We also offer Nitrox and Distinguished Specialty classes. Admit it, you've always wanted to try it!! Why not do it NOW with someone FUN? Meet new friends and gain a brand new view of life underwater! Learn to scuba dive today! Ask about discounts for student military and law enforcement! DAN:1919-684-8111 Coast Guard: 1-843-724-7616 Marine Forecast: 1-843-747-5859 EMS: 911

Mission: Our goal is to teach people to dive safely, to change their life for the better and to encourage them to preserve the underwater world for future generations.

It may not be sunny out, but that won't stop us from diving! Heading offshore!

We've got spots open for some upcoming classes! See below! 👇

Jun. 11th- Nitrox Certification (includes 2 free Nitrox tank rentals!)
Jun. 16th- Refresher Course (must have Open Water cert.)
Jun. 16th- Discover Scuba | Not ready to take the plunge into a certification course? Discover Scuba Diving lets you try scuba to see if you like it. (Must be at least 10 years old)
Jun. 19th- Open Water Certification

We hope you're enjoying the ocean today, we are! Happy World Oceans Day!

Today is World Oceans Day - here's hoping your day is a good one!

We opened our doors 33 years ago and are proud to be the longest running dive shop in Charleston!

Sign up for a class and learn from our experienced Dive Masters! (link below)

[06/06/19]   International Ocean Film Tour Vol. 6- Charleston, SC

Our Roatan group was lucky enough to take part in the Bay Islands Reef Restoration project while on our trip. We cleaned "coral trees", then transplanted Staghorn coral fragments onto a reef in need. This is an ongoing project to replenish Staghorn and Elkhorn reefs around the island. Needless to say, we were very excited to take part :)

Stop making excuses...if Jo can dive, so can you!
Give us a call, we run Open Water Diver Courses every 2 weeks! Dive dive dive

"Our friend Jo Schuler is a bad*ss. He doesn't make excuses. He gets after it. We admire people like that." -Dive World 📷 : Behind the Mask

We are having a great time in Roatan! The resort is beautiful, first few dives were great, crew and staff are fantastic. We're looking forward to an incredible week with Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort and Subway Water sports!

Dive with a purpose! Become an ambassador for the underwater world we love so much.
Next week we are offering all of our Project AWARE Specialties. Give us a call to sign up!
Tuesday, May 21- Coral Reef Conservation
Wednesday, May 22- Dive Against Debris
Thursday, May 23- Fish ID
Friday, May 24- Underwater Naturalist
Tuesday, May 28- Shark Conservation

Have you ever finished a dive and asked your divemaster, "what was that fish with the spots and big eyes? Or dark stripes? Or blue bars?" Now you can find out!
Join us for our Fish ID specialty, Thursday, May 23rd at 6 pm. Call us to sign up!

[05/14/19]   Spots available for Saturday’s charter. The weather looks amazing!

Project AWARE week is right around the corner, May 20-24th! Join us Tuesday, May 21st at 6 PM for our Coral Reef Conservation Specialty. Join the global movement and make a difference. Give us a call to sign up now!

Another great dive day in the books! Beautiful ledge dives today...calm seas, large schools of fish, and good visibility makes for happy divers. We do love diving offshore Charleston!

[05/09/19]   We have seats left on our advanced charter this Saturday. The weather looks great, don’t miss your chance to get in some amazing dives!

We are excited to announce Project AWARE Week is coming up May 20-24th! We will offer the entire suite of Project AWARE courses packed into one ocean loving week! 🌊💕
Join the global movement, call the shop to sign up now!

More IDC action...

Just completed another successful Instructor Development Course. Congratulations to IDC Candidates Craig Danby and Randy Tindell, it's off the the Instructor Exam. They will do great at the IE thanks to Course Director Fletcher Ferguson. The IDC was support by IDC Staff Instructors Kristen Ferguson, Kathy Frazier, Denny Frazier, Craig Nettles, and Tim Schmitz. Special thanks for support from Dive Masters Jeremy Harris and Jay Crossman.

Our annual Rescue Rodeo was a big success! Our crew is refreshed on rescue skills and ready to keep you safe this season!

Best Dive Shop

We want to extend a big thank you to our loyal ocean lovers! Once again Charleston Scuba was voted Best Dive Shop. We couldn't do it without your continuous support! Charleston Scuba

[04/19/19]   Charter season is only a few weeks away! We're excited, are you?
We have some rarely visited sites scheduled this year! Check out our schedule online, seats are already filling up. 👌

Top Things to Do in Saba - ETB Travel Photography

Learn more about Saba in preparation for our trip in October. You will see why every diver (and non-diver for that matter) should go to Saba at least once in their life! Super great write up and photos! Thanks Beth! Call the shop or PM me for details. Saba is small island in the Caribbean known as the "Unspoiled Queen". No cruise ships, quaint towns, and excellent hiking and diving make Saba a paradise!

If you have a hazardous marine life injury, we are on top of it! Our crew is trained and ready to assist with any marine injuries you may accidently receive. You too can learn these skills in our next DAN Hazardous Marine Life Injury class.

Now is your chance to become a PADI Instructor, but you need to act quick! Do it, you know you have always wanted to ;)
Join CS for our Instructor Development Course with 2018 Elite Course Director, Fletcher Ferguson. The IDC course runs April 22nd - 28th. Divermaster certification is a prerequisite. Call the shop now to sign up before time runs out!

Adidas is making 11 million shoes out of recycled ocean plastic.

How cool is this?? You can buy some new sneaks, and save the ocean! It's a step in the right direction ;) The demand for these shoes has blown away expectations.

Our DAN Neurological Assessment course is always entertaining to teach! Great assessments tonight guys!-Michelle

The World's 11 Best Heart-Pounding Shark Dives

Join us for one of the best shark dives in the world! There is one...I repeat, one spot left on our trip to Morehead City to dive with the resident sharks June 22. Advanced certification required, these are deep dives. $160 includes 1 night lodging Fri & 2 dives Sat. Call us now to claim the last spot! The world's best scuba diving destinations for shark diving — from hammerheads to tiger sharks — including the Bahamas, Mexico, French Polynesia and South Africa.

South Carolina Aquarium

Whose ready to get offshore???

Imagine being on a dive & stumbling across a fish as big as your body! Watch and see what the Reef Research team encountered.

[03/17/19]   We want to congratulate our IDC Staff Instructor, Craig, for receiving the PADI 2018 Elite Instructor Award for certifying over 50 students last year! Great job Craig!

Join Charleston Scuba for a PADI Equipment Specialty course scheduled for March 28-29, 6-9:30pm, Thurs- Fri Night with everyone's favorite technician, Gary! Learn how to maintain your gear so you never miss a dive. Call us to sign up.

Do you dream about scuba diving? Are you ready to take the next step and make it your career? Now is your chance!
We are running a PADI Instructor Development Course April 22nd-28th, 2019. Our Course Director, Fletch Ferguson, is offering Assistant Inst., OWSI Inst., and DAN Inst. courses. Give us a call for more information.

Happy International Women's Day! We love our strong women, thank you Michelle, Kelly, Claudia, Carly, Kathy, Jen and Jordan for all you do for Charleston Scuba.

Saba - October 2019 The local nickname for Saba is "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the abundance of natural beauty above and below the water.  Divers go there for the unique dive environments including the many pinnacles and both geologic and biologic reef systems.  The sea life is very diverse from sailfin blenies to ...

Saba - October 2019 -
Every diver needs to dive the Needle at least once in their lives. Make your plans now to come with me in October. The trip spots are already filling and space is VERY limited.

Best of Charleston 2019 Voting

Today is the last chance to vote for Charleston Scuba as best Dive Shop, let's keep our winning streak going! Best of Charleston 2019 voting is open until Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019!

We had a great turn out for our Folly Beach Cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation, over 70 participants braved the dreary foggy day to make it a big success. A huge thank you to everyone for coming out today!

Join our CS crew as we partner with the Surfrider Foundation for our first collaborative beach cleanup!
Meet us under the Folly Pier this Sunday, March 3 at 12 PM, supplies will be provided. Everyone is welcome, hope to see you there!

Best of Charleston 2019 Voting

Its that time of year again! Vote for Charleston Scuba as Best Dive Shop in the City Papers 2019 Best of Charleston "Recreation" section, voting ends March 5th. We love our divers, now we ask you to help us continue to be the No. 1 dive shop in Charleston. Tank you! Best of Charleston 2019 voting is open until Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019!

Have you always wanted to dive with sharks...buuttt maybe you're just a little nervous about taking the plunge? We can make it happen! Join our Instructor, Michelle, for some sharky fun with Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City, NC Saturday, June 22.
This is a full day, 2 tank deep dive charter, Advanced certification required.
$160 includes lodging Fri night, and 2 dives Sat. Only 2 spots left, call the shop to sign up!!

[02/02/19]   We have open spots for Discover Scuba diving and Refreshers tomorrow!
Call the shop and sign up before they’re full!

Research Confirms Therapeutic Benefits of Scuba Diving | Scuba Diving News, Gear, Education | Dive Training Magazine

Here ya have it folks...research shows scuba diving provides therapeutic benefits! Let us help reduce your stress, let's dive! DIVERS HAVE LONG RECOGNIZED that they have “felt better” when they have been enjoying their favorite sport. Recently Samir Becic, author of ReSync Your

Headed to Saba October 12-19. Spots are still open for this trip, but it will fill up fast. If you dive, hike, or just enjoy the natural beauty of the islands, you need to go. Sea & Learn will be in full swing and all these activities are FREE. Contact Charleston Scuba or Tim Schmitz to reserve you spots.

Could Saba look any more idyllic? Our beautiful island looking gorgeous in the early morning light.

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PADI Pro Night is tomorrow! We'll have packages for everyone. Get your fins wet with an Open Water course, or take it extreme and sign up for an Instructor package! Come check it out!

Mark your calendar, PADI Pro Night is right around the corner! We will be offering professional and non-professional courses this year, we have something for everyone. Satisfy your curiosity, stop by and check it out!

Our Pompano Beach dive trip was a partial success. Mother nature decided we weren't diving today, but that didn't stop us from having a great time!
We'll be back next month!

Scuba Diving Magazine

Absolutely incredible! Become a PADI diver and you can experience this too! Ask us how :)

It doesn't get any better than this!

Whale shark, manta and dolphins in one dive ... That's the kind of stuff that might happen when you're diving Socorro.

Check out this beautiful clip by Vibes and Horizons and check out the full video here:

Learn to scuba dive in 2019! Classes can be completed online, once completed, come practice your skills with us in the pool. Then you're only 4 open water dives away from being SCUBA certified for life! Call us to find out more!

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