Charleston Scuba

Charleston Scuba


THE BEST! Been with Tom and his crew since 1986...consider none other for your diving needs!
Last minute Christmas shopping? Get him or her a dive trip to paradise. Yes, we're going back to Isla Marisol and the best diving in Belize March 21-28, 2020. Contact or PM me for more info.
Saba 2019 - Another great trip is in the books. I will have more photos and stuff later as bandwidth permits. Had exceptional diving all week and the weather was great. The Sea & Learn activities was an added bonus!
Saturday was deep to the newer tug boat and then Comanche. Sunday was lead weight ledges. 4 spectacular dives! Visibility was 15 to 20 deep Saturday and up to 30 Sunday. Capt. Tom finished us off with a drift dive Sunday afternoon that was beyond fun. I was very fortunate to have great buddies both days. Buddy Greg and I finished off our deep specialties Saturday, yah. Thanks to my buddy Jeff Sunday, I saw my first Nurse Shark almost close enough to touch under a ledge. Beautiful gentle giant 7’ or more long. She swam out and we saw her several more times on the drift. The whole weekend was fish, fish, and more fish, at least 15 species I saw. School must be back for them too because they were schooling big time, hah, hah. I had a great weekend. Safe, Happy dives everyone! Thanks Charleston Scuba.
After receiving a confirmation email that my class would occur as scheduled, I showed up for my recertification course on Sunday morning. No one was there. No one showed up. My class had been cancelled without notification. There was no phone call, no email, no sign on the door, no post on any social media outlet, etc. I called the shop as soon as they opened to discuss what happened. There was no apology for the lack of communication, only excuses. The phone lines were down on Saturday so they could not call. Everyone has cell phones now. These could have been used to call and leave a voice mail. Worse case scenario, a sign could have been hung on the door for attendees to see when they arrived early Sunday morning. Due to the lack of professionalism and lack of concern for my poor experience, I would not recommend this shop.
Two great wreck dives August 11! They always put right on the dive sight so you just follow down the anchor line and you’re in the thick of a huge variety and amount of sea life. Captain Tom and company take good care of you.
I REALLY want to get into diving. I snorkel and free dive, but I can't go very deep. After I hit about 15' down my head feels like it's in a vice. I know how to pop my ears, and that doesn't really help. It's extremely painful! I want to go deeper to see if the pressure will release on its own, but the pain always makes me turn around. Has anybody dealt with this and was able to overcome the issue somehow? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
What is the water clarity in September down there?
Morehead city diving part 2....
Last weekend diving with Charleston Scuba, Morehead City, NC. U-352 WWII German Submarine & Sand tigers on the Aeolus.
Any diving happening this weekend? Finally have some time off
I took my grandson to Charleston Scuba for the indoctrination class and it was superb. The instructor put us both at ease right away and was very knowledgeable. I was impressed with what they taught and the equipment they used. All for a great price. The pool was excellent also. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants to experience an intro to scuba diving.

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. Along with classes, we also offer charters out to more than 20 different dive sites!

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! Free parking is available at the shop. 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.

Fair winds and following seas Clive.

We are sad to share long-time Friends of the Hunley board member Clive Cussler passed away yesterday at his home in Arizona. The world knows him as a famous author but to us we will remember his passion for maritime discovery and preservation. His National Underwater and Marine Agency led the expedition that found the Hunley in 1995 and ultimately enabled the burial of the world’s first submariners. His love of adventure will be missed by all. Today we honor a life well-lived. Godspeed sailor.

The Carolina's are known for great wreck dives, but they can be challenging. Join our Wreck Diver Specialty class this Thursday at 6 PM to learn how to execute those wreck dives safely. Call us to sign up!

We have another DMC ready to send in their Divemaster application! Congratulations Julia on completing your DM course! We are so proud to welcome you to the PADI Pro family!

Did you know some of our best dive sites are found in depths of 70-110 ft? Deep diving in Charleston is no joke, but that's where the good stuff is. Get properly trained in our Deep Diver course this Thursday, Feb 20th at 6:00 PM. Call the shop to sign up!

Best of Charleston 2020 | Charleston City Paper

We are so excited to be nominated for the Best Dive Shop...again! We can't do this without your continuous support. Please take a minute to vote, help us keep this winning streak going! πŸ₯°πŸŒŠ charleston, charleston restaurants, events, news, restaurant, arts, music, best of charleston, today, clubs

Don't forget to sign up to "Share the Love Bubbles" with your favorite person, coming up Thursday the 13th! Discover Scuba Diving with our staff while we document your unforgettable evening underwater with your date. We'll send you home with a new love for diving, and lots of complimentary goodies! Give us a call, space is limited.

Hey you, have you signed up for our Florida trip yet?
We had so much fun last month, we are heading back down to Pompano Beach, FL, Feb 21-23! Only a few spots left, don't miss out! Give us a call to sign up, only $665 pp/DO.

Are you looking for something different to do this Valentines Day? Take your date Scuba Diving and share the love bubbles! Join us for a Date Night Discover Scuba, Thursday, Feb 13th from 6-9 pm. You and your date will receive complimentary goodies to make your underwater experience a night to remember. Call us to sign up!

Large great white sharks β€˜converging’ off Carolinas. Is the weather a cause?

Hello White sharks, welcome to Charleston! Anyone up for some shark dives πŸ˜‰?🦈 Two of the sharks are more than 12 feet long.

A BIG thanks to everyone that made it out for our Pro Night last night! We are so excited to train with you in 2020! If you couldn't make it, don't panick! We will extend these great package deals for a little while longer. Here are some of our happy customers 😁🌊

It's Pro Time! It's finally here, our PADI Pro Night is tonight! Stop by the shop from 7-9 PM to take advantage of our awesome deals. Our crew will be on hand to help you find your perfect package! dive dive dive πŸ˜€πŸŒŠ

This is your dive trip for 2020!

This is your dive trip for 2020! - Come along with us to dive Glover's Reef March 21 to 28, 2020.Β  Our divers don't want your typical "tourist diving".Β  You want world class diving, great accommodations, and opportunities to explore the local nature and culture.Β  Since you're in the middle ofΒ Glover's Reef, boat rides are VERY sh...

We had all the fun and saw all the things in FL! Big smiles all around. Congrats to our 3 new Wreck divers, Jeff, Scott, and Greg...awesome job guys! Jeff and Scott hit their 100th dives too! Can't wait to go back in Feb, we still have spots available :)πŸŒŠπŸ πŸ‘πŸ¦€

Heading down to Pompano Beach, FL to get our dive on! Conan(back left) is very excited too, we promise 😁

Where it all began, our Pro packages. If you have ever considered becoming a PADI Divemaster or Instructor, now is your chance! Join us Tuesday from 7-9 pm, let our staff figure out what package is perfect for you!

Here's another peak at some of our Pro Night packages! Whether you're interested in photography, technical diving, or protecting our beautiful oceans...we've got you covered!

Our Instructors are ready, 2020 course schedule is set! Let our experienced professionals help you achieve your dive goals this year! Let us know what's next on your list! 🌊🦈🐠🐳

Our PADI Pro Night is right around the corner! All week long we're going to give you a sneak peak at our awesome packages! We have something for everyone, starting with the basics...

Are Women Better Scuba Divers Than Men?

It's Sunday funday, let's stir the pot! What do you think? We’re about to open a can of worms by asking: are women better scuba divers than men?

YOU are invited to our PADI Pro Night 2020 coming up Tuesday, January 28th from 7-9 PM! Stop by the shop to check out our incredible package deals on courses ranging from Open Water through Instructor. Why wait any longer, take the plunge in 2020!

Can you picture yourself sitting on the beach, drink in hand, with your toes in the sand after diving on the world's second largest barrier reef? If so, you need to join us in Isla Marisol, Belize this March! Call the shop for more information, 843-763-3483.

Is it time for some new dive gear? Stop by and check out our newest products. We'll keep you safe and looking good in 2020!

We can tell where a whale has travelled from the themes in its song

How cool is this? Whales sing a song of their travels! You know how you can see and hear these incredible creatures yourself? Scuba diving! We can teach ya! πŸŒŠπŸ‹ Humpback whales pick up songs from one another along their migratory routes, which means we can tell which places they’ve visited just by listening to them

Eight Ways Diving is Good for your Health

Eight reasons why diving should be part of your New Year's resolutions! We agree, thanks PADI! Diving isn’t just an exciting way to enjoy the ocean. The underwater sport is also good for the body and the mind. In addition to all of the reasons to


Has learning how to dive always been on your bucket list? Let's finally do it! We look forward to helping you achieve your goals in 2020!

Congratulations to @adammartinphotography for capturing the #4 top Instagram post of 2019: "I've dreamed about finding Cabo Pulmo's Jack tornado for a few years. When we actually found them, and they arranged themselves into the shape of a tornado, my mind was instantly blown. I always try to set realistic expectations, and never did I imagine I would actually see them like this. The Sea of Cortez delivered with flying colors."

Are you itching to try out your new dive gear? Join us in Pompano Beach, FL for a wild weekend of diving in Jan and Feb! We have ONE spot left for our January trip, call to sign up now! Trip dates Jan 24-26th and Feb 21-23rd, cost $665 pp includes travel, hotel, and dives.🌊🐠🐬

From our family to yours, we want to wish everyone the happiest of Holidays! The shop will be closed Tuesday & Wednesday, we will re-open Thursday, the 26th. πŸŽ„πŸŽ‰πŸ 

Check out the summary of Project AWARE efforts in 2019, and you helped us contribute to those numbers! We are looking forward to an even more productive 2020 with our wonderful divers! We can't protect the ocean without you πŸ˜πŸŒŠπŸ¦€

Every number tells a story of change. In 2019, our global voice and conservation actions helped connect the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation above and beneath the waves; Check out the 2019 #AWAREimpact #Infographic to see how your support creates positive change for the ocean: #YearInReview #OceanOptimism

We had a great time at our party last night, thank you all for coming out! It was so nice to see new faces, and catch up with our seasoned divers. Thank you all for another great year in the books!

Join our CS crew to celebrate the holidays this Saturday, the 14th from 7 pm until ?. Swing by the shop, everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!

The good news keeps coming! Big congratulations to our Divemaster Oliver for passing his USCG Master Captains exam! Keep an eye out for Capt. Oliver on our charters next year!

With the help of a lot of neoprene, we are proud to announce Jeff Sheldon finished his PADI Assistant Instructor Course today in Trophy Lakes! Jeff started his Open Water course with us a few years ago, and is working his way up the PADI Pro ranks. Congratulations Jeff, job well done.πŸ‘Œ

Did you know 10 year olds can get certified to dive? This guy just did! Big congrats to Justin on completing his PADI Jr. Open Water Certification after training with our Staff Instructor Michelle, and completing his OW dives in FL. Dive dive dive!πŸ‘ŒπŸ πŸ‘

Happy Thanksgiving from our CS family to you and yours! We will be closed for the holiday, but will re-open on Saturday. PS- We have a sale on wetsuits for those that indulge a little too much πŸ˜‰πŸ¦ƒπŸ°

It's a great day for sharks in SC! Hopefully this act will help protect shark populations in our oceans! Take a Shark Conservation Specialty course with us to learn more about how you can protect these beautiful animals. 😍

#VICTORY: Today’s a great day for sharks! The House of Representatives passed The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, bipartisan legislation to ban the U.S. shark fin trade! Thank you, Rep. Joe Cunningham, Rep. William Timmons, and Congressman Tom Rice for your leadership on this important issue. Now it’s time for the Senate to act. We need a #FinBanNow!

Weight For It: Weighting and Descent Techniques for Perfect Buoyancy

This is a topic many divers struggle with. It's a good read, all things we already recommend at the shop. Thanks PADI! Descending and ascending are often overlooked as critical diving skills, usually outshone by the need for perfect trim and buoyancy once the dive is

[11/18/19]   Our crew is back from DEMA with all the juicy info on upcoming products and travel packages for 2020! Keep an eye out for details!

Having a blast at DEMA with Oliver Uxa

Very much a privilege to be a part of these two great projects. - Tim Schmitz

The island of Saba is working hard to protect our ocean planet through shark conservation efforts, fish surveys, assessing reef biodiversity, coral restoration, and more. Thanks for all of the amazing organizations involved: Sea Saba | Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute at St Eustatius - CNSI | Saba Conservation Foundation | Charleston Scuba | Blue Planet DC | Blue Ocean Dive Club SD | Float N' Flag Dive Centre

πŸ“·: Sea & Learn

Temperatures are dropping, and so are our prices! Check out our BIG SALE GOING ON NOW! It's not to early to start your holiday shopping :) 🎁

How shoes are made from recycled plastic bottles

Have you wanted to take the step towards being more environmentally conscious, but not sure how? Check out how shoes are made from recycled plastic bottles, and get you a pair! Keep those bottles out of our oceans where they can stay for 450 years! "Reduce Reuse Recycle" is what we're all about at SAOLA. Recycling plastic bottles into fibers that then make shoes has been the greatest production challenge, but it's also core to our mission. Learn more about how we transform garbage into high-quality apparel.

How To | Gear Assembly

When you are finished assembling your gear before a dive, it is helpful to lay it down tank to floor. Why?
To keep it from falling over or getting knocked over! it can really put a damper on your day if your tank hits the ground and an o-ring pops off or even worse it explodes! Just lay it down πŸ‘Œ

Introducing the PADI 'How To' series featuring helpful tips as you discover the underwater world. If you've just started the PADI Open Water Diver course, or...

All Canadians except for one Charleston Scuba guy. Tim Schmitz learning to grow and transplant coral.

Coral Restoration Expert, Dahlia Hassani has been working hard with Canadian dive group, Float N' Flag Dive Centre and Tim Schmitz of Charleston Scuba this past week! She's been teaching them how to construct and manage their own coral restoration projects accompanied with hands-on experience with the nursery here on Saba! πŸ€“

Join us tomorrow night, 5:30PM, at Hideaway for Dahlia's presentation on why coral restoration projects are important for the future of our reefs and how you can help!

P.S. She's bringing candy!! 🍬🍭

Classes | Charleston Scuba

We've got some GREAT classes coming up in November!πŸ€™πŸ½
-Open Water Certification
-Advanced Open Water Certification
-Emergency First Responder Class
-Nitrox Course
-Rescue Diver Class
So many options to advance your diving skills duding the "off-season"!
Call the shop [843-763-3483] or go online to sign up! Choose from several different classes offered at Charleston Scuba, from beginning lessons to advanced courses.

How to Remove Backscatter From Photos Using Photoshop

This is a great article that explains how to edit out all the gunk in the background of your underwater photos!πŸ“Έ
Don't have any underwater photos? Call and ask us about our underwater photography course! 843-763-3483 πŸ“±

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335 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC

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