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Continuing Your PADI Diving Education

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CONTINUING YOUR DIVING EDUCATION
Open Water certified? Your next step is PADI Advanced Open Water! Deep dives, wreck dives, boat dives, underwater nav, and many more!
Exploration, Excitement, Experiences That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving. Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive. Click here to get started!

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Why Choose PADI?

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The PADI Difference PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures, you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization. How is PADI Different?Education - The PADI System of diver education is the most instructionally solid system in diving. PADI courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile. Under the guidance of your professional PADI Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills. PADI Instructors are trained and held to diving’s highest standards, backed up by a solid, proactive quality management system. Performance-Based Learning – You progress at your own pace as you demonstrate mastery of specific performance require…

What is it like diving offshore Jacksonville Beach?

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Florida's Best Kept Secret.


Roughly 8-10 miles offshore is where visibility increases and wrecks, ledges, and natural bottom reveal themselves. We usually go anywhere from 8 to 30 miles offshore. Depths range from 60' to 130'. Therefore, our charters require you to have an Advanced Open Water Certification or equivalent.


There are HUNDREDS of wrecks offshore Jacksonville. Whether a spearfisher, photographer, or just looking for a leisure dive, there is diving for everyone to enjoy offshore Jacksonville Beach. In fact, Jacksonville has over 300 artificial reefs — more than anywhere else on the East Coast. Viz varies by day but many days you can see the wrecks from the boat!  There is so much to explore offshore Jax.


The best time of year to dive offshore Jax Beach is summer but our charter runs year round as long as the weather permits.


Atlantic Pro Divers has their own boats. The Sandy Loo, our personal 39' Contender is what we teach off of and The Native Diver Charter, Ja…

Youth Scuba Diving Programs

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PADI Bubblemaker™ Who should take this program? Bubblemaker is as fun as it sounds – a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving. Children who are at least 8 years old can use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water. Have a party or celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker event with friends and family at Atlantic Pro Divers! A child must be 8 years old or older. Kids must be comfortable in the water, but no prior experience is necessary. Parental approval is required. What will your child learn? Bubblemakers get a chance to: Experience scuba diving under the direct care and supervision of a PADI Pro.Take their first breaths underwater in water shallower than 2 metres/6 feet.Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children – not adults.Have lots of fun. How can you start having fun now? Contact your PADI Dive Center or Resort to schedule a Bubblemaker program or to organize a Bubblemaker party. The Bubblemaker Crew-…

5 Common Mistakes New Scuba Divers Make - As Said By PADI

As a new diver there are plenty of unknowns. Everything is new and exciting, which can lead some divers to make some rookie mistakes. Set yourself on the path to a fun and relaxing scuba career by avoiding these common missteps.

5. Rushing

Don’t push yourself to keep up with experienced divers. Take your time assembling your gear and remember do each step in the buddy check before each dive. Once in the water, descend slowly and equalize every few feet. When you get down,  make sure your buoyancy is dialed in. A good diver is a relaxed diver. Diving outside of your limits/experience trying to keep up with more experienced divers is how accidents happen, so stay slow and controlled.

4. Not investing in personal gear

Your own gear will fit well and be familiar to you. There’s a lot to be said for intuitively knowing where everything is, especially if the unexpected happens. Think about when you borrow a car versus driving your own vehicle. Not sure what gear to invest in first? Check ou…

How long does it take to become a certified scuba diver?

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Here at Atlantic Pro Divers, we offer a 3 day open water scuba course. Instead of having to sit in a classroom, you are able to complete your eLearning at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. The PADI eLearning portion takes around 12-14 hours.

Our courses are offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday OR with our private course, we work around your schedule. Upon successful completion, you will be able to dive anywhere in the world up to 60 feet!

Looking to go past 60 feet? Join us for your PADI Advanced Open Water Certification

Call the shop and ask for the full itinerary! (904) 270-1747

Get started today!

How Old Do You Have to be to Scuba Dive?

One of the most common questions we have is what age you have to be to begin scuba diving.

The answer is 10!

The most basic course is called Open Water Diver certification. Students younger than 15 who complete this course will become Junior Open Water Divers and are upgraded when they reach the proper age.

Start learning now!

Children 8 years old and older can become a PADI Bubblemaker!

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. 

Find out more!

Introducing Atlantic Pro Divers Blog

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We are excited to introduce the NEW Atlantic Pro Divers blog!
The Atlantic Pro Divers blog will cover product reviews, scuba shop talk, and help our customers along in their path towards PADI scuba certifications.
ABOUT ATLANTIC PRO DIVERS:  
A Jacksonville-based dive shop, Atlantic Pro Divers is owned by Master Scuba Instructor and USCG Captain Bob Bunkley. We offering America’s best scuba brands at the best prices for everything from recreational snorkeling to deep sea commercial diving and spearfishing.  With a huge selection of scuba masks, fins, wetsuits and specialty diving equipment, Atlantic Pro Divers gear gurus can outfit you for any diving adventure with the best scuba equipment available on the market. Our specialty scuba diving gear includes a variety of  dive computers, GoPro cameras, regulators, dive bags, buoyancy compensators, dive boots, wetsuits and more. 
Don’t know where to get scuba certified? Atlantic Pro Divers is a certified 5-Star PADI facility located in Jac…