Showing posts from 2019

How to Save this Holiday Season

The busy shopping season in upon us, where people will scramble both at the stores and online to catch any deals for their holiday shopping. But when is the best/worst time to shop?
In North America, the busiest shopping day is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, that brings lines of people outside departments stores up to 12 hours before opening. The Saturday before Christmas, also known as Super Saturday, is said to be the second busiest day to shop while people are out searching for last minute gifts. Our dive shop will be participating in both, offering huge savings on all SCUBA and snorkel gear in-stock. 
And guess what? We have added an extra day to this year's shopping season!
Introducing: Dive Shop After Dark During this exclusive event shoppers will enjoy dinner and drinks provided by Atlantic PRO Divers along with huge savings on all in-stock gear from 7-9 PM. Tickets are $20 each, 30 available. Get yours here.
We are limiting the number of shoppers to keep the cro…

Dive Club for a Cause

Two years ago we decided that our dive community in Jacksonville Beach and the surrounding areas needed to come together every month to "talk shop" and discuss the latest trips and deals going on at Atlantic Pro Divers. Thus, the beginning of the Dive Club.

Now, with almost 20 regulars and new faces each month, we are hoping to turn our monthly meet-ups into a cause for the community.

Dive Club for a Cause Dive Club meetings will still involve fun and giveaways, but will now support and benefit others as well. Each month we will choose a charity or organization to support, asking members who attend to bring items to donate. Each item you bring earns you an entry into a raffle, and of course just showing up earns you an entry as well! Prizes will change each month, along with the location. 
October's Dive Club for a Cause meet up will be held at the Jumpin' Jax House of Food in Atlantic Beach. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are asking each person who a…

Project AWARE

If you have taken a SCUBA class with Atlantic Pro Divers before then you've probably heard your instructor talk about Project AWARE and making a donation to upgrade your certification card. A lot of people hear "pay more" and stop listening, unfortunately, without knowing what they would be benefiting.

So what is Project AWARE?

25 years ago the SCUBA diving community started to realize the impact humans were having on the underwater ecosystems as well as coastal areas, and knew they had to take a stand.
Project AWARE is now a global force of divers working together to protect the underwater environment.

What can you do to become more involved?

Make Every Dive a Survey Dive

Although it is believe that 70% of marine debris that enters the ocean ends up on the sea floor, little quantitative information is available regarding the quantity and type. By reporting the quantity and type of debris collected on each of your dives, you can help Project AWARE build their global databa…

Diving With the Best in SCUBA

In 1995 Dean Garraffa and Doug Toth came together with a vision for creating the best: the best materials with the best design. It was their passion for diving that led them to set new standards of excellence and innovation.  A short year later in 1996, Atomic Aquatics was born.

First things first, the Regulators.
All Atomic Aquatics regulators share the best design in diving.  The exclusive Jet Seat Piston eliminates creeping intermediate pressures and minimizes maintenance, making the service-interval for all Atomic regulators two years (three for the T3!). 
Atomic regulators are named based on their first-stage material: T3 is made of TitaniumST1 is made of Stainless Steel/TitaniumB2 is made of Chrome Plated BrassM1 is made of MonelZ3 is made of Zirconium  Each second stage is equipped with the Atomic Aquatics Patented Automatic Flow Control (AFC) and Seat Saving Dynamic Orifice. The AFC eliminates the manual adjustment normally needed to regulate the venturi effect as you dive deep…

PADI Instructor Development Center with APD

Do you love the aquatic world and want to share that world with others? Become a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor (OWSI)! The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) has set the industry standard for professional training, and is the most sought after course by Divemasters from all agencies.

Are you ready to take the plunge into the world of professional diving? Current certified Divemasters who have been diving for at least six months, have completed EFR CPR/First Aid training within the last two years, and have been cleared by a physician within the last 12 months are ready to enroll in the PADI IDC.

Where should you start?

The first step is enrolling in IDC Online. This eLearning takes you through several training videos on the business of diving, risk management, and appropriate student interaction. Completing this step allows you to focus your training more on the practical application of skills rather than sitting in a classroom.
Once you've completed the IDC Online it is ti…

Five Reasons to Visit Utila Honduras

So you’ve decided to finally book that much-needed vacation. Awesome! Here are five reasons why you should make Utila, Honduras your next vacation destination

    1.Diving This might be obvious to some, but most people don’t consider Honduras when booking dive vacations. Utila sits right on the edge of the Mesoamerican Reef system, the second largest barrier reef in the world, stretching more than 700 miles from the Yucatan peninsula to the Bay Islands of Honduras. It is the smallest of the Bay Islands at just 16 square miles and is surrounded by lush coral reefs on all sides, making a perfect home to more than 500 species of fish, 350 species of mollusk, and 65 species of stony coral. With warm waters year round it is a migratory destination for whale sharks, everyone’s bucket-list sighting! The more than 80 dive sites are just minutes from mainland, make boat rides easy and multiple dives a day possible. This is the perfect destination for the novice and expert!
   2.Location While mo…

Master SCUBA Diver VS Dive Master

PADI Master SCUBA Diver and PADI Dive Master sound like very similar certifications. People often confuse one for the other. They are similar because holding either certification proves the diver is experienced and has gone through extensive dive training. The actual training for each certification is very different, but equally important to being a well trained diver.
Master SCUBA Diver is the highest recreational rating a diver can hold. The diver Must be a Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and hold at least 5 PADI Specialty Diver certifications. Along with the training prerequisites the diver must be 12 years old and have at least 50 logged dives. Only about 2% of PADI divers achieve this rating so it is an Elite certification. At Atlantic Pro Divers we offer packages to get you there. We dive every weekend at the springs and offshore during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Some of the awesome specialties we offer are Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, Boat Diver, Night …

Learn to Dive with Atlantic Pro Divers

Why choose Atlantic Pro divers for your SCUBA certification? 
Reason #1: Locally owned and operated since 1974, Atlantic Pro Divers is North Florida’s oldest and most respected SCUBA shop, having trained thousands of people to scuba dive safely. When you support us, your support the local community. Reason #2: We offer many versions of the Open Water course, tailored to your needs. Depending on your comfort level and budget we can lead you down the path to SCUBA success!

Reason #3: Students receive a discount on their own mask, fins, and snorkel. Although this is required to purchase, we do not require unnecessary equipment like heavy lead weights to be purchased. Plus all the staff here are Instructors and gear gurus and can set you up with the right equipment! We also have a Price Match guarantee so if you see any prices lower online or in store we will beat that price by 5%!  Reason #4: When you take the Open water course and buy your gear here we allow exchanges on minimally used equi…

5 Reasons Every Diver Should Purchase their own SCUBA gear

Buying your own SCUBA equipment is an investment that pays for itself in many ways.  Here are 5 benefits and reasons why you should buy your own equipment.  1. The #1 reason that all divers should have their own personal gear is familiarity. Purchasing your own gear, training with it from the start, and using it regularly can significantly reduce your risk of decompression sickness.  In the August 2000 issue of Dive training magazine, Joel Dovenberger, VP of medical services for DAN, stated that the single fastest growing factor for decompression sickness in divers is the lack of familiarity with their equipment. Check out our gear packages! 2. Another important reason is the equipment will fit you properly. Every piece of dive equipment comes in a variety of sizes. This is especially true for wet suits, BCDs and mouthpieces. An accurate size will make the diving experience more relaxed and comfortable. Rental equipment may not fit 100% correctly (especially for women) and can cause …

The Difference Between Full Blade Fins and Atomic Split Fins

Ever had a leg cramp under water? Tired of currents pulling you back and therefore consuming unnecessary amounts of air? Don't fret! There is a solution!
The difference: Split fins are designed to cut through currents and eliminate leg cramps.  Blade fins AKA Paddle fins have a higher kick resistance and require more kick cycles to travel the same distance as a diver wearing Split fins. They also create more drag which requires more kicking and more effort, causing higher air consumption and cramping.  Atomic Split fins optimize performance by finding the perfect balance of stiffness, shape, and size. To maximize the benefit of the Split fin use a smaller, more frequent flutter kick. This saves energy and creates less drag when diving. Tests done on the split fin have proven that they can reduce air consumption leading to longer, more enjoyable dives.