Best Scuba Diving Shops In Minneapolis Near Me

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1. Aquaventure Dive & Photo Center - Osseo

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· 35 reviews

10024 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, MN 55369

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Aquaventure Dive & Photo Center: what do users think?

Aaron Funk: Aquaventure has been amazing in helping me start my scuba journey! Brittany has been great at helping me find the perfect gear for me and training courses, she is very knowledgeable and helpful with all of my questions. I recently completed my first two in pool training classes, Hannu our instructor is very passionate about diving and teaching, he made the class a great experience and I learned so much! I feel very confident and excited to continue my diving adventures now that I have everyone at Aquaventure there to guide me into the awesome world of scuba!

mason grad: Was able to get some awesome gear for my dive trip. Also got certified for my open water diving. their instructor was great and also got a discount towards items in the shop for doing my course through them.

Katelyn philbrook: Excellent service, staff and dive trips. Would definitely recommend using this company!

Nathan Betters: Best dive shop I have ever worked with, they are efficient, great teachers and competitive in their shops pricing!

Andy Blessing: My partner Terri and I recently had the most fantastic experience with Aquaventure Dive Shop! From the moment we walked in, we were greeted warmly by the staff who made us feel right at home.Our scuba lessons with Hannu were nothing short of amazing. Hannu's patience, calm demeanor, and fun personality truly made the learning process enjoyable and stress-free. He took the time to ensure we understood each technique and felt comfortable underwater.Not only did Hannu teach us the necessary skills, but he also shared his passion for diving, making the experience even more enriching. Terri and I felt incredibly safe under his guidance, which allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of the sport.The facilities at Aquaventure Dive Shop were top-notch, and the equipment provided was in excellent condition and we were able to purchase some custom gear that allowed us to be more comfortable on our dives. We also appreciated the thorough safety briefings before each dive, which demonstrated the shop's commitment to prioritizing customer safety.Overall, our scuba experience with Aquaventure Dive Shop exceeded our expectations, thanks to the exceptional instruction from Hannu. We can't wait to go on one of the destination dive trips they host and continue our underwater adventures with this fantastic team. Highly recommend to anyone looking for professional, friendly, and unforgettable scuba training and experiences!

Steven Corwin: I consider myself a good swimmer and have wanted to SCUBA for quite some time . Course objectives were thorough and in a common sense format.Hannu is an excellent instructor and demonstrated skills that with practice, I too can be like him. He is a class act and a benefit to Aquaventure Dive and Photo!

Elizabeth Millard: Just did the confined water dive portion of certification this weekend with Hannu and he was an excellent instructor -- very clear and patient, while also sharing his great love for all things scuba. I was apprehensive going into the class but Hannu made it into a fun adventure. Highly recommended!

Dave Callahan: Sherwin and team have an enormous amount of information and made the class enjoyable!

Jeff O'Rourke: Fantastic staff and dive shop!

Ashley Osborne: Had great service getting my refresher course! I had a trip coming up quickly and needed to get back in the water. Team was responsive and super flexible to get me going. Thanks!

Margaret Vanderwarn: Just returned from Little Cayman diving trip with AquaVenture Dive and Photo Center. This has been my fourth trip with them and it is hard to believe it keeps getting better and better! Owners/Organizers/Divers Jolene and Steve, again, ensured the trip for my husband and I was well-put-together and they communicated details thoughtfully and efficiently. Trip leader, Hannu, added extraordinary and authentic grace, while making sure we all were, and felt, taken care of. The resort-Little Cayman Beach Resort-was, quite frankly, the best I have stayed at. It was clean, quaint, and included top-notch food offerings. I can’t wait for our next trip to Palau!! I highly recommend AquaVenture Dive and Photo Center for all diving needs: travel, training, equipment.

Shawna Stoltenberg: Excellent refresher! Fun and super informative! Plus, it was fun

Fwm Xyooj: Everyone was helpful on getting me signed up. They answered all my questions. This is how I got started with scuba diving. My instructor Noel was very knowledgeable and had a lot of dives under his belt. I also feel comfortable going back just to ask questions about dives and about diving gears. I got my dive certification here and most of my scuba gears. I definitely recommend this place for new scuba divers and experienced divers. 👌

James S: Great dive refresher with Brittany!

Curtis Hawkins: My wife and I went to a SCUBA refresher course as it has been a few years since we last dove. Michelle was wonderful to work with. She was patient and had lots of practical advise. In a very short time we were remembering everything as if our last dive was yesterday. The fun of diving also returned almost instantly. This class was so worth it and Michelle made it so easy.

Karen Duerr: Hannu was very thorough and patient. I was nervous at first, but Hannu made me feel comfortable with diving. I would highly recommend him to others!!

Sarah Spaeth: Wow! My oldest kid, 18 years old, felt very apprehensive about learning scuba. He desperately wanted to be able to do it, but had many fears surrounding actually accomplishing it.He attempted a group class with an excellent and highly competent instructor at Aquaventure but it did not go well. He really needed time to process each step and get a handle on each idea. The initial class went great for the other 3 members in our family who took it through aquaventure with Hanu. Couldn’t say enough great things about how it went for them all!I called Aquaventure after he flunked out and arranged for a 1:1 class with Noel. Although I was a bit worried that he’d further feel defeated and it’d be a waste of money, I was delighted to see what a great fit Noel was for him. He took the class painstakingly slow to accommodate my son. He never once got annoyed or frustrated by my son’s need to take things at a much slower than normal pace. He encouraged him and challenged him at a level he could handle. It took much longer than a typical student would need, but Noel kept the goal in mind and worked with him to get every goal met! It was a miracle! I am so thankful for how hard Noel worked to grow my son’s confidence and make scuba a future possibility for my son. I can’t say enough about how great he was to work with! And Hanu too, he got the rest of my crew certified quickly and they had an excellent experience! Would highly recommend both instructors for certification.My words of advice after this: just know what you need going into your certification to set everyone up for success.

Peter Bailey: Fabulous experienced staff! Fun dive trainings, great selection of gear!Highly recommend!

2. Air Down There SCUBA - Little Canada



· 17 reviews

9 Little Canada Rd E, St Paul, MN 55117

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Air Down There SCUBA: what do users think?

Todd Keating: I called a larger shop looking to get my Cressi regulator serviced. They told me no one in the Twin Cities Services Cressi. The next place told me it would be about $250 to do the job, if they had the time. Air Down There had a fair price and could have it done quickly. There was an issue with a broken part that is very hard to find. These guys found one. Couldn't be happier! Customer for life!

rhoarep (rhoarep): Great shop great staff. I have been using them for 2 years now for all my Scuba Regulator servicing. They work on Tusa Regs in house which has been a little tough to find.The staff even went the extra mile and helped me find the paperwork through Tusa for the free parts for life program.They have a good selection of Scuba and snorkeling gear in house. Prices are great as well. Hoping to book a dove trip with them in the future.

Ed Morales: I picked Air Down There as my first dive shop on a lark - it was simply the closest one to my work in St. Paul. I completed my OW and refresher courses with ADT, and the instructors have always been super excellent - friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. They don't have their own pool, which I suppose is a bummer, but that's a luxury that requires a huge investment. Good folks who love diving.

Jim Everett: My daughter Sarah and I have been using air down there for years. They have always taken the time to set us up with the right eqipment, and taught us how to dive safely. We love those guys!!!

Makeen Osman: Exceptional customer service! The gentleman with the moustache who helped me was very knowledgeable and spent time with me as I was needing help with a few items for myself and my family. Very impressed with his service and knowledge! Will be back!

Pcdrums D: Visited prior to a trip to Cozumel, they had what I needed at a fair price. Service was very good and the staff is very knowledgeable. Will be looking forward to having Air Down There service my regulator and BCD prior to my next Dive trip.

Leah: We picked up some snorkel gear here before our trip to Turks and Caicos and so glad we did! Great quality and they answered all the questions we had. Our gear worked perfectly and allowed us to see some really awesome coral and sea life. Highly recommend and will definitely visit again for any snorkel/scuba needs.

Mister Jon: Always friendly and able to turn around tank fills while you wait. I have been very impressed with the service. Pricing is reasonable, particularly for their expertise.

Carolyn Kalinowski: After a few encounters with this shop I can definitely say that Air Down There is very knowledgeable and safety-oriented. I really appreciate their help and will only be taking my business to them from now on!

Daniel Mays: Great service and knowledgeable staff . I had my family do a discover scuba and they loved it. The instructor made it fun and especially when he brought out the water torpedo. My 10yr daughter thought that it was the best. We could just float underwater and play catch together. Thank you Paul and everyone at Air Down There Scuba for making my families experience safe and enjoyable. Great Family Fun!!!!!!!!

Matt batroot: Always willing to share their knowledge without being condescending. Prices seem fair and on hand selection has always been more than satisfactory.

Vanessa Rojas: Awesome store and staff! Scott was so knowledgeable and thorough when explaining features and fitting for the equipment we needed for an upcoming snorkeling vacation. This place rocks!

Ryan Snodgrass: I've tried to make a point on calling out the businesses I've transacted with who do a great job... they can be surprisingly hard to find. Air Down There does a great job of customer service. Nothing over the top but they know the clients who use them, what their interests/needs are and at times even knowing their rigs. If you need something it's worth seeing if they can get it.A place like this is what makes shopping local a treat.

Donald Raleigh: Scuba loving goodness. Excellent teachers and helpful staff. Thank you Mike!

3. Scuba Center - Lynnhurst

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· 27 reviews

5015 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

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Lisa Carmichael: Friendly service. Wanted to purchase a pair of neoprene gloves because I really like my neoprene boots. I purchased the 5mm. I think I may eventually buy the gloves which are 7mm. Good store. Good experience. All three of my kids went to the swim school years ago and had a GREAT experience.

K OBrien: I had a great experience here. John was helpful in getting me appropriately outfitted and not pushing unnecessary things. He was also great answering tons of questions from my husband who was at a different stage. Steve was a great teacher and got our group of 7 ready for our open water tests. The schedule was very flexible and I fit everything in right before I took a trip. Now after 4 open water dives in St. Kitts I'm certified! Scuba Center also sets up trips and I am definitely going to check out that offering. My husband and I are total converts!! Thanks Steve!

kirk hinrichs: Friendly and knowledgeable staff, great selections at fair priced. One stop shop scuba or snorkeling

liam dunnaway: Did a discover scuba and then my open water certification here along with buying my basic gear. Every step has been smooth and super informative. Everyone seems to really care about making sure you’re safe and comfortable with the skills.Matt, Heather, and Scuba Steve did a great job with the open water dives at square lake

Phils Quality Automotive: I great place to purchase quality scuba diving gear and training. The store has all you need in one stop. The staff will also make sure you have a great experience doing business with them.

Matthew: We had a great time with our certification class!

Kelly Meyers: John and Tom at Scuba Center we're so kind and so knowledgeable. My husband and I got full snorkel kits from them and they paid special care to add the correct drop in lenses for my husband to have near prescription level clarity in his mask. 😁 We are now even more excited for our upcoming trip!

Pauly C.: I remember when this place use to be called Family Swim School. Good times…

Lindsay Trumble: Everyone is so helpful and nice. Never have I felt embarrassed for asking what might be a dumb question. Felt super safe with every dive. Each employee goes out of their way to help you and as far as letting you borrow their own equipment. Its hard to find a hobby where the experienced individuals do not judge or belittle the newbies like myself and it makes a huge difference in me coming back. Scuba Divers is a great community and it extends to the scuba center as well.

Kareene “Divah” LadyMedic: Very friendly & explained everything for a beginner!

MNtwinsfan4ever: VERY helpful and knowledgeable staff. Lots of choices for many types of gear and needs. We go for snorkeling gear.

Sharon Glenn: Great place to get certified.

Cary Stegall: Full line diving shop with their own pool for training. I've done a couple of certifications with them. The staff know their equipment, so they are a great resource to help deciding on new gear.

4. Scuba Center - Eagan

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· 27 reviews

1571 Century Point, Eagan, MN 55121

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5. MidWest School of Diving - Washington County

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· 34 reviews

5960 Hwy 61 N #2, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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Jess Fleming: Everybody here has been wonderful to work with, but mark has gone above and beyond accommodating us! Thank you so much!

Andrew Klosowski: Awesome instructors and very PRO VETERAN.

Chris Love: My daughter and I got certified here. The experience and skills we learned here help when we had a gear failure today and my daughters weights prematurely released. I looked at 45 seconds after seeing her and she was gone. Being under weight she was pushed to the surface. She could see us looking for her. Two dive master scouring the ocean. Midwest prepared is for this situation and I searched for 1 minute and started to ascend. As I get closer I see her waving at me. So proud of her and thanks for the skills Midwest!

J Bayerl: Love this place everytime I go here. Great owner and services!

Roger Williams: Mark is a great teacher and shop owner.

Dukeoflemonade: actually believes are useful to diving. He had me try on 5 different masks, safely, to find a good fitting mask, which I did.The whole time we were talking, he was giving sage advice from a lifetime of scuba experience, and my father and I were totally absorbed in conversation about the subject with him. If you want someone to care about you being in the water safely and within your budget

Mindy Root: bis zu den Tauchlehrern wissen diese Leute, was sie tun. Ihre Geduld und ihr Engagement für ihre Schüler sind herausragend! Jeder ist vom ersten Moment an begeistert von dir und alle möchten ihre Liebe und ihr Wissen zum Tauchen mit dir teilen. Wenn etwas nicht richtig läuft, machen Sie sich keine Sorgen, denn die Bereitschaft, Ihnen weiterzuhelfen, hört nicht auf. Auch wenn ich

Ben Wierman: Tolles Unterrichtserlebnis. Gute Leute, lustig und professionell.

Millie Potts: Positiv:Kommunikation,Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis,Professionalität,Qualität

Joe Mikkelson: , waren ebenfalls großartig – sowohl im Centennial-Pool als auch am Square Lake – sehr professionell und die Zusammenarbeit mit ihnen war einfach. Mark verfügt buchstäblich über eine Menge Referenzen in der Welt des Tauchens und ist eine großartige Informationsquelle! Sehr empfehlenswert!

Matthew Wetterling: Positiv:ProfessionalitätToller Kundenservice, der meinen Kindern dabei hilft, sich fit und für das Schnorcheln auszurüsten

Jeff Stalberger: Tolles Programm zur Tauchzertifizierung. Mark ist der Beste.

6. Sea-Ya Diving - Shakopee

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415 1st Ave E, Shakopee, MN 55379

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Nate Sand: Excellent dive shop. The instructor is very knowledgeable and extremely helpfully even after you take lessons or purchase gear. They are always happy to assist you.

Nate: Positive:Communication,Professionalism,Quality,ValueHelped me get kitted out for a local dive. Has everything you need to have a fun day under the water! Very helpful and friendly!

Matt Stahlke: Positive:Quality,Value

Keagen Blommer: Went to get scuba lessons from Scott, he was super flexible, knowledgeable and allowed us to do classes and pool lessons with him and our open water classes with a Padi instructor on our Mexico trip. I would highly recommend him!

clint wood: Scott is just a fantastic guy to work with. He accommodated my schedule to get certified, he was efficient, he worked quickly, he was detail oriented and I was able to complete all of my dives for certification in just a couple days. On top of that, he gave me extremely competitive prices on a complete set of diving gear, along with several freebies thrown in. I'm as satisfied as it is possible for a customer to be.

rhoarep (rhoarep): Probably one of my favorite dive shops in the twin cities area. Scott and his staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. If scott wasnt sure in a price or didnt have an item he would look into and get back to me sometimes in the same day. They are also very flexible for scheduling. I once needed a drysuit for a dive during the winter when they are only open on weekends. They called me back and were will to meet me on my schedule.

Mitch Mees: Scott was awesome and flexible with my schedule as well as my buddy who got certified with me. We both work weird schedules but over the course of 2-3 weeks Scott was able to get our classroom, pool time, and certification dives done for SSI. Cant wait for next spring to continue my dive education. He also has all the gear, and rents it out if you want to try different gear before you buy.

Nathan Uecker: Best dive shop in the Twin Cities

Phil Schneider: Great customer service!!

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