Below are listed some of the SCUBA links that I find extremely valuable, competent, and reliable. Hopefully, they help you as much as they have helped me! This is not just a bunch of sites to make up a Links page, but rather, a list of my own personal recommendation of each link as a bona fide technical resource.
Dive Addicts is in Draper, Utah and offers Technical Diving training and certification. Randy Thornton and his sons Josh & Michael are pictured above, with links to their bios. They are all great to work with and are all super-friendly. Dive Addicts was the first and is still the preeminent Tech Diving shop in Utah. They offer everything from Advanced Nitrox - Decompression Procedures up to Trimix Rebreather, and even Cave Diver training. They also have any gas mix you would hope for. Friendly service, competent training, state-of-the-art dive gear, on-site equipment repairs ... these guys are THE BOMB!
|Amigos Dive Center in Fort White, Florida is a one-of-a-kind dive shop. Mr. Wayne Kinard has to be the world's friendliest guy! Amigos came into existence when a group of Wayne's close friends suggested he open a dive shop that would cater to honest, hard-working, serious divers. In fact, many of the start-up procedures, equipment, and physical labor all were donated by Wayne's friends. There were compressors, tanks, painting, computers and programs, etc. donated to Wayne, just because he is such a good guy.
I would recommend Amigos Dive Center to anyone who is doing any kind of diving. You will learn, as I did, the great feeling it is to be trusted at Amigos 24-hour "self-serve" breathing gas fill station. It just doesn't get much better than this!
|This link is both an advertisement for and a tribute to Mr. Jim Wyatt, who is the CEO and Chief Cave Diver Instructor for Cave Dive Florida. Mr. Wyatt is a refreshing presence in "Cave Country" aka "... where High-Tech meets Redneck ...." He is highly educated, articulate, and extraordinarily dedicated to the business of training new Cave Divers.|
Jim Wyatt is a tough yet fair instructor. Cave Diving is an activity in which there is little margin for (human) error. Accordingly, if you are going to pay someone to train you as a Cave Diver, you should hope to be signing up for an emotional, intellectual, and diver-skills "Boot Camp." This is indeed the case with Jim Wyatt. He requires near-perfection in the early stages of training and then perfection in the advanced stages. Yet, when considering a cave diving instructor, what other kind of instructor would you prefer to train & qualify you in this extreme sport?
The photo to the left shows my dive buddy, Richard Lamb, upon completing his Full Cave Diver course with Jim Wyatt (right).
|This link is an advertisement for Key West Snorkeling - Key West Dive Center is the premier source for the best snorkeling in Key West and the Florida Keys. Wreck, Reef, Shark, Dolphin, Night , Multi-Day & Specialty dives available.|