West Marine Launches Scuba Program

Free online instruction, regionally appropriate gear and more are among the offerings.

West Marine scuba website

West Marine, working in partnership with Mares Scuba Gear, Scuba Schools International and Guardian Scuba Instruction LLC, has launched a full scuba-diving program in two of its Florida stores.

Customers in Jacksonville and North Palm Beach will now be able to find regionally appropriate dive products, a full range of Scuba Schools International scuba classes and services such as tank fills. The newly available products, also available at www.westmarine.com, include dive computers, gauges, regulators, buoyancy-control devices, wetsuits, tanks and accessories.

The partnership with Scuba Schools International allows novices to begin scuba certification courses online, for free, and then continue for a fee after connecting with a local dive center. Additional online content includes videos.

“We are excited to have developed strategic partnerships with credible industry experts to help us introduce the world of scuba diving to a whole new set of customers,” West Marine Watersports Category Manager Cristina Kochevar stated in a press release. “Our online experience speaks to beginners who can start their

Open Water class for free online, and enthusiasts who can watch dive videos on Dive TV.”