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#1 Scubatooth

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 04:40 PM

Houston area members.

Need recommendations for Houston area dive shops for open water training. PADI would be preferred but looking more for a shop with good instructors that teach not just go through the motions. This is not for me its for someone close to me that wants to get certified. Also a shop that doesn't mind me shadowing the classroom and confined and open water portions as well... yes I am just a little protective.
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Posted 07 August 2013 - 09:22 PM

I like Gigglin Marlins.


http://gigglinmarlin.com/

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:58 AM

Any other recommendations?

Any comments / Concerns about? Maximum Scuba or oceanic ventures?

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:26 AM

I was going to say Gigglin' Marlin, but Sandy beat me to it.

Don't have any experience Maximum Scuba or Oceanic Ventures.

Depending what part of town you are in. I know that Sea Sports Scuba has locations all over, and I have generally had good experience with them. DiveTech Scuba has a new building hear I-10 and T.C Jester but I havent been to their new place. My experience with them was they are good, but a bit pricey.

Diver's Paradise down in Seabrook is a great place to take tanks. I got three hydro'd and vis'd for less than $100.:cool1:/>

Mammoth Lake Scuba in Lake Jackson is a good place to take vintage ScubaPro regs like mine, although I am looking for a good ScubaPro tech closer to home in the Inner Loop. Anyone know anybody?
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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:35 AM

Teresa - This isn't for me as any dive training I may take will be with OTWDiver in SC, and I'm in Dallas still for now. This is for someone close to me who wants to get certified to go diving with me ;) Shes lives just west of Houston between Houston and Beaumont on I-10.

As for reg techs I'm not going to be a help as my reg tech is here in Dallas who mainly works on Apeks, Edge/HOG and Poseidon and I mainly use Poseidon regs. Only scubapro techs around Dallas would be Sr Tech(here) or scubatoys.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 12:14 PM

West? Beaumont is east of Houston.
Plenty of places on the west side of town. Not sure about the east side.
I have had Nitrox and Rescue cert via Gigglin' Marlin and they are first rate, as well as competitively priced

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:07 PM

that was supposed to be east, must be more tired then I thought.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:56 PM

Maximum Scuba in Kemah on Hwy 146 stays busy. That's really all I know about them. I was told a couple years ago, by a friend doing some price checking, that they were the cheapest at that time for OW lessons. Sorry, I'm not much help.
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Posted 19 July 2015 - 01:28 PM

Gigglin Marlin gets my vote for Houston dive shops. Centrally located and responsive, Bill and Tonya Merrit have built probably the best dive shop in town.




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