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Aquatic Sports
SCUBA Instructor
Today 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
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10803 SW Barbur Blvd Portland, OR 97219
10803 Southwest Barbur BoulevardUSOregonPortland97219
SCUBA Instructor, Travel Agency
SCUBA Instructor
Travel Agency
Dive Shop
Today 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday Closed
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Outpost offering snorkeling gear, dive equipment like wetsuits & regulators, plus training & trips.- Google
"The scuba class and pool time were a great learning environment."
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"Rental gear was above average, with dive computers included in the gauge set."
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Tyler Zalewski
a week ago
Very friendly and approachable customer service. I asked about training and was given a tour and a ton of helpful information. I do wish the training fees were lower.
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G Graff
2 years ago
My wife, Meredith, and I gave ourselves scuba lessons for Christmas this year, and we found Aquatic Sports (AS) through a Living Social deal. We spend a lot of vacation time in Maui and we wanted to learn how to scuba do we could dive while on the island. We did our classroom and pool work in Portland, then did our open water dive last week in Maui after receiving our referral from AS. The training we received at AS, and the equipment we purchased, made all the difference in the world. Our Open Water certification dives were a piece of cake after the extensive SSI training received through the Aquatic Sports program. Carlos Aguilar was our A.S. instructor, and he is top-notch. His enthusiasm for the sport is infectious. He is patient, thorough, and extremely knowledgable. One reviewer on Yelp complained about the push to purchase equipment. We did not feel pressured to buy our own equipment (other than your mask, snorkel, and fins, which are necessary). However, we wanted to buy our own diving equipment, and Carlos explained the advantages to buying certain items, due to warranties that wouldn't otherwise be available. However, we understood that the choice was ours. I can tell you that going from the confines of the AS pool, to the open waters of the Pacific Ocean, I felt a lot more confident and secure in my diving ability as a result of the training, education, and equipment received through the AS program. My wife and I thank Carlos for ensuring that we were truly prepared and able to get the most out of our first Maui diving adventure. We also appreciate Jeff, Adrian, John, and the rest of the AS crew for helping feed our enthusiasm for this wonderful sport.
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A Google User
3 years ago
Was almost sold by this nice lady who seemed to be giving me good information about differences between products. Owner comes in and starts trying to upsell me and provides little real information. Wanting to give any commission to the lady I ask when she's working and she says it's her last day. Have a few tanks that needed VIP/hydro. Called around for prices. This place wanted to charge me separately for both VIP and hydro, which would come to like $70. Most places are $40-45. They did get a few stars, because they have a pool and encourage you to try stuff in the water before purchasing. Some of their cheaper wetsuits were tagged below book prices. I bet it's the same price most shops would give.
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A Google User
4 years ago
Now that I have your attention, I would like to express my appreciation for the staff and owner of Aquatic Sports. From the first phone call to the last lesson, every staff member made me feel comfortable and confident that I was making the right decision to get certified. They were all friendly, knowledgeable, and approachable. My dive instructor, Colin, is an excellent teacher who is passionate about diving, safety and (most importantly) educating his students. From the minute I got into the water, I was confident that I was learning all the proper steps to safe diving. If you are going to get certified in scuba, Aquatic Sports is the place to go. And even if you're not going to get certified, their shop has an excellent selection of snorkeling and swimming items.
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Joe Criscione
11 months ago
I don't even know where to begin. -Misquoted my drysuit repair -Lost track of my drysuit after they shipped it -Gave me an unrealistic timeframe for drysuit repair -Sold me a tank and lied about the manufacturer Not coming back here again!
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Chris Strahl
2 years ago
Jeff and his team are great at working within your timeline, budget, and capabilities to make sure you have a great experience. He's got great gear and a fantastic attitude to match. His staff is also very knowledgeable and great at instruction. Special thanks to Carlos for being a great instructor.
A Google User
3 years ago
Love the personal attention from Jeff and his staff. After getting certified with them four years ago, we came back before our trip to the Caribbean this past Feb. They spent time advising us on our equipment needs, answering our many questions. They even let us try it out in the pool before buying. Can't do that through the internet! Their prices are competitive too. Support local businesses....I highly recommend Aquatic Sports.
A Google User
3 years ago
We had a great experience here. My husband and I stopped by in early September to purchase goggles & snorkels for our trip to Hawaii and eventually for scuba when we get certified. Although we had done some research into the gear, we didn't know much about selecting it. The gentleman who helped us was very knowledgeable and low pressure, I think his name was Adrian (?). He told us what we should look for when determining which mask/snorkel to purchase and then let us fiddle with products on our own time. We both happened to select models that were out of stock so Adrian offered us the floor models with free cleaner, defogger, and comfort straps. We were thinking about purchasing fins too but they were a little beyond our budget. Instead of pressuring us, Adrian informed us that we could rent fins in Hawaii for about $19/week and that we could purchase the diving fins later when we're ready to certify. We both appreciated his frank & helpful advice. We'll definitely be going back!
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