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The Dive Shop On McEver
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3560 McEver Rd Gainesville, GA 30504
3560 McEver RoadUSGeorgiaGainesville30504
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"So excited about the doing open water dive."
"The owners and instructors where calm and encouraging."
"Took me several wasted trips before I could get my Dive Cards."
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Gabriel Gomar
3 months ago
Just finished my open water dive course, awaiting my checkout dive. I have to say my class was a lot of fun, the pace and style of teaching made it so much fun. My wife was certified 7 years ago and took the class with me as a refresher and couldn't stop talking about how much better this class was compared to her original. The dive masters that helped were also very good and passionate at what they do. I interviewed 3 other shops for class and each one failed (in many ways) but this shop won because Stephen offered not only my cert (padi) but sdi, tdi, and ssi, take your pick. He gave honest reviews on gear (I fact checked him on google) I couldn't recommend this shop more.
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Kristin Joyner
a year ago
I did it!!!!!! The owners and instructors where calm and encouraging. I bought the driver certification for my husband for father's day and decided to do it with him. Best father's day present I have received! This was a stretch for me as it is out of my comfort zone, but I did it. If I can, you can. The students in our class ranged from 12 years to 60 plus years. I did not feel pressured to purchase equipment from their store. We did but other students in the class did not. The owner looked at all students equipment to keep everyone safe. The owner Stephen stresses the importance of safety and being prepared. He does it in a funny, sarcastic way to keep his students calm. Before you do the open water dive, you are encouraged to practice in their pool, which I will be doing to work on my skills. That to me is worth it. So excited about the doing open water dive.
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Todd Lewis
3 years ago
You just can’t go wrong with the DSOM. With instructors like Steve and Buck you will be sure to get the most out of your dive instruction. Buck is an instructor with more years of experience than many of his students have years in this earth. Steve, while not being quiet as experienced, demonstrates an aptitude for instructing and leading his students. My wife experienced difficulties with her ears during training, these guys got her through it and helped her to become comfortable at depth. We both finished our Open Water Diver course feeling confident in the skills we had learned to continue diving abroad. Great gear and service there too.
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Matthew Maxwell
4 years ago
I attended an introductory course and utilized this shop to complete my open water certification. In response to another reviewer: the owner does try to sell you quality equipment but their prices are not inflated in comparison to other shops and I was happy to have the access to expert knowledge and quality goods considering your life depends on it. SCUBA diving is not cheap. And I will agree he does come off as very self-assured but he also knows what he is talking about and he is extremely friendly and competent. You do not want to be 100 feet down with malfunctioning equipment. They also rent equipment there. Our instructor Buck was amazing. He has over 6000 dives (the owner Steve has thousands as well) and is a rescue diver and world record holder. I would trust him with my life--and I suppose I did. I felt incredibly well trained--we went far beyond what other classes do and I know this because I saw it first hand during my open water certification and I talked with my friends that went through training. I drove an hour to get to this place--other people fly across country. I am an anxious person but by the time I received my certification I was so calm. The facilities are very nice. They even let me come back after my class for a little refresher before the certification trip at no charge. The level that they dive at and their combined knowledge is highly impressive and I offer my highest recommendation. P.S. I think it is a shame people skew ratings with one star when they did not have a one star experience. Check the reviews on Kudzu and Citysearch and you will see how great this place is.
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Jorge Smitley
4 months ago
Thought that I was always given the run-a-round. Had to make several trips to the dive shop before the owner could take 10 minutes of his time to get me a referral. Took me several wasted trips before I could get my Dive Cards. Seems like he found a lot of excuses. Multiple phone calls unanswered. These calls were placed serveral days apart for about 3 weeks. I was told the answer machine was broke. How many businesses would leave their answer machine broke for 3 weeks. Decided I didn't want to do business with them anymore and told them I'd like to cancel my daughter aqua camp and was told if someone else calls in and wanted to join the class then I could get a refund and my daughter wouldn't have to go. Now that the camp is over it has been brought to my attention that a class of 8 was really a class of 11. Just venting and tired of the misinformation and disappointments. I would never recommend that anyone deal with this shop. If you have to go out of your way to go somewhere else, it's highly recommended.
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Jeff Greenhut
a year ago
Was lucky enough to visit the shop. Totally worth the drive. Steve was a wealth of knowledge and amazingly accommodating. Was blown away by the high end camera gear (and more!) in the shop. Best dive shop experience Ive ever had by far.
Kelvin Montero
2 years ago
I recommend The Dive Shop on McEver for anyone starting or continuing their aquatic education. Their services are truly geared towards satisfaction. My dive instructor (Stephen) was very knowledgeable and did an outstanding job at teaching the Open Water Course. All the students were provided top of the line Dive equipment for little to no cost. After only three days I felt like a member of the Dive Shop On McEver family. THANK YOU GUYS!!!!!. Can’t wait to go back.
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A Google User
4 years ago
I enrolled in the open water scuba class with my sister-in-law and we did it this weekend. I felt that their teaching method was very effective for those who like learning quickly as well as for those who may take a little bit longer. I obviously am not a subject-matter expert so I can't comment on their prices. I think the people who get offended by the instructors' method of speaking to students are being a little sensitive. At no point did I feel a line was crossed into explicit language. Anytime a correction was made on myself or other students, it was via a constructive/tactful joke. If you're a veteran, I think you would fit in perfectly with the instructors since a few were vets. They will teach you what you need to know and they will do it professionally.
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