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Mac’s Sports’ Technicians and Dive Instructors

Learn to dive from the Tampa Bay area’s BEST dive instructors!

At Mac’s Sports, we really love to scuba dive!  Whether you are getting your beginner SCUBA certification, or you are looking for specialty SCUBA classes, with Mac’s, you know you are getting the best dive education around.  With over 85, collective, years of SCUBA experience, our dive instructors will make sure you are comfortable and confident with all concepts of SCUBA.  The passion we have for SCUBA shows in the way we teach.  Our goal is for every student to love SCUBA as much as we do!

If equipment service is what you are looking for, Mac’s does that too.  Our manufacturer trained technicians will make sure your equipment is service to manufacturer specifications.  Contact us today or check out our online dive class or dive trip calendar to see when the next SCUBA class is happening.  We can’t wait to see you in the water!

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Brian Grindey

Brian Grindey

Mac’s Sports Owner/Instructor

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Brian is a second generation SCUBA Instructor with 34 years of experience. He is a Certified SCUBA Instructor through NASDS & SSI. His latest achievement is his certification as a Poseidon MKIV Rebreather instructor! After years of working and running dive charter boats, he began teaching people how to dive. He joined Mac’s in 1988 and shortly thereafter became Manager.  When Brian leaves Florida on vacation, he heads to the ski slopes in Utah and Colorado.

  • Certification • SSI Dive Coordinator Instructor, Poseidon MKIV Rebreather Instructor

  • Hometown • Tarpon Springs, FL

  • Occupation •  Store Owner, Retail Sales, Service Technician, Travel Specialist

  • Favorite Dive Spots • Sea of Cortez, Cozumel, Bahamas, Florida East Coast

Keith Grubs

Keith Grubbs

Scuba Instructor & Retail Sales

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  • Certification • SSI Instructor Trainer, Poseidon MKIV Rebreather instructor

  • Hometown • Munice, IN

  • Occupation •  Scuba Instructor, Retail Sales, Travel Specialist

Matt Glime

Matt Glime

Scuba Instructor & Retail Sales

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  • Certification • SSI Dive Advanced Open Water Instructor
  • Hometown • Clearwater, FL
  • Occupation •  Scuba Instructor, Retail Sales, Service Technician, Travel Specialist
  • Favorite Dive Spots • Stuarts Cove Shark Dives, Gulf of Mexico, Thunderbolt Wreck – Marathon Key, Wreck of the Rhone – Tortula
Mike Odette

Mike Odette

Service Technician & Retail Sales

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  • Certification • Open Water Diver, Service Technician
  • Hometown • Clearwater, FL

  • Occupation •  Service Technician, Retail Sales

  • Favorite Dive Spots • Molasses and French reed in Pennecamp Park

Robbie Pascual

Robbie Pascual

Service Technician & Retail Sales

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  • Certification • Specialty Diver
  • Hometown • Clearwater, FL
  • Occupation •  Service Technician, Retail Sales
  • Favorite Dive Spots • Bahamas, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico
Mike Odette

Billy Carvallo

SCUBA Instructor & Retail Sales

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  • Certification • Dive Instructor

  • Hometown • Bronx, N.Y.

  • Occupation • Dive Instructor & Retail Sales

  • Favorite Dive Locations • Red Sea, Galapagos, Oman, Indian Ocean.

Nick Bork

Nick Bork

Service Technician & Retail Sales

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  • Certification • Dive Control Specialist
  • Hometown • Westland, MI
  • Occupation •  Sr. Developer, Inuvo, Inc.
  • Favorite Dive Spots • Darwin’s Arch off Darwin Island, Galapagos Islands, Equator
Daniel Vavrecka

Daniel Vavrecka

Service Technician & Retail Sales

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  • Certification • Dive Control Specialist

  • Hometown • Clearwater, FL

  • Occupation •  Co-owner of Made For You Enterprises

  • Favorite Dive Spots • Grand Cayman

SCUBA Diving Classes and Certifications

Our Open Water Program is designed to teach you the skills to become a competent and responsible SCUBA Diver through the repetition of skills in our classroom, on site indoor pool, and open water dives, all while having as much fun possible! Instructors pay individual attention to each student to ensure that they are as comfortable and competent as possible while in the water!

Our dive instructors are passionate about SCUBA Diving and teaching. This passion shines through in our instructors’ thoroughness of any and all classes. Our main goal is for you to love diving as much as we do and we take pride in seeing our students as successful SCUBA Divers upon the completion of their class

  • Group Classes

  • Semi Custom Dive Classes

  • Custom Dive Lessons

  • SCUBA Referral Class

  • Night Diving

  • Limited Visibility Diving
  • Boat Diving
  • Drift Diving

Upcoming Classes

Nitrox Class

Nitrox Certification Class

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Spearfishing Class & Dives

August 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

West Palm Weekend!

September 8 - September 9

Mac's Beginner SCUBA Certification

Florida Keys Dive Trip

November 9 - November 11

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REAL REVIEWS from our clients

We started our diving journey at Mac's on Clearwater. Its been all 👌😂 we started the class in June and became certified divers July 15th. Its been an extremely fun time. The instructor Keith really enjoys teaching diving. The entire process has been a great learning experience and gives us the opportunity to see an underwater world not many people have seen.read more
Franklyn Gutierrez
Franklyn Gutierrez
22:44 16 Jul 18
Love Mac's. Started going there over 10 years ago for ski gear and Mike was a big help with that. It is great to see employees stick around for the long term!Now that it was time for a group of friends and I to become scuba certified, Matt is an awesome instructor. He is very knowledgeable and attentive. Matt goes above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable with your purchases and setting you up with what your specific needs are. Keith and Mike are also great with helping answer questions and showing the right gear you may want. Overall, all the guys there are knowledgeable and welcoming to be around.read more
Jodie Snyder
Jodie Snyder
20:00 26 May 18
Matt, Keith and Mike as well as the rest of the staff are incredible...!!! The wealth of knowledge and professionalism is second to none. They are more about helping us be comfortable and satisfied then with selling the sale. I am thrilled to call these guys my new diving family...!!!
Michael G. Knettel Jr.
Michael G. Knettel Jr.
20:00 26 May 18
Great certification and diving experiences. Thank you Keith for instructing me well during my coursework, pool practice and open water testing. Thank you Matt for helping me develope my skills diving with awsome marine life through your guided open ocean dives.
Christine Russo
Christine Russo
22:59 21 Jan 18
We had originally went for scuba lessons with super sports and scuba. First of all, that instructor had me scared stupid about diving. When we were ready to get certified i could not get them to answer my call to schedule the dive. We were getting ready to go on a cruise and my husband and I were looking forward to diving in the Caribbean. My brother who was certified at Mac's brought us there for sidewalk sale and Keith was awesome. He was extremely knowledgeable and kind. So, when things feel through at the other place,we knew we had to go with Mac and Keith. Keith worked on his his day of and did private lessons to make sure we were ready. Now, i need to tell you we had already done dive classroom portion at other place...at Mac we did online course which was much more informative and spent way more time in the pool. Keith made sure we felt comfortable and were ready to dive. We are leaving for cruise tomorrow and we are so looking forward to diving in GrandTurk and Dominican Republic. Thanks Mac and Keith!read more
Michelle Rabbitts
Michelle Rabbitts
17:28 04 Nov 17
Mike is awesome!!! He answered all my questions was extremely helpful.. prices are right and I will continue to do business there thank you guys
Kenny Morehouse
Kenny Morehouse
17:17 27 Aug 17
Highly recommend! The hubs and I have been customers for more than 20 years. We buy our gear and get it serviced there. We've taken several classes and have been on many dive trips with them. Our daughter was certified there. The staff is knowledgable, helpful and friendly. Recently purchased some new gear and Brian was very generous. Thanks Brian! See you at the Dive Club meeting. read more
Sharon Lappe
Sharon Lappe
18:37 02 Aug 17
My wife and I went in to the Macs Clearwater location to check out some diving gear. Mike Odette greeted us at the door and helped us with every question and concern we had. The shop is one of the nicest dive shops we have ever been to. Large selection of everything. I would recommend this shop to anyone. Thanks Mike. We will see you soonread more
mike wetherington
mike wetherington
19:54 09 Apr 17
I've been coming here for years. The staff here are all extremely nice and very helpful. They take very good care of their customers and care about getting you the right gear for your level. It's also really nice that when snow season comes around that they provide the gear you need for skiing. I dive and ski, so this is perfect shop.read more
Danan Coleman
Danan Coleman
02:39 10 Jan 17

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Nitrox Class

Nitrox Certification Class

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mac's Sports Dive Trips

Key Biscayne Dive Trip

August 24 - August 26

Mac’s Sports Inc.

Mac’s Sports Inc. is a family owned and operated dive shop with over 50 years experience teaching people to SCUBA dive, as well as teaching advanced SCUBA, classes.  Whether you are looking for; beginning dive classesspecialty SCUBA classes,  an upcoming dive trip, or even SCUBA rental equipment, Mac’s Sports has you covered.

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