Speciality SCUBA Classes 2018-03-30T18:55:00+00:00

Mac’s Sports Specialty SCUBA Classes

Take your diving to the next level with specialty SCUBA classes!

Scuba diving is a way to explore and experience our underwater world in new and exciting ways. Through our PADI certified specialty SCUBA classes, you will learn new techniques and gain the skills to help you become a better, more confident diver, and broaden your SCUBA skillset.  In other words, these classes will take your diving to a different level!  We offer advanced specialty SCUBA classes for equipment use, night diving, dive instructor training, stress and rescue, drift diving, and NITROX diving, just to name a few.

Furthermore, our instructors have over 85 years of collective experience SCUBA diving.  We approach dive instruction in a way that teaches you everything you need to know combined with real-world application.  Our dive instructors take the time to make sure you are comfortable with the concepts and techniques of your specialty SCUBA class.  This ensures a very comprehensive dive education.  Sign up for a class today and see why our customers love learning from Mac’s!

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Mac's Sports Specialty SCUBA Class


Learn the benefits of NITROX.

This specialty SCUBA class introduces you to, Nitrox, a breathing gas that is simply air enriched with oxygen. Nitrox, which is 21% – 40% oxygen, contains lower percentages of nitrogen than air does. The lower amount of nitrogen, present in nitrox, offers many benefits that will make your SCUBA diving safer and more enjoyable.

  • Reduced nitrogen absorption.
  • Shorter Surface Intervals and Longer Bottom Times.
  • Longer Repetitive Dive Times.
  • Reduced Exhaustion.
  • Fewer Decompression Stops.

Wreck Diving

Learn to safely navigate and explore wreck dive sites.

Our wreck diving specialty SCUBA class is one of the most common interests that, new and experienced, divers have.  It is fascinating to be able to explore wreck sites but can be dangerous if safety precautions are not followed.  Learn how to dive around these mysterious structures that were sunken either by natural causes or by man to create an artificial reef.

  • Gain a knowledge and understanding of proper wreck diving procedures.
  • Learn safety considerations when exploring and navigating wreck sites.
  • Techniques to avoid disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.
  • Learn techniques to become more “reef-friendly”!

Mac's Specialty SCUBA Class
Mac's Sports Specialty SCUBA Class

Night Diving and Limited Visibilty Diving

Experience the unique beauty night diving provides.

Our Night Diving specialty SCUBA class provides a different perspective of the underwater worlds. When the sun goes down, corals open up and spawn, crabs and lobsters walk freely about, and a completely different set of reef creatures come out to play. Limited Visibility Diving will teach you to safely and comfortably dive at night or when visibility is less than perfect.

  • Learn light handling and communication techniques.
  • Learn proper methods for entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.
  • Identifying differences in plant and animal behavior at night.
  • Gain comfort and confidence night diving or when water clarity is less than “post card” conditions.

Dive Control

Build your dive control and abilities while SCUBA diving.

Dive control is a skill that every diver needs.  In our dive control specialty SCUBA class, you will learn skills that will help you become a more efficient diver, allowing you to enjoy SCUBA diving more. You will learn how to streamline all aspects of your SCUBA diving, from how you carry equipment to efficiency when kicking and descending, and above all, become more “reef-friendly”!

  • Streamline your profile by minimizing and controlling the drag of equipment clutter.

  • Descend and kick more efficiently.

  • Learn techniques to become more “reef-friendly”!

Mac's Sports Specialty SCUBA Class
Mac's Sports Specialty SCUBA Class

Boat Diving

Skills to make your boat diving experience safer, and more enjoyable.

Some of the best dive sites are only accessible by Boat Diving. In this specialty SCUBA class, Learn skills and techniques to make your boat diving experience safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. Learn differences between different boat styles, safety equipment procedures, boat etiquette, and even sea-sickness prevention.

  • Learn about all parts of a vessel and proper equipment stowage.
  • Learn proper anchor and drift diving techniques.
  • Learn proper techniques for mooring and other lines.

Drift Diving

Increase your control and abilities while SCUBA diving.

Drift Diving can feel like flying as the current carries you along.  Our drift diving specialty SCUBA class will give you a comfort level with controlling your movement through currents.  Learn techniques and skills to safely drift dive and enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to propel you along.

  • Introduction to drift diving equipment; floats, lines and reels.
  • Overview of the causes and effects of aquatic currents.
  • Learn buoyancy control, navigation and communication while drift diving.
  • Learn techniques for staying with a buddy or together in a group.
Mac's Specialty SCUBA Class
Stress and Rescue Specialty SCUBA Class

Stress and Rescue

Recognize, prevent, and handle dive-related stress.

A SCUBA emergency is compounded by the fact that you are in the water. Knowing how to recognize and handle stress and rescue situations is an invaluable skill to have. Mac’s Stress and Rescue specialty SCUBA class will teach you the skills and techniques to help you become a much stronger diver by learning skills and techniques to recognize, prevent, and handle dive-related stress, as well as give assistance or possibly assist in a rescue. A MUST for all divers!

  • Recognize and manage stress in yourself and other divers.
  • Emergency management skills and techniques.
  • Rescuing panicked or unresponsive divers.

SCUBA Field Maintenance

Learn skills to save a dive that is going wrong.

This is a great specialty SCUBA class for new and experienced divers alike.  It helps you become more self-reliant with maintaining and field-repairing your gear.  Learn tips and tricks to salvage a dive that is going wrong due to maintenance issues. Knowing what to do when equipment is malfunctioning is an invaluable skill to have.  Learn how to build, and use, your own save-a-dive repair kit!

  • Introduction to SCUBA field maintenance and repair.

  • Techniques and skills to help save a dive with equipment issues.

  • Build a save-a-dive kit, and learn to use it.

Mac's Sports Specialty SCUBA Class
Mac's Specialty SCUBA Class

Underwater Photography

Learn techniques to ensure quality underwater photos.

Capture and share your memories with an Underwater Photography specialty SCUBA class. Choosing the subject, composition, filtering, buoyancy control, image editing and specialty equipment are just a part of this Specialty.

  • Recognize and manage stress in yourself and other divers.
  • Emergency management skills and techniques.
  • Rescuing panicked or unresponsive divers.

SCUBA Navigation

Learn the skills to safely and confidence to navigate underwater.

Probably the most practical and useful specialty SCUBA class one can take.  You will gain necessary skills that will help you explore more of the dive sites and then confidently return to the boat.

  • Learn skills to estimate distance underwater.
  • Gain an understanding of compass navigation.
  • Marking and relocating submerged objects or positions from the surface.
  • Learn skills for underwater map making.
Navigation Specialty SCUBA Class
Deep Water Diving Specialty SCUBA Class

Deep Water Dives

Gain the skills and knowledge to descend to deep depths.

In Mac’s specialty SCUBA class for deep water diving, you will gain the knowledge and abilities to safely descend on dive sites that are just beyond the limits of the lesser experienced divers, whether it be a massive shipwreck or a sheer drop off on a coral wall.

  • Learn how to use specialized deep diving equipment.
  • Learn deep dive strategies, buoyancy control, and buddy contact procedures .
  • Learn how to manage your gas supply, combat gas narcosis and other safety considerations.

REAL REVIEWS from our clients

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I was just curious about how much scuba lessons would be, and was so impressed with them that I signed up on the spot. They also have great prices for their scuba gear. I compared to some web sites, and they were lower on several things that I bought. Ask for Matt...he is great to work with. Actually, you can't go wrong with anyone there!read more
Tom O
Tom O
13:25 12 Feb 19
Purchased a sAweeT Akõna "Quantum Stretch" wetsuit with some AwesoME snorkel gear from these guys today.Honest and knowledgeable, it was appreciated and I'll be back for future purchases, for sure.
Anthony Gist
Anthony Gist
01:45 21 Jan 19
I took my open water certification course with Mac’s and Brian and Dallas were great instructors! Awesome dive shop.
Nicholas Kampars
Nicholas Kampars
19:24 06 Jan 19
I highly recommend Mac’s, Matt was very professional and knowledgeable,Thank you for your excellent services.
Nick Bartlett
Nick Bartlett
21:14 01 Nov 18
My son and I completed a course with Brian at Mac’s. We went to Rainbow River and had an awesome time. Brian was super helpful and a really kind person. Great experience!
Karley Vaughn
Karley Vaughn
14:19 01 Oct 18
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
Excellent service, highly recommend this dive shop.
Christina Roddey
Christina Roddey
15:39 14 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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