A dive community of Patriots!
When I left my recent military assignment in Okinawa I departed as an avid scuba diver who had just entered the ranks of professional diving. In my time in the clear waters of the South China Sea I had been surrounded by a military diving community of thousands of service and family members and now I was headed to the National Capital Region. Were there divers there? Would my wife and I be able to find a community on par with Okinawa? Would anyone be willing to take a chance on an unproven PADI Divemaster who had not grown within a local shops ranks? These were the questions on my mind as I left for my new assignment.
Upon arrival I set about finding a new dive community and hopefully finding a shop willing to take a chance on me. Patriot Scuba was different from the other shops in the area. Owned and operated by a military family we instantly found a community of divers similar to Okinawa. They were passionate about training, passionate about diving, and genuinely interested in diving with us. When I asked them about doing some Divemaster work with them they were more than willing to give me a shot to see if I would work out.
Needless to say I did work out and in the summer of 2015 I became a PADI Open Water Scuba instructor graduating from the shops inaugural IDC. With the Patriot Scuba community of instructors, students, and industry professionals I have accomplished more with my diving than I ever really imagined. The Patriot Scuba dive community has been an absolute blessing by introducing me to friends, colleagues, and students I never would have met otherwise.
I am absolutely thrilled to have found Patriot Scuba during those early spring months of 2015. Every weekend spent diving with these professionals reinforces the initial assessment I had of Patriot Scuba. Patriot Scuba is different than any dive community I’ve been a part of. I encourage you to take some time this winter season and assess your dive community. If they’re not meeting your expectations as a diver and you find yourself looking for a new dive community - come check us out over at Patriot Scuba. You will not be disappointed.