Come Dive With Us!

 

Since we are close to major dive spots in the state, we dive frequently around the area.

Most dives are instruction related, but some are open to the public.  We also participate in many local dive / clean up events and other water related events in the area.  Some events can be found on our Facebook Page, but please feel free to contact us for those dates, costs, and locations.

 

You can also connect with active divers in the area through a couple of our Facebook Groups: Dive Shop San Marcos and  Scuba Divers of San Marcos.

 

We post our events to those groups as well as our Facebook Page, but other organizations do as well, so there is ample opportunities to dive or just meet up and make new friends. 

Schedule a Dive:

If you are visiting the area and would like to dive Lake Travis, Canyon Lake, Spring Lake, or one of the local rivers, we can provide you with pricing information, dive information (water clarity, depth, and temperature), and some things you will need to know before you get in the water.  We can also help you with a dive plan to maximize your dive time.

For restricted or closed facilities, like Spring Lake, we can help you gain access, explain the restrictions, or make reservations for you.
Don't have a Dive Buddy?  Do you want a Dive Guide?

You should never dive alone.  So if you need a dive buddy, we can see if there are any of the local groups or divers hosting an open dive during your visit, or we can schedule one of our Dive Masters / Instructors to dive with you.

Cost depends on time and location.  Please contact us for details.

We have a few trips during the year scheduled that you should come on!  Our trips are tailor made to maximize time, costs, and dives! 

While diving is the focus of the trips, we also try to explore the area around our dive sites, and, of course, have fun!  Plus, group trips are a great way to make new friends and great memories. 

These trips are open to the public - you do not have to be a student of Texas State University or the Dive Shop to attend.

Currently, we have these trips and events planned:
  • Nitrox Certification Classes: Oct & Nov 2019  
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    Don't want summer to end?  Want to get one more day of diving in?

    Then come join us for an open dive day at Windy Point SCUBA Park on Saturday, September 28th!

    We are inviting all divers to come for a day of fun and dives!

    If you don't have a buddy, come anyway and meet a new one!  There will be other dive groups out there as well, and the  whole point is to have fun!

    We will not be organizing any other activities, but we will have a Dive Master available by 9 am to help coordinate groups or answer questions.  They will be there all day, except from noon - 1pm where they will have their lunch break at the nearby Rudy's BBQ.  And yes, you're welcome to join them there too!

    If you plan to stay all day, please bring your own food and snacks (and anything else you may need to survive).  You are welcome to camp overnight if you would like as well.  Please contact the park directly for more information on that and to make reservations.

    Additionally:
  • It is $15 per person to enter Windy Point Scuba Park for the day. 
  • It is an additional $10 to camp overnight.
  • Non-divers welcome.
  • Bring your own gear.  If you need rental gear for the weekend, please contact us, there is a flat rate of $20 for rentals for this event.  We will NOT be bringing any extra gear with us to the site.
  • Air fills are available onsite for $10 before 6pm.  If you want to do an extra night dive, bring an extra tank.
  • Other than bathrooms, there are no services at this park, you must bring your own food / water / tent / necessities.

    For other rules and restrictions, directions, or questions about the park, please see Windy Point SCUBA Park's Website, or contact them directly. 

    You can follow this event here or on it's Facebook Page!

  • Canyon Lake is hosting a Lake Clean up in conjunction with National Public Land's Day on October 5th!

    They need volunteers to help clean the lake and the surrounding area.  And, of course we're have registered as a Dive Team!

    Our Team Registration Deadline was September 20th!

    However, if you still want to participate, you can register with them directly at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a9ac2baafa7-fall.

     

    They also have more information on their website at http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/canyon/

     

    You must register with them by September 28th!

     

    If you did not register with our team, gear rental is NOT free. There is a $20 fee to rent gear Friday - Sunday.  Gear returned after 2pm on Sunday is subject to regular rental charges.



    Please read all of the details below:

    Volunteers may receive a free lunch*, free shirt, and there will be games and door prizes.
    And if you volunteer, you can camp for free that weekend!

    The clean up starts on Saturday, October 5th, at 8am!Keep Canyon Lake Beautiful

    Schedule:
    8am - 1pm: Sign-in, safety briefing, and assignments.
    8am - 1pm: Clean up the Lake!
    1pm - till?: Lunch*, awards, giveaways, and enjoying the rest of the day at the lake.

    Sign-in starts at 8am on Saturday at the Noon Lion's Pavilion.
    Here is a link to the map of the sign in location: http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/canyon/NPLD/Pavilion_map_2019.pdf

    *A simple lunch maybe provided, but if you are staying for the day or camping, please feel free to bring your own food / snacks.

    Our Team Registration Deadline is September 20th, 2019.
    If you register after September 20th, there may not be enough food / prizes for you.

    the bleow information is for pepople who registered directly with us (you should have received a confirmation email - if you did not, are not sure, or need to have your confirmation email and details resent, please let us know).

    You can be on our team in 2 ways: As a diver, or as shore help.

    For Divers:
  • In order to dive, you must be a certified diver, with a dive in the last 6 months. We will ask for your certification card and log book to validate on site.
  • If you are a current beginner / open water student, you MUST get permission from Michelle and / or your instructor. If you are not a student with the Dive Shop or Texas State, you still need permission from the Dive Shop AND you will need to have your instructor with you.
  • If you have not had a dive in the last 6 months, please contact the Dive Shop to discuss your needs and qualifications.
  • Diving Equipment / Rentals are free for registered team members for this event, but are on a 1st come, 1st served basis.  You may request gear during registration, but you MUST come pick it up and RETURN it. We will NOT be taking extra gear to the dive site, and we will NOT be taking it from the event.
  • Please contact the Dive Shop to confirm when you will be picking up gear needed, and unless you make arrangements with the Dive Shop directly, we expect the equipment to be returned no later than Monday, Oct 7, 2019, by 2pm. You will be charged for damages or lost equipment.
  • If you sign up with a buddy or large group, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed together / in the same area.  Dive buddies may have priority, but groups maybe split apart.
  • We recommend you also have a dive knife and gloves for this event. We do not have them to lend, if you need them, please contact the Dive Shop to discuss options.
  • Canyon Lake is infested with Zebra Muscles, once you dive in the lake you CANNOT dive in any other body of water until ALL your gear is properly clean and sanitized.

  • For Shore Help:  there is no additional requirements, but if you have any physical limitations, please let us know so you can be placed appropriately.  Also, if you sign up with a buddy or large group, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed together / in the same area.  Dive buddies may have priority, but groups maybe split apart.

    If you are under 18, you are still welcome to participate, but you must have a parent guardian at the event with you at all times. Additionally, you must also print this out, and your parent / guardian must sign in, and you must bring it with you:
    http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/canyon/NPLD/OF301a%20VolunteerAgreement%20fillable.pdf
    (This link will also be in your confirmation email)

    Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with all the above information.
     If you are registering for multiple people, please use different email addresses if possible.
    If you have lost your confirmation email, please contact us.

    And there is free camping!!

    Camping is FREE on both Friday and Saturday nights for the participants. However, you have to call and reserve a spot no later than SEPTEMBER 20th, 2019!!

    We will pass your info along, but you must call and confirm / reserve your camping spot yourself.

    To reserve, you can contact: Samuell Price, samuell.h.price@usace.army.mil , 830-964-3341

    (This information will be in your confirmation email as well.)

    Event is rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, or lightening, you will be notified as updates become available.  You can also follow updates on the Event's Facebook Page.

    As always, if you have any questions, please contact us!

     

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    Get ready for our annual campout for Halloween at Windy Point Scuba Park!

    Not only does this weekend usually serve as a certification weekend for some students, but after the tests, we have some fun!   But feel free to come earlier and hang out and enjoy the park or dive before the contest.

    We will have our annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest starting at Sunset.  So grab your dive buddy, your dive knife, a costume, and the best pumpkin you can find! 

    After, we will enjoy ghost stories around the fire (or tailgate).  And, if you'd like, you can stay and camp with us all night and dive again with us in the morning!

    Prizes given for Best Pumpkin and Best Underwater Costume!

    pumpkins 2017

     2017 results!

    You must be in the park by 5pm!
     The gates will close to the public around that time.
    Contest dive will start around 630pm.  There is a $5 entry fee for the contest in addition to the park entry.

    Additionally:
  • Please bring cash.
  • It is $15 per person to enter Windy Point Scuba Park for the day. 
  • It is an additional $10 to camp overnight.
  • Non-divers welcome.
  • Bring your own pumpkins and dive knife.
  • Costumes must be worn underwater to be eligible for prizes.
  • Bring your own gear.  If you need rental gear for the weekend, please contact us.
  • Air fills are available onsite for $10 before 6pm.  If you want to do an extra night dive, bring an extra tank.
  • Other than bathrooms, there are no services at this park, you must bring your own food / water / tent / necessities.

    For other rules and restrictions, directions, or questions about the park, please see Windy Point Scuba Park's Website, or contact them directly. 

    You can follow this event here or on it's Facebook page!
     
    Underwater Pumpkin




  • We're having GARAGE SALE!!

    It's time to clean out some of our old gear and inventory!

    Nothing wrong with the items, just normal wear and tear - and it may look a little beat up - but it works great and we it gone so we can make room for new rental and student gear arriving soon!

    So if you are looking for good gear at good prices - stop by the Dive Shop San Marcos on Saturday, October 26th from 10am - 6pm!

    Also, if you have anything SCUBA related you would like to sell, bring it by! We'll sell it for you!

     If you bring an item to sell:
    ~No guarantee it will sell
    ~You must drop it off the week before (October 21st - 25th)
    ~You must pick up unsold items by Wednesday, October 30th
    ~There is a 15% commission for items sold
    ~Checks for sold items will be available by Tuesday, October 29th. Please pick up your checks, if you need them mailed, please let us know.
    ~SCUBA related items only.  Items must be in working order and good condition.

    The sale will be at our location - 1911 Old Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, TX 78666 from 10am - 6pm.  We will also be open for normal business that day as well.

    If you have any questions please let us know!
    You can follow this event on Facebook too!
     

    This is a unique dive and an awesome log book entry!  You'll get a night, deep, and altitude dive all in one! 

    The Dive Shop will have the whole facility and grounds to ourselves February 21 - 23, 2020. 

    2020 marks the 10th year the Dive Shop has visited Valhalla and we are planning a HUGE celebration!  So come dive in one of the most unique places and come party with us after!

    This dive is open to ALL divers - not just Texas State Students.  We ask that you be certified advanced (or above) diver.  If you are not, please contact us.  Additionally, we welcome non-divers if you would like to join in the festivities.

    Valhalla Dive Silo is a flooded, decommissioned Atlas Nuclear Missile Silo outside of Abilene, TX.   At 2,420 feet above sea level, the 60 foot wide and 127 deep "pool" is not only an altitude dive, but is the largest indoor deep diving facility in the world.  Filled with 2 million gallons of clear ground water, this is truly a unique experience.

    Valhalla Dive Silo


    Cost is will be determined when dates are confirmed.

    Cost includes:

  • Silo entry and dives for both days (multiple dives each day)
  • BC / Reg and Tank of air (1st come, 1st serve for shop gear, you can take your own gear as well, air fills are not always available on site)
  • Bottled Water
  • Camping (other arrangements available at additional costs)*

    You must contact us to reserve your spot.

    You can follow updates and join the discussion on the event's Facebook page here.

    *Camping on the property is free, but to stay underground, in the silo, there is an additional fee per night per person.  SPACE IS LIMITED in the silo.  Bedding provided,  but it is suggested you take extra to stay warm.  Additional lodging options available in the area at your own costs.  The silo is about a 30 minute drive from town / nearest services. 

    On Friday, there will be no diving. We will take the day to gather and set up camp and equipment, and get a tour and learn the history about the facility.

    Saturday morning we will start with a dive briefing and dive in groups throughout the day.

    We will also have dives on Sunday till about mid afternoon.

    If you are not an advanced diver or above, but would still like to go, please contact us! 

    Food should be brought (if camping/staying overnight), or you will have the opportunity to drive into town for meals at your own costs and with your own transportation. 

    Party details are still being planned, but we will be providing some snacks and possibly organizing a group cook out for dinner on Saturday night.

    Transportation is not provided, but there maybe a caravan / car pool from the Dive Shop on Friday depending on group size and participants. 

    The option is available to join on Saturday or Sunday only, or for half days of diving, but cost does not change.

    Water temps are usually in the low 50's, so please be prepared for cooler water temps. Additionally, please bring warm clothes and supplies for the February weather. While Texas weather varies, it is usually cold and WINDY at the site.
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    Join us on our annual Summer Dive Trip!

    This year we will be heading to the wonderful Cobalt Coast Resort on Grand Cayman Island!

     

    We will be there August 8th - 15th, 2020, and during the week we will enjoy 6 days boat diving, and shore diving. 

     

    This resort known for habitually receiving the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is a "– Small, quiet dive resort not too far from the action.

     

    Escape the crowds to small, quiet Cobalt Coast Resort where you’ll have easy access to world-class diving and be close enough to the action and excitement of Seven Mile Beach and George Town to satisfy shoppers and partiers." 

     

    Non-divers are always welcome!  If they choose to not relax by the pool or beach, the resort is not far from town so they can easily spend the day exploring or shopping. 

     

    This package also includes:

    ~7 nights accommodation in a 1 bedroom suite.

    ~Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

    ~A drink package of 21 total drinks during your stay.

    ~Complimentary use of a dive computer.

    ~Complimentary Wi-Fi.

    ~Welcome Rum Punch and Manager's Cocktail Reception.

    ~Airport Ground Transfers.

    ~Resort Fees, Taxes, and Resort Staff Gratuities (Dive gratuities not included.)

     

    Cost is $1895 per diver, or $1645 for non-divers. 

    Deposit is $300 per person, non-refundable.  Payment plans available.

     

    Flights not included.

     

    Space is limited, so book your spot today by calling the Dive Shop at 512-396-3483!

     

    You can also follow this trip on it's Facebook page here.

    You can download the information flier here.

       


    We are in the process of putting a group together a trip to Blue Lagoon in Hunstville.

    Blue Lagoon is a diver training facility and scuba park just north of Houston with beautiful almost clear blue water.

    We are trying to measure group interest and size, so please let us know if you would like to join.  You can drop us a note on our contact page, or give us a call.

    And don't forget to sign up for our email list so you can stay updated!

    Blue Lagoon



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