I had gotten accepted to a Master's program (studying coral reefs) that was dependent on being dive certified, owning my own gear, and getting my scientific dive certification after doing my advanced class. I did my advanced class with ADI at a time when I still didn't know much about diving.
I went in the shop and basically said, "here's a list of dive gear I need for my program, I will be diving scientifically, what kind of gear do I need?" The owner (DJ) was extremely helpful! He took the time to walk me through the shop (more than once) and show me each of the models of regulators, BC's, computers, etc. and talk me through the features of each. He never tried to sell me the most expensive thing, but instead gave me the knowledge I needed to pick the gear that would work for me, and last. They also gave me a nice deal for buying gear + taking a class, which saved me a lot of money - thank you!
It's now two years later, my gear has held up to the test of ~200 dives and +10000 minutes underwater. I didn't buy the top of the line gear either. Thank you so much for your help DJ! If I look into replacing any equipment, I would check here first. He also gave me some sweet new orange and red flexo for the hosing on my gear - I get compliments on this constantly, and it hasn't frayed one bit in 2 years of heavy use!
They also let me and my dive buddy refresh our skills before our advanced class, and test out our gear in the pool. It was great for boosting confidence before our dive weekend. Family owned and operated, great Merritt Island business. Haven't tried out any of the excursion trips but they do offer them. - Arien W. Los Angeles, CA
My fiance and I stopped here to buy snorkeling equipment before we went on a dolphin tour. The staff were very accommodating considering we were short on time. An older man helped teach us how to find the proper fit mask wise and taught us about different kinds of masks, how they should fit, how to attach snorkels to the masks, the differences in dry and wet snorkels, and the list just goes on. It was a very positive experience and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to purchase dive and snorkel equipment. - Anna West
Stopped in all the local shops after getting my PADI certification abroad. ADI is easily the areas 1 shop with the best combination of selection and more importantly to me, approachable staff and owners.
As a novice diver I admit to being a bit intimidated by the abundance of choices out there, and everyone at ADI made me feel like a full fledged member of the scuba “club” even though I had all the usual newbie questions.
When it came time I was ready to buy a setup, the owner let me try a few combinations to help put my mind at ease, and have offered excellent customer service since my purchase as well. I can’t wait to go on dives with them.
They truly are a family run place and it shows in the level of care they give!