On a recent trip to America I was lucky enough to visit one of the biggest dive shops in the world. If you thought it would be located in California or Florida you’d be wrong. DiVentures (SSI DIAMOND CENTRE) is located in Omaha, Nebraska (smack bang in the Mid West). They actually have two shops in America. The other is in Springfield, Missouri. The Omaha shop is the bigger one of the two though.
DiVentures Omaha boasts a 50m indoor heated swimming pool with an attachment that is 3 metres deep for scuba training, kids water park playground, 3 huge classrooms, 2 boardrooms, a massive state-of-the-art retail showroom, service centre and spacious outdoor area for weekly socials. Not to mention the biggest staff kitchen I’ve ever seen!
I emailed the general manager before I left for America to see if I could set up an appointment to check out his dive shop. I was blown away by the friendly tour I received from Frank Wells. He spent over 2 hours showing me around DiVentures.
A lot of their business comes from the SSI Swim School they run. However, they do a lot of scuba diving training as well. SSI Open Water students have the option to complete their training at the local quarry or receive a referral to complete it at another certified SSI facility around the world.
If you’re ever in Omaha, Nebraska I highly recommend you go and check out their dive shop. Tell them Rob from Scuba World sent you.