At Mad Beach Dive Shop, we believe that our oceans are the foundation to life on Earth. As veterans and trained scientists, we hope that by exposing people to the experiences of SCUBA diving, we can instill passion into a lifelong sport we greatly enjoy and help form a better relationship with our blue planet.
Not only do we aspire to offer the best customer service we can provide, but we also look forward to doing our part to conserve and protect our local waterways through research and education and strive to carry local and or sustainable apparel brands. We believe that our dealers are the best of the best.
We choose TDI-SDI as our SCUBA institution because like TDI-SDI we believe in training that is clear cut, no nonsense, and practical. The open water SCUBA class will not teach you how to become the best diver ever. However, it will teach you how to exhibit safe and competent diving practices in and out of the water and provide your ticket into the community of divers that comprises less than 1% of the world’s population.
SDI MISSION STATEMENT
To introduce people to the magic of the underwater world through their professional members around the globe by producing educational materials using cutting edge technology and sound educational practices.
SDI is an honest global scuba diving training organization that has developed courses with integrity ranging from beginner snorkeling to professional levels. Both students and instructors have embraced the no nonsense approach that the SDI training system offers.
We have streamlined the course materials to let students study the essential academics with an emphasis on practical diving skills learned in both the pool and open water environments. SDI is the only scuba training and certification agency to require students to be taught with modern dive computers from the onset of training.
*SDI offers certifications for kids ages 10+*
Start your training with the at home, self study, online course. Training covers everything you need to know about diving before you jump into the pool.
Once you complete the online portion of the class, we practice everything you learned and test your skills in the pool.
Now its time to go diving! When you complete your 4 check-out dives, and have demonstrated proficiencies in each skill, you are certified for life and can dive anywhere in the world!
Must be of age 10 and feel comfortable in the water. Once you are certified you are good for life and can go anywhere in the world.
We certify our students at three different springs, located in pristine Williston, FL. Blue Grotto, Devil’s Den, and Rainbow River are approximately a two-hour drive away from St. Petersburg.
All dives take place over the weekend, and we will reserve a cabin for all of our students, if they so please, to stay on the grounds with us. Camping sites and RV hook ups are also available for reservation.
We train at some of Florida’s most popular springs for many reasons. Not only is the water crystal clear, but it is also a constant 72 degrees all year round. The springs also offer a calm and peaceful freshwater environment with staggered training platforms and lines, and we never have cancelations due to strong current or bad weather. Devil’s Den and Blue Grotto are bucket list dives for most divers and host amazing photo opportunities!
Tanks and fills
TDI-SDI online course
Digital certification card
Hard certification card
**We will usually have classes scheduled one to two months in advance and can schedule a date around your convenience
You can continue your recreational SCUBA training with TDI-SDI through the Computer Nitrox, Advanced, Rescue, or Divemaster courses. Or cross over to the world of technical and emergency response diving.
We teach all SDI classes - Prices starting at:
If you are unsure about gear options or have a specific question about servicing, shoot us an email and we will schedule a consultation for you!
If you are visiting our beach and need dive site recommendations or charter boat information we got you!
We take trips all around Florida and the world! We will keep you updated on where we are going as COVID-19 has affected this aspect of our offerings.
If you are thinking about renting gear please call the shop to let us know. If you have need a Nitrox fill, it might not be available for pick up until the next day.
Includes Regulator, BCD, and Digital Computer
Some of our favorite brands include
Tusa, Seac, Posidon, Dive-R, and many more!
We strive for sustainable products from companies like 4th Element, Free waters, O'neil, and Excel
We also carry locally founded St. Pete brands such as Salinity, Mermade, Snagged, and Island Blends
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
15045 Madeira Way, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33708, United States
11:00 am – 04:00 am
**Sometimes we are teaching a class, out diving, or taking our little ones to extra curriculars. If you are looking for something specific please call the shop to make sure we are in, or schedule an appointment in advance.**