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Only The Best.

in Training. in Travel. in Adventure. in Equipment.

Red Alert Diving is the newest PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center providing scuba diving in Panama City Beach, Florida. RAD Divers have direct access to miles of uninterrupted white sand beaches, shipwrecks, natural reefs and freshwater springs. Whether you want to see beautiful aquatic life, swim with sharks, or visit relics hidden deep below, our staff can prepare you for it. Red Alert Diving was created with the philosophy of “Only The Best in Training, Travel, Adventure and Equipment.”

Our instructors are committed to diving excellence and maintain the highest standards in the industry. You have many choices when it comes to your training, and your first consideration should be the same as ours, your safety. Our staff are some of the best in the world with a combined total of more than 50 years spent teaching folks just like you how to safely experience the underwater world. Our philosophy of Only The Best in Training means working with you towards your goals, and ensuring a top end experience, from our heated pool to the open water, leaving you a confident and comfortable diver.

Whether it’s the Gulf Coast, or the Florida Keys, or Southeast Asia, or Hawaii, or the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. If there’s water, our team has been there and gone diving. Diving is a great activity, even in rock quarries in North Carolina, but sometimes it is fun to travel to exotic locations around the globe, see new things and experience cultures different from our own. Let Red Alert Diving make your travel planning simple and stress free. We only recommend what we know, and we know a lot. We will never send you anywhere ill prepared. We’ll work with you to get ready for the trip of a lifetime, every time. Only The Best in Travel means a great dive trip, with great people, in great locations, with no hassles.

The Florida gulf coast is a staple of the dive industry. Home to the Man In The Sea Museum, the US Navy Experimental Dive Unit, the Florida State Underwater Crime Scene Investigation program, The US Navy Combat Diver program and the world’s largest artificial reef The USS Oriskany. You want to dive on US Army Tanks? We can make it happen. What about a 19th Century Steam Ship? We can take you there. Fresh water more your style? There are several springs in North Florida that offer crystal clear water at a constant, year round 71 degrees, just a short drive from our door. Only The Best in Adventure means when you want to see something you’ve never seen beneath the surface, we can show you the way.

Jacques Cousteau invented the aqualung in 1943, and since then the gear has changed a bit. SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. In diving, your equipment is your lifeline, it’s what makes breathing underwater possible. Today, there’s a huge variety to choose from. At Red Alert Diving, we hold all our equipment to a very simple standard, “would we let our children use it?” From our rental equipment to our retail line, any option you choose will be a great one. Only The Best in Equipment means we don’t offer anything to our customers we wouldn’t dive ourselves.

Our commitment to you is that we will only offer you the best experience possible in this sport that we love so much and are so passionate about sharing. Every member of the Red Alert team is dedicated to safety and professionalism, and everyone here will help you meet your goals as a diver and a member of our family.

Why Scuba Diving?

When Jaques Cousteau invented the “Aqualung” self contained underwater breathing apparatus in 1943 he was looking for a way to stay underwater longer and reveal previously unreachable sights to the world. That invention, a smaller open circuit demand valve regulator as opposed to the large and cumbersome surface supplied helmet other working and military divers wore at the time, allowed normal people their first chance at diving. Recreational SCUBA Diving as we know it has been around since the 1950’s. Since then, the sport has only grown. It still calls to those of us who want to go where very few others have gone, see things 95% of the world will never see, and those of us who just love being on, in and around the water.

Our philosophy of diving is that it’s a sport than can be enjoyed in 100 different ways by 100 different people. There’s so much to do and see once you take that first plunge. Whether you want to explore shipwrecks, take pictures of gorgeous reef fish, bring home supper with a spear in hand, experience the amazing architecture of a coral reef, enjoy a healthy adventure with a family member, or find a new career, there’s something for you to do on SCUBA. Whatever your passion, adding water can only help it grow.

Our number one priority throughout your training and experience with us is your safety. At the end of the day, this is an extreme sport, and we take it extremely seriously. RAD Divers and Dive Instructors use top of the line life support equipment for this reason. We follow industry safety measures to the letter. We don’t cut corners. The standard is the starting line.

Red Alert Diving was built by people who love their community and the Scuba Industry. Our mission statement is “Only The Best” in Training, Travel, Adventure and Equipment. Come join our family and start your adventure today with that goal in mind.