Welcome to Pan Aqua Diving

Pan Aqua has been in business for over 30 years, teaching New Yorkers to scuba dive, providing quality equipment and service. Our courses are designed to help you develop and expand your interest so that you may enjoy this unique sport safely and competently. We offer training at all levels, from novice through instructor.

Zagat rated, NYC shoppers say, "For a wonderful selection of scuba diving and snorkeling gear and expert servicing on the premises, paddle over to this Hell's Kitchen shop. We are also rated in New York Magazine as a Best of New York.

Please visit our store for all your diving needs. Whatever you need to keep you comfortable in the water, we have. Our knowledgeable staff will help you select the best equipment for your dive related needs or select the best destination to fulfill your dive fantasies.

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We have some special offers for your Holiday shopping on Suunto computers and Sola dive lights. Check out the download of our Winter Update to plan for your future travel and course offerings during the winter months.

Congratulations to our newest Dive Masters, Carl Claude, Michael Moffit, Eric Moore, Ed Quinnan, Kate Sutter, and Dave Tosi.

May you have the best diving experiences in the New Year.

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We loving hearing from our students about their new underwater adventures, we get post cards and photos and it makes everyone on our staff smile! So when we got a pic of Natalie's new dive buddy we had to share it, Natalie wrote :
Hi Monty! Just wanted to report back that I did my first "real" dive over the weekend, down off Palm Beach, and everything went great. My buoyancy and trim and safety stops were all good. Thanks to you - and Ryan and Sam and Maria - for helping me get there!
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This summer Pan Aqua went to Mexico and Indonesia for some great diving with creatures great and small. Here are some members of our group in Kungkungan having a great time with the dive crew there. Special shout out to Andrea Schmidt who did not let a torn ACL get in the way of some of the world's best diving. You don't need crutches under the sea! Hooray Andrea! ... See moreSee less

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At Pan Aqua we introduce lots of people each year to the exciting world of SCUBA diving and we send many of them off on terrific adventures! Nothing excites us more than one of our students having a great experience and then taking the time to share it with us. Here is Stan Phang's video of his certification dives in Grand Cayman.
He wrote to his instructor Monty Lipka:
"I did it! I am certified as a SCUBA DIVER now :) Thank you so much for all your knowledgeable teaching. I performed all the skills you taught me without any problems. In fact, my final four OW instructor stated that you taught well".
CONGRATULATIONS STAN, WELL DONE WE HOPE TO SEE YOU UNDERWATER VERY SOON.
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I have to say, being in and discovering cool marine life in the ocean is definitely open up my eyes on this beautiful world in a new perspective. I took my c...

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We had perfect weather this past weekend for a great time at Dutch Springs! Our Rescue Class "rescued"; our Advance Open Water Class navigated and a whole bunch of folks started their adventures as Open Water Divers. Once again shouts outs and thanks to our cast and crew; you guys are fun, enthusiastic and amazing; you make our summer weekends adventurous and successful! Congratulations to all our new divers; we hope to see under the water soon.
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For everyone who might like a little positive news about wildlife. Here is some footage of the folks at Stuart's Cove helping a shark.
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On April 4th 2015, we witnessed this shark approach our shark feed and ASK for help to remove a rope that was tight around her throat! We thankfully succeede...

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The 1000 Islands did not disappoint; wreck diving in the St. Lawrence seldom does. Jim Petersen led our group north for a tour of some the best shipwrecks the northeast has to offer. If you have not tried diving in the 1000 Islands put it on your bucket list, especially if like our divers, you can't get enough diving on awesome wrecks.
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Last weeks Dutch Spring's weekend brought on 18 new Open Water Divers and 5 folks in our Advanced Open Water course. Others just headed out with us to escape the heat of the City! It was hot in Bethlehem PA too, except when our groups hit the thermocline, where it was a wonderful 55 degrees F.
A big shout out to our two new Instructors Kathryn & Tomasz. They were great Dive Masters and it is awesome to now have them on board as Instructors. Thanks for all your hard work!
Up next...1000 Islands where Jim will take a group of divers to explore the wrecks of the St. Lawrence; HAVE FUN GUYS!
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Thanks for a great time to last weekend's Open Water students we had a blast teaching you and we are glad you had fun too! Next weekend we are heading back to Dutch for more training, diving and good times hanging out. Here are some shots from our last weekend; we had a great Rescue Class and as always our OW students were amazing.
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Here at Pan Aqua the dive season is in full swing as the weather cooperated and we had a great weekend at Dutch Springs. Congratulations to all our newly certified divers, both Open Water and Advanced Open Water. We have lots more diving ahead of us season, so even if you are certified come out, join us and splash down.
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Pan Aqua Diving e-Learning

This fast growing popular program allows you to complete the home study, classroom, four quizzes, and final exam in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

At Pan Aqua we have been offering the most thorough scuba training for over 30 years. Our courses are designed to help you develop and expand your interest so that you may enjoy this unique sport safely and competently. The following information will help you complete the e-Learning process.

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