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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Kick off the dive season. Join us at Dutch Springs, May 21 or 22. Join us on any of our scheduled weekends for a day of diving. Our luxury liner bus leaves Pan Aqua at 7 AM on both Saturday and Sunday returning by dinner time each day. The $119 fee covers your transportation, entrance fee, tanks and weights for the day. Dutch Springs has added new attractions and is a great place to relax and enjoy a day out of the city.

Come to our annual Pig Roast (vegetarian options available) at Dutch Springs, June 11, for a day of diving and picnicking. We join with friends from other dive centers in the metropolitan area for our annual Pig Roast. Our rep, Joe Stellini, will also be present with SeaLife cameras, Oceanic and Hollis products to demo.  $119 pays for your fun, dives, transportation, entrance fee, tanks, weights, and food.

Summer is the time to take advantage of local dive opportunities to further your dive education. Advanced Open Water is the introduction to many specialties and a requirement for several specialties. Rescue Diver is a great course to increase your self-confidence and ability to assist your buddy if needed.

We have numerous great new products in the store, come in and check them out. Is it time to upgrade your equipment? Trade-in any used regulator, BC, or computer and receive 20% off Oceanic replacements.

We hope to see you at our dive center. Have a great summer and check out our website for the latest activities.

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Charley Oxley and her Dive Pirates visited us this weekend to teach a class for disabled divers. Thanks to Charley and her crew Kurt Byth and Jarrett Bell the class was great and everyone had a good time. Congratulations to Melissa Veale who began her underwater adventures at the MPHC pool and soon will be heading to the Caribbean and the wonderful world of coral reefs. The cast and crew at Pan Aqua want you guys to know that you inspired all of us!
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On Tuesday April 19th at 7:30PM we are having a Divemaster orientation meeting. We will go over the details regarding training, time commitments and costs. Anyone interested in attending please call the shop and let us know. ... See moreSee less

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Last week Instructors Frank Baquero and Brendan DeGrim led a great group of New York divers for a long weekend at Sunset House in Grand Cayman. A great time was had by all...chilling both above and below the Caribbean Sea! Frank is heading back south, this time to Tortuga, check our Spring update for details on the fun!
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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".
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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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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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