Check out what customers are saying about SeaVentures!

At SeaVentures, we work very hard to build a strong relationship with our customers and continually grow and improve those relationships.

Here is what a few of our customers have said about their experiences here at SeaVentures:

If you would like to let us know about your own class, trip, purchasing experience, or favorite instructor, scroll to the bottom of the page and share your testimony.

I recently took a Rescue Class from Howard Alpern through SeaVentures. The class was amazing. The visibility was horrible but Mr. Alpern managed to make the best o f it. When we couldn’t find the unresponsive Diver with the traditional search pattern due to the fact that we could not see our compasses, he spun it as a positive opportunity to learn a new search technique, the jack stay. This method ended up succeeding and was actually a lot of fun to learn. I look forward to working with PADI and Mr. Alpern again soon!

-Jenna H.

I am so impressed with the PADI system, and in particular with one of your member shops, SeaVentures in Alpharetta GA and their instructor Howard Alpern, #3455274. I introduced my kids to diving when they were ages 10 and 12 at SeaVentures as an activity that we could all do as a family. It has exceeded my expectations. It has been a great experience to watch them learn about all the various sciences while note being in a classroom environment and have it be a family activity.

My daughter, Jenna, in particular has a real affinity for diving. I watched Jenna work with Howard recently to obtain her rescue diver certification. Howard’s fast knowledge and enthusiasm for diving is unbelievable. It’s rare that you come across a person with such knowledge on a subject that can communicate and teach, particularly to an 18 year old, and have them captivated and their undivided attention. As an example of his talent he quickly came up with the idea to use a PVC pipe as a “jack stay” to help locate the missing diver because the water visibility was zero and you couldn’t see your compass. It left a big impression on Jenna of how to think outside the box.

It was special to me as a parent, witnessing my daughter mature throughout the diving process. It was not long ago that I had arguments with her underwater because she kept swimming off and leaving her dive buddy (her brother, of course). To now see her as this mature person that has become a rescue diver that everyone wants as their buddy is special. I credit SeaVentures, Claude Smith and Howard Alpern with helping Jenna become a mature, safe diver.

-Richard H.

I had been taking PADI Open Water course with SeaVentures. My instructor was Howard Alpern #345527, and he certified me as an Open Water Diver as well.
I noted his professional way of handling the certification process. He made it easy to understand and follow instructions. I learned from him how to dive safely for my life and for environment. He was patient, knowledgeable and treated everybody with respect. I highly recommend him as an instructor.

-Anna, July 2018

When I bought my equipment, it was a very relaxed equipment purchase from a knowledgeable team. When I wanted to upgrade fins and equipment after getting comfortable diving, Dan was super nice and made it easy.

Chris Magill is an excellent dive instructor! I took private lessons with him and I feel very comfortable and confident in the water thanks to the great training. He is extremely knowledgeable and has a great teaching style both in the classroom and diving during private sessions. Chris bent over backwards to accommodate my training schedule. The private training with him was worth the investment!

SeaVentures is special because of the great relationships I’ve developed with Dan. The SeaVentures team went above and beyond to accommodate a challenging training schedule due to the nature of my employment. I absolutely could not have accomplished scuba training prior to the Labor Day Key Largo trip without him moving mountains. Customer service and satisfaction throughout the scuba training journey are a top priority of Dan’s and it pours out of him during each customer interaction. A BIG thank you to the whole team!

-Matthew, June 2018

I wanted to take a minute to send you this message and let you know how much we appreciated Dan assistance the other night (Thursday 4/19).  Our son Brandon  wants to be a Marine Biologist and is graduating high school in May.  My husband and I would like to get him scuba certified as a graduation gift.  We knew nothing about this sport / activity when I called your store on Thursday.  Dan was very helpful over the phone and answered all my initial questions as well as provided additional information I did not know to ask.  He encouraged us to come later that evening and I am so glad we did.  He repeated key facts to my husband, gave us a tour of the facility and showed us all the equipment Brandon would need.  When he told us how your facility can provide Brandon with key networking opportunities within the Atlanta scuba / marine biology community and I was sold.  I feel like we are not just buying equipment and getting certified – but also opening doors for him to start building much needed connections within his field.

Dan is very personable and easy to talk to.  We ended up staying long after to store was closed, and we appreciated him working with our schedule and staying late with us.  He helped me think through the best way to pay for the package we purchased – and offered to wrap the gift to make it extra special.  Dan made me feel like your facility is like a family and we are so excited to give Brandon this gift – and for him to join the Seaventures family.

-Laura, June 2018

This past weekend I had the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of learning to Scuba dive at Sea Ventures in Atlanta, GA.

I’d like to acknowledge the exceptional service, support, and instruction we received at this facility. Our instructors (Howard Alpern #345527 and Brian) did an exceptional job both in the classroom and in the pool. They were knowledgeable, patient, and took their time to ensure that everyone in the class felt comfortable in the water and knew the material.

This facility, and particularly these instructors are outstanding ambassadors to the sport, and I am now more excited than ever to complete my open water training and become a scuba diver.

-Darren M., April 2018

I had a pleasure to attend PADI Open water Diver training, arranged by Seaventures Inc. Atlanta, GA. I feel very lucky as I had opportunity to have theory lessons, pool practices and first real dives with same Instructor. This really lowered my stress level during first real dives and built my confidence stepping into the water. In my opinion, this should be strongly recommended and underlined to any new dive students. I did my training together with my son (15 years). This was also great experience. I had wonderful time with my son, really great father-son quality time. Instructor let us do all exercises together and we could team up perfectly. Finally I would like to express my gratitude to our instructor Howard Alpern.

He had great attitude teaching me and my son. I’m 40+ global business director and my son 15 years old student. We both were given right kind of attention and communication. He had very down to earth manners for teaching theory part, keeping as interested even after hard working week and stressful thoughts in our minds. In the pool we were given room to learn and joy of discovering things ourselves. Instructor was looking after our security and guided us gently to right direction when needed. After common theory and pool practice, I felt very safe doing certification dives with him. He was also able to create warm and familiar atmosphere during the whole certification dive weekend, giving us unbeatable first impression of the diving as a way of living.

-Juha J, 20 February 2018

I wanted to thank Chris for his help and assistance this past weekend. He made it interesting and fun despite a difficult weather situation. I’m not sure if it wasn’t for his patience that I would have made it through. Unfortunately I ended up with a slight cold but it was worth it. I accomplished the mission.

-Dan D., 12 December 2017

Thanks to everyone for a very fun weekend, and especially to our fearless leaders and teachers, Winston and Chris. Your encouragement, patience and help was greatly appreciated. Yea! We are certified!! Happy Holidays to all.

-Shannon and Robin, 12 December 2017

The staff at SeaVentures were extremely helpful in helping me find the right equipment. I was impressed that I was not taken immediately to the most expensive items, but through conversation the staff assessed my needs and provided options that not only met my needs, but was within my budget. The extras that SeaVentures provides set them apart from other dive shops. In addition, the personal service you get far outweighs any so-called advantages of buying online. When I am taking a class, or buying equipment, I feel like I am the only customer in the store. The attentiveness, style, helpfulness, and personal service is unlike any other dive shop I have experienced. I just wish I had started earlier in my life… Great prices, great service, and great equipment equals a great purchasing experience.

I just completed a night diving class with Dan Weekley. In addition, my 12 year old daughter completed her open water dives for her certification this past weekend at Loch Low Minn. I was a little anxious seeing my young daughter for the first time in open water, but that nervousness quickly went away after 10 minutes in the water with Dan. He spent as much time as needed with my daughter to ensure she fully understood each aspect, and provided real-world examples to help her grasp each task. He also has a way to relate to each of his students…even a 12 year old. When my daughter was doing her pool work, my plan was to just purchase the minimum equipment and have her rent (even though I bought my complete kit from SeaVentures). After spending a weekend with Dan, I am now totally convinced that investing in a full kit of personal gear for my daughter is not only a wise investment, but the right thing to do immediately. I wish that I had bought her the gear before her open water! There is nothing like having your own gear, coupled with the experience and guidance the SeaVentures staff give make this a no-brainer. I was able to witness several other dive classes in action this weekend, and NONE of them compared to way Dan set up the training. Again, thanks to Dan for his outstanding teaching technique and style! I would sign up for any class or trip he offers (my daughter too!). Because of this experience, I am encouraging others I know to stop by SeaVentures and give it a try!

-John D, 3 October 2017

I had a great experience during Woody’s Rescue class. I loved that the class size was small (4 people total). I never met Woody before, so I wasn’t sure what teaching style to expect. He is a great teacher, he took the time to explain any questions we had. He used a lot of planned and surprise scenarios and I liked that we all had a discussion on why we chose what to do and what we think we would do in real life. Great class!!

-Amelia B, 29 September 2017

My hats off and a sincere thank you to Dan Weekley of SeaVentures (I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor!) for his guidance, training and support that allowed me to not only go from barely being able to swim to now having my PADI Open Water, Enriched Air, Advanced Open Water, Drift Diving and Peak Performance Buoyancy cards!! I am blessed to have met you buddy! Also a thank you to Tracey for your help in the swim dept! From class registration, to selecting my gear, throughout training; they have been first class! They are knowledgeable, friendly, passionate about what they do. If you’ve been thinking about getting your certification, then this is the place to go!

-Darren S, 8 May 2017

We bought all of our equipment and more from SeaVentures. Hunter helped us pick what was best for us! We can’t say enough about Hunter and Ray. Hunter was our instructor and never made us feel bad when we struggled. He was so patient and so good at teaching us! You make it so much easier to learn than we have been told by other divers from other places. Hunter made our whole experience awesome. He was so great that we took him and Ray to Turks and Caicos to do our first open water dives. He was so precise and cautious. I felt safe and unafraid with his guidance. The management is tops for allowing him and Ray to travel with us. I wouldn’t have wanted a stranger to go with us on that first dive. THERE ISN’T A BETTER PLACE THAN SEAVENTURES FOR EQUIPMENT AND LESSONS!

-Sonya H, 10 April 2017

I wanted to take a moment to recognize Woody Alpern for his outstanding instruction when teaching my daughter and myself the confined dives and written coursework for the  PADI Open Water Diver course. Diving did not come easy to us in the beginning. Woody was very patient with us and helped to give us the confidence and knowledge to serve as a foundation to what I hope will be a life-long love of SCUBA! Woody even sacrificed his own personal time and compensation to make sure we received the individual instruction we needed. I am proud to say that my daughter and I also have completed the open water dives for this course and are now PADI certified Open Water Divers.
Thanks to Woody and to your team at Seaventures for an outstanding experience and for making this dream come true for both of us!

-Sonia Khurana, 3 January 2017

Ms Tracey,

We just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you and the wonderful job you do teaching the girls’ swimming classes. Reese & Harper both love the water/swimming, and I know a great deal of that is due to the fun and effective methods you have for teaching your classes. Thanks again for providing amazing experiences for our girls!

-Greg and Jennifer Arvidson, 17 December 2016

First met Melissa. She made me feel she was more interested in my experience and being comfortable than pushing a sale. Dan [was] very confident and informative. Relaxed atmosphere and made it fun. Felt good about training and really appreciate the team’s effort in getting me where I needed to be before my trip. True test is if I make it back!

-Priscilla Dowling, 14 December 2016

Congratulations Lauren Rothermel!!! It’s a wonderful to have dedicated and skilled divers like you out in the water. Thanks for taking the time and effort to broaden your knowledge base and abilities, even if it meant learning and testing in some not so optimal weather. I still remember looking down at the lake and seeing John Player and the bunch of you all work hard in the wind and rain. Bless you tough lady an your cool family! I’m pleased and honored to have shared my beach with you and your family! I’d love to dive with guys some day. Thank you SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving for turning out extremely skilled and competent divers in all your programs, you make scuba diving a safer and more enjoyable sport for all of us under the water. You’re impacting the Atlanta area by creating a large group of safe, well trained and delightful dive buddies, I’m grateful and appricative of your high standards for training and have seen it in action under the water.
– Sandy Gill Thompson, 11 December 2016

My daughter Marin recently completed her course for scuba certification at Sea Ventures. While all the instructors were very friendly and knowledgeable I want to call special attention to Dan Weekley. Over the course of the weekend Marin consistently sang his praise for the extra help and patience he showed with her. I believe this extra effort and investment of time helped Marin become very comfortable and confident in her skills. I know she is looking forward to next weekend’s trip to Key Largo to become certified.
As business owner myself it always reassuring to know your employees are going above what is expected and Dan certainly did.
-Bryan H, 28 September 2016

Words can’t describe how happy we are with Seaventures! If you are new to this sport, this is the place to go.

First, the training – My wife and I are PADI OW certified but have not been on a real dive since certification a year ago so we were very rusty on our skills. As such, we decided to attend a PADI SCUBA Refresh program. We met Kim who walked us through the entire process of getting signed up. She was also our instructor. I don’t think I have ever met anyone as patient as Kim. Totally non-judgemental. She worked with us on each skill until we were able to accomplish it on our own. She was also extremely supportive – if you get Kim as an instructor plan on getting plenty of ‘high-5’s’ under water!!!

Also during our recent visits we met Ricke and Tim. Both were extremely helpful in picking out gear. There is absolutely no pressure whatsoever. They will give their professional opinion of what you need. But it’s up to you to make your selections.

As far as pricing, I am a total tight-wad. I compared the prices of everything we bought at Seaventures with on-line retailers. There was NO difference! So, if you want to save yourself the cost of shipping, get professional advice, and get your stuff now, Seaventures is the place to go.

Overall, we could not be happier. Seaventures has earned customers for life with us! We have already signed up for one of their trips and are counting the days to departure!!!”

-Morgan R., June 2015