Looking for classes in the Portland Area

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Madocyw
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Looking for classes in the Portland Area

Post by Madocyw » Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:50 pm

Howdy all,

I've got zero dive experience, and want to change that. I live in Portland, and was wondering if anyone had suggestions as far as good instructors/shops to go to - looking for basic open water and drysuit instruction.

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Re: Looking for classes in the Portland Area

Post by Grateful Diver » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:41 pm

I can't say that I know a lot about the shops down there, but I have had good experiences with Seven Seas Scuba across the river in Vancouver.

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Re: Looking for classes in the Portland Area

Post by spatman » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:02 pm

I would contact Georgia Arrow (Wylerbear here on NWDC). She's one of the instructors from Seven Seas Scuba. Dan Robertson is another I'd recommend out of Seven Seas, as well.

Another option is Dave Ishmael from Underwater Works in Tigard. Dave gets high marks from several divers whose opinions I trust.
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Re: Looking for classes in the Portland Area

Post by ORDiver » Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:55 pm

I'd recommend Dave Ishmael or Mark Pendley from Underwater Works in Tigard. I too, hear good things about Dan and Georgia from Seven Seas.

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Re: Looking for classes in the Portland Area

Post by Diver Doug » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:59 pm

Pacific watersports in aloha. Excellent shop and instructors.
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Re: Looking for classes in the Portland Area

Post by jeremyl » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:28 am

Another rep for Dave I. and crew at Under Water Works. I did mine there based on a friend recommendation and have since sent several friends to him. Mark P. was an assistant back then but was great.

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Re: Looking for classes in the Portland Area

Post by kdupreez » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:41 am

+1 for Seven Seas in Vancouver.. Quality instructors with a great shop too! lots of inventory and they just expanded and opened another shop in Monterey CA!
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