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Address: 3015 Bluff Street, Boulder, CO 80301
Phone Number: +1 303-444-7234
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Ocean First creates and supports a community of ocean enthusiasts who are...

Ocean First creates and supports a community of ocean enthusiasts who are passionate about experiencing and preserving our marine environments. Whether swimming, diving, or experiencing the ocean in their own sublime way, our customers share an infectious passion and excitement that transcends their daily lives. Our love of the ocean is the inspiration for our swim and dive instruction, travel services, marine biology education, and sustainability. We believe a healthy ocean is a healthy planet.

Our goal is to create a powerful ecosystem where swimming, diving, adventure, education, and preservation come together to form a unique community. Whether you bring your child for swimming lessons, get certified, or travel across the globe with us, you can expect the same level of attention, safety and compassion.

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If you want the very best visit Ocean First

The team here is the best at both instruction, service, and support. They are friendly, knowledgable, and great people. If you want dive classes from introductory to advanced... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Niwot, Colorado
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Niwot, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

The team here is the best at both instruction, service, and support. They are friendly, knowledgable, and great people. If you want dive classes from introductory to advanced there is no better instruction available. If you want gear that is properly fitted, high quality, and at a good price they are also your shop to visit. If your thinking of... More 

Thank bfosbur
OceanFirst, Manager at Ocean First, responded to this review

Thank you, Bryn, for sharing your experience you had with Ocean First. We pride ourselves on quality instruction and support for every level of diver and we are thrilled to hear that you have enjoyed your time in our classes and in the retail shop. We look forward to seeing where in the world your scuba career takes you, and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

This review is for the kids swim lessons. They are expensive! $25 a class usually with 4 other kids and a $25 registration fee. I think they were good in the begining when my child was afraid of the water. After my child got better, they really didn't have much to offer and kept repeating the dame thing in class.... More 

Thank Barbsiegogo
OceanFirst, Manager at Ocean First, responded to this review

Dear Barbsiegogo, Thank you for taking the opportunity to visit Ocean First Swim School. We’re very sorry to hear that our program didn’t continue to meet your expectations.With our small class sizes (4:1), we strive to cater to each child’s individual abilities. As one of Boulder’s most popular private swim programs, we pride ourselves on maintaining the highest possible standards... More 

Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

When I first heard of a dive shop in Boulder, I thought huh?. Well not only do they sell all the things associated with scuba diving, and not only do they have a swimming pool on the premises where they have swimming lessons, and do initial certification, they also arrange dive trips to exotic places. Some of the trips are... More 

Thank Miriahm D
Boulder, Colorado
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6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Walked in to have my regulator serviced on June 2. Two people behind counter- one on the phone and absolutely oblivious to three customers waiting in line. Second person a young kid dealing w/ a customer and very unsure of what he was doing. Neither person bothered to look up and acknowledge waiting customers. Like they didn't even exist. You... More 

Thank Bernie690
OceanFirst, Manager at Ocean First, responded to this review

Hi Bernie, I would like to follow up with your review, the staff tells me that you took us up on our offer to give us a second chance and they indicated that you had a positive experience. If that is the case, will you consider altering your review to reflect that? We rely on our reviews to give potential... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I've always loved snorkeling but was afraid to try diving because I'm uncomfortable under water. However, I decided to give diving a try because of the allure of seeing sea life 'up close.' The staff at Ocean First was beyond patient, and I am now a certified diver. And, most importantly, safety and confidence were constantly stressed in the process.... More 

Thank nxmail
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Very knowledgeable dive shop with excellent instructors (I used to be one), extensive equipment, and a wonderful heated pool on-site.

2 Thank Jon_Scuba_11
Lafayette, Colorado
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great selection of equipment and services, including a great group of upcoming escorted dive trips around the world.

Thank hoyca
Superior, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This really is one of the top dive shops I have been to. All 3 of my kids were certified by Ocean First Divers. They have a great facility with a indoor pool and instruction area. They worked really good with the kids to make sure they new the material and that they were comfortable in the pool. They really... More 

Thank RossA65
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

love their store and pool, but recently went on a trip with these folks even though I don't live in the area .. everything was well organized and clearly communicated. Bruce and Mark who lead the trip were great to have as leaders would use this place again!

1 Thank DavidL3
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

If you want to learn to scuba dive, this is the place. Great facility with really high quality instructors. The whole thing is very well run with lots of options for training and dive trips. Looking forward to doing a lot more scuba diving with Ocean First.

Thank baron48

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