Scuba Monkey Dive Center
Scuba Monkey Dive Center
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Scuba Monkey Dive Center is family owned and operated. Our goal is to provide the best customer service, an excellent line of products and great prices. We take pride in offering not just a variety of dive options but also a fun social experience. At SMDC there's a little something for everyone, whether it's the highest quality equipment or an economical package, something for the active diver or a brand new student. Come check out SMDC and let us help with all of your diving needs.
Alachua, Florida
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Tommy M
Miami, FL19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Amazing staff and shop. Highly recommend getting your certification from here especially with on site pool.
Joe was amazing and kept an eye on us the whole time in devils den wish was the best dive I've ever been on and I have over 1000 dives under my belt. It was even better than the red sea! The staff is all amazing and I just can't say enough good things about them. A+++ get certified NOW if you haven't yet. You are missing out on a whole other world right under your nose.
Written October 10, 2020
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csutter4747
Gainesville, FL91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
Mu son (13 yr) and I completed the PADI open water course with Tim and Joe (owner/operators of Scuba Monkey) and they were great.
Tim was leading the course but Joe did much of the troubleshooting with each student in the water and had enough patience to see each of us through the tough stuff. For me the toughest part (most nerve wracking) was removing and replacing my mask under water. Joe kept calm and gave me great advice which allowed me to complete this skill.
For my son the ear clearing/pressurizing was the the problem. He was able to complete about half of the open water skills during the regular class but just couldn't seem to master the ear equalizing (despite Joe/Tim spending considerable time with him) which prevented him from completing the class. So Tim met with us another day and spent two hours working one-on-one with him. Tim got him comfortable on equalizing and they finished the required skill tests - so now the kid is certified. All of this at no additional cost!

That kind of personalized attention and service is rare. Scuba Monkey has definitely earned my loyalty.
Written August 4, 2014
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David O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Business
I go to Scuba Monkey for all of my underwater needs. I got open water certified with Joe and Tim, then went on a Venice fossil dive they set up and discovered a lifelong hobby for fossil diving. I also leased all of my personal dive equipment through them, couldn't have been easier. You won't be disappointed!
Written December 21, 2017
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Renee S
Gainesville, FL179 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
- Deliberate price gouging: went on an trip to Jupiter and they overcharged for the standard boat fee while they received a group discount. The response from the owner? "How am I supposed to make a profit?"
- Lack of communication for trips: when I asked were we were supposed to meet, I was told 'the marina'. What marina? Address? Slip? Boat color? Name? Also, they changed the dive times with no notice.(like from more in to afternoon)
- Classroom etiquette was poor. Could have learned more online without the attitude and questions of why I was wearing 'another dive shop shirt' in their establishment. Like how dare I?

I could go on and on... To include a credit card dispute but I hope that paints a picture or this business.

I am sure that this review will be overlooked as so many '5' reviews will over shadow. Just know, I warned you.

Written September 27, 2018
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Elizabeth G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
I got SCUBA certified this year with Scuba Monkey and the class was great. When picking out my gear the staff was really helpful. Had a large selection with lots of options. They have tested a lot of their products and can give you recommendations. We also did the Epcot and Venice Beach trips through them and we are looking forward to doing more in the future. Also great rates on renting gear.
Written December 5, 2017
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steven0578
High Springs, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
I am a certified Scuba Diver and I wanted to get my wife (37) and son (12) certified also so we could dive as a family. We could not have asked for a better experience or customer service from Tim and Joe. It had been awhile since I had been in the water diving and I wanted to go through a refresher course also. Tim and Joe made it where I could accomplish this while my family was completing there Basic Open Water Course. You could not ask for better trainers than Tim and Joe. Their dive shop is great and have everything you could possible need or want (there is a wonderful lady there by the name of Tracy who will take care of everything.). They have a great rental program if you need equipment and they schedule outstanding diving trips to multiple locations (Freshwater, Saltwater, Disney's Epcot Dive Quest and different countries). Again Tim and Joe thank you for everything you did for my family and I. You guys have customers for life with us!!!!!!!!
Written October 12, 2015
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Stephanie H
Sevierville, TN1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
As a first time scuba diver I couldn't have asked for a better experience! Great classes and instruction. The crew at Scuba Monkey was so helpful and really went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable.
Written February 14, 2014
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Jaime M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
Very happy with the service I got here, how comfortable I felt with the employes and the prices. Totally reccomend.
Written December 22, 2017
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Christopher W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
absolutely love the customer service in the store everyone i have talked to is very knowledgeable and have a great personality definitely making this my new go to shop
Written June 1, 2023
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Camper50988072883
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
I cannot tell you how amazing George is! (I mean the whole place is great top to bottom, but George is the icing on the cake). Thank you!
Written December 11, 2022
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