Diving with… Seminole Scuba, Florida, USA

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In this ongoing series, we speak with the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer


What is your name?

Paul Shepherd

What is the name of your business?

Seminole Scuba

What is your role within the business?

Owner

How long has the business operated for?

16 Years

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

27 Years, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

What is your favorite type of diving?

Coral Reefs

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

Florida has an amazing Spring network which offers us lots of crystal clear fresh water diving. With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other we are perfectly positioned to offer an experience to both as well.

We also offer a lot of International trips that are all guided by our team of experts and that allows us to travel safely to some of the most remote locations in the World. We have recently dived Raja Ampat, Komodo, Africa and Fiji. Soon we are off too Micronesia, Africa, Antarctica, Galapagos, Philippines, French Polynesia and South Africa for the Sardine Run.

What is your favorite dive location and why?

Indonesia, for the diversity.

What types of diving are available in your location?

Florida Springs offer clear water for recreational diving and caves for the more adventurous.

Then the Gulf of Mexico is popular with spearfishermen.

The Atlantic Ocean has fantastic reefs and wrecks all up the coast.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

Introducing new divers to the other 70% of our planet and introducing people to new experiences in various parts of the world.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Nudibranchs

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

The new trip schedule:

  • Truk Lagoon October 2017 (5 Spots available)
  • Africa November 2017 (Sold Out)
  • Antarctica January 2018 (2 Spots available)
  • Africa November 2018 (Sold Out)
  • Philippines Malapascua and the Visayas January 20th – 30th 2019 (14 Spots available)
  • Arctic May 2019 (6 spots available)
  • Galapagos July 2019 (Sold Out)
  • Africa October 2019 (14 spots available)
  • Galapagos March 2020 (14 Spots available)
  • French Polynesia September 2020 (22 Spots available)
  • Raja Ampat January 2021 (14 Spots available)
  • Sardine Run June 2021 (8 Spots available)
  • Maldives October 2021 (22 Spots available)

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

Keeping people interested in diving. There are lots of options out there for people and keeping them diving is becoming more and more difficult.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

We work a little with Project Aware and then on our big trips we try to work with a charity/conservation company in country to make a donation or try and help in other ways. For the Africa trip we are working with the David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

It’s improving! The industry was always run by hobbyists who generally had no clue about business. That is slowly changing. The fiscal crisis helped remove some of them but there are some still remaining. Just because someone has been diving for a long time does not mean they know anything about business… I think newer companies like Huish are beginning to work that out where as some of the older companies need to bring in fresh blood.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

We offer a great escape from Disney to those travelling to the Orlando area as well as some world class diving.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

www.seminolescuba.com or email Dive@seminolescuba.com
Tel: 407-333-8856
If in the Orlando area come by the fully stocked shop: 3869 Lake Emma Road, Lake Mary, FL, 32746.

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