A Temple Alumni and entrepreneur is making a splash in North East Philly. David Barnes and his wife Melissa joined forces and founded Scubadelphia in September 2011.

The scuba shop has seen growth within the past three and a half years, offering not only scuba gear yet certifying classes as well.

Barnes says, “In the time we’ve expanded. The shop used to be very bare but now we have a ton of gear and certify a lot of students.”

The scuba team certifies up to 160 students a year. There are  a couple ways to get your feet wet in scuba diving. Scuba enthusiasts can take classes in a classroom setting before hitting the open water. In the classrooms students get PADI certified, which is recognized worldwide as a certified scuba diver and lasts a lifetime.

The second way to get certified is through the “Discover Scuba” program at the local pool.  Here is where you get a basic run down of what the equipment is and what it is used for before you get into the water and experience weight less ness at the deep end.

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