For those thinking about Going Pro, consider how great it would be to share your passion for diving with others. All while getting PAID to do what you LOVE most!
Every day PADI Pros are living the dream thru their local dive shops, and even getting sand between their toes in exotic destinations. Let us show you how make your dive dreams a reality!
Join us on July 30th, 7 PM at Seal Sports in Mandeville. This is a great opportunity to hear from PADI Regional Manager Nick Buskirk on continuing your dive training, what it is like to become a professional, and why PADI is the way the world learns to dive.
Our PADI Living the Dream Night will be a fun filled evening that will include:
Charting Your Path through Advancement
Review of the PADI Professional Training
Question and Answer with local PADI Pros
Career Path Counseling Sessions
Food and Refreshments
Special Discounts & Incentives
Make sure to Save the Date and join us for our Living the Dream Night! It could very well change your life..
Saturday May 23rd, join us at Seal Sports for the Memorial Day Weekend Benefit Barbecue supporting Chris Santopadre's brave battle to defeat brain cancer!
UPDATE June 16, 2015: Thank you to everyone who attended and generously gave of their time, talents and dollars to make this an incredibly successful event. Your support, love, and well-wishes are deeply appreciated.
The Seal Sports Dive Community raised $6,200 at the Memorial Weekend Fundraiser, and an additional $5,000 has been raised online.
If you missed your opportunity donate and Help Chris Beat Brain Cancer, there's still time to join the circle of love and support surrounding our good friend. Simply click on the button below and help us reach our goal of $10,000 in online donations for Chris. THANK YOU!
Chris Santopadre is a loving father to his son Luke, fought in Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Army, and is a dear friend to many. He, unfortunately, found out in March 2015 that he has the most aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma. He has since undergone surgery to remove a large brain tumor and is currently undergoing chemo and radiation therapy.
Chris' joy and giving-heart have remained strong during these last few months. Please join with us in encouraging and supporting Chris as courageously fights this battle.
When: Saturday, May 23rd from 10 AM until 4 PM Where: Seal Sports What: Raffle, Barbecue, Try-Scuba Pool on-site (invite your friends!), a % of all sales will be donated to the fund supporting Chris' medical expenses
Can't make it? Please consider making a donation through the Help Chris Beat Brain Cancer fundraising page now! Your kind thoughts, prayers, and donations are greatly appreciated!
June 5-7, 2015 join us for a fun and relaxing weekend of local paddling and ‘camping’ at Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklington.
No need to cook, clean, or haul a kayak. We’ve taken care of all the details!
Kayak Weekend includes:
Two nights stay in one of the new Bogue Chitto Cabins
All meals, including a deluxe Saturday Evening BBQ & Social
Two Kayak Outtings: half-day Saturday (approx. 4 hours) and Sunday morning paddle.
Drop off/Pick up-point transportation for all paddlers before/after kayaking
Bogue Chitto State Park is located on the Northshore in Franklington and features 12 freshwater fishing ponds (license require for those over age 16 years), 7 miles of hiking trails, and swimming in the river.
Cabins are new, spacious, accommodate up to 6 guests, and include full kitchens, bathrooms and large living room areas. Screened porches and BBQ grills make the weekend evenings a relaxing and enjoyable get-away! Arrive as early as 4 PM Friday evening.
Kayak Weekend Price: $295, kayak rental included, or $215 if you are bringing your own kayak.
Only 12 spaces available. Call to make your reservation: 985-674-3088
Ready to dive the wrecks of the Gulf? Join us May 16 - 17, 2015 for a fun & exciting weekend of diving!
After your first few dives, and especially with the great diversity of wrecks in the Gulf of Mexico, you'll soon want to explore a bit deeper. Deep Diver Specialty will prepare you for diving in the deeper range of 18-40 metres/ 60-130 feet.
Deep Diver Course Includes:
4 Deep Dives over the weekend
Diving will include the "Mighty O" The Oriskany or another of the Gulf's Great Wrecks!.
1 Evening Classroom session
All Boat Fees
Not included: Deep Diver Manual
The Details: This is a very popular course that students enjoy and request often! We will be diving out of Pensacola.
Price: $395 Full balance is due at sign-up. Space is very limited; reserve your spot today!
For more information contact Seal Sports at 985.674.3088
This entry was posted in Divers Den on May 11, 2015 by Seal Sports of Louisiana.
"One of the best scuba diving locations in the world"
"When are we going to Mexico again?" Last year's Cozumel group had such a fantastic time, we've decided to make this an annual Memorial Day Weekend Trip! Join us as we travel to the island of Cozumel for great diving, friends, and fun.
Cozumel has become one of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean. Cozumel has all the ingredients for a great dive getaway: friendly locals, good food, lively nightspots, towering coral formations, warm water, great underwater visibility and white sandy beaches.
Get your gear together, and let's go diving!
$895.00 (double occupancy) -- 5 Nights / 4 Days with 4 days of 2-tank boat diving. Includes deluxe tropical view room, all meals at Sunscape Sabor Cozumel Resort, domestic drinks, use of resort amenities, and roundtrip airport transfers. Reserve your space: 985-674-3088
Truk (Chuuk) Lagoon is rated one of the Top 5 Destinations in the World for Wreck Diving by PADI, and it's easy to see why. The Truk/Chuuk Lagoon was home to a Japanese naval anchorage and airbase during WWII, and when the U.S. attacked in 1944, the destruction was profound - 12 warships and 32 merchant ships were sunk, along with 249 aircraft. More than 20 wrecks have been found in the intervening years.
And while it's true that history and mystery abound in this exotic locale, Truk Lagoon isn't just about high-adventure and underwater archaeology. There's beautiful soft coral growth on every wreck, and even people who are not wreck enthusiasts will find it very cool to see bicycles, pick-up trucks, tanks, torpedoes, guns, airplane parts, engines, and gas masks from World War II underwater.
Seal Sports is proud to announce that we have booked this "Bucket List" trip for December 6-13, 2015.
A $500 deposit is necessary to reserve your space, and payment plans may be arranged. More information is available on our website, or call us to learn more: 985-674-3088.
*Read one diver's review of this amazing trip. Don't miss this one!
To be quite honest, I had never really understood the whole "rebreather thing." It just seemed like a real pain without that much gain, but to be frank, I am in no way a "tec" diver. I like warm water, minimal gear, shallower dives with plenty of light and color, and nice reefs and fish.
So, when the opportunity came along to try the Hollis Explorer recreational rebreather I thought, "Why not? I'll give it a try." It seemed like a good concept, a purely recreational rebreather that is quick and easy to handle.
After getting off to a bit of a rocky start I am finally able to say: this machine rocks! For what it’s designed for, it is wonderful! If you want to go deep and stay long, this is not the machine for you. But, if you want to dive comfortably on a tropical reef or wreck that is shallower than 130 feet with the sweet spot being 50-70 feet, then the Explorer is what you want.
The basic difference between regular scuba, also known as open circuit, and a rebreather, or closed circuit, is that your breath is reused, so to speak, with the carbon dioxide removed and the oxygen used by the diver being replaced by your supply gas. In the case of the Explorer, this gas is enriched air or nitrox. Here is the big difference, the diver is not “blowing bubbles:” this is what makes a rebreather so very quiet! Believe it or not this technology is not new. The silence allows a diver to blend in with marine life.
I have been a diver for 36 years, and a PADI instructor for 30 of those years, but I have NEVER been able to interact with marine life and see the things I have seen while diving with the Explorer. Imagine diving a reef and the only limiting factor being you. After most of my dives on the Explorer, I am back on the boat after a 60-90 minute dive with the machine telling me I could have stayed longer. Even though I may have had enough the Hollis Explorer is still raring to go.
When it comes to getting close to marine life the Hollis Explorer is incredible; the amount of interaction is unbelievable! On several of my Hollis Explorer dives I felt like I had to back up or get out of the way so as not to get run over by fish and even turtles.
I've found that traveling with the rebreather unit depends on how you are getting to your destination. If by vehicle then just put it in the back seat or bed of the truck and take off. Air travel is a bit of a pain. I wish I could say otherwise, but it is. However, I recently traveled from Mandeville, Louisiana to Turks and Caicos to spend a week on a liveaboard. After all the plane rides, and then a dinghy ride to the boat, and reassembly of the unit on deck, I can honestly say that it was worth all of the effort, and I would do it again. It basically boils down to having to check one more piece of luggage. I hate to pay the extra fee and deal with extra bags, so that could be just a personal issue.
The bottom line is that I was pleasantly surprised by the Hollis Explorer. I am glad that I made the investment, not only in the machine itself but also in the proper training to enjoy it to it’s fullest. So, if you get a chance definitely give one a try. It doesn't require anything other than basic diver training for a quick trial in the pool in order to experience this awesome dive technology.
Tom Burns "Selfie with a Whale" in Turks and Caicos
Thomas Burns has been a dive instructor for over 30 years. He recently became trained on a Hollis Explorer Recreational Rebreather through Seal Sports of Louisiana. To sign up for an Explore Rebreather Diving opportunity or to learn more about Recreational Rebreather Diving, contact Seal Sports at: (985) 674-3088. View our course and travel calendar.
Tuesday February 24th @ 7 PM: Diving After Hours will feature LIVE TO SCUBA
Do you live to dive and love sharing the experience with others? Find that your time spent underwater, exploring the oceans and waterways, are the moments when you feel most at home and connected? Scuba diving for some is a life changing experience; one that varies with each dive, day, and location.
LIVE TO SCUBA Night is for everyone who dreams of exploring and experiencing all that diving has to offer. Whether your goal is to chart a path to Master Scuba Diver, or you are considering enrolling in an IDC (Instructor Development Course) and becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, this special evening event on February 24, 2015 will answer your questions and provide the opportunities that you are seeking.
Are you looking to do something extraordinary with your life? Join us at Seal Sports on February 24th at 7 PM to learn more about developing a plan to advance your scuba diving experiences, training and skills.
Seal Sports: 985-674-3088. Next Instructor Development Course begins April 17, 2015
If you ever get the itch to go play in the water but can't rope anyone in, there's probably someone poking around Seal Sports who would love to join you. We all work very hard to develop and hone our diving and paddling skills - so that we can play even harder!
Last weekend was a blast. Several of us paddled down the Bogue Falaya on Saturday - just minutes away from Seal Sports and public launch spots! We even found a rope swing. Eventually we kayaked, paddle boarded, and canoed on down to the Chimes, revamped with some good food, and then paddled right back to the launch. A simple and pleasant Saturday afternoon, getting to know one another and enjoying some good weather on the river.
"Many of us started these adventures as strangers, but by the end we all belonged to the Seal Sports family… We had many laughs and memories made together this weekend and I'll remember them forever." - Bethany O'Malley
Properly exhausted but not yet satiated, a small group of us managed to get on the road Sunday morning and head to Navarre Beach in Florida. Three hours and a few cups of coffee later, and we were putting on our scuba gear! The shallow beach dive was easy but very captivating. We saw plenty of sea life, including a couple of octopuses. Plenty of bottom time and the water was perfect. An entertaining drive home and a good night's sleep set up the week ahead the right way!
Join us on our next adventure. We've got everything you could need - let's explore the world around us. Together!
"I had a great time! I'd definitely do it again." - Kyle Knight
Congratulations to Seals Sports Owner, Robert Kohl! On June 18, 2014 Rob graduated from the PADI Course Director Training Course in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Thirty years of diving. For Rob Kohl, the path to PADI’s highest and most respected professional rating in recreational scuba diving has been a life-long journey.
Rob grew up diving with his father, Richard Kohl, who owned and operated Kohl's Dive Shop, a successful dive center located in Helena, Montana. At age 19 Rob became a Commercial Diver, a career that he pursued for 10 years. In 2000, Rob turned his focus toward the recreational scuba diving industry and attended a PADI Instructor Development Course, earning his PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification.
Seal Sports is a Dive Shop, Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board Center in Mandeville, Louisiana near New Orleans. Specializing in Scuba Diving, Kayaking & Stand Up Paddle Board sales, service and rental. We offer Scuba Gear, Scuba Certification, Kayaking & Paddleboard service near New Orleans, LA and along the Gulf Coast. Seal Sports has been in business for 15 years and is Louisiana’s only PADI Dive Shop that is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center and PADI Tec Diving Center. Offering each Scuba Certification from Discover Scuba Diving through becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor and beyond. This includes Rebreather training on both the recreational and technical Rebreather.
Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to assist you whether it is Kayak, Paddle Board or Scuba Diving related. Customer satisfaction is at the heart of what we do everyday. A PADI Course Director is on staff full time to answer any scuba diving related questions about scuba gear or information on any PADI certification. Combined with staff members who's passion is paddling, we're here to help. Your satisfaction is our number one goal.
We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business!