Want to do something different?

Get your Open Water Scuba Diving Certification in 3 days. Your certification is good for your lifetime. Classes are still small so you will not have a scheduling problem. We also offer refreshers if you are already certified and have not dove in a while.

Give us a call and we will get you on our schedule!

Our Free Diving Instructor Tom Gilmore has broken a USA 154-meter/505-foot Dynamic No Fins performance record. Congratulations Tom!  Tom offers free diving instruction here at Dive Locker.  If you have questions for Tom you can e-mail him at tom@enjoyoceanadventure.com, or call him at 850-312-8676.  The cost of his class is $395.00.

Read more here.

The Dive Locker’s Course Director, Todd Yarbrough, will be back March 21-25, 2016 to hold an IDC Course.


If you are a PADI Professional or interested in joining the ranks, give Todd a call for consult and pricing at 850-230-8006 (shop) or 850-527- 1307 (cell phone)

If you like hard, rockin’ blues…don’t miss the Dive Locker’s 10th Annual Flounder Tournament.

The Healers will be here live, in concert from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM,  this coming Saturday!

This band is worth the trip, so come to the Beach and rock out with Tony, Susie and all the gang at the Dive Locker!

Reprinted below is an email we received this morning that would make an humble man blush!

Subject: RE: Certifications


Thank you very much! We are very excited and happy with the completion of our certification. It’s been a long time dream fulfilled and we got it done by the best…..Keep in mind, I have 6 dive shops within 5 min of my house and we drove 120 miles round trip each day to obtain our certification from Dive Locker…because of you!

Thanks again!

Tracy _____

Tracy, Thank you for your kind praise. We greatly appreciate it and we appreciate you very much and… we wholeheartedly agree with you, Todd is the best!

Tony and the Dive Locker will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary in just a few short weeks. We will be throwing a celebration on the day of the 10th Annual Flounder Tournament on November 3rd, 2012….everyone please come by and join us.

A great, big thank you to all our loyal customers for 10 great years!

We were looking through the latest edition of Sport Diver magazine and guess what we found in the Getaways Section…just a great little article about the Dive Locker.

It seems that  during this summer a writer from Sport Diver took an excursion on one of our boats and was so impressed, he/she wrote a great little article about us and the great diving off Panama City Beach.

When you get your copy of Sport Diver in the mail, take a look at pages 60-64, let us know what you think…or just keep reading…

Reprint-   Rigid schedules might work for German train conductors and helicopter pilots, but not for easygoing dive operators. PADI Five Star Dive Center Dive Locker’s charters leave on time from the Treasure Island Marina, but because they typically offer one trip per day, they’re allowed flexibility. So when you encounter a pod of bottlenose dolphins while heading to the dive site, grab your snorkel – you’ll soon be in the water with them.

Dolphins are just one of this area’s big-animal attractions. Year-round, manta rays, stingrays and loggerhead turtles are llikely sightings. Every July and August, whale sharks often drop by, says shop owner Tony Snow.

Also during summer, divers regularly spot leatherbacks – a little – seen in-water species – while aboard the boat.

“Turles breed here,” he says of the famous Pandle sugar-sand beaches. “Sightings are so common on our dives that nobody really mentions them much.”

Today, as we drop in at the BLACK BART – the day’s first dive – I’d welcome seeing turtles or mantas but can’t complain when sandbar sharks slowly circle as we kick our way around the wreck. Sunk in 1993, this largely intact, upright 175-foot-long oil field supply ship has been made safe for divers, making entry into the wheelhouse easy even for those with no penetration training. Light pools in from the former windows, illuminating the stairs as we head into the lower compartments before returning to the perimiter. Clouds of snapper and grouper scatter with each passing diver.

During the leisurely surfact interval, the crew offers a spread any soccer mom would be proud to bring to practice: Gatorade and Capri Sun, water and an assortment of snacks.

After everyone has had his or her fill, it’s time to dive again, this time at ACCOKEEK,  the 195-foot-long Navy tugboat. I’ve been chatting with a guest from Seaside and didn’t realize that everyone else had already begun gearing up.

“Nobody is yelling at you to hurry,” says Snow of the crew’s laid-back nature. “We’re very relaxed but safe. That’s why anyone who dives with us once will always come back.”

Our Head Instructor, Todd Yarbrough, just successfully completed his PADI Course Director Training Course in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Todd now joins the “ELITE” of  PADI Professionals, becoming one of the less than 1% of PADI Professionals who attain the rank of Course Director.

Way to go TODD!!!!

The Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail Passport is your gateway to 12 spectacular shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico. Filled with fascinating marine life, each shipwreck has its own story to tell, from the world’s largest artificial reef, the aircract carrier USS Oriskany to the FAMI Tugboats.

You may start your journey along the trail at any of the 12 shipwrecks; upon completion of each dive be sure to have your Passport validated with a signature and a stamp from your participating dive shop.

Be sure and note the Passport’s QR Code; it provides direct access to the trail’s webpage through your smart phone or wireless device.

Visit: www.floridapanhandledivetrail.com for additional information.

The winners of the annual “Not a Red Snapper” tournament are:

Big Snapper

Matt DeFelix   10.10 lbs   Jamie Kosier  10.05 lbs    Alec Landingham 8.14 lbs

Big 4 Snappers

Jimmie Lee 32.10 lbs   Jamie Watson   26.01 lbs   and Dave Dorado  24.00 lbs

Congratulations to our winners and to all the participants, we appreciate you coming out and we hope you had a wonderful time!  Until Next Year, fair winds and following seas!

PS:  Pictures to follow as they become available