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Checking Scuba Tanks for Hydro Dates

Checking scuba tanks for hydro dates is critical in the scuba diving industry.  “SCUBA” stands for “Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.”  Scuba cylinders contain the air that is your life support underwater. It is important for tanks to be inspected and safe to ensure your safety while diving.  Each tank has a series of codes on it and each has inspection and testing stickers. If those are out of date, no responsible, reputable dive shop will refill the tank. Visual inspections are required at least once per year to check for cuts, dents, stress lines, bulges, plating condition, a current hydrostatic test date, and signs of general abuse outside, and pits, corrosion, coating defects, neck cracks, and thread integrity inside. The inspector will also check for potential manufacturers’ recalls. If all is well, the inspectors puts the tank back together and applies a new sticker.

Hydrostatic testing (hydros) is required every five years.  This test must be conducted by a certified technician and essentially determines whether the tank is structurally sound and will not burst under pressure.

Venice Dive Center provides a variety of services to keep you diving and safe.  We send our tanks for Hydro Inspections, which need to be done every 5 years.  Visuals are done in the store, checking the exterior, interior and threads.  Staff can also clean your air tank to switch it to a nitrox tank, as well as apply nitrox wrap (sticker).  O-rings can be changed out as needed.

Air fills are available at Venice Dive Center (both air and nitrox).  Our nitrox banks are 36%, but can be mixed to lower percent for deeper dives. The shop also has both air and nitrox tanks available for rent.

Brandon is here to explain how to check your dive cylinder for service dates. Be sure to visit www.venicedivecenter.com to see how we can help you with your underwater needs.



Shark Tooth Seminar and Dive

Venice Dive Center will be hosting a Shark Tooth Seminar and Dive.  Venice, Florida is known as the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World” due to the millions of shark teeth that wash up on our sandy, white beaches.  There is even a Shark Tooth Festival held April 10th-12th. And while finding these amazing gems along the shore is incredible, how would it feel to actually find one yourself on the bottom of the ocean?

Each day, Ben Schultz, local fossil expert, dives down to discover more teeth and fossils beneath the surface.  Ben has spent countless hours below and has a wealth of knowledge that he will be sharing with friends of Venice Dive Center for 2 free special events.

Ben Schultz, Local Fossil Expert, Shark Tooth Seminar and Dive

Join us on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 for the Shark Tooth Seminar as Ben explains what types of fossils can be found off of Venice and Nokomis shores and why.  He will also discuss techniques for finding teeth.  Doors will open at 6:30.  Registration for the Shark Tooth Seminar and Dive is preferred.  Please call 941-497-5985.

On Saturday, February 27th at 8:00, join us for a DONUT DIVE.  Ben will be leading the Shark Tooth Fossil Dive off Service Club Park Beach, 1190 S. Harbor Drive.  Ben will take divers to a dive spot where there are fossils.  New found knowledge can be put to the test as divers work to find fossils for themselves. Registration for the free Shark Tooth Seminar and Dive is preferred.  Please call 941-497-5985. Feel free to come to one or both of the classes. Gear, tanks and airfills not included.

*A minimum of Open Water Certification is required for the Beach Dive. Venice Dive Center has rental gear and air tanks available as early as Friday a.m. if needed on a first come first serve basis, but please arrange for pick up prior to Saturday’s 8:00am dive.



Weekend New Look Sale!

Join Venice Dive Center this weekend as we celebrate our Brand New Look!  Stop in and see the remodel and enjoy savings on every wall and display.  Bruce will be happy to see you.  See you this weekend!

Remodel Sale



Our Brand New Look!

Venice Dive Center has experienced many changes over the past several years.  Previously known as Scuba Quest, it was purchased by current owner, Jeff Carter, in May 2012.  During that transition it was dubbed Scuba Quest of Venice to distinguish it from the other Scuba Quest stores throughout Florida.  The following year it acquired it’s new name, Venice Dive Center. Expansion and better location was on the horizon in 2014 as the shop moved up the street from Venice to Nokomis.  And now, a year and a half later we THRILLED to reveal a well needed remodel.

The layout of the store allows for optimal experience for our customers to explore products, move throughout the shop and consult with staff.  New hardwood flooring has been laid, slat wall has been hung,  wall color has been changed, and lighting has been increased.  There’s even a hammerhead shark, our ambassador, Bruce, to welcome you to Venice Dive Center!  We look forward to seeing you this weekend and sharing our Brand New Look Sale.  Stay tuned as we continue to reveal new and exciting products and experiences coming to Venice Dive Center.



Welcome Bruce!

We would like to introduce you to Bruce.  Welcome Bruce!

He's here!
He’s here!

Bruce is a Hammerhead shark that upon first glance looks a little intimidating and sometimes scary. Sharks are not the mindless eating machines that movies make them out to be. He is a warm water shark that came into this world in Bahamas. Over the years this top predator has been traveling the world educating the public that sharks are our friends. He decided the best way to get the word out is to go where the divers hang out. Bruce’s travels have taken him all over the world “hanging out” in hundreds of dive shops across the country. His travels have brought him to Venice Dive Center. He will be our Ambassador from the ocean here to greet our customers each and every day.

Please stop in and meet Bruce. He will be “hanging out” at the shop waiting to meet you.

Remember Bruce?
Remember Bruce?