About AOS

An Authority in Diving.

Not Just Another Dive Store.

With a passion for making people smile, Academy of Scuba has spent over a decade changing peoples lives and creating positive impact to the oceans and the environment. We are competitive with prices but will never compromise our services for price.  Try us out and see what kind of an impact we can make in your life.  We are sure to give you a lifetime of positive experiences, the right advice, a warm welcome, and a diving community to call home that is with you every step of the way.

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Comprehensive courses, the highest standards of training and exceptional instruction.  Your diving adventures are safe in our hands.

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Huge range available online and in store. Shop with us now for peace of mind, guaranteed advice, fit and the right product to suit your needs.

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Come Diving with us!

We are out diving all the time. Get out and explore Melbourne scuba diving with us and come see the world through our eyes.

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100% AWARE

Academy of Scuba is a 100% AWARE PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Centre. This means that every time Academy of Scuba certifies a student, at any level of diving, we make a donation to Project AWARE. 100% AWARE donations are put towards projects which target protection for the world’s most threatened shark species and the removal and prevention of marine debris from treasured underwater environments. Together we can make ocean protection a reality. Check out our My Ocean page on Project AWARE’s website here, and don’t forget to book onto our next Dive Against Debris!

Convenience, Flexibility and Care

Our team, our activities and our dive plans are all tailored with the individual diver in mind. Through authentic experiences with real, genuine people, our goal is to help you achieve yours.

See Through Our Eyes

We change peoples lives through Experience, Education, Connection and Adventure, providing a positive impact on the environment, oceans and individuals.

Why We Do What We Do

Put simply, we get a buzz out of helping you gain the confidence you need to go out on your own. We want you to grow as a diver explore the world.  We know that with confidence your underwater adventures will be enhanced.

Our Mission Statement

Academy of Scuba strives to provide the best scuba training in Victoria. Utilising the highest calibre Instructors and Divemasters in the industry, we nurture a learning environment that best benefits our students. We also offer a safe learning environment that meets all legislative and Australian Standards.

We aim to provide the highest level of customer service through continued staff education and, most importantly, individual attention. Academy Of Scuba is not content in being Victoria’s best dive stores and training centre, but will always aim to be at the pinnacle of our industry Australia wide. Staff, member and customer satisfaction is paramount in this vision.

In addition to the above, as divers, we recognise that we have a responsibility towards the conservation and protection of the marine environments that we are privileged to explore. At Academy of Scuba, we aim to be the ambassadors of change in marine protection and environmental awareness. Through education and activities organised for not only our divers, but all the public, we aim to empower everyone in encouraging them to make a positive impact in a world that needs more ocean defenders.

Our History

This dive centre seen her fair share of changes. Our Glen Iris dive store on Burke Road was the one that started the Academy of Scuba oddessy. Over the years this location became Melbourne’s premier city dive centre for all divers and people who want to start diving, however due to the massive construction works on Burke Road, the time had come to move on to greener pastures. From 2011-2016 we also had a retail shop at the end of Rye Pier. In 2016 we decided to consolidate our efforts in our city store but still have a base of operations at our dive lodge down at Rye.

Owned by Kat, we are a family run business that has seen not only our 3 kids grow, but has also fostered many a friendships through our dive club. With weekly dives, interesting talks and events, and with interstate and overseas travel we can keep you entertained and foster your love of the oceans for years to come.  Academy of Scuba’s weekly club nights are on Thursday nights. These are a social night where our divers can get together and plan their dives for the weekend, meet other dive buddies and generally talk everything diving and non diving over some drinks and a BBQ.

Come along any Thursday starting from around 6:30pm and get involved. Once you came you won’t leave – just ask our members. On the first Thursday of every month we also conduct our monthly graduation nights where we congratulate our recent graduated students and give them a chance to receive their certificates. Come along any time to join our little (well maybe not so little) dive family.

Academy of Scuba’s Mission for Positive Change in the Oceans and Individuals – 2023

  • Establish Melbourne as an international dive destination.
  • Establish Scuba diving a s a proven method of relaxation, and therapy for people suffering from anxiety and depression.
  • Establish ‘Enabled’ diving centres around Australia.
  • Create large scale environmental awareness through early learning programs, education and providing easily accessible plastic free alternatives.
  • Provide a home for Victoria’s largest family of temperate water divers with our engaging and inclusive dive community.

Kat Vcelka – Owner- Academy of Scuba – 2018