Southern Skin Divers Supply

Southern Skin Divers Supply

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Baby Scuba Mullet representing SSDS! Only 8 years and 4 months till he can be certified!
Hey guys--
Could you take a picture of your trip board, or just post your upcoming events? Really enjoyed the spear class, look forward to seeing you guys soon.
Thx.
Southern Skin Divers Supply
Here is your little Mary Kaitlyn diving with the Whale Sharks at the Georgia Aquarium for the BIG 13th Birthday. Thanks guys, without your training, she would not have had this opportunity.
https://youtu.be/qyu9WX8t6Wo
I could write a novel about Southern Skin Diver Supply... But nobody wants to read a novel... so I'll get straight to the point.

12 year old daughter wanted scuba lessons
We tried Southern Skin Diver Supply - They were GREAT!
Southern Skin Diver Supply instructors were patient and kind.
If YOU or someone YOU LOVE wants to learn to Scuba dive, you should use Southern Skin Diver Supply, PERIOD.
JOJO Weber w/ Southern Skin Diver Supply has a way with people, I think he could teach a hamster to DIVE! HAHA

Was I to the point enough? This pic says it all, it's a selfie she took on her certification dive. I hope you'll call or message them on Facebook for the free trial diving class.
YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID.
First Day of 8th grade with Alabama Connections Academy and We're at Scuba Diving Lessons at Southern Skin Divers Supply.
I took the Divers Refresher course this past Thursday w/ JoJo and couldn't be happier. He had a quiet confidence about him that I really liked. Found him to be knowledgeable and articulate. He answered all my many questions and helped me to remember a lot of stuff and taught me some new things as well. Money well spent.
SSD, thanks for helping a couple of newbies get fitted and practice learning to snorkle for our first trip to Galapagos! You have been so patient and generous with your time and suggestions. We recommend you highly. Thank you!!
https://youtu.be/_LD74-PC2bk
We had Beau Ouimette visit with us in Alaska for three weeks. He is putting many videos on his YouTube channel over the next few weeks.
Any of y'all dived the Poseidon playground? Lyndsey is diving it tomorrow so was wondering :)

The original SCUBA School here on 5th Avenue South since 1953. We have an indoor heated pool and ins The only local SCUBA School with an on site indoor pool, offering training every day during regular business hours.

Also, the oldest Aqua-Lung dealer in The United States. SSDS has group dive travel all over the world almost every week, year round.

Operating as usual

09/28/2021

The last two weeks the SSDS training staff has focused on teaching. Several Openwater students were recently certified by instructor Mark Tant. After that he taught and certified the latest Rescue Divers over the weekend.

We have a long tradition here at Southern Skin Divers Supply in giving students a t-shirt when they pick up their equipment right before their checkout dives. Fifty years ago, a 13 year old Mark Morrison was given his by our founder, Bill “Capn’ Scuba” Tant. Here is a picture of Mark with that old shirt as well as a few photos of our latest divers. These are dates for upcoming trips and training:
Oct 19 Nitrox Class at 1:30
Nov 6 Spearfishing Clinic at 9:30
Dec 11,12 Panama City Flounder
July 2-9/2022 Cayman Aggressor
July 9-16/2022 Grand Cayman Sunset House

The last two weeks the SSDS training staff has focused on teaching. Several Openwater students were recently certified by instructor Mark Tant. After that he taught and certified the latest Rescue Divers over the weekend.

We have a long tradition here at Southern Skin Divers Supply in giving students a t-shirt when they pick up their equipment right before their checkout dives. Fifty years ago, a 13 year old Mark Morrison was given his by our founder, Bill “Capn’ Scuba” Tant. Here is a picture of Mark with that old shirt as well as a few photos of our latest divers. These are dates for upcoming trips and training:
Oct 19 Nitrox Class at 1:30
Nov 6 Spearfishing Clinic at 9:30
Dec 11,12 Panama City Flounder
July 2-9/2022 Cayman Aggressor
July 9-16/2022 Grand Cayman Sunset House

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 09/14/2021

The past couple of weeks we have enjoyed some great trips. Our good friends at Panama City Diving took us on some inshore wreck dives one weekend and then some offshore Spearfishing the next weekend. Meanwhile, Spence had a group in South Carolina on our artifact river dive. They had one of the best big teeth days we have ever had and a couple of the guys found some rare bottles also. Here are a few photos of the past two weeks and some dates for upcoming trips and training.

Sept 18 Spearfishing Clinic at SSDS
Sept 25,26 Rescue Course
Oct 9,10 Panama City Inshore Spearfishing
Oct 23,24 Panama City Offshore Spearfishing
Nov 13-20 Bonaire
Dec 4,5 Panama City Flounder
July 2-9/2022 Cayman Aggressor Liveaboard
July 9-16/2022 Grand Cayman Sunset House

09/12/2021

Best breakfast around!

This crew has been coming here for years before they dive to fuel up on a good breakfast! Pictured are some of their amazing finds from yesterday! #blufftonstateofmind
#mayriver
#broadriver

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 08/24/2021

Finally, after a year long struggle with inventory, we are getting it in daily! If you have been patiently waiting on us to have regulators, dive computers, wetsuits and booties, etc. chances are we have it.
The past two weeks, Mark has been busy running wreck trips to Panama City and certifying new divers. Meanwhile Spencer and Forrest have been running Spearfishing trips and teaching new Spearfishers.
Some of the best diving of the year happens during the Fall and we have a bunch coming up. Here are a few photos of the past two weeks as well as dates for upcoming trips and training:
Sept 4,5 Panama City Inshore Wrecks
Sept 18 Spearfishing Clinic
Sept 25,26 Stress/Rescue Class
Oct 9,10 Panama City Inshore Spearfishing
Dec 11,12 Panama City Flounder

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 08/06/2021

We are currently on pace to complete almost 60 group trips before the end of the year. Everyone is ready to go! JoJo has been running inshore wreck trips to Panama City as well as our advanced Spearfishing trips to Pensacola. Forrest has been busy outfitting and teaching a bunch new Spearfishers as well as showing the latest in gear from Spearfishing Specialities. In the meantime, Spencer just returned from over two months diving for Gold in the Bering Sea in Alaska. He has been testing the new Apeks headlight and 8mm semi dry suit. These will also work great on his South Carolina Artifact dives that are also about to start up again.
All of our trips and classes are selling out faster than ever. Fifteen trips were sold yesterday alone. Please put a deposit down on any trip or class ASAP if you want a spot. Here is what we currently have available:

Aug 14,15 Panama City Offshore Wrecks
Sept 4,5 Panama City Inshore Wrecks
Sept 10-12 South Carolina Artifact
Sept 25,26 Stress/Rescue Class
Oct 22-24 South Carolina Artifact
Nov 13-20 Bonaire
Nov 26-28 South Carolina Artifact
Dec 11-12 Panama City Flounder
July 2-9/2022 Cayman Aggressor
July 9-16/2022 Grand Cayman Sunset House

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 07/21/2021

Here are just a few photos of the past couple of weeks. We are teaching classes all day and running trips just about every weekend.
Here are some upcoming dates for training and trips.

July 31 Spearfishing Clinic
Aug 14,15 Panama City Offshore Wrecks
Aug 28 Nitrox Class
Sept 25,26 Stress/Rescue Class
Nov 13-20 Bonaire
Dec 11,12 Panama City Flounder
July 2-9/2022 Cayman Aggressor
July 9-16/2022 Grand Cayman Sunset House

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 06/18/2021

We have just gotten in the newest wrist computer from Aqualung. The i330r is a very reasonably priced backup computer or primary for those that dive with a SPG. It has a bright color screen with large numbers so anyone can see the data in any environment. Also, a two button setting makes for easy setup and being rechargeable means it will never flood due to a bad battery replacement. Come check them out.
We have had 4 Spearfishing trips in the past two weeks and just had a couple cancellations for our Spearfishing Clinic tomorrow. We are busy running trips for the next couple of months so please make plans to attend the class tomorrow if you are interested in Spearfishing. Here are a few photos of the past couple of weeks and dates for upcoming trips and training.

6/19 Spearfishing Clinic at SSDS
7/10 Nitrox Class at SSDS
8/14,8/15 Panama City Offshore Wrecks
9/11,9/12 Panama City Spearfishing
11/13-11/20 Bonaire
12/4,12/5 Panama City Flounder
12/11,12/12 Panama City Flounder
7/2/2022-7/9/2022 Cayman Aggressor
7/9/2022-7/16/2022 Cayman Sunset House

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 06/01/2021

Now we are having two or three trips each weekend. Mark just returned from a week of diving on board the Turks and Caicos Aggressor Liveaboard. Meanwhile Spencer is getting the Gold Diving camp up and running for the Summer while Forrest and JoJo are taking people Spearfishing every weekend. Here are a few photos the past week as well as dates for upcoming trips and training.

June 19 Spearfishing Clinic at SSDS
July 10 Nitrox Class
Aug 14,15 Panama City Offshore Wrecks
Nov 13-20 Bonaire
July 2-9/2022 Cayman Aggressor Liveaboard
July 9-16/2022 Grand Cayman Sunset House

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 05/19/2021

Here are just a few photos of some of the checkout and wreck trips we have been doing the past couple of weeks. Also, after several months of no Spearfishing, that started up again last week. We will be running at least two Spearfishing trips a month from now until the Fall. Here are dates available for upcoming trips and training.

May 22 Nitrox Class at SSDS, 9:30am
July 17,18 Panama City Inshore Wrecks
Aug 14,15 Panama City Offshore Wrecks
July 2-9/2022 Cayman Aggressor Liveaboard
July 9-16/2022 Grand Cayman Sunset House

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 04/22/2021

The past couple of weeks we have been busy with continuing education training here at SSDS. Spencer and Forrest stay booked up with the Solo Diver Course for the artifact trips we offer as well as the Nitrox and Spearfishing classes. Meanwhile, we had two great trips. The first was a group that Mark took on board the Belize Aggressor Liveaboard. After that, Spence led another one to South Carolina. Here are a few photos of the past couple of weeks and upcoming travel opportunities.

May 1,2 Panama City Wrecks
May 22-29 Turks and Caicos Liveaboard
July 9-16/2022 Grand Cayman Sunset House

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 03/27/2021

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post

Photos from Southern Skin Divers Supply's post 03/27/2021

This past week, we have had two group trips. Mark spent a week with a charter on board the Belize Aggressor IV. Meanwhile Spencer took our latest group of students to the St Andrew’s Park Jetties and Vortex Springs for their checkout dives. He also has kept busy teaching his Solo Diver Course here during the week. This is a must for those of you wanting to be a part of our dark water Fossil trips that we offer to South Carolina.
We haven’t taken any Spearfishing trips since December but that is about to change drastically. From May until August, Forrest and JoJo will be running Spearfishing trips just about every weekend. They sell out fast but people do have to cancel from time to time. If you would like to be an alternate in case of a cancellation on a trip, please let us know. Also, the Alabama Spearfishing Association has announced the dates for the 2021 tournament season. For more information go to www.alabamaspearfishing.com
Here are dates for upcoming trips and training:

3/27 Spearfishing Clinic at SSDS
4/3 Nitrox Class
4/24,4/25 Panama City Wrecks
5/22-5/29 Turks and Caicos Liveaboard
7/23/22-7/30/22 Cayman Islands Sunset House

03/13/2021

Last weekends trip was our South Carolina Artifact dive. Spencer leads these trips for us and everyone did very well on our first one this year. The water temp was a very brisk 56 degrees and a good time was had by all. Prior to going on this, divers take the Solo Diver Course that Spence offers here at SSDS. Please contact us and talk with him if you want to start this type of diving.
Trips are selling out faster than normal. Not only is everyone ready to get back to diving again but we are still social distancing on vessels for the time being. Hopefully by the end of Summer we will be back to full capacity on these boats but for now, we have limited availability.
And speaking of selling fast, our newest T-shirts, performance shirts and SSDS hats are in now!
Here are a few photos as well as dates for upcoming training and travel:

3/20-3/27 Belize Liveaboard
3/27 Spearfishing Clinic
5/22-5/29 Turks and Caicos Liveaboard
6/5,6/6 Panama City Spearfishing
6/26,6/27 Pensacola Spearfishing

02/26/2021

Our trip this past weekend was back to the Crystal River area of Florida. The divers enjoyed good conditions for seeing Manatees as well as diving the Rainbow River and Devil’s Den. Now we are focusing on a bunch of upper Gulf Coast, South Carolina and some international travel.

Spearfishing will be starting shortly with Triggerfish coming in season. Before we know it, Amberjack, Red Snapper and Grouper will be in season too so come in and get your new Spearfishing gear. We are very well stocked now in everything, especially Spearguns from Spearfishing Specialities and JBL.

Here are a few photos and dates for upcoming trips and training.

Feb 27 Nitrox Class 9:30 am
March 5-7 South Carolina Artifact
March 10 Nitrox Class 3:00 pm
March 13 Spearfishing Clinic 9:30 am
March 20-27 Belize Liveaboard
April 16-18 South Carolina Artifact
April 24,25 Panama City Wrecks
May 15,16 Panama City Wrecks
May 22-29 Turks And Caicos Liveaboard
July 24-31 Grand Cayman Sunset House
Nov 13-20 Bonaire

02/06/2021

The Goliath Grouper has been preserved and put back on display in the showroom. Here is a photo of it as well as one in 1968 with Bob, Bill and Eloise Tant and Gordon Rickles in our original building. The following photos are of our showroom after our recent renovations.

01/29/2021

Check out a few photos of the past week!

We have just about completed the renovations at SSDS. You will notice the new flooring, paint, monitors and trip boards in the showroom, offices and classroom. We are also preserving the mounted Goliath Grouper that Bill Tant speared in the early 1960’s and it will be on display again soon. Mark and Jojo took 30 divers to see our friends at Crystal River Watersports and enjoyed the Manatees as well as the Rainbow River and Devil’s Den. While all of that was going on, Spencer started teaching a new group of Cadets from Southern Prep Academy.

Here are a bunch of travel and training opportunities in the near future:

Jan 30 Nitrox Class at SSDS
Feb 19-21 Crystal & Rainbow River & Devils Den
March 5-7 South Carolina Artifact
March 20-27 Belize Liveaboard
April 16-18 South Carolina Artifact
May 15,16 Panama City Wrecks
May 22-29 Turks And Caicos Liveaboard
June 5,6 Panama City Spearfishing
July 24-31 Grand Cayman

01/12/2021

Happy New Year Everyone!

Please pardon our progress for the next week or so. We have just completed painting our showroom and are currently ripping up the old carpet and installing the new flooring in the retail area as well as the classroom, office and repair area. Over the next few days we are having a total roof repair completed also and installing additional lighting in the showroom. It’s going to look great when we are done but until then I’m afraid it’s going to be a mess. Please be patient with us.

Pool use will be limited some this week. We are going to keep the pool sessions smaller until we can move everything out of the pool area. Hopefully the repairs will move along very quickly.

Spencer just returned from running our first International Trip in a year due to Covid. The divers had a great time enjoying a week on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor. Please continue to purchase trip insurance for all of your International Dive Travel. We have always strongly suggested it but now more than ever, it should be looked at like it’s part of the trip cost.

Here are a few photos of the past week or so and some travel/training dates:

Jan 16 Spearfishing Clinic at SSDS
Jan 30 Nitrox Class
Feb 19-21 Crystal River Manatee
Mar 5-7 South Carolina Artifact
Mar 20-27 Belize Liveaboard
April 16-18 South Carolina Artifact
May 15,16 Panama City Wreck
May 22-29 Turks and Caicos Liveaboard
June 5,6 Panama City Spearfishing
July 24-31 Grand Cayman Sunset House

12/23/2020

Merry Christmas Everyone! For all of you last minute shoppers, we will be open from 9am-2pm on Christmas Eve so come see us tomorrow. We are closed Christmas but will be back to normal hours on Dec 26.

We just returned from Panama City Spearfishing for Flounders and Groupers and got some excellent table fare. This is a great time of year to do some easy, shallow Spearfishing. Most of these dives are close to shore and 50 ft or less and are great for new Spearfishers.

This year, unlike any other, has changed our dive travel. Often our International Trips have been postponed because of Covid and things change last minute even on the closer ones. Even though our Manatee trip in January and the Bonaire and Cayman trips are sold out, we do have cancellations sometimes on short notice. I can’t stress enough to always purchase trip insurance for these International Trips. There are several plans available but one that we recommend is at www.diveassure.com

Santa came a little early for Jojo Weber with a custom teak Spearfishing Specialties Speargun with his name on it. These are the guns that we have had most of our success competing in tournaments and commercially harvesting fish. Here are dates for a couple of classes starting in 2021 and a few photos of us recently.

January 16 Spearfishing Clinic
January 30 Nitrox Class

12/01/2020

Here at Southern Skin Divers Supply, we have always been fortunate to have capable and up to date SCUBA Instructors through the years. Most of you know the story of our founder, diving Pioneer and Legend Bill Tant, starting Southern Skin Divers Supply right here on 5th Avenue South in 1953. All through the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s there were so many instructors trained by Bill that bridged the gap to the modern day instructors we have here today like Forrest and Spencer Phillips, Jojo Weber and J.w. Sam Stevenson. Today, for the first time, we have an instructor become a member of a very exclusive club. Mark Tant is the first instructor at SSDS, for 40 years in a row, to be an Active SCUBA Instructor with an RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council) Agency. On Dec 1, 1980 Mark earned his first instructor rating with PADI and since has also trained through IDEA, NAUI, SSI and SDI. In his early days as an educator, classroom sessions were taught in the original location one block from where we are today. Mark would teach larger pool sessions at locations around town like Jeff State Community College, Mtn Brook Swim and Tennis, the YWCA Downtown and several of the YMCA’s. These pool sessions were primarily in the evening and on weekends. Once the current location was completed in the 1990’s, he taught pool sessions here and at Marion Military Institute. Mark represents many thousands of certified divers during this time. So many of his former students have requested he teach their children and later on their grandchildren too. At SSDS, we are very thankful and fortunate to have him still going strong! Here are a few photos of Mark from the 1970’s to today.

Videos (show all)

While spearfishing last week, this Pod of Dolphins swam by Forrest.
Lionfish Everywhere!
Diving with Dolphins
Lionfish Invasion
Here is our last dive on Sunday with a huge Lobster.  We have room on both of our trips this weekend.
Spearfishing for Amberjacks!
Lionfish are everywhere!
Spearfishing Amberjacks yesterday!
A Pod of Dolphins
Lobsters!,
How to stone an Amberjack.

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