You know those scenes in oceanic movies where a person is swimming in the not-so-far-out ocean and a larger-than-life shark comes out of nowhere, gruesomely attacks and pulls them into the dark depths of the sea?
Yea, the ocean is nothing like that, according to the guys of Portland-based Northwest Scuba. In fact, it’s those kinds of scenes that give ocean adventure and scuba diving a bad rap.
BBB Northwest + Pacific accredited business, Northwest Scuba, is on a mission to help beginning divers conquer their fears of the water, while also helping seasoned divers master their passion.
The northwest is home to a lot of divers, says Joshua “Jonesy” Jones, or as he likes to call it, their fin-family.
“This is really about trying to build trust, so if you have someone like the Better Business Bureau putting their stamp of approval on your business, it show’s they’ve vetted us and that we’re doing what we say we’re going to do,” Jones said.
Northwest Scuba offers scuba gear sales and repairs, private pool classes and education for first-timers, open water and scuba instructor certifications, and, of course, expeditions to the ocean with their dive club.
One of the main things Northwest Scuba tries to teach their clients is that the open water is not something to fear. In fact, quite the opposite. We should be scared of what we’re doing to the ocean – not the aquatic life that’s in it.
“When you’re diving, you get to see what everyone throws in the water,” Jones said. “When you’re out there you want to see a clean river, a clean ocean. If we don’t take care of it, we’re not going to have any place to dive.”
To be expected from two professional scuba divers – these guys care about the ocean. A lot. So, naturally, at the shop, you can find reef-safe sunscreen, reusable straws and more eco-friendly items that help reduce everyone’s individual carbon footprint.
Northwest Scuba has been operating out of Portland for the last 5 years. They’ve been BBB-accredited for four out of those five years, consistently upholding our standards of integrity and trust. Not to mention, doing their part for a greener planet.
To hear more about their story, check out the video above!