2017 Progress Edition
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Smoky Mountain Divers – Full service PADI Recreational and Technical Dive Facility
Since 1980 Smoky Mountain Divers has been your one-stop, full-service PADI Recreational and Technical Dive Facility. Smoky Mountain Divers offers a variety of training, regardless of your diving interest.
Now in a new larger, and more convenient location, a quarter mile North of the intersection of Highway 75(Airport Rd.) and Hwy 36 in Gray, TN. The professional and courteous staff at Smoky Mountain Divers can help you experience the underwater world that we have learned to love. They invite you to experience scuba diving in the comfort of an indoor pool where you will discover an exciting way to spend some time under the water, in a new world you may have never explored.
Perhaps you found yourself inspired as a kid by watching "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" or "Sea Hunt" or maybe you wanted to get closer to your inner Bill Murray after "The Life Aquatic." Smoky Mountain Divers, founder Barry Burton, and his crew understand it all. It's difficult to explain the thrill of scuba diving or the comfortable, peaceful feeling a diver experiences when in a weightless state underwater. As you glide slowly over the tropical reef watching the ballet of thousands of beautifully colored marine creatures, you're immersed in a spirit of inner space that is nearly overwhelming and beckons you to stay.
Take it from these words from Mr. Burton: “The water is warm and clear as you search for that “perfect shot” with your underwater camera. Then you realize you’ve moved to the edge of the reef – to the wall, where the bottom drops thousands of feet into wonderful blue infinity. Your first emotion screams, “I’m Fla__… I’m Fla__… I’m Flying” through this magnificent liquid universe!”
Then sometimes you get so comfortable that, just for a couple of seconds, you no longer feel that you're underwater at all. It's then when you realize; it seems, you could reach out and touch the face of God!"
Smoky Mountain Divers now has a local site for open water certifications and fun dives, The Gray Quarry (Only 5 minutes from the dive shop). They will still be traveling to the Florida Springs, Caribbean, and Bonaire as they have for many years. In fact, they have a trip planned to Bonaire the third week in June 2017. If you are interested call Barry at the shop or go to smokymountaindivers.com.