Scuba Warehouse and its training arm Geo Divers, is Sydney’s Premier PADI Five-Star IDC Centre. Our unique course formats and our commitment to safety have won us over twenty five awards for Business Excellence, including five PADI International Hallmark of Excellence Awards; The Prime Minister’s Small Business of the Year Award and most recently The Small Business Champion Best Specialized Retailer Award. We have received two Awards from PADI International for our contribution to Innovation in the Scuba Industry internationally. We also enjoy one of the best safety records in the world for our 29 years as a PADI Five-Star IDC facility.
Owner, Judith McDonald is the only female recipient of the prestigious Australian Dive Industry Association Scuba Excellence Award. For two years running she was awarded Business Woman of the Year.
Scuba Warehouse has one of the largest ranges of snorkeling and Scuba Equipment in Australia. We also specialize in teaching young people to Scuba Dive, conduct PADI Bubblemaker, Seal Team and Junior Scuba Courses. For school aged divers we run marine studies and dive ecology programs. We have a very active Project Aware Team of divers and a calendar of ecology based activities for divers.
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Scuba Warehouse and Geo Divers Sydney is owned by Judith McDonald & Craig Woolven both passionate underwater adventurers and conservationists. In 1984 Judith opened Scuba Warehouse a PADI Five-Star IDC Centre and was the first woman in the world to own a PADI 5-Star Dive Centre. In 2005 Craig & Judith opened the first PADI National Geographic Dive Centre in Sydney and Geo Divers Sydney was launched. Our unique course formats and our commitment to safety have won us over fifteen awards for Business Excellence, including four PADI International Hallmark of Excellence Awards. We have also been named as one of the top three PADI Dive Centers in Asia Pacific, for several years running. We have received four Hallmark of Excellence Awards from PADI International for our contribution to Innovation in the Scuba Industry internationally. We also enjoy one of the best safety records in the world for our 29 years as a PADI Five-Star IDC facility. This was acknowledged by a recent award from PADI. Judith McDonald is the only female recipient of the prestigious Australian Dive Industry Association Scuba Excellence Award. Since 2011 Scuba Warehouse won seven Sydney awards for Excellence in Sport & Recreation; Excellence in Education Award; Excellence in Sustainability and Judith McDonald was twice named Business Woman of the Year. Scuba Warehouse has one of the largest ranges of snorkeling and Scuba Equipment in Australia. We also specialize in teaching young people to Scuba Dive, conduct PADI Bubblemaker, Seal Team and Junior Scuba Courses. For school aged divers we run marine studies and dive ecology programs. We have a very active Project Aware Team of divers and a calendar of ecology based activities for young divers. We support many not-for profit organizations related to marine ecology, the diving environment, business development and Chambers of Commerce. We recently received an award from the Australian Heritage Council for our work in the preservation of underwater heritage. We continue to work with the Underwater Heritage Department in monitoring Sydney’s protected wrecks. Following are some comments from our customers – a testimony to our excellent team of Instructors - as they work with our customers to develop skills as competent, adventurous underwater explorers. What our Customer Say… I recently completed the National Geographic Course and just wanted to let you know what an absolute blast it was. Henry is a great teacher with a lot of passion and patience. I highly recommend this course to anybody who has buoyancy or navigating issues. It's not about passing or failing, but about gaining confidence in your diving and most of all, having fun. Thanks to Henry and Scuba Warehouse my diving pleasure has reached new levels. Kind regards. Marina. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Our entire software development and support team did our Open Water training with Scuba Warehouse. We soon came to realise that the "buddy system" our scuba Instructor introduced us to when diving, was the very skill that significantly changed our teams productivity and each of the relationships within it - and I mean overnight. I feel that the experienced staff at Scuba Warehouse taught a lot more than how to scuba dive. Most of them being professionals themselves, I feel that they understand the Intrinsic value of the "buddy system". It kept us safe when we were diving and definitely improved our performance as a team when we weren't. Tony Willenberg Information Systems Fesco Lines Australia Pty. Ltd. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Judith, Krista and Kyle want to send their thanks for the wonderful experience they had during the Bubblemaker lesson. They cannot stop talking about the great day they had during the lesson. They keep asking me when will they be able to dive in the ocean. I think I have to do my lesson first. Can I request the photos that were taken during the lesson? Once again, I'd like to thank you and your staff for patiently teaching my kids. Bryon Inventor & Family. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Judith, I am just writing this quick note to thank the team at Scuba Warehouse for all the help and encouragement that was given to Elizabeth during her Junior Open Water course earlier this month. The instructors (Ed, Les and Judith) were great and without them it wouldn't have been possible. Making the step from Seal Team to Open Water was made easier because of the prior knowledge and experience gained in the Seal Team Program and I would encourage other parents with children to take the same path. Ed was instrumental in mentoring her through the past 2 years and I sincerely thank him for that. There aren't too many people who would take on a 12 year old at Open Water level with such a great result. He has passed on a love of scuba diving and she is keen to continue. She says it’s the best thing she has ever done, particularly seeing all the marine life and the inquisitive fish! Once again, thankyou to all the team. Margot, Rick and Elizabeth Tiems ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Judith, Your customer follow up is truly impressive. The crew are holidaying in Qld at the moment but we will be in as soon as they return. I am also interested in a basic course for the boy and maybe an Advanced for me if you purists accept a CMAS 1 star qualification from 1978. Thanks. Randall ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ „Scuba Warehouse‟ simply doesn‟t say it. Sure great kit abounds but these folks are genuinely focused on sharing the fun and excitement that IS diving! Greg Clynick ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "The terms which most describe the culture at the Scuba Warehouse are "professionalism" and "enthusiasm". They truly believe in the sport and instil a level of trust that is most reassuring." Barry Heirn ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I am a nervous scuba diver… I love it when I am in the water- but getting there for me is the hard part. I love your shop. And I love walking past the window and checking out all the gear or looking at the great pictures. The great underwater world certainly has my attention Debbie Cole ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I think Judith runs a marvelous service/business with its core still focused on adventure + service. The best Marketing and UW Photography I have seen. Best of Luck. Tim Kupris ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ You know I love Scuba Warehouse .......“When you drive 1200kms from the outback to Sydney and visit Scuba Warehouse before seeing the rellies you know it’s a pretty special stop- over”. Cheers, Mick & Joanne McCulkin