Our Mission

Captain Rick’s Diving Adventure is about family. Our business is veteran-owned-and-operated, and based on our love for snorkeling and diving, the ocean, conservation, diver safety, and community. We want to introduce Columbus, OH, to diving, ocean exploration, and new, exciting ways of having fun.

Our primary goal is to create a community of divers who are comfortable and safe in the water. Captain Rick’s wishes to be your partner for diving training, travel, equipment needs, and friendship. We feel a responsibility to support your diving needs throughout your diving adventure.

Store Hours

  • Ohio New Facility- 760 S. State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081   
  • 12 Noon - 8:00PM Monday - Friday
  • 7AM - 5PM Saturday
  • 12AM-5PM Sunday
  •  Florida Location: 2nd Street Diana Beach, Florida 
  • Boat Charter
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Dive Team

Richard McFarland Profile Photo

Richard “Captain Rick” McFarland

CRDA Vice President, NAUI Course Director, Instructor Trainer, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Boy Scout Counselor, US NAVY Sea Cadet Scuba Instructor, PSI Certified

Carol McFarland

NAUI, Scuba Diver, Scuba 4 Kidz program, Vice President of Finance,  Advanced Scuba Diver and Captain License.

Eric Morgan

CRDA  Vice President,  NAUI Instructor Trainer, IDEA, SSI,  Instructor

Mike Dumas

CRDA Board of Directors,  Instructor, Boy Scout Scuba Instructor, working on Captain's License

Julia Valentine Profile Photo

Julia Valentine

NAUI Instructor ,Marine Biologist working in Turks and Caicos while continuing her education persuing her  Masters degree  and Captain's License

Matt Delp, 

CRDA Broad of Directors,  NAUI Instructor, Boy Scouts Scuba Instructor,

Kristen Manning

CRDA Board of Directors, NAUI Instructor, Store Manager,  Working on Captain's License

Grace Baker

NAUI, Scuba Diver, Working on her Advanced Scuba Diver, Scuba 4 Kidz program


Open Water working on his Advanced Open Water.  Adam wants to work in the Dive industry.


NAUI Scuba Advanced Scuba Diver, Working to become a Rescue Diver, Working on her Marine Biology Degree

Pools & Other Facilities We Work From

  • Westerville Jaycee Swimming Pool
  • Gahanna YMCA
  • North YMCA
  • New Albany High School
  • Rosecrans High School
  • Muskingum Recreation Center
  • Minerva Park
  • Powell
  • Dublin
  • Worthington
  • McConnesville
  • New Concord
  • Cambridge

Checkout These Dive Sites

Why wait for the water to warm up? The following offer excellent scuba diving opportunities opportunities in Ohio and Florida:

  • Circleville Twin Quarries
  • North Point Quarry
  • Lakeview
  • White Star
  • Zanesville Private Quarry
  • Gahanna Private Quarry
  • Broward County, Florida, Community College Tigertail Lake
  • Lauderdale by the Sea East Coast of Florida

Why Choose Captain Rick's Diving Adventure's?

  1. Best Value
    • No hidden costs
    • NAUI e-learning, textbook, workbook, and video
    • PADIe-learning or textbook
    • Use of all dive gear (buoyancy control device, air tanks, regulator, gages, mask, fins, wetsuit, and snorkel)
    • Air fills, pool, confined water training dive, check out dive fees
    • Crew Pak includes Textbook
    • DVD (NAUI only)
    • Online package (NAUI only)
    • Recreational Dive Planner & Book
    • Logbook
    • Regulator Necklace
    • T-shirt
    • Carry Bag
    • Fees to quarries, parks, and boats included for open water certification dives
    • All included at the low price of $299.00
  2. Plus We Certify Divers All Year Long
    • Ohio from April - October
    • Florida from September - June
  3. Lifetime Certifications
    • The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) are both widely recognized diver certification agencies, including NASA, the US military, Disney Resorts, and more
  4. Heated In-Door Pools for Training
    • Our pools are heated and located throughout Ohio, including Columbus, Westerville, Gahanna, New Albany, Zanesville, New Concord, McConnelsville, Cambridge, Grove City, Pickerington, and Delaware.
  5. No More Than 6 Students Per Class
  6. Boy Scout Counselors, Aqua -Re 2015 Scuba Instructors and 2016 Scuba -Re 2016 Scuba needs.
  7. Flexible Scheduling
  8. Open Water Training All Year Long
  9. Equipment Discounts for Students
  10. Classes Are Taught By:
    • NAUI Course Director, NAUI Instructor Trainers, NAUI Instructors, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers, and a US Army CDQC Graduate
  11. Captain Rick Is Focused to Provide the Highest Quality Education in Scuba Diving Education
  12. Captain Rick’s Divers Complete Their Training Knowing They Are Qualified & Certified To Dive
  13. Captain Rick Believes in NAUI’s Motto, “Dive Safety Through Education,” That a Diver Who Not Only Understands How To Do Something But Also the Reasons Behind It Can Make Better Decisions Than One Who Only Understands the “How”
  14. Captain Rick Requires Students to Learn the Basics Of Rescuing an Unconscious Diver
  15. Captain Rick & NAUI Promote the Preservation & Protection Of the World’s Underwater Ecosystem
  16. Captain Rick & NAUI Leaders Are Striving To Make Scuba Diving Better & Safer
  17. NAUI & DAN Join Together To Extend the Reach Of Dive Safety
  18. Sanctioned US NAVY Sea Cadet Scuba Instructor
  19. Veteran-Owned Business
  20. You Become Part Of Captain Rick’s Family

We are the leaders in teaching children and young adults how to dive, including:

  • S. NAVY Sea Cadets
  • Boy Scout Counselors
  • Gahanna YMCA
  • Rosecrans High School
  • New Albany Schools
  • Ohio University Zanesville Pool
  • Zane State College Pool
  • Broward County Community College
  • University of Miami

Have a question for Captain Rick? Contact us about scuba lessons, charter trips locally and in Florida, and for other scuba services.