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

  • Monday - Friday, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dive Team

Richard McFarland Profile Photo

Richard “Captain Rick” McFarland

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

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Karen Jenkins

NAUI INSTRUCTOR TRAINER, PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor Boy Scout Counselor, US NAVY Sea Cadet Scuba Instructor, PSI Certified

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Dave Powell

NAUI Instructor, PADI Dive Master, PADI Master Diver,

Mike Stein Profile Photo

Mike Stein

NAUI/DAN Instructor and PADI Dive Master, Boy Scout Counselor, PSI Certified

Eric Morgan

NAUI, IDEA, SSI,  Instructor 

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Rick Mansfield

PADI Master Scuba Diver,

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Todd Henesly

NAUI Training Assistant

Megan Zdybowicz Profile Photo

Megan Zdybowicz

NAUI Rescue Diver  

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Ryan Andrews

NAUI Assistant Instructor Certification and PADI Dive Master, 

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Joanna Asuncion

NAUI Advanced Open Water Attending College,Marine Biology

Grace Baker

NAUI, Scuba Diver, Scuba 4 Kidz program

Ric Hill Profile Photo

Ric Hill

NAUI, and PADI Advanced Open Water

Kathy McFarland Profile Photo

 In memory of Kathy McFarland

PADI Advanced Open Water, Store Manager

Advanced Open Water. 

Matt Delp

PADI, NAUI, Scuba 4 Kidz program

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Julia Valentine

Working on her NAUI Advanced Open Water and Attending College,Marine Biology

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.