Family Owned and Operated Since 1999

aquatic center ocala

“We Make Diving Fun“

Welcome to the Aquatic Center Ocala! We are conveniently located on US Hwy 441 between Ocala and Belleview. Aquatic Center is your complete source for new dive gear, and rental equipment, as well as classes, dive trips, air fills, equipment service for every manufacture. We also offer swimming lessons for ages 3 to adult. We have a heated on sight pool for your comfort. Come see us today at the Aquatic Center Ocala, 8769 S US Hwy 441, Ocala, Florida. Contact us via email at or by phone at 352-245-9162. We have a large selection of new dive equipment in our show room at competitive pricing. We also offer up to 12 month interest free financing for qualified buyers. We are an authorized Aqua Lung and Sherwood dealer We will meet or beat any price on new dive equipment.
Specialty Course Descriptions



Will teach you how to accurately find your way underwater using a compass and the natural environment.

Enriched Air Nitrox

This is your first course in mixed gas diving. Enriched air means the oxygen content in nitrox is higher than in regular

Night and Limited Visibility

This course will give you your first experience with night diving and build confidence when diving in water that …

React Right

This is a required course for SSI instructors but also to anyone who needs training in Oxygen First aid.

Learn to swim for kids and adults

Swimming Lessons

We are starting registration for the summer swim season of 2023 on April 1st and classes will start after Memorial weekend.  You will need to register in person at the Aquatic Center. Swimming lessons are an essential part of a child’s education. Being able to swim increases confidence and can become an enjoyable and healthy total fitness hobby.

What Our Customers Say’s


21:29 22 Nov 22
After doing research on scuba lessons in the surrounding area, I decided to go through the Aquatic Center of Ocala. The owner, Craig, was very nice, informative, and helpful. I ended up taking lessons there, and got certified. They offer group lessons and private lessons, where I did the latter just due to my other obligations. The fact that they have a classroom and pool on site for the initial training was great. Another employee by the name of Cole was also very helpful.
S HanksS Hanks
15:33 09 Jun 22
I've been diving over 15 years. So I was in need of new equipment, when I walked into the shop was greeted with a smile and a how can I help you. I ended up buying a new BC and a new regulator. Craig was very helpful. He setup all the gear for me and tested it. I also signed up for a refresher course. Paul the instructor was great very knowledgeable and friendly. I also got to meet the swimming instructor Smokey and saw her working with the students. She was very nice and the kids were having a blast! I highly recommend this shop if you need any gear or training.
Carry StrodeCarry Strode
14:10 09 Jun 22
The Aquatic Center of Ocala is a top notch dive shop. The staff and owner are all highly experienced and friendly. They stock exclent gear and there rental equipment is very well maintained. If you need any gear they don't have in stock Craig is happy to order it for you. Swimming lessons and dive lessons are a blast! Just like the sign says they make diving fun!!
Smokie WestSmokie West
22:34 18 May 22
I have been diving and collaborating with Craig for over 10 years. He has always been fair with his pricing and explores options to help customers have not only a great experience, but also high quality products and training. Highly recommend!
Marsheila Bush-RhodesMarsheila Bush-Rhodes
15:16 17 May 22
Aquatic Center Of Ocala is a one-stop shop for your underwater diving equipment and wetsuits. They have scuba and snorkeling equipment, dive trip packages, scuba diving classes to get you started on your scuba diving adventurers, refresher courses, an on-site pool for training, and swimming lessons for young students. Certified and knowledgeable instructors have logged many dives in various Florida springs, the Gulf and Atlantic oceans, Caribbean Islands, and the Red Sea. I highly recommend the Aquatic Center of Ocala.
Meet Chad Patterson


Chad can service every major brand of scuba gear available on the market today. He has been factory authorized by every manufacture of dive regulators including Poseiden and full face masks. Chad was a former dive shop owner where he was the chief technician. As an experienced diver, Chad knows how your equipment is suppose to work. Chad is also certified by the DOT as a Hydrostatic test technician.

Our Training Staff



Senior Scuba Instructor

Paul Rhodes

Scuba Instructor


Swimming and Mermaid instructor


Sales Staff