Grand Rapids’ First

PADI Training Center

Servicing West Michigan since 1988

Our Dive Log

Shop Reviews

“Doug trained our whole family at the same time (included two focused but rambunctious boys, 11 and 13). He is so patient and kind. We did our open water dives in Cozumel, Mexico with him and team. We are now continuing on to Advanced Open Water course. I could not recommend more. Go see Doug!” – Elizabeth V.

Great place for all things scuba diving. You can take all variety of classes from beginner to advanced. Ability to rent all of your gear from air tank to wet suit or you can purchase your own gear. Great people and atmosphere, lots of knowledge, stories, and suggestions. Definitely a must for anyone who wants to get in the water.” – Katie R.

“We have certified our entire family at Great Lakes Dive Locker. Many of our friends that dive also completed their certification at Great Lakes. You can completely trust Doug and team to train you in a way that is thorough, and safe and you will enjoy the process of becoming certified at Great Lakes!” – Jerry B.

“Doug is one of the best instructors I have ever met. He and his staff are bar none the most knowledgeable, friendly, and patient people when it comes to teaching and fitting equipment for purchase. If you want to have a positive experience, this is the place I would suggest you come to.” – Eric S.

“I got to dive the Straits of Mackinac with Great Lakes Dive Locker and it was phenomenal. They are: Safe, Knowledgeable, Incredibly helpful and welcoming, and Fun. One of the best dive trips I’ve had.” – Sage W.

This is a wonderful diving operation!  We took lessons to become certified in diving.  They made everything so simple, the staff was terrific!  They offer local and distant location trips, it’s great to get together with other divers.  We had the best family experience diving in the Bahamas for a week on a trip they arranged, there were 18 that signed up for the trip, both young and old.  The store is clean and has a great selection of products.  We recommend Great Lakes Dive Locker to everyone!!!  – Lisa & David P.

“I took my open water certification through GLDL. Doug is a great instructor; knowledgeable and efficient, with a sense of humor too. The rest of the staff has been wonderful to work with as well, always making sure to provide a positive experience. If you are in the greater Grand Rapids area I highly recommend this shop for your dive needs.” – J.W.

“I signed up for a class at the boat show this past February before COVID-19 stopped the world from turning. Doug had to postpone classes until just recently, but he and his team kept me informed on class scheduling. Having just taken the class portion for open water certification, I can safely say that these folks really know what they are doing. Doug talks you through everything and takes the time to be sure you understand the material that’s covered. I enjoy the laid back atmosphere which really puts you at ease, and there’s no pressure on learning. I’m looking forward to my upcoming pool dive and open water dives! Be assured that you are in very capable hands with Great Lakes Dive Locker! The knowledge and experience really shows in this team!” – Mr. Kay

“Doug and his team were great! My nephew and I got certified together and we both really enjoyed the experience. We were able to take what we learned and scuba dive together in Maui last year. I highly recommend this company!” – Tom M.

“Great Staff out at Lakeshore Scuba especially Virgil!!” – Grant J.

“Doug and his team are well experienced and very knowledgeable, and yet are patient and understanding with new students. There’s always something fun going on with the dive shop or being planned, such as trips to dive Coral reefs or great lakes shipwrecks. My first and only choice of dive partners and training is great lakes dive locker!” – Justin F.

“Not only is it an awesome shop, but it’s also full of the best people! I’ll always go here for my diving needs. I’ve gone with them on three organized dive trips and always have a great time! Highly recommend this place!” – Kelsey C.

“Excellent, knowledgeable service! My husband & I both obtained our dive certification through Great Lakes Dive Locker – in lessons & experiences that went above and beyond expectations. Since then we have made purchases of equipment that were also handled with above-average service & care. Don’t hesitate to visit Great Lakes Dive Locker!” – Peggy S.

“Great instructors who connect with divers at whatever level.” – Dan B.

“Doug is great. Good teacher, and very knowledgeable. I enjoy the experience in this dive shop.” – Todd C.

“Real and honest owner and employees. A very welcoming place to do business with.” – Sam M.

(Reviews courtesy of Yelp, Google, Facebook, and Signpost.)