Deep diving in mid-Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY - Mid-Missouri and scuba diving are not exactly known to go hand in hand, but on Sunday, they did.
Jeff Adams owns Scuba Adventure and has been teaching scuba all over the world since 1979.
In 1989, he decided to come back home to Jefferson City and teach people in a landlocked state how to dive.
"I thought, 'Jeff City needs a dive shop,'" Adams said.
Adams takes people from all over the United States on dive trips around the world, he knows a lot of great spots in the Caribbean because of his years spent there.
"We make up the trip as we go along and its incredible to do it that way," Adams said.
The courses Adams teaches here at the Jefferson City YMCA last a lifetime.
"Once you go through the open water course you are certified to dive anywhere in the world," Adams said.
The open water class is just the beginning, a lot of people like to get into more specialized diving after that.
"The certifications are just endless, in the things you can specialize in," Adams said.
Safety is the first priority when it comes to learning how to dive, he said..
"The biggest part is our safety for the open water course. Learning what you can and can't do, getting the basics is what this is about," Adams said.
There is real world benefits that go outside of deep sea diving in the Caribbean, Mexico or other places.
"Whenever you go through a scuba class, you actually become a lot more comfortable in the water, and being relaxed and comfortable in the water really makes you a better swimmer," Adams said.
Adams said he teaches divers starting at age 10 all the way up to people in their 80s.