OceanFirst Swim


Our private facility, friendly staff, small classes, and 89°F indoor pool allow swimmers to focus on learning new skills.

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OceanFirst Dive


Immerse yourself into the world of scuba diving and develop a lifelong passion for the marine environment.


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OceanFirst travel


Discover the other 70% of the planet. We offer group trips and customized adventures for any intrepid explorer.

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Safety & Wellness Update

Safety & Wellness Update

Updates regarding our swim school, training, retail shop and travel guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last updated 11/8/20 at 1pm

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Becoming a Caribbean Dive Instructor

Becoming a Caribbean Dive Instructor

"How long is Seven Mile Beach?” a passenger shouted from the back of the bus. It was spring break 2015 on Grand Cayman where I took my first job as a Caribbean scuba instructor. Living in Grand Cayman as a dive instructor taught me so much. Becoming a dive instructor is a challenging and rewarding experience that will change your perspective and show you a new world.

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Travel and Diving in the COVID Era

Travel and Diving in the COVID Era

A personal reflection by Ocean First Ambassador and Avid Scuba Diver, Rhonda Ahrens. Anthony Bourdain said “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.” Even in 2020 there are ways to travel & dive safely. The travel report in this blog is proof!

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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are approaching quickly, and it’s time to buckle down and start crossing off the gifts for all the special someones on your list. It has always been important to support small businesses, but given this year’s events, it is more important than ever. Shopping small & local this year could be the difference between your favorite business making it to 2021. Here are our gift ideas that support our small business as well as some fellow B Corps and sustainable brands we love.

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Our goal is to create a powerful ecosystem where swimming, diving, adventure, education, and preservation come together to form a unique community. Whether you bring your child for swimming lessons, get certified, or travel across the globe with us, you can expect the same level of attention, safety and compassion.

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You will not be disappointed

“If you are looking for your son or daughter to learn how to swim in a loving, respectful, and friendly environment, then look no further. You will not be disappointed.”

–Justin O.

As a diver of 30+ years

“As a diver of 30+ years, with a background in oceanography and marine biology, I look for a dive shop that can bring more to the game than snorkels and a regulator check. Ocean First Divers is superb! They blend a high level of competent services, skilled assistance with training, an exciting menu of exotic travel.”

–George Tamm

The best vacation I have had

“The Costa Rica Trip last week was one for the books. I feel like I hit the lottery with this group of people and most especially Amy. Thanks again for providing me with the best vacation I have had in years!”

–Sharon Partidge


Ocean First is passionate about increasing ocean awareness and literacy and providing ways for our community to become impassioned stewards for their marine environment. We have two amazing sister organizations that help educate and empower our communities to make a difference. Please visit Ocean First Education and Ocean First Institute for more information.

OceanFirst Education

Ocean First Education inspires new depths of awareness and respect for our ocean. Through innovative education, research and technologies, they create knowledgeable, passionate ocean stewards.

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Ocean First Institute

Ocean First Institute is a non-profit that merges science, education, and sustainability to promote, protect, and preserve our marine environments. We believe a healthy ocean is a healthy planet.

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