Great instruction!

Became Open Water Certified and I am now working on Advanced Open Water with Phil. On my Open Water dives, Phil had a group of experienced divers with us. This made the diver to student ratio very low as well as the time between dives enjoyable to answer questions, hear stories, learn about other locations and experiences.
Phil is demanding but will not push you into something you are not comfortable with. He will explain the steps you need to learn and then give you the opportunity to ask questions and with no questions, he will then show you the step in the water and then it is your turn. Phil is easy to work with and will answer any question you may have and work with your schedule to complete certification.
During certification the other experienced divers mentioned Phil had the best prices in Las Vegas. After certifying, I checked and Phil's prices are the best that I was able to find. I had used recommendations of other people as well as Yelp ratings and did not check prices, prior to certification.

I definitely recommend Phil and look forward to further certification and future dive trips.


Matt B

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I got scuba gear and certification for my husband as his birthday present this year. My husband is a great swimmer whereas I've always been more of a land mammal, so to say. I can swim and have dove before. And I even partake in the occasional snorkel session on vacation.  But my comfort with water is kind of on par with my comfort of eating salads: I avoid it if I can.

I reached it to Phil based on the yelp reviews. He was responsive and instructed me to go pick up some gear and booklets from online Scuba. While at online Scuba, I learned that some of my fear around water could be alleviated with a better (and my own) mask. I bit the bullet and decided to get my own set of gear and give a try at getting certified.  The gear and booklets and Phil's lessons all felt super reasonable in terms of cost.

Phil was extremely efficient and easy to work with. He made sure the student to dive master ratios were always less than 3:1 if we went with a bigger group. He doesn't ramble, he explains things clearly, and he is super easy to work with. His semi-retired status meant he knows a lot about everything Scuba related.

We ended up getting certified over 3 days (2 weekends) in October. Phil provided us with thick wet suits and all the gear outside of mask snorkel and fins. We had a fantastic experience - even despite my reservations around being in water that long.

I've recommended Phil to my neighbors and coworkers so now recommending him to all!

Alice Z

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Scuba in Vegas?

Scuba certification in Vegas?! Yea that's the reaction I got from everyone when they heard I was getting certified for my upcoming trip to Belize....I was really nervous about scuba diving just because I am the worst mouth breather there is and as soon as my nose is blocked I feel like I'm suffocating. Phil took his time and at the same time pushed me when I was just in my own head psyching myself out. What really helped was letting me take home the equipment to practice in my pool at home between the 2 pool days. While doing anything in Lake Mead is never on my bucket list, the 2 days of open water dives was done with minimal fear and finally certification completion..... When Phil gave me that final high five saying congrats on completing your Padi certification after my final CESA skill there was such a weight lifted off my shoulders. I highly recommend Scuba Phil and his crew if you're in Vegas and wanting to get certified safely. 

Angie V. 

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Best Decision!

Getting certified with Phil was absolutely the best decision I could have made. I actually came in from out of state to certify with him because I read such great reviews online; I was not disappointed! Phil works at your speed, whether that's fast or slow, and is willing to work around a hectic schedule. He's genuinely a great guy and a great instructor. I always felt safe with him, even when I was learning a new skill or trying something I hadn't done before. He's very knowledgeable and is great at explaining things. I've already recommended him to family and friends, and would absolutely recommend certifying with him to anyone who is looking to dive. Whether you're young or old, experienced or not, go to scuba Phil for scuba certification and classes... you will not regret it! Thanks for everything, Phil! 


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PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver


I have been SCUBA diving before multiple times on cruises, but always having to sign up for the “intro to SCUBA” excursions.  My family decided to take a last-minute cruise to Mexico departing on July 23, 2017.  I contacted SCUBA Phil on July 10, 2017 to see if obtaining my PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver Certification was even feasible in this time frame to which he explained, not only could it be done but I could begin class on July 13, 2017 and be completed with my certification on July 16, 2017.  SCUBA Phil made the class fun and informative.  He was great with all his students making sure we all understood everything and why the topics were so important.  SCUBA Phil was patient with me when I had trouble removing and replacing my mask underwater.  I thoroughly enjoyed his class and look forward to taking more class with him soon.  I cannot wait to dive in Mexico with my certification.  Thank you again SCUBA Phil!

Ryan T.

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I received open water diver certification training from Phil. He is very professional and knowledgeable about all things diving. He makes you feel very safe under water. He is flexible with his time and patient with beginners. Phil is passionate about all things diving and I would recommend getting any diver certifications you're interested in from him. I agree with Pat K., he makes scuba diving fun! Thanks for making diving fun Phil!! 

Derek S.

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Just awesome!

In late November I was invited to go scuba diving right after the new year. I didn't have an open water certification, and with it being winter time I didn't know if I'd be able to find a place to get certified in time for the trip. Lucky for me Scuba Phil was around.

Phil was very accommodating. He helped me get everything I'd needed for the class, referring me to a great dive shop for gear and booklets. Once we finished reviewing the book and practicing in the pool we headed out to Lake Mead. His instruction made the entire process fun and easy. What I had thought would take a long time ended up only requiring three days.

The bottom line is if you want to learn how to scuba, call Phil. He knows what he's doing and he'll get you ready quickly and safely for your dive experience.

Thanks again Phil!

Ben D

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Incredible experience!

What an incredible experience!! Scuba Phil and his team were amazing.  Phil is professional and patient.  He makes you feel comfortable with each skill you learn before you begin the next step.  I would HIGHLY recommend Phil as an instructor.  You finish the course confident that you have the skills to be a safe diver.  Thanks to Phil I am excited about the adventures ahead.  THANK YOU!


David P

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Works with your schedule!

I signed up for open water when Phil was at Sport Chalet, and they screwed us both over. No wonder they closed. Anyway, Phil is an awesome instructor. My work schedule can be quite crazy, but for any class I have done he is always willing to work with me. I just finished my Rescue Diver certification with him, and an planning on working on Divemaster next. I will stay with Phil and his tribe as long as he is diving. I have seen him work with many students, and he can easily adapt and teach how ever they need to learn. He is always making people feel really comfortable and safe in the water. His tribe is just as awesome, and they a lot of times are out diving when he is doing classes. I have recommended him to my friends and family as well. He has such great experience in diving, and I am very happy to have found him as an instructor. Plus, he also rents gear if you need it and it is good gear. Not crappy stuff that some other dive shops in town have. If I did not have my own gear, I would still be renting from him.

Phil B. 

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Got me through it!

I would highly recommend scuba Phil as your scuba training instructor! I was terrified of water but Phil patiently worked with me and talked me through each step that I was nervous about. Yesterday I completed the certification thanks to Phil for making it an amazing experience and making me way more confident in the water now!

Macie R

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Lots of patience

Phil is a great instructor that has got me through Open Water and is currently instructing me through the Advanced Open Water training.  The training has been great and very informative for me.  My original certification was back in the 70’s and a lot has changed since then.  I look forward to completing this training and going forward with specialty dives and group trips.  Everyone that I have met through Phil has been helpful and very accommodating.  Great instructor with lots of patience for us slow kids.  Thanks a lot Phil.

Scott C

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Takes care of students!


"I recently got my open water certification with Phil and had an amazing time!  Despite the cold December weather, Phil took good care of the students and would go the extra mile to make us feel comfortable and safe.  He took the time to explain the importance of each skill which definitely helped prepare me for my open water tests.  The entire experience was well worth it, and I would highly recommend Scuba Phil to anyone who’s interested in all levels of diving."


Thanks for everything, and happy holidays!  Enjoy Hawaii!



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Wonderful instructor!

I have been planning my trip to Belize for a few months and never really thought about the huge part of going to Belize which is the amazing scuba diving that there is. So upon encouragement from friends and basically everyone telling me I'd be crazy to miss out on that once in a lifetime opportunity of scuba diving in an amazing location, I contacted Phil. I was very last minute (about 2 weeks before I left for Belize) in contacting him. I was so grateful he was able to squeeze me in and accommodate around my crazy work schedule. He was amazing in his patience when going through the drills, which was great for me considering I had a couple moments of freaking out and my nerves got the better of me. But Phil patiently waited for me to do each drill at my own pace and achieve them. He never pushed me or made me bad when I had to do a couple of the drills a second time because I freaked out doing them the first time. He just went with it and when I was comfortable and composed he let me try it again and I knocked those drills out! He has a very easy going leisurely way he goes through the water when he dives and that makes for a very comfortable person to dive with because you just feel at ease because he's at ease. I look forward to diving with him again and going for my Advanced Open Water Dive certification. I appreciate Phil's friends, Eileen and Todd, who came out and dived with us and really made it a fun dive with all the stories both Phil and Todd had of places to go and things to do when I am in Belize. Also Phil always encourages any other divers to come out anytime and dive with him and his students or just whenever. So my friend Adam, Phil's former student, came and dove with us as well. Its all a big family feeling and I am really excited to now be a member of this amazing dive community 😊.

Jordan Taylor

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Always wanted to learn to dive!

October 2, 2016

Learning to scuba dive has always been one of my passions but could never find the time to knock it out with being so busy. But now since the kids are grown up I figured it was time to get it done. I have always loved the ocean and the water in general. I have grown up snorkeling but could never stay down long enough and know I can do what I have always wanted to do, stay down and explore. Phil was very accommodating with my busy schedule and made it very easy to get everything done. He also has a great group of friends which help him out at the lake and they really make you feel welcome. I would highly recommend Phil and his team to anyone who wants to explore the underwater world.

I look forward to my next adventure and will be pursuing AOW, Rescue, and Master courses with Phil.

Jason Harris

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Bucket list check off!

Learning to Scuba dive has been on my bucket list for years. Many people want to do it but have the fear of having to learn all the stuff to stay safe under water. Phil and his team make it so fun and easy to learn, even the most difficult of tasks to learn with practice become easy. As a professional, time isn't easy to find and Phil works with your schedule. So you can pick your pace. Super fast or Super slow.
I would recommend Phil and his team to anyone wanting to learn how to scuba dive. The whole group becomes a type of family. A scuba family that you can go on and travel with around the world. Price is affordable and honestly I'm upset I didn't do this earlier in my life. Thanks Phil. You made me feel comfortable under the water and I will always remember your 5 top rules!!

Joe Altree

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