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Come join FantaSea on our newest adventure as we travel to the heart of the South Pacific to Fiji and stay at the Bega Lagoon Resort for your tropical dream vacation. There you will discover warm, turquoise waters,sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, fine dining, adventure,warm hospitality, the Fiji culture of the local Fijians, and all the diving you can get your hands on.

For more information on Fiji, just click on the link

Ice Diving, Early February, 2013.

We will be holding class for the Ice Diver Specialty on the following days:

February 2013: FantaSea Classroom

February 2013: Location TBD

For more information on this class, Call us or stop by

Scuba Diving Resources for Scouts and Scoutmasters.

Diver underwater with fish in cozumel

Photo Courtesy: Frank Wei

Recently the Boy Scouts of America added Scuba Diving to the list of available merit badges. We feel this is a great opportunity for scouts to enrich their experiences as scouts while participating in a new and different kind of adventure.

FantaSea offers the Open Water Diver course, which fulfills the scuba certification requirement for the Scuba Diving merit badge. We also offer Scuba BSA. For an introduction to scuba diving we offer Discover Scuba.

Mike West, & one of our staff members, is approved by (and registered with) the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and will be available to sign-off requirement lists.

To help Scoutmasters and parents understand the options available to scouts and troops, we have put together a short guide to the scuba courses we offer.

See More Photos on Flickr.

Divers in Hawaii

Photo Courtesy: Tammy/ Mike Dahl

If you haven't yet, check out our profile on Flickr. We have pictures from our ice diving trip (in February), and some pictures from last year's trip to Isle Royale.

Everything is Getting Warmer.

Dive Flag

We're approaching the beginning of what looks to be an exciting dive season. We have a lot of really-great activities planned (and likely some we haven't planned yet--check back for future trip announcements). We also have some some new ways to learn and share diving. All we need to do now is add water, which it seems could not happen soon enough.

It helps, though, that the ice is out around the Twin Cities.

We have surprise planned for early next month. We think it's something that could benefit any diver (meaning, if you are reading this, it will likely be worth your while), and that participating will be very easy. We will have more information on how to participate before May 1st.

The only way to know how to participate, though, will be to stay tuned to our Website. Even if it's by getting news as fans on Facebook or through our RSS Feed, stay in-touch with us to find out how to participate.

More news to arrive soon. Until then, the world around us wakes up to the Sun, and the lakes around us continue to warm…

March, 2011: Utila.

Coral

Photo Courtesy: Dave Olson

The first trip we are planning for 2011 to is Utila, Honduras. Currently, our plan is to visit early in March.

Utila lies at the south end of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest barrier reef in the world (the largest in the Western Hemisphere). The waters around the island play host to all of the characters that normally frequent coral reefs. Utila is also a great place to see (and swim with) whale sharks.

The visibility (greater than 100') is incredibly clear, and the water temperature (close to 80° F) is warm enough that you won't want to get out of the water.

Watch our Website for the latest news on upcoming trips.

Happy Holidays from FantaSea Scuba & Travel!

Happy Holidays! We hope everybody is doing well, staying safe, and having lots of fun!

To celebrate the holidays this year we found some Comb Jellyfish to help us put up the holiday lights. You can see for yourself in this video.

"Be Prepared" for Underwater Adventure with Scuba BSA

Scuba BSA Patch

FantaSea Scuba & Travel now offers Scuba BSA.

To learn more about how scuba diving can help enrich the development of your scout (or, for Scoutmasters, scouts), click here.

Drop-Off Serivce (with Fast Turnaround) in Plymouth and Mayer for Customers in the Western and North-Western Metro

Our Store

We realize that it can be a long drive to Burnsville from some places, especially places like:

  • Delano
  • Maple Plain
  • Long Lake
  • Maple Grove
  • Plymouth
  • Minnetonka
  • Wayzata
  • Excelsior
  • Chaska
  • Norwood Young America
  • Waconia

The drive shouldn't be a reason to forego scuba—or equipment repair. If for some reason the distance has been a reason not to visit us with equipment that is due for service, we now offer an alternative: drop-points for equipment service at locations in Plymouth and Mayer.

With drop-off we offer 24-hour turnaround service on tank refills (if you drop your tank off with us in the morning, you can pick it up from us the next day) and fast turnaround on other service.

Please contact us for further details.

Sale for American Veterans - Open Water Diver (Part I) Free*

Sponge

Photo Courtesy: Mary Powell

Dear Veterans:

We would like to show our gratitude for your service by offering Open Water Diver Part I (Classroom and Pool) to you at no charge.*

Without your efforts, it would likely be very difficult to enjoy diving or many of the other sporting activities that we enjoy safely all over the world. Thank you for your service to our country.

*Materials charge not included. Please call for details.

Dive with the Amazing Seals

FantaSea, cooperating with the Amazing Seals adaptive scuba club, began teaching classes in early 2008 (Discover Scuba and Open Water Diver) to individuals with physical challenges that would otherwise exclude them from experiencing diving.

See this bulletin for more details.

See you in the water!

eLearning: Learn how to Dive at YOUR Convenience!

Divers on rocks

Photo Courtesy: Gene Gullingsrud

FantaSea Scuba & Travel is excited to offer a new Web-based education service, hosted and accredited by PADI. Learn to dive from any computer with an Internet connection (including the one at home), at times that are most convenient for you. Receive feedback from FantaSea's instructors, and take advantage of links to extra information.

eLearning offers course materials for the following classes:

Click here to learn more about eLearning, including how to enroll and a link to login.

Local Diving Fun!

FantaSea Divers Diving at a Local Lake

Photo Courtesy: Dan Davidson

Enjoy local diving fun at lakes in the area! Get your gear ready, and check the local diving calendar on where to meet us! Enjoy fun dives, meeting and greeting old and new dive buddies, and take a course or two to improve those skills. There is no cost for the dive and there are special rental prices available for equipment. This summer, in addition to the core courses like Advanced, Emergency 1st Response, and Rescue Diver, we're highlighting some great specialties like Search & Recovery, Enriched Air ("Nitrox"), Wreck Diver, Deep Diver and many more. How long diving is done in the fall is weather-dependent, but look for dives to resume next spring. Dive into details on our site and sign up today, the water's waiting! Let's go diving!

Discover Enriched Air

Want more bottom time? Less nitrogen to worry about? Maybe even feel less tired and fatigued at the end of the day of diving? Enriched Air "Nitrox" (EANx) is PADI's most sought after specialty certification, and for good reason. Today's active divers have found its low cost benefit over conventional air that safely EXTENDS your bottom times, and can be physically better for you. Giving you MORE TIME TO SPEND DIVING SAFELY. Stop in today, and we clear up the myths and misconceptions and give you the facts about EANx. Our Enriched Air Courses run once a month all year-round, so take the plunge and safer, longer, better dives will be yours.

FantaSea Scuba is Proud to be the Exclusive National Geographic Dive Center in Minnesota

National Geographic Logo

PADI recognizes FantaSea Scuba & Travel as a progressive dive operation that offers the best customer service, education, equipment selection and dive experiences. FantaSea's commitment to advancing a premium-level of adventure and environmental awareness in your education programs is exciting and commendable. FantaSea Scuba & Travel is cultivating an elite class of people who understand the importance and the impact they have on the ocean realm and what they can do to preserve it for future generations. In essence, FantaSea Scuba & Travel is creating ambassadors for the underwater world. Register for the coveted National Geographic Diver and Portal course with us today!

Use our Pool for FREE!

All divers who have purchased full Scuba Packages from FantaSea have FREE use of our pool throughout the year! Yep! That's right, free pool time. Whether you need to check out your new gear purchase from us, refresh your skills, or simply just want to get wet and blow bubbles for an hour or so, FantaSea has you covered. Our pool is truly massive with its Olympic size, giving you a true feel of buoyancy control without feeling cramped. Just one of FantaSea Scuba's many ways we help to keep you involved in diving and snorkeling. Enjoy the REWARDS of choosing FantaSea for your gear needs. Remember, the pool is open, and FREE. Choosing FantaSea Scuba really pays off!

If you haven't yet purchased your scuba gear from us or know someone who is looking to do so, pass along this added benefit so they too can enjoy all that scuba diving has to offer through FantaSea Scuba & Travel in Burnsville, MN.

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