Ancora Scuba was founded in the summer of 2014 as an international dive team. Originally intended as an expedition group, our divers quickly realized that too many people around the globe were being introduced to the underwater world in all the wrong ways and sought a transnational alternative to the increasingly stale norms of what some people refer to as the ‘dive industry.’ Ancora now offers a full range of PADI-endorsed scuba certification courses and regularly organizes recreational dive expeditions, all of which are open to the public. Though our regularly scheduled weekly courses are offered across Florida and Southern California, we are somewhat nomadic and have yet to settle into a permanent brick and mortar home base. Instead, we travel around the world to provide bespoke training sessions and fully customizable dive experiences. Ancora students often go on to join our quarterly dive expeditions and remain active members of our team long after their course has ended.

Our instructors, expedition leaders, and divemasters are a truly eclectic crew. Many continue their lives as marine conservationists, oceanographers, environmental historians, novelists, musicians, and students of all kinds while remaining committed to the advancement of Ancora’s mission to expose divers new and old to our own unique brand of diving and discovery. Ancora divers are fueled by the belief that alternatives are everywhere– We live deliberately, refuse to settle for the ordinary, and are in constant search for new ways to embrace uncommon experiences in order to someday share them with those willing to explore alongside us. We acknowledge no borders or boundaries; only depth limits and a bit of atmospheric pressure.


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