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Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM til 6:00 PM


9:00 AM til 7:00 PM


9:00 AM til 4:30 PM






Our Location:

3808-C Fort Henry Dr.
Kingsport, TN 37663

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Welcome to Smoky Mountain Divers!

The Thrill Of Diving!




Im Fal__! Im Fal__! Im Flying!!!



It's difficult to explain the Thrill of Scuba Diving or the comfortable, peaceful feeling a diver experiences when in a weightless state underwater. As you glide slowly over the tropical reef watching the ballet of thousands of beautifully colored marine creatures, you're immersed in a spirit of inner space that is nearly overwhelming and beckons you to stay.


The water is warm and clear as you search for that "perfect shot" with your underwater camera. Then you realize you've moved to the edge of the the wall, where the bottom drops thousands of feet into wonderful blue infinity. Your first emotion screams, "I'm Fal__... I'm Fal__... I'm   Flying" through this magnificent liquid universe!


Then sometimes you get so comfortable that, just for a couple of seconds, you no longer feel that you're underwater at all. It's then when you realize, it seems you could reach out and touch the face of God! 


Barry Burton, 1980



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Tuesday, April 15th




Welcome to Smoky Mtn. Divers


Your SSI Recreational & Technical Dive Facility


 Come See Us, We're Here and Ready to Serve You!





CHECK IT OUT ! . . .


SSI On-Line Training,


FREE!  Just Look to the Left!  <<<<





PADI On-Line Scuba Training


We've Certified PADI Divers Since 1972.


 PADI Training Facility #S-3139



Want SSI, PADI or NAUI Certification?


We Can Do That for You!





Tusculum College Block 8



Scuba Certification Course Started Today



See you again Friday @ 9:00AM 





Kingsport Aquatic Center



Open Water Scuba Class



  April 22nd & 23rd 




Call for reservations  (423) 239-7333

UVA-WISE "Try Scuba" Class
Sunday April 27th 10:00-Noon or 1:00-3:00
"Try Scuba" will be Followed by May/June Open Water Course

For more information, See Our"Upcoming Classes" Page. 





 SSI React Right Specialty


(CPR, 1st Aid, EAD, and O2 Provider)


Saturday May 3rd 9:00-3:00


Call for reservations  (423) 239-7333


Registration Ends April 30th.


For more information, See Our"Upcoming Classes" Page.





  Spring in East Tennessee


Offers a Great Opportunity for Indoor (Warm) Specialty Training!


 SSI Nitrox 40, Equipment Techniques, & Science of Diving


have been scheduled for classroom sessions here at the shop.


If You're Working toward SSI Advanced Diver or Master Diver,


This May Be . . . "Just What the Dr. Ordered."


Remember, No Water Work on These Babies!


For more information, See Our"Upcoming Classes" Page.





My God's not Dead, He's surely alive,


Living on the inside, Roaring like a Lion!





 A Note to a Friend


  My Best Wishes to Bill Roeser who has decided to join the ranks of area


Independent PADI Scuba Instructors. Bill will no longer provide scuba


instruction through Smoky Mountain Divers.  My sincere thanks to Bill


who has truly helped me work through some trying times in this industry.


Good Luck, Good Health, and Good Memories. "Go get em Wild Bill!"     


Barry 4/10/14





Spring Is Here,


Time to Service Your Scuba Gear!


Keep Your Dive Gear in Good Working Order . . .


It Could Be a Matter of Life or Death!





Smoky Mountain Divers


An SSI Extended Range




Technical Extended Range Training Center





Kingsport Aquatic Center 



Snorkeling Class



Going on a Cruise or Family Vacation to the Beach?


Take Your Mask, Fins, Snorkel, and Truly Enjoy the Reef.


You Don't Know How to Snorkel?


Join Us at KAC Monday Evenings, or Saturday Mornings


and a Smoky Mtn. Divers' Instructor will teach you How.


Our Snorkel Course is 1 1/2 hours with a film and Pool Time.


The Best Part Is . . .


We Furnish Everything Except Your Swim Suit & Towel.


Interested? Sign-up by Calling Us at (423) 239-7333.





Congrats! New SSI Century Divers



Frank Allen completed his 100th Dive during a Cayman Aggressor


Vacation he Won during the "SSI One-to-One Challenge for 2012 by


completing SSI Specialty Diver Courses with SMD.



Jeffrey Green, Jr. recently completed his 100th Open Water Dive.



Karen Miller completed her 109th Open Water Scuba Dive between


"Hot Dog" Surface Intervals last Sunday at "Philly" Quarry.



B.J. Hughes sent me a note. He's qualified for his Century Diver Card.


John Stallard recently completed his 103rd dive.  Way to go, John.


Tony Simpson has well over 100 logged dives.  Let's get more, Bud!


Craig Goodman has broken the 1000 dive mark.  Way to go, Craig!



You've logged a 100 dives or more?  Want an SSI Century Diver Card?


Let Me Know!



Pete Miller has over 200 logged dives.  Way to go, Pete !


Diane Miller has over 200 logged dives.  Nice Job, Ya'll !



SMD is processing SSI "Century Diver" Cards for each of you!


Way-to-Go Guys !





Shop at SMD


for the Best Prices & Service



in the Tri-Cities. 




Kingsport Aquatic Center



  Rescue Diver Skills - PART II


You'll Need Your Scuba Gear Tonight



Wednesday, April 23rd 6:30-8:30pm



Instruction by Barry Burton, SSI & PADI Master Scuba Instructor


Marilyn and Karen will also be there to assist you.


  Instructional Pool Session





Bouyancy Clinic @ KAC Pool



  April 23rd 6:30-8:30





By Reservation Only, Call (423) 239-7333


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Open Water Qualification Dives



Students from VA, Ky, and TN are asking about Open Water Dives


in the Florida Springs.  We're going spring diving in April & May.


We're Going . . . If You're Serious about Going, We Need Deposits.


DEPOSITS . . . "The Way You KNOW You've Got The Folks!"


At SMD We DIVE,  and We'd Love to Take You With Us!


See our "Weekend Trips" page for more information.





2014 International Trips



Dive Bonaire



Eden Beach Resort


June 14-21



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Dive Grand Cayman



August 2-9



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Dive San Salvador


September 20-27



Check-out Our San Sal Videos @ our "Videos" Page.


For more information see "International Trips"


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Private or Group Scuba Courses


There's Not a Scuba Business in the Tri-Cities


that Can Match Our Flexibility or Experience.





From Time-To-Time Someone Ask Me


Why SMD Classes Cost More than at "Premier Diving Establishments"?



Instructional Quality & Safety is SMD's Most Important Product.


Anybody Can Say That . . . Right?



Look at the "New Certifications" on Our "Main Menu".


Look at the Certifications Held By our SMD Instructional Corps.


We Not Only Teach New Divers . . .


Our Instructors are Continuously Learning as Well!



So, You Like "Your Deal" on Cut-Rate Scuba Instruction?


If My Family is Having Surgery,


I Don't Want "Just Any Guy that Graduated" Doing the


Cutting . . . I Want the Guy at the "Top of The Class",  Every Time!



All Scuba Instructors are Not at "The Top Of Their Class".


Several Instructors Haven't Up-Dated Their Ratings in 3-25 Years!


Some Never Up-Date Their Personal Certifications, They Only Renew!


Many Times You Get Exactly What You Pay For!



SMD Instruction Will Never Be the "Cheapest in Town".


In Price . . . or Quality!



Ask Your Instructor When They Got Their Last Certification,


How Many Dives They've Personally Made in the Last 12 Months.


 If You're Satisfied With the Answer, You've Done the Right Thing!



At Smoky Mountain Divers


There's More to a Good Deal . . .



Than Price!





Look! at our "New Certifications" Page.
 In 15 Months, SMD Has Certified 284 Divers.
Including 169 or 59% for Advanced, Specialty
or Instructor Ratings!
See Anybody Else Ya Know ?
Thank You Guys & Gals.  We Appreciate Your Business!





T 'ANKS-A-LOT For Diving with SMD!





We Teach Scuba Diving in 7 States


Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina,


South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.


Look! @ Our Detailed Training Schedule on


"Upcoming Classes" on our "Main Menu".





SCUBA Skills Update


1-Night Class Offered by Reservation Only.





  Thank You!


for Supporting Smoky Mountain Divers


a Local, Family-Owned Business.


Our Customers are a Wonderful Blessing.


Barry, Marilyn, & Zak




Factory Repair Services
We Service What We Sell With Factory Trained Personnel.
SMD has Serviced Scuba Equipment for Over 34 Years!
Why on Earth Would You Take a Chance with Anyone Else?
  "Dive Safety". . . It's No Accident
Friends Don't Let Friends Dive Stupid !
  Breathing Gas Fills
Air, Nitrox, O2, & TriMix Fills
Offered by "Certified Gas Blenders"


Everyone has a Choice...




  Grab Your Hood & Gloves
We'll Do Another Day Trip Soon!

    "Stay Tuned for Our Next Local Dive Date."    Barry
"Philly" Quarry - Day Trip 

Join Us to Complete Your Open Water Certification Dives.


"Philly" GPS: 2667 Harris Road, Philadelphia, TN 37846

Join the Guys and Gals from SMD at Philadelphia Quarry just South
of Knoxville for two days of scuba training fun. You can meet us
at SMD at 9:00AM "Ready to Go" by 9:30AM on our 1st day, or we
will meet at the quarry about Noon to make 2-3 dives. Meet us at
"Philly" the 2nd day at 9:00 AM, to make another 2-3 dives and complete
your Open Water Diver, or Specialty Certification Requirements.
Local area motels range in price from $55-$70 at Sweetwater exit #60.
That's cheaper and more convenient than driving back home. We have
been staying at the Super 8 Motel (Exit #60) 423-337-3541. Tell them
that you are Scuba Diving with Smoky Mountain Divers for the trip.
Call SMD (423) 239-7333 to sign up.  $50 Deposit Required.
Trip/certification  price for Open Water students is $200 plus $24
for 2 days of quarry entrance fees. Certified diver cost is $12 per day.
Room Cost Is Not Included.
See "Local Trips" on our Main Menu.




Let's Go Divin'. . . Yan'to?




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