Aquaventure Scuba & Travel has been serving the scuba and snorkel diving needs of Minnesota, Minneapolis–St. Paul, and the surrounding area since 1993.

Located in Maple Grove, we offer classes for beginning Open-Water Scuba Divers to advanced Scuba Divers, Rescue Scuba Divers, Specialty Scuba Divers, Divemasters, Scuba Instructors, OTS full face masks, and Sidemount diving. From beginner to expert, we are the most complete Scuba Diving Center in the Midwest!

Aquaventure Scuba & Travel also features one of the largest scuba and snorkeling equipment selections anywhere. Our prices are only beat by the quality of the service we provide.

Stop in and see our large showroom and on-site scuba training pool!

Scuba Palooza 14

The Midwest’s Largest Dive Event!

It’s SCUBA PALOOZA 14—grab your friends! It’s time to go diving for over $8,000 in prizes!

Welcome to Minnesota’s largest dive event—a fun-filled weekend for the whole family! Meet new dive buddies as you hunt for medallions in beautiful Lake Ore-be-gone. Scuba Palooza will be held at Sherwood Forest Campground in Gilbert, MN.

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Get Scuba Certified!

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure, and see the world beneath the waves, Aquaventure Scuba & Travel is where to start!

We are convenient to Minneapolis, Edina, Minnetonka, St. Paul and Golden Valley, and you can learn to dive in our heated on-site pool!

Dive Travel Opportunities

We organize multiple group scuba dive travel trips each year, and each adventure is led by at least one of our experienced instructors.

Along with group trips, we can book your private trips to any destination worldwide.

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Underwater Photography Experts

Underwater photography is our passion. Steve and Jolene Philbrook – owners of Aquaventure Scuba & Travel – are professional photographers dedicated to capturing underwater moments and memories locally and worldwide.

Minnesota Local Fun Dive Schedule

It's the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and our 2024 local dive season is in full swing! Whether you have been diving locally for years or if freshwater exploration is new to you, our fun dives are about community and supporting each other! There are many great dive sites in Minnesota! Come out and share in the fun! See you at the lakes!

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Andy BlessingAndy Blessing
14:26 04 Apr 24
My partner Terri and I recently had the most fantastic experience with Aquaventure Dive Shop! From the moment we walked in, we were greeted warmly by the staff who made us feel right at home.Our scuba lessons with Hannu were nothing short of amazing. Hannu's patience, calm demeanor, and fun personality truly made the learning process enjoyable and stress-free. He took the time to ensure we understood each technique and felt comfortable underwater.Not only did Hannu teach us the necessary skills, but he also shared his passion for diving, making the experience even more enriching. Terri and I felt incredibly safe under his guidance, which allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of the sport.The facilities at Aquaventure Dive Shop were top-notch, and the equipment provided was in excellent condition and we were able to purchase some custom gear that allowed us to be more comfortable on our dives. We also appreciated the thorough safety briefings before each dive, which demonstrated the shop's commitment to prioritizing customer safety.Overall, our scuba experience with Aquaventure Dive Shop exceeded our expectations, thanks to the exceptional instruction from Hannu. We can't wait to go on one of the destination dive trips they host and continue our underwater adventures with this fantastic team. Highly recommend to anyone looking for professional, friendly, and unforgettable scuba training and experiences!
Steven CorwinSteven Corwin
14:29 01 Apr 24
I consider myself a good swimmer and have wanted to SCUBA for quite some time . Course objectives were thorough and in a common sense format.Hannu is an excellent instructor and demonstrated skills that with practice, I too can be like him. He is a class act and a benefit to Aquaventure Dive and Photo!
Elizabeth MillardElizabeth Millard
11:58 31 Mar 24
Just did the confined water dive portion of certification this weekend with Hannu and he was an excellent instructor -- very clear and patient, while also sharing his great love for all things scuba. I was apprehensive going into the class but Hannu made it into a fun adventure. Highly recommended!
Dave CallahanDave Callahan
16:58 21 Mar 24
Sherwin and team have an enormous amount of information and made the class enjoyable!
Jeff O'RourkeJeff O'Rourke
17:41 19 Mar 24
Fantastic staff and dive shop!
Fwm XyoojFwm Xyooj
05:50 11 Mar 24
Everyone was helpful on getting me signed up. They answered all my questions. This is how I got started with scuba diving. My instructor Noel was very knowledgeable and had a lot of dives under his belt. I also feel comfortable going back just to ask questions about dives and about diving gears. I got my dive certification here and most of my scuba gears. I definitely recommend this place for new scuba divers and experienced divers. 👌
Curtis HawkinsCurtis Hawkins
20:24 29 Feb 24
My wife and I went to a SCUBA refresher course as it has been a few years since we last dove. Michelle was wonderful to work with. She was patient and had lots of practical advise. In a very short time we were remembering everything as if our last dive was yesterday. The fun of diving also returned almost instantly. This class was so worth it and Michelle made it so easy.
Sarah SpaethSarah Spaeth
17:46 26 Feb 24
Wow! My oldest kid, 18 years old, felt very apprehensive about learning scuba. He desperately wanted to be able to do it, but had many fears surrounding actually accomplishing it.He attempted a group class with an excellent and highly competent instructor at Aquaventure but it did not go well. He really needed time to process each step and get a handle on each idea. The initial class went great for the other 3 members in our family who took it through aquaventure with Hanu. Couldn’t say enough great things about how it went for them all!I called Aquaventure after he flunked out and arranged for a 1:1 class with Noel. Although I was a bit worried that he’d further feel defeated and it’d be a waste of money, I was delighted to see what a great fit Noel was for him. He took the class painstakingly slow to accommodate my son. He never once got annoyed or frustrated by my son’s need to take things at a much slower than normal pace. He encouraged him and challenged him at a level he could handle. It took much longer than a typical student would need, but Noel kept the goal in mind and worked with him to get every goal met! It was a miracle! I am so thankful for how hard Noel worked to grow my son’s confidence and make scuba a future possibility for my son. I can’t say enough about how great he was to work with! And Hanu too, he got the rest of my crew certified quickly and they had an excellent experience! Would highly recommend both instructors for certification.My words of advice after this: just know what you need going into your certification to set everyone up for success.
Jeffrey RainesJeffrey Raines
19:27 28 Feb 23
After being out of diving for years, I signed up at Aquaventure for a refresher course. 10 years later, I’ve completed several advanced certifications and I’m a much more confident diver. With Steve’s encouragement and guidance, I have also been able to merge my love of photography with diving.Jolene makes dive travel so easy and takes us to truly spectacular locations. The whole Aquaventure team is great!
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