The MDS Story
A scuba shop has always been the dream of Dick Smith, affectionately known as "Scuba Dick", since he made his first dive in a northern Minnesota lake in 1956. After finishing the Special Forces Underwater Operations Course his dream came to fruition when Scuba Dick, along with his wife Noreen, added a Scuba shop in the basement of WildCountry. Scuba Dick became a PADI Divemaster in 1978 and a PADI Scuba Instructor in 1981.He logged dive number 3000 Jan 2019 at Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Noreen joined the ranks of a certified scuba diver in 1983 and has now logged over 900 dives.
Midwest Diving Specialists is a 5 Star PADI Training Facility providing instruction in dozens of different specialties and all levels of PADI instruction, through Assistant Instructor. MDS has a great staff of 11 Instructors, 14 Assistant Instructors, and 8 Divemasters.
Our extensive Dive Travel Program will take you all over the world, but as our name implies we still love diving the Midwest. If you are looking for a change in your lifestyle…..LEARN TO DIVE! A change you can live with... EDUCATION, EXPLORATION, EXCITEMENT.