More than 15 years ago, two US Navy Servicewomen and their dive instructor Harry Blalock started Axe Murderer Tours and set up their first dive shop in Saipan.
A few years later, having moved their business to the island of Guam, they started with the military market and has since expanded to local residents and the tourist markets.
Last week, they had their grand opening for their newest facility, Scuba Guam, at the Sheraton Laguna Resort.
Scuba Guam offers brand name dive gear, and is the only platinum Scuba Pro dealer in all of Micronesia.
Megan Scheibe of Axe Murderer Tours said: “So we sell strictly Scuba Pro products here … a full line of mask snorkels, fins, boots, regulators, and BCDs. We also sell some Sea Life cameras and we are also the Scuba Pro distributor to all of Micronesia. So I go to all the outer islands providing scuba products. We also do full service for all our gear.”
Customers may also purchase Scuba Pro gear and get access to dive site information on their website at scubaguam.com. But that’s not all that they offer here at their new facility.
“The new facility is wonderful because we have our own dedicated diving pool so we can actually train here at the shop. And being linked to the hotel, we have really good rates for guests who stay here for a really long time and become dive professionals,” Scheibe said.
Course selection ranges from beginner through instructor and tech certifications. Children as young as 6 years old can participate in scuba diving instruction in their dive pool.
“Starting at 10 years old, we can do junior open water and discover dives. We start them in the pool. When they’re comfortable with breathing in the water, we take them to the ocean and we do boat discover dives in the afternoon. We also do dolphin watching and snorkeling for people who wanna bring their whole families but not everyone wants to dive. We do customized dive tours as well,” Scheibe said.
Scuba Guam is a resource to Micronesia on all things diving, but they also cater to the island’s environment by educating their students on coral conservation, fish identification, and ways to protect the coral reef. In addition, they also have an internship program for those interested in becoming a dive instructor.
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