For those who have dreamed of exploring the waters in and around the Carolinas, this is the time to do it.
Randy Evans, who just opened his Xplore Scuba shop at the Tega Cay Village shopping center last fall, is preparing his students for warm weather trips in the coming months.
He offers a package of five classes at his shop and five more at YMCA swimming pools for scuba neophytes. It usually costs $299 for the package, but he's offering it for $199 now.
Right now, he's training students for a trip later this month to explore a wreck that went down in 1867 off the Myrtle Beach coast. The second week in July, he's planning an exploration of the Cooper River.
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"It's a trip for the adventurous," he said. "It's dark in the Cooper River, but the rewards are phenomenal. You can find prehistoric items."
Evans displays one of his Cooper River finds in his shop. It's a tooth from a 60-foot long prehistoric shark.
He describes his shop as "full service." In addition to classes, he sells every kind of scuba gear and does air fills and gas mixes for tanks. He even has seasick medicine.
"All you have to add is water," he quipped.
Evans, who has operated a scuba shop in Charlotte for 25 years, lives near his shop here in the township and wants to build clientele in his home territory.
He has a number of trips coming up.
"This is the time of year for scuba diving," he said.