TopDiving Shops For English Speakers

Diving Paradise: Okinawa

There are many diving shops here in Okinawa, and some of them have English speakers on staff to help customers from overseas. We will give you a list of diving shops on island that offer assistants and diving instructors who speak English.

Okinawa Main Island

Asian Dive Tours

Ginowan City, Ginowan Marina
TEL: 098-958-7183 or 090-5485-2156
E-mail: asian_dive_tours@hotmail.com
http://www.asiandivetours.com/

Services that they provide:
  • Discover diving
  • Beach or Boat diving

Support in English

David Richmond
David Richmond's Profile:

Owner / PADI Master Instructor / Boat Captain

Blue Ocean Scuba

2-1-8 Yamauchi, Okinawa City
TEL: 090-3123-7903
E-mail: tat2diver@blueoceanscuba.com
http://blueoceanscuba.com/

Services that they provide:
  • Beach or Boat diving
  • Discover diving
  • Open Water course

Support in English

Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook's Profile:

Owner / PADI Master Instructor

Dive-Okinawa

TEL: 098-936-6223
E-mail: byerlyld@nirai.ne.jp
http://www.dive-okinawa.com/

Services that they provide:
  • Tank diving
  • Discover diving
  • PADI courses

Support in English

Lawrence D. Byerly
Lawrence D. Byerly's Profile:

PADI Master Instructor
* Teach all PADI classes from Discover Diving up to Instructor and qualified to teach 15 PADI dive specialties.

Diving & Photo Studio VIAMARE

1909-2 Sobe, Yomitan Village
TEL: 098-956-8108
E-mail: info@viamare.jp
http://www.viamare.jp/index-e.html

Services that they provide:
  • Boat or Beach diving
  • Discover diving
  • Whale shark watching diving

Support in English and French

Akinori Annou
Akinori Annou's Profile:

Owner / Representative of JULIA / Course Director of HSA Japan Branch / Underwater photographer.

Kaifu Divers

3-6-3 Gushi, Naha City
TEL: 098-857-1761
E-mail: info@kaifu-divers.com
http://www.kaifu-divers.com/

Services that they provide:
  • Beach or Boat diving
  • Discover diving & snorkeling
  • Open Water course

Support in English and German

Yukiko Uchibori
Yukiko Uchibori's Profile:

PADI Open Water Instructor / Emergency First Response Instructor

Blue Field (Dive Center)

566-15, Mizugama, Kadena-cho
TEL & FAX : 098-957-2200
E-mail: english@bluefi.com
http://www.bluefi.com/english

Services that they provide:
  • Boat diving at the Kerama Islands and Okinawa West Coast
  • Whale Shark Diving
  • Discover Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
  • Pick-up & Drop-off Services from your hotel

Support in English

Miho Yamazaki
Miho Yamazaki's Profile:

PADI & NAUI Instructor

Bilingual Dive Guide / Interpreter

Sensuishi (Guide Diver Certified)

Travel Coordinator

Reef Encounters

1-273 Miyagi, Chatan Town
TEL: 098-995-9414 (office)
Cell: 090-1940-3528 (English- Doug)
E-mail: information@reefencounters.org
doug@reefencounters.org
http://www.reefencounters.org/

Services that they provide:
  • Scuba courses
  • Boat charter
  • Beach diving
  • Dive vacation planning and organization for Yonaguni, Ishigaki and Miyako Islands

Support in English

Doug Bennett
Doug Bennett's Profile:

NAUI Course Director

Coral Calm

2F, 2-11-1 Isa, Ginowan City
TEL: 098-942-8801
E-mail: nao@coralcalm.com
http://www.coralcalm.com/

Services that they provide:
  • Beach or Boat diving
  • Discover diving
  • PADI courses

Support in English

Naoko Tanimura
Naoko Tanimura's Profile:

English Interpreter

Piranha Divers Okinawa

2288-75, Aza Nakama ,Onna
TEL: +81-(0)98-967-8487 (office)
Cell: +81-(0)80-4277-1155 (English, German - Jan)
Cell: +81-(0)90-6658-8539
E-mail: customer@piranha-divers.jp
http://www.piranha-divers.jp

Services that they provide:
  • Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Dive courses
  • Daytrips
  • Boat Diving
  • Whale Shark Diving
  • Wreck Diving and Cape Hedo Diving
  • Beach Diving
  • Travel and Hotel organization

Support in English and German

Jan Claudius Weirauch
Jan Claudius Weirauch's Profile:

Piranha Divers Owner / PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Qualified to teach 14 PADI Specialty courses / Emergency First Response instructor and Care for Children

Ishigaki Islands

Sa.wes Yonaguni

59-6 Aza Yonaguni, Yonaguni Town
TEL: 0980-87-2311
E-mail: sawes@yonaguni.jp
http://www.yonaguni.jp/index2.html (not in English)

Services that they provide:
  • Beach or Boat diving
  • Discover diving

Support in English

Rui Kuriki
Rui Kuriki's Profile:

CMAS Master

Umicoza

827-15 Kabira, Ishigaki City
TEL: 0980-88-2434
E-mail: manta@umicoza.com
http://www.umicoza.com/english/

Services that they provide:
  • Beach and Boat diving
  • Discover diving & snorkeling
  • PADI courses

Support in English and Korean

Satoki Ohira & Akitsugu Yano
Satoki Ohira's & Akitsugu Yano's Profile:

PADI / OWSI Instructors


Lisa Slater
Lisa Slater's Profile:

Owner / PADI Instructor / Bilingual Guide

Overseas

Open Coast Travel

Los Angeles, California
TEL: 866-OCT-DIAL or 1-310-433-6653
http://www.opencoastravel.com/

Services that they provide:
  • Travel arrangements for Okinawa and its surrounding islands, including flights and hotels
  • Scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, windsurfing, kayak tours
  • Bilingual guided group trips

Diving services can be assured that divers are knowledgeable about diving from the C card they carry with them. When traveling to other cities or countries, if you are without your C card, you might not be able to go diving, so be sure to carry the card with you at all times.

We can not be held responsible for any possible inconvenience resulting from the use of these services.

Dangerous Sea Creatures

There are many dangerous creatures in the ocean.
You are advised to seek medical treatment if you encounter any of these species.

Box jellyfish

The box jellyfish lives in the seas off Okinawa. Shaped like a cube, it has a diameter of 10 centimeters (4 inches) and long, flexible arms. Its semitransparent body makes it difficult to see with the naked eye.

A sting by a box jellyfish can cause severe pain all over the body along with a welt on the skin. In the worst case, the sting can prove fatal. If you are stung by a box jellyfish, do not rub the wound; remove its tentacles first, put vinegar on it and cool with ice or cold water, followed by medical treatment.

Crown-of-thorns starfish

This starfish has a red body covered in spines that contain venom. With a mouth in the center of its body, its stomach secretes digestive fluids and it eats live coral and fish nests and sometimes attacks humans.

A sting can cause severe pain, swelling, nausea and paralysis. The affected area should be soaked in hot water between 40-45℃ (104-113F) for 30 to 60 minutes. Remove spines completely and sterilize the area to minimize the risk of gangrene.

Lionfish

This venomous fish measuring 30 centimeters (12 inches) has venom on its dorsal fin. Handling the creature can result in severe pain, swelling, nausea or paralysis.

In the event of an attack, squeeze the venom from the wound, soak the area in hot water between 40-45℃ for 30-60 minutes and seek medical treatment.

Erabu black-banded sea krait

Measuring 70-150 centimeters (28-60 inches) in length, this fish has a blue body tinged with yellow and black stripes. It is poisonous, 20 times more so than the habu, Okinawa's indigenous poisonous snake.

Once you bitten by this sea krait, you will have a hard time breathing in 20-30 minutes, decreased in blood pressure and paralysis of the entire body. Tie the upper part of the affected area with a towel or something capable of absorbing the poison and go to a hospital immediately. The application of black tea or Japanese tea to the affected area will help to sterilize the wound.