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About Us

The Ocean is Our Way of Life

Professional Diving Resources has evolved from Buckeye Diving School which was opened in 1964 by Paul and Sandy Reynolds. Scuba Steve, PDR’s Owner, secured a job there in 1993 and the rest is history!

 

Steve has a simple philosophy: “We are dedicated to providing the best SCUBA instruction possible. We define value as personal attention, the highest safety concerns and best quality equipment to learn properly. Our bar is a notch above the rest and being in business for almost 50 years proves that point. You only get certified to dive once, so why not get the best training available?” His philosophy echoes the sentiments of Paul and Sandy Reynolds.

 

Classes are designed to teach you under relaxed, enjoyable conditions, and at your learning speed. “Since that time, Buckeye has been a leader in the Northeast Ohio’s SCUBA diving community, certifying and equipping over 9,000 recreational and professional SCUBA divers!

Learn to dive in your back yard – literally. If you have a pool we will come to your house. Don’t have a pool? No worries! We have locations all over North East Ohio to accommodate. Here are just a few locations we teach currently and we are always adding on new locations:

  • Bedford High School

  • Orange High School

  • Chagrin Valley Athletic Club

  • Cleveland Skating Club

  • Hathaway Brown

  • Cleveland State University

  • Brecksville Community Center

  • Lakewood High School

  • Baldwin Wallace University

  • Oberlin College*

  • JCC Mandel Center

  • Twinsburg Rec Center

  • Independence Outdoor Pool

 

We also use a few pools in the Akron area!

Live out of state? We can come to you!!! Want to book a trip and do your classes in the tropics? Another specialty of ours is finding the best places to enjoy a once in a lifetime holiday and learn to scuba dive. We teach you to love diving and have a life changing experience that alters the way you think, breath and see the world.

Meet Our Staff

Our certified staff are here to guide you throughout your scuba journey. From classes and trips to gear repair and recommendations we have you covered.

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Steve Bowles (Scuba Steve)

Owner and Chief Instructor

Steve Bowles, also known as Scuba Steve, has over 20 years of diving experience. His journey began in 1991 when he became a certified diver. He was hooked from the start and, as they say, the rest is history. He secured a job with Buckeye Diving School in 1993 and there he continued his diving education. He entered the professional diving industry by becoming an assistant instructor and became Buckeye's service technician which allowed him to learn all about diving equipment from the inside out. In 1999 Steve became a scuba instructor and achieved a Full Trimix Certification diving to depths up to 300'.

In August 2000 Steve acquired Buckeye Diving School from the original owners, Paul and Sandy Reynolds. 2001 marked a decade of diving for Steve and he completed the Instructor Trainer/Certifier Rating with Scuba Schools International; the highest rating achievable. Steve has continued to expand his abilities to teach various programs and lead diving tours to destinations around the world. He has certified over 1,800 divers and has logged over 3,000 hours of dive time. He has amassed certifications as a technical diving instructor, semi-closed breather instructor, and is certified to teach over 16 SSI specialties in addition to also being a CPR/First Aid instructor trainer.