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About Us

Fluvanna Dive Center is your go-to place for Scuba Diving training in Central Virginia, located approximately 20 minutes from Charlottesville and 40 minutes from Richmond. We offer a wide range of both PADI and SDI/TDI courses, with options for training at all levels, from beginner dive classes, to advanced recreational dive courses for divers that want to learn more, and technical dive training for those divers ready to move to an entirely new level of diving experience.

Fluvanna Dive Center isn't just another dive store, we are a dive center.  
WE HAVE A MISSION

We promote excellence in dive education, and diving, that focuses on the student. We work with each student to achieve an outcome that is not based on time or cost, but on acquisition of skills that develop SAFE and COMPETENT divers.

 

Because we are a small, focused dive training operation, our instructors are able to provide intensive and specialized training not found elsewhere. They use their years of professional experience, both in diving AND in education, to make it a comfortable and safe experience.

We also run trips! Check out our "Trips" page to find out where we (and maybe you) are going next!

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Our Team

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Larry Antonacci

Larry Antonacci is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.  He has 15+ years of diving experience and has been involved in diver education for over 10 years.  In addition to his participation in scuba training through Fluvanna Dive Center, he is the Director of Training for the Lake Monticello Water Rescue team and is involved in scuba education through CATEC (Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center).

William T. Sawyer

William Sawyer is a PADI Master Instructor and Technical Diving Instructor.  In addition, he holds extensive scuba instruction credentials through SDI/TDI (Scuba Diving International / Technical Diving International). He has 20+ years of diving experience and has been involved in diver education for over 13 years, during which time he has issued almost 600 diver certifications.  He is also a member of the Lake Monticello Water Rescue Team and is actively involved in scuba education in North Carolina as well as Virginia.

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Public Safety Diver in Drysuit

Greg Zajac

Greg Zajac is a PADI Public Safety Dive Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer with
more than 15 years of teaching experience. A former Lake Monticello Water Rescue Team (LMWRT)
Training Officer, he is a LMWRT Life Member. Greg has worked as an EMT/Medic since 2003.

Kristen Arriaga

Kristen Arriaga is a Divemaster and Paramedic. She is a former Public Safety Diver who now enjoys assisting with students and certified divers in her spare time. Kristen is the current Webmaster and is a newer dive professional with about 2 years of experience in diver education.

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