About Diver's Depot

History
Diver's Depot, established in 1974, was one of the FIRST SEVEN 5 Star Career Development Centers in the world and the only one in the Ark-La-Tex.
 
Sally and E.K. Sowell are owners of Diver's Depot and PADI Course Directors. EK has been a member of PADI since 1974, and Sally has been a member since l976. EK and Sally have been teaching diving at Stephen F. Austin State University since 1974. Currently, Sally Sowell is the director of the SCUBA program as an SFA faculty member, and E.K. is a retired member in the teaching faculty. E.K. is also the recipient of the Governor's Business Award in 1994 and a Charter Member of the PADI Retail Advisory Committee.

 
E.K. Sowell
Course Director

 
Sally Sowell
Course Director

Facilities
This Career Development Center includes a retail facility, several classrooms, swimming pool, and dorm style accommodations all at one convenient location.
 
Diver's Depot has full time PADI Course Directors on staff and numerous auxiliary staff members as needed. With our qualified personnel, none of your questions or concerns will go unattended. We have trained more than 14,000 divers and thousands of PADI Instructors since 1974.
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Comments from Instructor Graduates
"My CD [Course Director] E.K. Sowell did an outstanding IDC. I feel that the program was conducted in a professional manner and am pleased with the educational experience. I am looking forward and am excited about my PADI future."

"E.K. made sure that we were well prepared. I must say that in my opinion that during my instructor years of teaching if I can be as good as E.K. is at teaching I will have achieved a great reward."

"E.K.'s extensive knowledge and experience were very much appreciated. I entered the IE very well prepared for success. Thanks to E.K. for a job well done."

"The entire staff at Diver's Depot made my Instructor Development Course a wonderful experience. I felt as confident as any candidate could feel going into my Instructor Exam. I would recommend this program and E.K.S. to anyone serious about becoming an instructor."
 
"Overall I found the Instructor Development Course experience extremely satisfying and educational. E.K. and Sally Sowell bring a tremendous amount of experience to the classroom, both in the business of diving as well as personal observations of having been heavily involved with the diving industry over 30 years. This experience and their willingness to share it are very helpful in the training process."
 
"The IDC was a long seven days but there was a lot learned. The Course Director was great... took extra time to make sure that you had it down before moving on to another subject. I would recommend Diver's Depot to anyone that wants to take an Instructor Development Course."
 
"Without a doubt the finest group of diving professionals I have ever met. I truly look forward to returning to them for additional courses. Very interesting and I learned a great deal. The instructors were outstanding! I appreciated their attention to detail and concern for the student."
 
"Excellent-learned new ways to teach class presentations and confined water presentations. Very insightful ways to make sure the student remembers what is taught. The Course Director was very enthusiastic about the course... encouraging from the start."
 
"It was conducted in a professional manner. Assistance was always available. I was well prepared for the exams, etc. E.K. and staff encourage self-study and provided help as needed. The course evaluations prepared me for a successful Instructors Exam. They take extra efforts to ensure you know and understand the PADI teaching systems. I know I can handle my classes."
 
"The staff of Diver's Depot developed a rapport with you from the minute you walked in the door. They made you feel at home, while building your knowledge as well as your confidence in yourself. It is very clear that they go above and beyond the 'call of duty' to more than prepare you for the Instructor Exam and beyond."
 
"Excellent... thorough, fun and conscientious. They created a low-stress, high-learning environment. Helpful in preparation for the 'real' teaching world."
 
"I cannot say enough about our Course Director, Mr. E.K. Sowell. He went out of his way to make sure we all received our money's worth and more. He'd stay late at night, come in early, and never made you feel rushed."

Contact Information
Diver's Depot
720 South Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75964
Email: info@diversdepot.com Phone: (936) LOG-DIVE
(936) 564-3483
Fax: (936) 564-4704

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