Erich Gartner

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

I have always loved the water. I remember my grandfather, a Red Cross lifesaving and sailing instructor, coaxing me into deep water and teaching me swimming basics in Bay Lake at Walt Disney World when I was little. Since that moment I stopped fighting the water and learned to work with it, I loved being in and around water. Then, there was that first time I walked into a dive shop. I was only 11 when I caught my first whiff of that new neoprene smell. My eyes twinkled as I stood there, a kid mezmeried by all of the amazing gear and hardware. I was certitied on my 12th birthday, and I've been hooked ever since. Yes, compressed air is a highly addictive substance.

Diving is amazing! Breathing underwater is like no other experience. It's an adrenaline rush and pure relaxation at the same time. I love introducing people to the world that only divers know, and I love helping divers advance more into the knowledge and skills that take us there. My philosophy in teaching is for my students to not only appreciate the many facets of diving, but to be the safety conscious, smart-thinking diver that other experienced divers would be happy to have along for the trip. Let's dive!

Where's your hometown?

Plano, The Greatest State

When did you start scuba diving?

When I was a fetus.

What or who got you into diving?

My mother's stories, pictures, and video of diving in Belize and Roatan.

What's your favorite place to dive?

Key Largo, Conch Republic

What's the best thing about diving?

Escaping the world's insanity.

What's the coolest thing you've seen or experienced while diving?

Seen: A cemetery 160' down at the bottom of a lake. Experienced: An alligator crawling over me during a coastal Louisiana dive.

What specialty courses do you teach?

Boat Diver

Deep Diver

Drift Diver

Dry Suit Diver

Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Diver

Emergency First Response

Emergency Oxygen Provider

Enriched Air Nitrox Diver

Equipment Specialist

Handicapped Scuba Diver

Night Diver

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Prepared Diver

Search and Recovery Diver

Underwater Navigator

Wreck Diver


Our dive center is located on the north end of South Frisco Village Shopping Center, facing Gaylord Parkway.


Scuba Frisco

2930 Preston Road, Suite 930

Frisco, TX 75034



Tuesday - Friday     10:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday                  10:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday - Monday   Closed




214-227-7583 Fax


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