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Scuba Shop Helps Ocean Lovers Explore New Depths

MT KISCO—If you ask Randy Ruiz how he came to own a scuba diving shop he will give a lot of credit to his ex- girlfriend. During college when Ruiz, an engineering major, was working on a particularly hard calculus problem his girlfriend looked at him and said he was doing it wrong.

She didn’t know the answer to that particular problem but she solved another one for Ruiz by reminding him just how passionate he was when he talks about the ocean and not math. From that moment on Ruiz knew he had to work in the ocean.

Before opening Abyss Scuba, one of the few scuba shops in Westchester, Ruiz worked in the scuba business for over 16 years. His passion for everything scuba is clear.

“It is silent, it’s colorful, it’s exciting and it’s incredibly varied,” Randy Ruiz . “You can dive everything from a coral reef in warm waters to the last submarine sunk in World War II in the Northeast.”

Abyss Scuba has something for everyone, from people looking to get certified to advanced divers who need specialized gear, but it seems to be Ruiz’s good nature and great customer service that has people coming back time and time again. Just ask loyal costumer Mayner Loria.

“I was so impressed by the shop that I took my girlfriend here to take classes and get certified,” Loria, who has been diving on and off since 1987, said.

Certification classes are held every month.

“I teach the old fashioned way,” Ruiz said. “I believe more in mentoring than doing a certain number of dives and handing someone a card.”

Loria and his girlfriend are now planning their third scuba diving trip together, this time to Costa Rica.

Ruiz is happy that he took a chance and followed his passion. He said he made sure to send a thank you note to his ex-girlfriend who reminded him to follow his passion.

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