Important News  
We will not be opening this season!
Updated April 9, 2012 

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be open for diving this season. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any questions, please call.
 
Great diving to all,
Captain John


 Welcome to Captain John's 

Captain John's Sports and Scuba is one of Missouri's premier dive spots and PADI Scuba training facilities. With the dive shop, classroom, and enclosed pool just up the hill from the lake, training is more convenient and often-times quicker than other dive shops. And with areas of the lake reaching depths of over 200 feet, complete with caves and tunnels, Captain John's is great for tech diving.

Whether you're an experienced Scuba diver or are interested in getting started, Captain John's Sports and Scuba has plenty to discover.

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 Places to Stay 

Joplin:
Best Western, 800-5281234  /  Budget Inn, 417-623-6191  /  Econo Lodge, 417-627-0440  /   Holiday Inn,417-782-1000  /   Motel 6, 417-781-8103  /  Super 8, 417-782-8765.

Vehicle Parks:
   Joplin KOA, 417-623-2246 / Ballards, 417-359-0359 / Big Reds, 417-358-2432 / Coachlight, 417-358-3666 / Precious Moments, 417 358-1389.

Carthage:
   Best Western, 417-359-5900 / Best Budget Inn, 417-358-6911 / Econo Lodge, 417-358-3900 / Guest House, 417-358-4077 / Kel-Lake, 417-358-9796 / Super 6, 417-358-2269 / Super 8, 417-359-9000 / Tara Motel, 417-624-2190.

There are literally a hundred places to eat in the Joplin/Carthage/Oronogo area, from Mickey D's to the finest steak houses and everything in between.

 
 Things to Do in Joplin 
 
Diving is great!!!, but what else is there to do in the Oronogo/Joplin area???
Joplin Museum Complex & Tri-State Mineral Museum. Located at Schifferdecker Park, meet Boomer the cat & see pictures and mining implements of the areas mining days.

Reptile World Zoo, Where you can see an exotic collection of creepy crawly things.
Candy House Gourmet Chocolates, Is known worldwide for hand-dipped chocolates,caramel pecan treats, English toffee and other delights.

Precious Moments Chapel, drawing some 400,000 visitors a year, the Park & Chapel, showcase the Precious Moments characters & murals created by Sam Butcher.

Wildcat Glades & Audubon Center, featuring a wildlife viewing area, a 1300-gallon aquarium and Ozark stream and a network trails through the park.

George Washington Carver National Monument. This park dedicated to Dr. Carver, known for his work as a scientist & educator,includes a museum, Discovery Lab and self-guided nature trail.

Grand Falls, located by Wildcat Park, where Shoal Creek takes a magnificent 25 foot plunge to create the Ozarks largest continually flowing waterfall.

Bring the family to enjoy camping, floating, trails hiking and the numerous outdoor and indoor activities offered in the Oronogo/Joplin area.