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Where can I rent equipment and go on a dive in New England?

Discussion in 'New England' started by Salt, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Salt

    Salt Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: New England
    Although I am an experienced diver, I have been strictly a vacation diver and do not own any of my own equipment.

    I recently moved back to New England and am looking for a dive shop that offers rental equipment and guided dives (shore dive or charter). Preferably in Maine or Massachusetts, but I may be willing to drive as far south as Rhode Island.

    I read about a place in a 2016 article called Harbor Divers out of Bass Harbor near Acadia National Park (ME), but I tried to google them and couldn't find them. I suspect they are no longer in business.

    When I previously lived in Boston, over a decade ago, I was able to rent gear and do free guided shore dives with Cape Anne Divers out of Gloucester (MA). I just googled them and read an announcement on their website that they have shuttered their operations as of December 16, 2017.

    Does such a place exist in New England anymore?
  2. thatmark

    thatmark ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    When I was in Boston last summer I dove with East Coast Divers East Coast Divers - Boston Massachusetts Scuba Certification and Retail on a charter they had going out of Gloucester, MA.

    I had my gear with me and just needed to rent cylinders and weights, but I imagine they'd be able to help you out. Ask for Nick or Alex when you call the shop.

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  3. king_of_battle

    king_of_battle Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Hampster
    I'm not sure exactly where in NE you are. Between the coasts of Maine to Massachusetts you have a few options. In Boston East Coast Divers regularly does shore dives and offers rentals. I believe Boston Scuba does as well. In New Hampshire Atlantic Aquasport in Rye does group shore dives as does Aquatic Escapes out of Londonderry. Their sites may not be up to date but facebook or a call will probably give you the latest info. I'm not too sure about the ME dive shops but at least this should give you an idea of what's available. The diving out on Cape Ann is still great though the closing of CAD did throw off the charter boat situation. CAD II is still running with a new captain. Captain Steve from that boat (when CAD owned it) has his own - Charterboat1. The Daybreaker is going strong as is Down Under. Welcome back!
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  4. Salt

    Salt Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: New England
    Would love to do at least one day of diving this summer.

    Currently reside in Portland, Maine.

    I'm willing to drive a couple of hours, camp, spend the weekend.
  5. divinh

    divinh Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco
    I came across a dive shop in Newport, RI, but didn't have time to dive at the time.
  6. Silty Sam

    Silty Sam ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Great State O'Maine
    If you are in Portland then stop by Aqua Diving Academy at 382 Commercial St., right next to Becky’s Diner. Julie has everything you need for rent there, and we have a very active local dive community, she can connect you with us, and explain the local dive sites.

    SCUBA Knowtes, Southern Maine Shore Dive Site Guide
  7. FettSolo

    FettSolo Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Lebanon, NH, USA
    @Salt Portsmouth Scuba in Portsmouth, NH does free guided shore dives every once in a while, as well as trips to the Isles of Shoals to dive with grey seals.
  8. Tug

    Tug ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    If you’re looking to camp, you can camp on Cape Ann and there are plenty of shore dives or boat dives. Unfortunately there aren’t any shops on Cape Ann that rent gear, but Undersea Divers is 20 minutes away.
  9. icechip

    icechip ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maine
  10. AfterDark

    AfterDark Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    THE number one dive shop in RI is Giant Strides dive shop. They have a well stocked store, everything from tanks to books, a big compressor, nitrox, mixed gases, O2. They run local charters and trips, their signature dive is the U853. The owner Red is an accomplished diver with several dives on the Doria and the artifacts displayed in the store to prove it. A diver can't go wrong doing business there.
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