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Philly Dive Clubs ???

Discussion in 'Pennsylvania / New York / New Jersey' started by SafetyStopBait, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. SafetyStopBait

    SafetyStopBait Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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    Hey,

    Living in downtown Philly and really want to get back into diving. Need a dive shop and a dive group though. Any recommendations on a shop and dive groups/events?

    Cheers,

    Mike
     
  2. gsk3

    gsk3 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: PA, USA
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    Hey Mike,

    Shop recommendations are:
    -For near-wholesale prices on gear, Northeast Scuba Supply in the burbs
    -For fills and the occasional odds and ends, Diving Bell at Broad and Spring Garden. He's only open weekday evenings, and you should call first because his hours are slightly irregular. 215-763-6868

    There's no official Philly dive group (maybe we should start one ;-) ), but there are several clusters of folks that meet at Dutch Springs to dive. If you've never dove locally before, I'd start there. I'll be going up in about 2 weeks if you want to drop me a line and we'll dive together. You can also check out the Dive NY group on ScubaBoard, as lots of folks from there dive Dutch regularly. There's also wreckvalley.com
     
  3. UntamedSpirit

    UntamedSpirit Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Delaware US
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    No Philly based dive clubs that I know of, I think Indian Vally scuba has one, but there a bit outa the way, and didn't want to drive there even when I lived up that way. Live in DE now, but happy to meet ya at dutch springs anytime. I'll be there saturday the 19th


    Phil
    6IO/7I7/2428
     
  4. SafetyStopBait

    SafetyStopBait Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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    Like your idea of starting a group. I do a monthly happy hour for young professionals in Philly politics or government. It's pretty easy to organize, particularly if we can get a 3-4 to help out. Just requires picking a bar in a central location and writing an e-mail. Then you build the group up through word of mouth.

    I think it's a good idea. If nothing else, it's just meeting up for a drink every month but perhaps it grows into something more if we can build up the list.

    Thoughts?

    Cheers,

    Mike
     
  5. 9supratt4

    9supratt4 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: NJ
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    Check out The Dive Shop in Cherry Hill, NJ...not far from Philly. The owners also run the South Jersey Dive Club.
     
  6. SafetyStopBait

    SafetyStopBait Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    65
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    Cherry Hill is easy to get to but do you know the name of it?
     
  7. SafetyStopBait

    SafetyStopBait Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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    Never mind. I found it. It's actually called "The Dive Shop." Do you go on their trips/would you recommend their trips?
     
  8. 9supratt4

    9supratt4 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: NJ
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    HAHAHA...yeah...the shop is actually named "The Dive Shop." They have a lot of people come in there from Philly. I have been with them for a year now...my first boat trip with them is booked for July 17. I've been up to Dutch with them a bunch of times, though. They are really great people!! They do run a lot of other trips out of the shop as well. They are running a trip in July to North Carolina, a trip in August to Curacao and then a trip around November to the Bahamas.

    The owner's name is Arin. She is awesome!! She is also the South Jersey Dive Club President. Stop in to meet her....tell her Steve & Danielle referred you!!
     
  9. SafetyStopBait

    SafetyStopBait Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    65
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    0
    Thanks! I'm waiting to see the details on the Bahamas trip but I'm really leaning towards the Curacao trip in August. I'll try and grab a boat dive as well.
     
  10. 9supratt4

    9supratt4 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: NJ
    122
    3
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    Did you get a chance to visit the shop?
     

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