There is some great diving right in our own backyard of New England. We dive several sites in Connecticut, but once you move out of long island sound towards Rhode Island or Massachusetts the visibility gets clearer and the drive isn’t that far. We utilize a variety of open water locations from oceans, to lakes and quarries. New England Dive also hosts group social events throughout the summer. These events are to acquaint divers with the site if it is their first time there, and for local divers to meet one another and make future dive buddies friends. Don’t have a buddy? Come anyway we will help pair you up with one.
A few of these dive sites are:
- Fort Wetherill
- Fort Getty
- Cape Ann
- Dutch Springs
- King’s Beach
Long Island Sound is littered with sunken vessels of all types. Local dive charters run throughout the summer to let divers admire these beauties in their final resting place. We do not run our own boat. Instead we support the local captains in-state and out-of-state. Charter dates and destinations are always being added to our aggressive summer events schedule. Please check our calendar page for future events. These dive charters will range in depths from 20-120 ft. Deeper dives will require the correct certification.
If you’d like to see all that the area has to offer we recommend books for the New England dive enthusiast both available at our shop.
- The Last Battle of the Atlantic: The Sinking of the U-853 by Captain Bill Palmer ($30.00)
- Shore Diving Guide to New England by Jerry Shine ($24.95)
- Shipwrecks of Connecticut and Rhode Island by Gary Gentile ($19.95)
Check in with us for current Dutch Springs dates for social meet ups and Open Water dive training. FREE to hang with New England Dive but there is a park entrance fee and students will still be subject to Open Water Fees if training.
Dive Masters and other certified divers looking for buddies meet at site ready to dive! Buddy or no buddy all levels welcome to social for the day or the weekend. Please show up self-sufficient scuba gear, camping gear (if you plan on roughing it), and food. . FREE to hang with New England Dive but there is a park entrance fee and camping fee.
OPEN WATER CHECK-OUT DIVES
Open Water dives are to be completed by Open Water students. This is the final step after completing Confined Water training at the pool. Bigalow Hollow State Park Union, CT., Stonington, CT., and Fort Wetherill State Park Jamestown, CT. are our go to spots. Location, Date and Time are chosen prior to sign up, but may change depending on weather conditions. Includes head to toe rental, instruction, registration with the certifying agency, and printed certification card (C-card). Please sign up in advance limited space available. All rental gear should be picked up mid-week prior to your selected dates. Please call 203.284.1880 for more information.
POT LUCK PICNIC- JAMESTOWN, RI
All Levels welcome. FREE Pot Luck Picnics at Fort Wetherill State Park Jamestown, RI. Every open water weekend we offer, we schedule a pot luck social on day 2 that starts slightly after the students do. We ask certified divers to join us for a picnic if you do not have a dive buddy we will be pairing people up at the event. We bring the grill, supply the hot dogs and water and ask each person to bring a dish or beverage to share. Since this is a New England Dive sponsored event please show support by utilizing our facility for any air fills, gear purchases, or rentals you may need for the event.