PATRIOT DIVE CENTER was established in 2014 with the aim of providing high quality service to the scuba diving community within the US. As a PADI 5 Star IDC Center, PATRIOT DIVE CENTER has gained not only the respect from the industry locally, but now has a long-standing reputation worldwide. As one of Wilmington's premier scuba diving facilities, we offer quality service for the recreational, technical and professional diving community.
With over 50 years of combined experience, we guarantee the highest standards of quality in terms of teachine, safety and services.
All our equipment is renewed every 2 years, to guarantee you comfort and safety.
So start your PADI Adventure with us today, get diving and change your life. Our dynamic team is here to assist you step by step...What are you waiting for?
Instructor Development Course Director
Instructor Development Course Staff Member
Advanced Open Water
I got started diving about five years ago as a birthday gift after expressing interest to my parents. I knew at that point I wanted to pursue a career underwater and I thought diving would be a great place to start! I was hooked after my first pool session and haven't looked back since!
My favorite dive site currently is the Aeolus wreck off of Beaufort, NC. The visibility was incredible, and it is a great spot to see sand tiger sharks, barracudas, and more! The top of the wreck sits at about 85ft and the sand hits near 115, so it is a great location to get some deep dives in!
My most memorable dive was at Blue Grotto in Florida, where I joined a group of divers for a weekend trip with Patriot Dive Center. It was my first dive to 100ft and was greeted by a dolphin statue at the bottom! This was one of my first dives without an instructor or guide, and it really gave me the confidence to take the lead when diving with others. Of course, no trip to Blue Grotto is complete without seeing Virgil the soft-shelled turtle, who is especially friendly to divers!