STORE HOURS

TUESDAY - FRIDAY:

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

​SATURDAY:  BY APPOINTMENT

SUNDAY & MONDAY:  CLOSED

ADDRESS

3300-G West Mercury Boulevard
Hampton, Virginia  23666

Phone:  (757) 826-3945
Fax:       (757) 826-7879

EMail:   scubadive@rcn.com

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Virginia's Largest Professional and Recreational Dive Center for Over 25 Years!
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© 2019 Underwater Adventures

ABOUT US

 

     Underwater Adventures is the place where professional and sport divers shop.  We are also the place where sport divers get the best value for their moneyWhat's more, there is no other dive shop in the world more intensely involved in the diving industry.  Only Underwater Adventures has the resources of a Founder with diving experience and know-how dating back to 1950.  Bob Shourot has participated in the field of professional diving, from design and manufacturing to writing. 

 

     At Underwater Adventures our professional instructors offer dive training ranging from recreational to professional.  Certification for adult and young students is available through our affiliation with NAUI.  Click on our ‘Training’ button above to learn more about our extensive curriculum of classes that offer something for everyone.

     We are a STOCKING authorized dealer for AquaLung U.S. Divers, Atomic, Zeagle, SeaQuest, Oceanic, Cressi, Harveys, Henderson, Sherwood, Nikon, Ikelite, Princeton Tec, Pelican, Suunto, DUI Dry Suits, Underwater Kinetics, Deep See, Sea Pearls, XS Scuba, as well as many other major brands.

Click on the ‘Equipment' button above to learn about our extensive stock of dive equipment.  Come visit us, call us, or E-mail us to let us know what your equipment needs are.  We promise you the best equipment at the lowest prices.  Call or email us for a quote.

 

     We also provide excellent service -- everything you need in diving from regulator service to Nitrox air fills and oxygen cleaning to travel both locally and tropical and exotic dive destinations.

 

     Call, or send us an E-mail with any of your scuba diving questions or equipment needs.  Our very knowledgeable staff of instructors, divemasters, and trained sales associates will work with you to answer your questions.

     At Underwater Adventures we want to be YOUR dive shop!

     Robert J. Shourot, Founder of Underwater Adventures, also founded Coastal Diving Academy, New York's oldest professional diver training school, in 1960.  Bob has trained thousands of divers in one of America's fastest growing water sports.

     Bob’s experience and know-how dates back a long time.  Since 1950, he has participated in the field of recreational and professional diving, from design and manufacturing to writing and instruction.  His many years of experience and expertise have earned him the reputation as one of the foremost experts in undersea technology, and international recognition for his innovative approaches to problems.  The list goes on, giving testimony to Bob’s dedication to diver’s education and safety.  His years of experience in teaching diving guaranteed the students under his instruction excellent training.  His knowledge in the many facets of recreational, technical, and professional diving is still well respected in all phases of the dive industry.

     Robert J. Shourot represents a bridge between two eras in the dive industry.  It is through our Founder's attributes ~~ integrity, daring, professionalism, and level-headedness ~~ that we train future divers.  Bob Shourot has inspired many a diver, and his stories will long be remembered and repeated.  His teachings are carried on by our staff and instructors, and will not be lost in an increasingly technical and highly impersonal world.

     “He who taketh from the sea, someday shall repay that which he taketh away."  Three quarters of this planet ‘Earth’ are covered by water.  These ‘oceans’ are our planet's greatest asset ~~ essential to the preservation of life.  The oceans are our final source for food and drinking water.  The exploitation of our last frontier has already begun.  Let us enter into this world of inner space ever mindful that we have no further place to retreat to.    ~~ Bob Shourot

Robert J. Shourot, Founder of "The Dive Shop," "Undersea Systems," and "Coastal Diving Academy," was  presented with a portrait montage highlighting events from his impressive career.  The portrait was a gift from past employees, students, and friends to honor Shourot's years of dedication to the diving industry and its  people.

Shourot is shown in the portrait wearing a Viking  suit and gear which he designed and used for the first nuclear reactor dives ever made. To contrast this, the portrait also shows Shourot wearing the traditional Mark V dive suit while welding underwater. This dress was the standard during the early years of his long commercial career.

The portrait includes representations of the Research Vessel Black Coral and the Sea Salvor.  Both of these vessels were used to train his commercial diver students. The R/V Black Coral also transported sport divers to dive sites off the Long Island Coast and the Caribbean and was used as a base for many research projects. The Sea Salvor, a 104' crane vessel with tremendous lifting capacity, salvaged many a treasure from the floor of the ocean.

Another part of the montage depicts large container ships and the Navy's Spruance class of destroyers. Shourot led a team of divers who performed a series of hydrodynamic flow studies on both of these ships.  Photos taken by these teams determined erosion and sound patterns and  were instrumental in correcting problems with the ship's original design. More than a dozen war ships were photographed at flank speeds, resulting in the quietest submarine hunters in the world.

Shourot is also seen in the painting taking  underwater photos with one of the many underwater camera housings he designed and manufactured.

The mixed-medium portrait was created by artist Alan Reingold. Reingold is famous for his portraits of statesmen, which frequently appear on the covers of Time and Fortune magazines.

     Christine Shourot, Owner of Underwater Adventures, is one of the first female pioneers in the diving industry, having influenced both the recreational and commercial diving fields.  Her dedication and reliability have enabled the dive companies that she managed to progress and flourish.  Her patience and persistence have supported Bob Shourot in his many diving firsts since the early 70's and continues to support the growth and popularity of both the recreational and commercial diver training programs.                 

 

     James Cook is the NAUI Course Director and First Aid Instructor at Underwater Adventures.  “I am sometimes asked, by divers who have been diving for some period of time, if the Advanced Open Water Diver Program is worth taking. I often hear things like, "I have been doing boat dives for a long time."  You can also substitute the word wreck, deep, decompression, low visibility, or any of several other words in this question. 

    

     Doing it, and doing it properly and safely are two different things.  I encourage everyone to get proper training for whatever kind of diving they are going to do.  Each level of diving is a building block to go on to the next level.  You cannot become a Master Diver, Divemaster, or Instructor without going through all of the steps to get there. We can all gain something from taking additional dive training programs regardless of our level of experience!

    

     Dive within your comfort zone and limits of your training, not within the limits someone else wants you to meet.”