North Carolina Coast Dive Links

Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:53 | Filled in NC diving

Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I

My First Computer

My first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I that my parents got me in 1980.  There wasn’t much of an Internet back then.  Fast forward a few years and we can’t seem to live without the Internet.  As a diver who lives on the North Carolina coast, I tend to do a lot of web surfing finding the sites of other folks and organizations who share my passion.   There are many good web sites and a lot of information out there.   Below is a list of some of the sites that I frequent.


First, I should reference my local dive shop, who I have mentioned in the past.  Aquatic Safaris is a great shop with a long history serving this area.  The owners and staff are friendly and always willing to help new and experienced divers out.  My wife complains that I hang out there too much, which is not that far from the truth!  They have two Island Hopper dive boats, a 30′ and 48′ boat to meet any dive charter needs.  If you decide to come to this area and have an urge to dive, you should definitely call them up.


Aquatic Safaris


My friend and an Aquatic Safaris mate, Pat Carroll, is an extremely knowledgeable diver in this area and works as a marine biologist.  In other words, he gets paid to play in the ocean.  Not bad, huh?  He has an extremely informative website that I reference all the time.

Wilmington Diving


Brad Butler runs a cool site for divers and Wilmington locals with varied information and a lot of the cool pictures he takes (some of mine are there also!).  I highly recommend a quick trip to his gallery of photos.

Cool Dudes Diving


For discussions, I like perusing this site set up by NC divers.  The forum is friendly and they share details like dive conditions and upcoming dive trips.

NC Divers


This next one is a good site to browse when you want to get some background information on a wreck as well as a few diving notes.

NC Wreckdiving is not specifically tied to North Carolina, but it is the most active online scuba forum around.  As such, you will need to weed through the posts to find the interesting information.  But there is a lot of good information out there.  Also, be warned that some people can be less than cordial in their responses.  Dive snobs?  Maybe.  Just don’t take those comments personally.


While it is not diving related, this next site is one of the most important for diving around here.  The weather and marine conditions of the North Carolina coast can turn on you in a heartbeat and knowing what it is like on the water is critical.

Inshore marine conditions

Offshore marine conditions


I guess I cannot write this without plugging my certification agency and the most popular recreational dive training organization in the world, PADI.  They have great training classes and maintain high standards for the training and safety of all divers.  Take a look at the courses they offer and see if you want to learn more and improve your diving skills!

PADI website


An update:  I mention DAN, Divers Alert Network all the time.  They provide diving accident support, instructional classes and insurance to cover diving injuries above and beyond standard insurance policies.  They also have equipment and travel insurance available.  I recommend that all divers join DAN.

DAN website


I am sure that I will add more sites over time and I will update this page.  If you know of a cool site for me to follow, send me a note and I will add it.  Happy surfing in and out of the water!



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3 Comments to North Carolina Coast Dive Links

  1. Patricia Yue says:

    May 21st, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Yup, if I am missing my husband, I can almost guarantee he is at the dive shop, or under water. At least now that he has a decent camera I get to share in his fun. There is no way you are getting this database programmer under water. It is hard enough breathing above water for me.

    It is exciting to watch all the videos though, and it gives me a new sense of understanding about sharks and the like when you have a husband who follows them around with a camera and pets them. (I still think it’s a bit insane).

    Speaking of insane, most people will not put their hand in a hole that they know a creature with strong claws is in. Frank, no way, he has to put his whole arm in, reach way back and pull them out. He thinks this is fun. -=shiver=-

    I am glad he is training others to enjoy his passion now. He has all the kids but one diving with him now. He will never get me convinced.. I’ll just enjoy the pictures. Also, some of the best diving, other than Wilmington, are in places I can enjoy visiting too, so I do the land pictures, he does the bubbles..
    I hope you enjoy his scuba comments as much as I do :) .

  2. Jeff Lovell says:

    May 25th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Happened upon your site from ScubaBoard and saw the pic of the TRS!! I worked at Radio Shack in 1980 and sold these!! what a hoot! Be neat to see one on a dive sometime!

  3. Mike Pittman says:

    May 25th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Frank, I couldn’t agree more, Aquatic Safaris runs a top notch operation. The charter that I ran with you guys hunting ship wrecks…..Aquatic Safaris was there the whole way and made the planning and logistics a lot easier for me, thats for sure!!

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