Awards & Recognition

The store first opened it's doors in 1976 on the Beaufort Waterfront and moved to it's current location shortly there after. In these many years of operation the Store as well as the Diving off the Coast of North Carolina has been recognized for it's excellence and we thought we would share some of these awards with you, so that you can see why you need to DIVE North Carolina and hopefully dive with us.

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SCUBA Diving Magazine does a survey every year for it's Readers Choice Awards, over the years this is where North Carolina Diving has ranked:
  • Ranked #1 in Best Value in North America in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2022
  • Ranked #1 in Best Wreck Diving in North America in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020 & 2022
  • Ranked #1 in Big Animal Encounters in North America in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2020.
  • Ranked #1 in Best Animal Encounters in US and Canada - Sand Tiger Sharks in 2019
  • Ranked #1 in Top Dive Destination in North America in 2007 & 2008
  • Ranked #2 in Best Advanced Diving in North America in 2022
  • Ranked #2 in Healthiest Marine Environment in North America in 2022
  • Ranked #2 in Big Animal Encounters in North America in 2018
  • Ranked #2 in Best Wreck Diving in North America in 2018
  • Ranked #2 in Best Scuba Diving Overall in North America in 2010, 2017 & 2018
  • Ranked #2 in Top Dive Destination in 2003, 2005 & 2010
  • Ranked #2 in Best Underwater Photography in North America in 2018
  • Ranked #3 in Big Animal Encounters in North America in 2022
  • Ranked #3 in Best Underwater Photography in North America in 2018
  • Ranked #3 in Best Advanced Diving in North America in 2020
  • Ranked #3 in Best Value in North America in 2017
  • Ranked #3 in Healthiest Marine Environment in North America in 2017
  • Ranked #3 in Best Night Diving in the US and Canada - USCGC Spar in 2019
  • Ranked #3 in Best Advanced Diving in North America in 2018
  • Ranked #4 in Best Underwater Photography in North America in 2020
  • Ranked #4 in Best Conservation Efforts in North America in 2018
  • Ranked #4 in Best Overall Diving in North America in 2015
  • Ranked #4 in Best Overall Destination in North America 2020
  • Ranked #5 in Best Overall Diving in th US and Canada in 2014 & 2022
  • Ranked #5 in Best Wreck in the US and Canada - U-352 in 2019
  • Ranked #6 in Best Healh of Marine Environment in North America in 2020
  • Ranked #6 in Best Value in North America in 2020
  • Ranked #8 in Best Wreck in the US and Canada - USCGC Spar in 2019
  • Rated #2 in the world by Forbes’ Traveler in 2004
In 2010 we were recognized by the readers of Coaster magazine (local tourists mag) as their favorite Dive Shop
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