What we're about

The Richmond Dive Club, a non-profit (501c7) scuba diving club, has been serving the Richmond scuba diving community since 1999. Richmond Dive Club members are individuals of all ages and experience levels with one thing in common: we all share a love of the ocean and its exploration.

Among our 100-plus members, (some active, some not so active) you’ll find divers who:

have traveled all over the globe and dove every ocean, lake, river, sea, underwater cave
have seen the most inspiring sites and incredible ocean denizens
have extensive knowledge in underwater photography, advanced scuba diving technologies, wreck history and much more
love to share their knowledge and experience
are always looking for more dive partners
have yet to make that first giant stride - and want to know more about our sport and why it inspires the passion it does.

Local diving with the Richmond Dive Club includes day and weekend boat dives to the best wrecks off the North Carolina Coast, as well as quarry diving at Lake Phoenix, which is a mere 50 minute drive from South Richmond. Upon request, we can organize trips to further destinations, including the Caribbean and places further afield. We work with all the local dive shops to promote their trips and encourage all to continue their education.

We also promote our own Surface Intervals, which have included trips to the Baltimore aquarium, movies, the Mariners Museum in Newport News and the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro.

Our monthly meetings, attended by 25-35 members, begins with socializing (what else?) where you can meet fellow divers and those who might just want to take up the sport. The business meeting is kept to a minimum, and includes a dive committee reports, dive reports from members, and an introduction of visitors, all interspersed with late arrivals and muted dinner orders. These activities are followed by will be a presentation by a well known speaker on a scuba-related topic. Past speakers include Pete Nawrocky, John Chatterton, Bernie Chowdhury, Gary Gentile, as well as many other divers, photographers, and explorers from around the world. Presentations often include films, mixed media or slides, and cover dive topics such as travel, safety, marine life, equipment and underwater adventure.

Newly certified, new diver in the area, or looking for a dive buddy? You are SO VERY WELCOME to attend our next meeting and find out more about us. Thanks for coming by our site!

Upcoming events (5)

Moorehead City

Needs a location

Jodi and Jimmy are setting up this scuba trip and wanting to see who is interested in joining. They want to reserve a boat in the next few weeks. Please only RSVP if you're willing to go that weekend. We will upload more info when we get it.

Beneath the Sea

Meadowlands Exposition Center

Monument 10K

Broad St. & Harrison St

Monument 10K – Saturday, April 13 10:00 am until 1:30 pm SportsBackers is requesting 10 volunteers. *Task will be working the finish line.* https://www.sportsbackers.org/events/monument-ave-10k/ We are looking for at least 10 people to join us at the finish line!


Lake Phoenix

Get Out Of Storage Event Come down to Lake Phoenix SCUBA Park and Campground in Rawlings, VA, the clearest freshwater diving on the east coast! Join your Richmond Dive Club friends for a day or afternoon of diving, making new friends or renewing old friendships. We’ll have plenty of fun and lunch is prepared as well!! Your diving adventure includes: ▪Admission to Lake Phoenix ▪​Lunch - ($7/pp or $12/family) ▪Hamburgers and Hot Dogs; served from noon - 2:00 pm ▪Plenty of Fun!! Does not include: ▪Personal dive equipment ▪Dive insurance ▪Tanks/Weights All events are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, but you're welcome to enjoy Lake Phoenix SCUBA Park and Family Campground during their regular business hours. ☆The event will be held RAIN OR SHINE.☆ In the event of inclement weather, the only reason an event will be cancelled is if thunder and lightening are forecasted in the vicinity of Lake Phoenix. If cancelled by the club, you will be notified by email by 8:00 am the morning of the event. If you wish to cancel, for any reason, it would be greatly appreciated if you would email [masked] as soon as possible, but no later than 8:00 am the morning of the event. ◇Registration for the Diver Days via the website are open until 11:59am three days prior to the event to ensure manifest delivery to Lake Phoenix.◇ *** FOR ALL REGISTRATIONS AFTER SIGN UP DEADLINE: please email [masked] as soon as possible! *** The Richmond Dive Club Liability Release and Lake Phoenix waiver MUST be completed before participating in these events. *Releases and waivers must be completed only once per calendar year.* Advanced Registration and Current Club Membership are Required

Past events (56)

Monthly meeting

O'Toole's Restaurant & Pub

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