We are a premier New England dive shop, and have been in business for 31 plus years serving the Portsmouth NH and the surrounding area. Our store offers a wide verity of services to meet the needs of novice and seasoned divers. However, it is the knowledge, experience, and passion of our staff and customers for diving which fosters a warm and friendly network of divers. If you are looking for adventure, something fun and exciting, SCUBA diving will open your eyes, heart, and mind to a world below the surface just waiting for you to discover. It covers approximately three quarters of the earth’s surface, and is considered one of the last frontiers. It is full of mystery, history, natural beauty, and aquatic life. SCUBA diving is an opportunity of a lifetime, and severs as a gateway to a world that is absolutely breath taking. Our staff strives to make your SCUBA diving goals a reality. From the moment you walk into the dive shop, you will feel at home.
Portsmouth Scuba was founded from a teen’s passion of finding “things”, and his love for scuba diving. In 1986, Jay purchased a property on Marcy St with the intention of converting a Boat house into a one bedroom apartment. When met with zoning restrictions, Jay converted the boat house into a dive shop in 1989. This was the start to a lifetime career as a diver and dive shop owner. Little did Jay know where this decision would take him, and the fond experiences and memories this decision would bring.
Portsmouth NH is the perfect playground offering Jay endless opportunities to fuel his passion. Rolling up his sleeves and taking control of his destination, Jay used his construction / carpentry skills to restore life in this boat house. After many long days and nights, Jay hammered his last nail, stroked his last brush of paint, and hung his last decoration. He opened his doors, and saw his dream become a reality. For approximately ten years, Jay fostered his passion for diving, history, and artifacts in his customers. His passion was so contagious that it reflects in the curiosity and excitement of his customer. Business flourished and out of necessity, Jay found himself searching for a new location to pursue his passion and livelihood. In 1999 Jay opened his doors on Sagamore Ave.
Over the years, Jay has come to intimately know the Portsmouth Channel/Harbor/waterways in the Piscataqua River. You can find old bottles, clay jars, plates, dishes, ceramic fisherman’s pipes, etc. These ceramic pipes were smoked by fisherman in the late 1700’s. When the pipe becomes blocked with tobacco, the fisherman would break off part of the stem. Eventually, the fisherman would ditch their pipes overboard when the stem became too shot/hot for them to smoke. Today, Jay passion continues to grow with each dive and each dive story with his customers.
Our Mission: To build an integrated four pillar dive program consisting of recreational dive training, local diving awareness, organized dive trips, and dive gear purchase/maintenance to provide the diver with the means to acquire the dive equipment, training, experience, and network of local divers to safely achieve your personal diving goals while fostering your passion for scuba diving.
Our Vision: To be recognized as a premier New England dive shop for our integrated dive services to train, equip, and nurture new and experience divers to safely navigate and enjoy the many pleasures of recreational diving in New England and many other dive destinations.
Emphasize personal and equipment safety
Cultivate lasting relationships
Treat people with respect and dignity
Provide customers with a positive experience, family spirit
Place priority on customer satisfaction
Align dive services with continuously changing customer needs
Maintain high personal and professional standards
Maintain a clean and organized dive shop
Provide responsive service