214-B Beacon Drive

Winterville, NC 28590

(252) 439-4390



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Step 1 - Register at the shop, recieve your personal orientation and e-learning code

Step 2 - Activate and start your e-learning in the comfort of your home

Step 3 - Classroom review sessions with instructor and other students

Step 4 - Pool sessions. Learn and practice scuba skills

Step 5 - Open water check out dives

Complete all that and you are certified!


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Digital Backpack

Digital Backpack



Ages 8 to 13 Drop the kids off and let 'em play underwater.

Ages 8 to 12

Grades 6 to 12

Ages 5 to 13





Download Resort Brochure Trip Details

February 17 to 24, 2018


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Florida Springs January 12 to 15, 2018

"Rum Runner kicked off the new year with our annual Florida Springs trip, only this year was an extra special one! With over 50 people in attendance, we had a house chock full of our staff, students, divers, snorkelers, and their loved ones. While the air was a bit chillier than last year, the water was (as always) a beautiful 72-74 degrees Fahrenheit! Our dive and snorkel destinations included Troy Springs, Blue Grotto, Paradise Spring, Ginnie Springs, Rainbow River, and Crystal River. We said hello to Virgil the Turtle at Blue Grotto and got up close and personal with the manatees at Crystal River. After a long day of diving or snorkeling we headed back to the house for one of Carolyn's marvelous meals, good conversation, and even better company!

After everything was said and done, Rum Runner came home with 2 new master divers, 7 newly certified advanced open water divers, and 5 basic open water divers that just completed the first of many underwater adventures to come! On top of all the new additions to our Rum Runner scuba family, we also got to witness some of our already-certified divers overcome personal fears and grow more comfortable with their abilities in and around the water. Congratulations to all of you! We cannot truly express how proud we are of our divers and the community you all help foster, as well as for each and every person's role in helping the trip run as smooth as possible. We can't wait to see you all again next year!"


2017 Chuuk and Palau!


Our Truk Lagoon Adventure!

Photos From Truk Lagoon & Palau

If you missed this trip you missed an excellent experience!

Join us on our next adventure!

The Dry Tortugas was a blast!

Great diving, great food, great fun and a wedding to boot.

We had a great time in Cozumel!

Did you see whale sharks on your dive trip? 'Nuff said.

Stay tuned for our next trip.

July 4 to 11, 2015

Cozumel, Cenote diving, whale shark encounters...

This trip had it all!



Tired of Lost Luggage?

Announcing our new bigger, brighter SCUBA Center!

We have moved to the new Aquaventure Facility

214-B Beacon Drive

Winterville, NC 28590

Two indoor pools for year round training

Dedicated deep well pool

Dedicated classroom

Enlarged retail space

Enlarged service facility



Our new location adjacent to Aquaventure!

• 8-lane, 25-yard lap pool ranging from 3.5 feet to 5 feet in depth

• Dive tank for lifesaving and scuba training with levels of 9 feet and 12 feet

• Saltwater pool and tank maintained at 82 – 85 degrees

• Wheelchair/handicap ramp entry to pool

• Separate men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers

• Classroom and exercise room

• Classroom available for rent for events

• Lounge with Wi-Fi

• Entrance by keyfob; 24-hour video monitoring of facility and parking lot

Our year round line up of classes is set and we have something for everyone. From basic open water training on up to Instructor.

Look here for class schedule:

Class Schedule


Rum Runner is a NAUI Pro-Platinum Facility

NAUI E-Learning

DAN and NAUI Announce Alliance to Extend Reach of Dive Safety Programs

To read the annoucement:

Click Here

Performance Freediving International and NAUI Announce Freediving Training Alliance

To read the annoucement:

Click Here

SSI - Scuba Schools International - my.divessi.com - Register Now


The NEW DiveSSI App is available in iOS and Android versions.  You can take advantage of this revolutionary   all-in-one solution for digital learning today.

  • Digital training materials are available both online and offline. You can study whenever and wherever you want in most languages!
  • You’ll never leave home without your certification cards and Divelog again:
    • All certifications in one place –digitally.   
    • The NEW Digital Divelog allows you to Geo-locate your dives, take a photo of your buddy and the divesite and have your Dive Professional or buddy sign right on the App.  And you can upload your dives to MySSI at www.diveSSI.com.

Freediving is here at Rum Runner!

This is the hot new sport and we have geared up to teach you how. Ever wanted to dive without being encumbered by all that scuba gear? Or maybe you like snorkeling but want to stay down longer or go deeper. We can train you to dive 40, 50, 60 feet or deeper and stay 2, 3, 4 minutes or longer on one breath! Classes are forming. Call the shop for details.

Welcome New Staff!

Owen Smithwick


Owen is a NAUI Dive Master and will be working in sales and training. He is pursuing his NAUI Instructor certification.





Jacob Clark

Jacob Clark

Jacob will be working in the shop and has completed his NAUI Dive Master certification





Kaitlyn Boger

Katelyn Boger

Katelyn is a NAUI Master Diver and will be working in sales and marketing.



Daniel Glover

Best wishes to Daniel Glover who recently shipped out to join the Navy. He has been accepted into the Navy Diver training program.

Clay Stewart






Congratulations to Clay Stewart on joining the Army. He look foward to seeing him back on leave.






Good luck to these two fine young men and thank you both for volunteering to protect our great country!

Congratulations to Brenden McLean for completeing his NAUI Instructor certification. Thanks to Kenny Wheeler NAUI CD, Pete Wagner NAUI IT, NAUI Instructors Carolyn Wagner, John Hill, Virgilio Gonzalez and Daniel Glover for all your help.

Congratulations to Danial Glover for completing his NAUI Instructor certification. Thanks to Pete Wagner, Instructor Trainer who conducted the course with the help of NAUI Instructors Carolyn Wagner, Dillon Waters, John Hill, Garrett Killian and Virgilio Gonzalez. Special thanks to Tyler Boruff, NAUI Course Director for coming up from Florida to complete the IQP.


Congratulations to our 4 newest NAUI Divemasters (from left) Clay Stewart, Alea Hansinger, Dillon Waters (Their Instructor), Joe Pye, MD and Dan Drake. Great job and welcome aboard!





Dillon Waters, utilizing his degree in education and vast scuba experience, designed, wrote and received approval from NAUI for the Artificial Reef Survey Diver certification course. The purpose of the course is to train divers to gather valid data to monitor sea life and wreck conditions on our artificial reefs to promote ocean conservation. Congratulations Dillon on a job well done. If you want to sign up for this course contact the shop for class schedules.

Congratulations to Ed for earning his Intro to Cave certification

Ed Lowthert

Welcome our newest members of the shop staff

Clay Stewart(left) & Daniel Glover(below)







Alea Hansinger


Alea will be working in the shop and helping with marketing.







Congratulations to Pete Wagner on achieving NAUI Instructor Trainer Status.

Welcome two new members of the Rum Runner team.

Ed Lowthert

Brenden McLean

Rum Runner Staff News:

We're on a roll! Congratulations to our six new NAUI Instructors! Carolyn Wagner, Erika Khalil, Dillon Waters, John Hill, John Whichard and Randy Mintz. Thanks to Tyler Boruff, Instructor Trainer and Mike Dunst Course Director

Congratulations to Tyler Boruff our new NAUI Instructor Trainer and Tommy Pate, Robbie Marlow and Pete Wagner for crossing over as NAUI Instructors. Thanks to Mike Dunst, NAUI National Sales Manager for making it all happen!


We are now dealers for Analytical Industries line of Analyzers and replacement Oxygen sensors to fit many rebreathers and analyzers in the diving market.



Full line of Sea Doo scooters for recreational diving and pool use. Coming soon to Scuba Explorers!

Wet suits, beach wear, all sorts of cool things.

Full product line from Dry Case. Keep your phone, tablet, gear dry at the beach, on the boat or in the water. Waterproof headsets and bluetooth speakers as well.


We are now carrying selected products from Tusa. Great fitting masks, snorkels, fins.


As if they already didn't have a great computer Shearwater announces the new Perdix. As rugged and reliable as the Petrel in a smaller size. High resolution 2.2" LCD display, 30% longer battery life than the Petrel 2, A Fischer connection will not be available in the Perdix so the Petrel 2 will still be available for those needing this feature. Uses inexpensive AA batteries. Simple to use.

The Perdix is shipping soon and we are taking pre-orders.



We've added Fourth Element dive products to our line up. Specializing in state of the art thermal protection wetsuits, dry suits and accessories.

New awesome lights, interchangeable heads, swappable rechargeable battery, remote control capable, compact size with big light output

For full review:

Light Monkey

Technical Dive Gear

View this video of a diver saving a dophin from monofilament entanglement. If after watching this video you still do not appreciate the intelligence of dophins watch it again.