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The Outdoors Outfitters and Nags Head Diving

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Manteo, NC, USA
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Brian R wrote a review Aug 2020
Baltimore, Maryland8 contributions3 helpful votes
We went on a great dive to the U-85 and the Jackson with Roanoke Outfitters (what they call themselves now, same owners etc). We got great visibility (25 feet) at the U-boat and poor visibility (5 feet!) at the Jackson -- the Atlantic diving conditions vary not only day to day but place to place (the two dive sites are only a handful of miles apart). At this dive shop you pay separately if you want the divemaster to dive with you. We did so and definitely recommend that even for fairly experienced divers, because among other things if you get down there and have 5 foot visibility Sara (our divemaster) knew her way around the wreck and laid down an orange safety/guide line as she took us to the niftiest spots which helped us make efficient use of the bottom time -- if we'd been down there alone we could have confirmed that there was indeed a wreck, but with 5-foot visibility wouldn't have been able to find most of the cool stuff with the air we had. I certainly recommend diving nitrox if you're certified, as the U-boat is at 90+ feet and the Jackson is around 80. It also means you can use their Steel 100's which means more total air, etc. One of my friends managed to drop his expensive underwater camera rig into 80 feet of water, during the 5-foot-visibility section of our trip. Matt, the captain & co-owner, went diving with his compass and lines the next day (while the next day's trip group was diving the wreck) and managed to retrieve it for us! I think their boat takes up to 6 divers. We chose to rent the whole boat for the 3 of us.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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630alany wrote a review Jul 2017
Oakton, Virginia216 contributions81 helpful votes
My wife and I were originally booked for a boat dive on Friday, but a lack of other divers cancelled that trip. We were able to shift to a shore dive instead. The dive master was knowledgeable and once he got a read on us gave us some slack. After spending a week diving san's dive master in Bonaire, we like the freedom. We followed the agreed upon dive plan where we were going to go check out another nearby wreck and everything worked out great. The vis wasn't great, but it was diveable. Lots and lots of blue crabs. My only complaint was there wasn't much selection of shop dive shirts. This isn't unique to this shop. It seems to be pretty pervasive. We just like to buy a shirt from every shop we dive with.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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stevekuras wrote a review Aug 2016
North Carolina1 contribution
Nice dive for modest experienced divers. Dive guide did a good job and this turned out to be a single, one tank dive to a wreck off the beach... not bad for the $$. Only issue was that when we booked the dive, the guy on the phone was obviously in a hurry and abrupt. He was not clear where we were to meet... we went to the dive shop early and eventually learned we should meet at the beach where the dive was to take place......
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Date of experience: August 2016
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nclover165 wrote a review Aug 2016
Syracuse, New York43 contributions20 helpful votes
Ordered a kayak on line and Pam (the owner) delivered it within the hour. As she pulled up she noticed the sky was getting dark and a storm was approaching. Her concern was for our safety. She let us keep the kayak until the weather improved the next day. Unfortunately it was too windy to go on the water the next day but the fact that she gave us that option was above and beyond!!! Great customer service!!!!
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Date of experience: August 2016
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Frank B wrote a review Jun 2016
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States59 contributions11 helpful votes
I dove the Jackson, and Advance II through this shop. The dives were top notch. My divemaster, Linus, was perfect. The captain was hilarious, and was very knowledgeable of the local wrecks. I would undoubtedly dive with them again due to these gentlemen. We had about 5ft of vis for the first 40 ft. After the thermocline it cleared up to roughly 30ft+. Linus ensured everyone was comfortable, and handled those who weren't with patience. My only gripe was the shop. I'm renting gear to get a feel for certain styles until I find some stuff that I want to invest in. That being said some of their gear was terrible. Holes in the gloves that my made it so my fingers weren't even covered, literally. When I tried on my BCD it felt extremely loose. It was an XL, and I was adamant about trying a L. The lady heading the shop was nearly forcing me to take an XL. I knew it wasn't a good fit. This was making me rather uncomfortable. Outside of that, they provided a great experience!
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Date of experience: June 2016
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