Hoboken Dive Center {blub, blub…}

Hoboken Dive Center {sunk}

The Hoboken Dive Center was one of those locations I was never really sure if they were open or not. Not once in my lifetime had I witnessed the front door open or close, or people coming or going. It was just “there.”

However, the dumpster adjacent to the building alerted us that the place had been closed for a while!

See their letter below, which you can read between the lines that the internet doomed their business.

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Hoboken Dive Center goes under

“For nearly 25 years, Hoboken Dive Center has been a fixture in the Northern New Jersey area. We have, over that time, taught thousands of scuba divers, shared in hundreds of scuba trips, explored the Atlantic with you, and made many friends. We have watched Hoboken transform over time to the important New York City suburb that it is today. We have enjoyed every minute of it.

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Hoboken Dive Center will cease its retail business effective immediately.

The scuba industry requires two parts to be successful in our current form 1) a growing student base and 2) correlated retail sales. We have always had a growing student base, but the way that the world buys products has changed irrespective of price competition. Over the last 3 years Hoboken Dive Center has transformed into an education focused business model and become a powerhouse in that endeavor, but it ultimately is not sustainable without the second part of the equation.

If you do not have outstanding business with us but still want to explore the underwater world we strongly encourage you to follow that desire. We have asked Blue Water Divers, an excellent facility, to assist us with any services that we are not able to provide. They are also dealers for many of the same product lines that we carried and can service your equipment and continue your training. We will be working over the next month to automatically redirect inquiries to their facility, but in the short-term, please feel free to reach out to them for any of your diving needs:

Blue Water Divers
201 Route 17 South
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

Final Note-
It has been our absolute pleasure to have been teaching our passion to the Northern New Jersey and New York City area for nearly 25 years. We really can’t thank our customers, staff and friends for all of the great memories.

“…adventures don’t come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them.”

We wish you all the very best!!

Description: Hoboken Dive Center carries a complete line of equipment from today’s leading scuba manufacturers.
Website: www.gohdc.com
300 Park Ave, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-4908 For Rent
Telephone: (201) 795-3483

Image from 2006:

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I took training there too a few years back then took a trip with them to the Bahamas for my basic and advanced certs.

The training was thorough and I definitely felt prepared for my dives. The certification dives themselves were fantastic fun. Diving in a wreck and doing a deep dive 100 feet down were unforgettable experiences.


I just wanted to throw in a plug for this shop. I did my PADI Open Water Class with them, and the instructor, Anna, was professional, patient and generally great. My work schedule was horrendous right before going on vacation to the Carribean and they were nice about setting me up with some private lessons (which did cost extra) and working around my calendar. Thanks to them being willing to do that, I finished all my pool work (at Jersey City University) and class work before my vacation, where I did my checkout dives for my certification. Kudos! Problem is I think I’m hooked now… 😯