Meet the Diver's Den Team!
The Diver's Den Dive Shop, owned and operated by Judy Kurisko-Leclerc and Dick Leclerc, is one of the oldest and largest dive shops in the entire northeast. Located in Manchester, NH since 1967, our shop has been providing expert services on all things diving for over 45 years. In recognition of our hard work and dedication to the sport of SCUBA diving, Diver's Den Dive Shop has earned the PADI Five Star Facility rating.
Diver's Den has five PADI certified instructors and offers SCUBA classes and private lessons on-site year-round. In addition to instruction, we have an inventory of all the SCUBA gear a diver could need, from masks to wetsuits, BCDs to regulators. Whether you are looking to buy, rent, or repair your equipment, we provide you with the right price for your needs.
We love to meet new divers and seasoned ones, share adventure stories and offer our expertise in the sport of diving. We look forward to your visit to the shop - welcome to the Diver's Den family!
The Diver's Den Dive Shop Story
In the late 1950’s Dick Kurisko and friends had begun getting involved in a sport called scuba diving. He made his own wet suits from neoprene and through a tank on his back with some high tech regulator breathing systems and took to explore the ocean and what it had to offer. No training from any certifying agency as there were none around. So the group taught themselves with the help of a local friend Jack Whalen. Dick was so excited about this new adventure that he decided to open a part time dive shop in the basement of his home. That was in 1967. During the day he traveled to Boston for his day job and nights and weekends he opened the shop to sell scuba diving equipment and to start teaching classes. The word was out and before he knew it, the part time business was off and running. Dick’s passion for the sport grew and he decided that he needed to find a new spot to run the business from, while still teaching at his pool at his home.
In 1976 Dick came across a building for sale on Mammoth Rd and purchased it. That is where Diver’s Den Dive Shop has been since. This is another success story of a dream that someone had and was able to turn it into a successful business that is still to this day the largest dive shop in New Hampshire. We are celebrating 47 years in 2014.
Stop by to say hello and tell us a story of your diving adventures or if you have not had the opportunity to try scuba, just give us a call. We would love to get you excited about the underwater world and all that it has to offer. See you soon and Happy Diving.
Judy Kurisko Leclerc and Dick Leclerc
Official Mascot, Cocoa
Read testimonials from past dive classes and trips.