SECONN hosts local shore diving throughout the year, but we also host special events including scallop diving, seal diving, wreck diving, and more. Jump down to our Upcoming Trips to see what we have coming soon! Most charters require a minimum of Advanced Open Water Certification due to the depths. However, trips such as our Lake Champlain trip are open to Open Water divers as well.
Lake Champlain covers more than 500 square miles, reaches 400 feet at its greatest depth, and is the home of over 300 shipwrecks. Some of the wrecks date back to the Revolutionary War, while others were sunk or scuttled as recently as the 1960s. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has a great overview of the wrecks that lay within lake. The wrecks lie in depths that range from 12ft to 100ft. The range in depth makes it an ideal location for all experience levels. Some fan favorites include the OJ Walker, General Butler, Horse Powered Ferry, and the Coal Barge.
SECONN has been visiting the wrecks of Lake Champlain since 2017 and plans to make an annual visit to the area every summer. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, the Waterfront Diving Center is available for gear rentals, nitrox fills, and has proved to be a wealth of information the area.
The trip takes place over a Saturday and Sunday, with two dives each morning. In the afternoon, the group typically tours the local breweries, samples the food from one of the many restaurants, or just walks along the streets of beautiful Downtown Burlington.
The cost of the trip covers your four dives and two air-fills. Not included are additional air fills or nitrox fills. Lodging can be coordinated through SECONN. However, it is up to the individuals to set it up. There are several hotels in the area, as well as a hostel within walking distance, and several AirBnB’s. Just remember to book ahead as it can get busy swiftly.
There are several dive charters in the area that will take you and your buddy out to local wrecks and areas of interest. Most leave out of the Gloucester, Massachusetts area.
Wrecks such as the U-853, F/V Patriot, or the Chester Poling can only be reached via boat and having a skilled captain and crew is a must.
But if you’re more interested in the life found on some of the amazing rock formations we have in the area such as the Dry Salvages, Paddock Rock, or Saturday Night Ledge, they can also take you there!
Massachusetts allows divers to go lobstering, however you must be a resident of Massachusetts to obtain the permit. Scalloping is open to anyone.