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SHOP HISTORY

1979 › ESTABLISHMENT
1979

"Lynnhaven Dive Center - Where Diving is Fun”

LDC opened its doors in the fall of 1979. We were located in a small
store in hilltop south shopping center, right next to Kmart. We had a 1956
school bus which was converted into a camper to take our students to the
Florida springs to get certified. We also dove all the local lakes and
explored our shoreline and the bay bridge islands! Fun and real diving
situations were our guiding principles. Our motto "Lynnhaven Dive Center
where Diving is Fun” was a result of these real life diving adventures.

1980

Brownings Marine

We joined forces with Brownings Marine when Randy Browning
became a dedicated scuba instructor and diving adventure seeker. We
moved into Brownings Marine in 1980 and enjoyed an immediate success
an outpouring of boaters who also wanted to go diving and explore both the
underwater world and new destinations. Our real business success was a
result of our devotion to real life diving experiences and the business
expertise that Randy and his wonderful family brought to our partnership.

1981

The First Dive Boat

We purchased our first dive boat in 1981. An outgrowth of our
commitment to take our students diving in the ocean where of course diving
was more fun!

1982

Present Location

By 1982 LDC had tripled in size and Brownings Marine was growing
at a phenomenal, unprecedented rate. Randy was forced to concentrate on
his boat business and we needed more room! We moved to 1413 Great
Neck Road (our present location).

1983

Another Boat!

We added another dive vessel the 50ft "Cindy Loo" named for Cindy Hillier, who worked tirelessly at being the bookkeeper, mother and wife! Growth and more growth to meet the needs of our growing diver population.

1986

Miss Lindsey

We added a pool and purchased another two boats for our divers, "Lady Sharon" and "Miss Lindsey," named for the world famous, diver extraordinaire Lindsey Hillier!

1989

International Expansion

We opened Xanadu Dive Center in Freeport, Bahamas.

2000

Awards

LDC accomplished many firsts in the dive industry- first dive business
to gross a million dollars, number one Scubapro Dealer, number one SSI
Dealer, first dive business to certify 1000 students in one year, first dive business to capture major military contract as the sole supplier to
the seal teams and military divers.....Luke Hillier was able to convert this
small family business into a multibillion dollar military, government, police
and fire department supplier.

2004

Lindsey Hillier

Lindsey Hillier took over the reins of Lynnhaven Dive Center in 2004 and has
steadily improved the efficiency and popularity of LDC.
Her management guided the Dive Shop through the tumultuous years of last recession
and continues to this day the commitment to and excitement of the beauty of the
undersea world and to bring this to our new divers by running dive trips locally and
on dive adventures around the world.

2014

Miss Mackenzie

Introducing the Miss Mackenzie!

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