USS Oriskany

The Great Carrier Reef, The Mighty O, The U.S.S. Oriskany, One of the top-ten wreck dives in the world! The Oriskany rests on the floor of the...

Special Events

Exclusive trips are offered during special events in the area. These trips go fast so book early!

Dive Charters

We offer recreational scuba diving charter trips 7 days a week throughout the year for individuals or groups of any size. We specialize in dive...

Technical Divers

The USS Oriskany was made for technical divers! From entry-level decompression to pinnacle-class hypoxic trimix and rebreather dives, you’ll...

FL Panhandle Shipwreck Trail

The H2O Below is an official Trail Partner of the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail. Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail Passports and Stamps are...

Why dive with us?

Dive it. Love it.

The H2O Below is a 36-foot long Newton custom dive boat, and is certified to carry 24 divers. For everyone’s comfort, trips are limited to 16 recreational divers or 10 technical divers.

  • Regularly inspected for safety by the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Runs an average of 20 knots (Sixty to Ninety Minutes to the Mighty O)
  • Dry storage
  • Freshwater showers
  • Fully enclosed head
  • Large camera/equipment table
  • Large coolers for food and drinks
  • Custom tank racks for cylinders, doubles and rebreathers
  • New “Tier 2” engine (NO DIESEL FUMES!)
  • Full safety equipment including emergency Oxygen and AED

Don’t miss it!
Dive the Might O.

On May 17, 2006, the USS Oriskany became the largest ship intentionally sunk as an artificial reef.
The USS Oriskany is 24 miles Southeast of Pensacola, Florida, the cradle of Naval Aviation.
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Recent Dive Reports

Dive Report: Avocet

Avocet —  April 9, 2017 60 ft viz. no current. One foot seas. 69 degree water temp. Big cobia greeted all the divers on their first dive. Several...

Dive Report: Avocet

Dive Report: Oriskany

Oriskany —  April 8, 2017 We had 2 foot seas. 50 foot of visibility on the wreck. SSW current running across the wreck that you could use the...

Dive Report: Oriskany

Tech Diving on the H2O Below

The H2O Below is equipped to comfortably accommodate tech divers, with plenty of deck space, tank racks for doubles and rebreathers, and an equipment table and wash racks for cameras and lights.
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meet our dream team

Capt. Doug Hammock

Captain Douglas Hammock is the owner and operator of the H2O Below and one of the few remaining full-time scuba charter captains in the area.
Capt. Doug Hammock

Taylor Wachtel

Taylor started diving at the age of 8 after getting involved in the initial Scuba Rangers program in Pensacola. She has been diving ever since...
Taylor Wachtel

Mikey Boitnott

Mikey is a Pensacola native and has been diving for 22 years. He’s been an instructor for 9 years and is also an independent trimix...
Mikey Boitnott

Hunter Whitehead

Hunter is a graduate student at UWF pursuing an M.A. in Historical Archaeology. He’s worked as a dive master since 2015 and has over 1,000...
Hunter Whitehead

What Divers Say About Us

Captain Douglas and the crew of the H2O Below are fantastic. I have had the pleasure of diving with this crew several times. Everyone is very knowledgable and make every trip wonderful. The safety procedures of the entire operation make the trip safe and enjoyable for all. Chris and Taylor have thousands of dives in the Gulf of Mexico, and are open to sharing their experiences and this makes the trip to and from the marina and the surface interval interesting. I look forward to many future trips with this wonderful staff.

Great crew, very friendly and professional. The boat is nice and stable, well kept and they have a great line system. Getting on and off the vessel was no problem, I dove a full technical side mount system. Safety was always put first and they carry plenty of O2. Will be my charter of choice in that area. Hoping to get lots more dive with this crew.

What a great experience! I've been on the H2O Bellow a few times, and I have to say, it is the best dive boat I've been on! Captain Doug is fantastic! He's extremely aware, and through, but still has a great time. Taylor and Chris, his DMs, are so wonderful. They have so much experience and knowledge. Taylor is so full of insight and is an incredible diver. Chris is so talented and fun, he's great with newer divers. If you are planning a dive trip, I recommend this boat!

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