Renewals are now being taken for your 2015 membership.  You can renew one of two ways — online or by check.  For either option, go to the Registration tab.  If you would like to pay via PayPal, click on the Members tab, then click on the Pay Online tab.  Fill out the form and complete your payment via PayPal.  If you would prefer to pay by check, click on the Members tab, then click on the Pay by Check tab.  Download the PDRA application, fill it out, and send the application and your check to the address listed.  Rates for renewals are $70 per member plus $10 per each diving family member.  To qualify as a family member, you must be the spouse or child of a regular member living in the same household or a child for whom the member is legally responsible.  Renew by December 31, 2014, and save yourself the $20 initiation fee which is required for any renewals starting January 1, 2015.




          Beginning January 1, 2015, instructor fees will be eliminated.  To renew online just join as a regular member for $70  (indicating at the place provided you are an instructor).  Plan to be at the mandatory instructors meeting on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at American Quarry where the changes will be explained.  If you are unable to attend on that date, contact Tim Klima at tlklima1@msn.com.  Please pass on this information to all instructors you know.



June 21, 1938 – November 23, 2014

Mac at 50th

          Long-time Executive Director Mac Robertson passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014.

          Mac was the glue that held the PDRA together for many years, being a founding father and past president in addition to being the Executive Director.  If anybody had a question, they knew to call Mac.  Because of his service and dedication to the PDRA, the Blanch Quarry was renamed the JMR Quarry in his honor.  The PDRA was a huge part of Mac’s life and he was thrilled when we celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2013.  The picture above is after the time capsule, which had been buried for 25 years, was opened.  Mac said he could not believe the association was still going after 50 years and there were over 1,000 members.  He said, “Heck, we started out with just a few of guys who wanted to dive and have fun.”

          Mac is survived by his wife, Cathy, and their sons, Jim and wife Elaine of Olympia, WA, John and wife Deborah of Landsdale, PA, and Edgar and Juan of Eden, NC.  Cards and condolences may be sent to the home at 212 Adams Street, Eden, NC 27288.


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The new meeting building at American Quarry is finished.  It is being named the Shaw Fellowship Hall in recognition of the work of outgoing president Calvin Shaw.  Thanks to Jerry Sliker for this picture.

American New Building 3

NEW PDRA EMAIL ADDRESS:  pdra1963@gmail.com 

If you have a problem using the webpage or If you need assistance call: Lisa Garrison @ 828-310-6760 or email pdra1963@gmail.com.


      The PDRA is home to more than 1100 members through out  North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina which consists of individuals and families that are serious about diving safety and having fun. Instructional and recreational scuba and skin diving is made available through several PDRA-owned quarries. Each facility provides changing areas (trailers or buildings), picnic shelters with tables, sanitation facilities, easy entry areas with ample parking and other amenities. Membership into the PDRA is available directly from PDRA by accessing the Membership link for information about joining. The PDRA always welcomes new members!