Charleston Scuba

Full Service PADI 5-Star IDC

River Diving

Charleston Scuba also offers river diving excursions for those of you who wish to take home some of our history with you. The South Carolina Lowcountry rivers have some of the richest marine fossil beds in the world. This area is world-renowned for the enormous fossilized shark teeth found by divers, some of which are as large as your hand and date back millions of years!!

Cooper River fossil hunting excursions for groups of 6-12 divers can be scheduled through us with Trident Charters, Inc. (October – April) We have over 30 years of experience on the river and we always take divers to the best sites. We can also arrange river charters for you (May -September). For charter reservations with Trident Charters, Inc. please contact us at Charleston Scuba and we’ll arrange the Trinity for a fossil hunting excursion – (843) 763-3483. We guarantee you’ll find at least one fossil while you’re here diving with us! Cost per diver is $140.00

South Carolina’s rivers are some of the richest fossil beds in the world and people from all over come to try their luck at finding prehistoric sharks teeth, as well as pottery and other artifacts. We dive both the Cooper and the Wando rivers on the Trinity. Please call for scheduling group charters since special rates apply.

In order to dive the Cooper River you must apply for and receive a South Carolina Hobby Diver License. Below you will find four printable PDF documents. Print out the second and third PDF documents, then fill in the appropriate information and sign each document.

Print and mail the two application forms along with payment for the application fee to:

Hobby Diver License
SCIAA UW Arch. Div. Office
P.O. Box 12448
Charlestown, SC 29422

If you had a Hobby Divers License in the past you may call 843-762-6105 for a license renewal form.

Cooper River PDF Application and Information Forms:
1 License Info Sheet2 Hobby Application3 Hobby License4 Antiquities Act Summary

The application process can take two weeks or more, so send your two application forms in early!