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Water World


135 S Miami Blvd
Durham, NC 27703
Phone: (919) 596-3000
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Photo of Karl Kimball Karl Kimball
Mar 29, 2021 5

Great trip to Devil's Den and Rainbow Springs March 18-20 with Bob Shaw as instructor for a PADI Openwater Course! Students had a wonderful time and Bob was absolutely terrific. If you are interested in becoming certified, check out Water World!

Photo of Donald E Vaughn Jr Donald E Vaughn Jr
Jul 23, 2021 5

If you want to learn diving or continue diving skills, Waterworld is the only place to go. They are fun people but very serious about safety and their students. Theses are the professionals that will make you into the diver you should be.

Photo of Trisha Houser Trisha Houser
Dec 17, 2021 5

Dive shop has friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our go to place for all things scuba!

Photo of Catherine Burnett Catherine Burnett
Sep 21, 2020 5

Since more than a few years have passed since my last dive, I participated in a one-day SCUBA refresher course with Karl Kimball via Water World yesterday. The rental equipment was in excellent condition (all new), the WW team was knowledgeable and helpful, and Karl was not only a skilled instructor but also easy to connect with and a lot of fun. In no time at all, I regained both comfort and confidence underwater and now I’m looking forward to planning my next dive trip. Thank you, Karl Kimball and Water World!

Photo of Carolina Noriega Carolina Noriega
May 28, 2021 5

Big thanks to Chip and Pam for helping us with our 1st boat purchase 🙌

Photo of Edgar Love Edgar Love
Jan 15, 2022 5

Very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. They had exactly what I was looking for in stock.

Photo of Chip Howell Chip Howell
Jan 12, 2021 5

They have a great selection of boats and the staff was very helpful.

Photo of Jim Cornwell Jim Cornwell
Dec 11, 2020 5

WaterWorld had the dive gear I was looking for at competitive prices. I could have ordered o,line from bigger dealers or supply houses, but shipping can be unpredictable this close to Christmas. I bought what I needed and didn't have to pay & gamble on shipping.

Photo of Erik Tedder Erik Tedder
Jun 12, 2020 5

My wife and I have visited this dive shop on multiple occasions and we have always been provided exceptional service and attention. Their PADI dive instructors are top notch and made the OW and AOW courses very pleasant, fun, and informative beyond the required dive skills. Someone looking to start their scuba diving hobby would not be disappointed by putting their trust in Water World. I highly recommend this place when it comes to their diving services. I cannot speak to the boating portion of the shop, but there are plenty of boats on display and the entire building is very clean

Photo of Michelle Lawson Michelle Lawson
Oct 23, 2019 5

We can not be more happy that we purchased our boat from Water World! We went to the boat show in Raleigh and were gathering research as to what kind of boat we would want to purchase. We talked to many dealers at the show. We ended up liking 2 boats. One was a boat from Water World and one was a dealer in Burlington. All I can say, is that we are so thankful and grateful that we ended up purchasing from Water World! First and foremost the staff treats you as family. This is so very important as we are new boat owners As new boat owners we have had a few “learning experiences”. Both times occurred as we were at Falls Lake putting the boat in the water. And both times we were able to call Water Word and bring the boat right over to them! They fixed our problem and we were out on the lake in no time. My husband and I keep saying, “what would we have done or do if we ended up purchasing a boat from an out of the area dealer!” We are so appreciative of all the absolutely wonderful staff.

Photo of Garrett McMillan Garrett McMillan
Aug 25, 2020 5

Helpful and friendly as always

Photo of Jonathan Wali Jonathan Wali
May 7, 2020 5

Went to see about the 23 foot fishing boat, the customer service is second to none. If they had 10 stars I would give it.

Photo of Boone Groce Boone Groce
Apr 30, 2020 5

Had a very good experience here as a first time boat buyer. Very knowledgeable crew and extremely thorough in giving you a great intro and orientation on your new boat.

Photo of Jeff Ott Jeff Ott
Dec 26, 2019 5

The shop is absolutely beautiful! On top of that, the folks at the shop are extremely knowledgeable and kind. I would recommend anyone interested in diving or boating definitely check out Water World! It's a great place for both new and experienced divers/boaters. The service at Water World was more professional and higher quality than any that I've had within the industry. I would 10/10 recommend this shop!

Photo of jeff johnson jeff johnson
Sep 10, 2019 5

I purchased a new Starcraft 1915 deck boat from Mike Ley at the Fall boat show in Raleigh NC and not only was it the best price, but the pick up service was awesome! The owner David talked us though every aspect of the boat and motor, in addition Ron took us out on Falls Lake to make sure that everything was working properly...great company, if I could give them a 20 star I would...highly recommend...

Photo of Scott Danielson Scott Danielson
Mar 17, 2016 5

I always look to do business with smaller locally owned businesses. I bought a pontoon boat through Water World recently and had a great overall experience. Their pricing is VERY competitive and we saved thousands on the same exact boat we had priced through another boat shop. Water World could get a bit more organized and we did have a small hiccup on the day of pickup, but their team got everything handled and they were more than accommodating. And you can tell they genuinely care and appreciate your business... it doesn't stop at point of sale like most other retailers. I am confident that if and when I call on their team for any questions or maintenance needs, I'll have the same assistance. (At least I'm hopeful!) Highly recommended!

Photo of Peter Charles Peter Charles
Jul 30, 2017 5

Great folks work here. Everyone was helpful, courteous, and tolerant of my stupi questions. I went there to get a paintball tank refilled, not for water recreation stuff. They were just as friendly over my $5 purchase, as they were with people dropping thousands of dollars on SCUBA gear. I will be back!

Photo of Anuj Patel Anuj Patel
Apr 3, 2018 5

Being honest, I haven't been to this place yet. But after reading the Owner responses to bad reviews it's obvious he/she cares about each and every customer that comes into the store. Also the responses are quite enjoyable to read!

Photo of thomas coleman thomas coleman
May 12, 2018 5

My first boat purchased from them was in 2000. I bought a 25 footer with inboard outboard engine. They were very responsive and quick to resolve any tweaks that popped up. They have very knowledgeable service technicians that know their stuff. I made my second boat purchase from them in 2008. Still provided excellent and timely service. I will most likely be purchasing my next boat from them next year when I step back up to a 25 foot or larger to enjoy more fishing at the coast. I am also a scuba diver and have always been provided with reliable regulator rebuilds and equipment overhauls. The dive shop personnel aren't just sales people, they are divers and will work with you to help you find the right gear for your needs. I can say that I have been a satisfied customer for more than 18 years now.

Photo of Krystal Ikonomidis Krystal Ikonomidis
Jun 11, 2022 5

This place is THE BEST! They have awesome customer service and are so helpful with everything from certification and product selection. Very knowledgeable and incredibly friendly. Only place we shop for Scuba!