About Us


We are Al Rios and David Sliom, Director and Assistant Director of The Divearium, a new and one-of-a-kind freshwater scuba diving venue. We are moving forward with a plan to set up the facility at Silver Lake Quarry in Haymarket, Va., and believe us when we say that local/inland diving will never be the same!

The Divearium will be a multi-purpose dive destination that offers the merging of a dive training facility and an underwater fauna and flora gallery/museum within a partially simulated aquarium environment; the first SCUBA and Aquatic Life Educational Center in the world.

We are both advanced open water divers, and are convinced you will find the Divearium to be visually exhilarating, hugely educational, physically challenging, extraordinarily fun, and unlike anything you’ve experienced before in terms of inland quarry/lake diving.

The Divearium trademark was granted full and official registration with the USPTO in 2015.

The Virginia Divearium, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2014 to support the project, and we have recently obtained 501c3 status with the IRS. We are dedicated to on-going aquatic life education and training of entry-level and advanced scuba divers, and will seek to actively encourage divers to have a guardian/stewardship mentality toward the oceans and all aquatic life and habitats.

An additional purpose of the project is to begin the transformation of the inland dive experience by launching a mid-Atlantic dive facility that is compelling and drastically different from the “cold, dirty, green, and boring” encounter commonly associated with this type of diving.

In effect, we are presenting a new model for how quarry/lake diving is done!

David and I look forward to sharing the Divearium experience with you.

If you see the vision for this project and would like to help us move it forward, please consider giving a tax-deductible contribution. You can donate through this website by scrolling down the “How you can help” page and clicking on the donation button of choice.

We are grateful for any help you can offer!

Al and David






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  1. Dear Sirs,

    Sea Scout Ship 2 / Adventure wants to help! We are active at Camp Snyder — 2 miles from your future location — with almost 90% of our unit Open Water certified. Please review our website (https://www.ship2.org) and let us know where you need our help.

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