After 40 years, Westmoreland County’s only scuba diving shop owners are retiring

Van McGhee admits always being captivated as a boy by the underwater adventures of fictitious ex-U.S. Navy frogman Mike Nelson in “Sea Hunt,” a television drama series from 1958-61 starring Lloyd Bridges.

“I thought it was just fascinating,” he said.

For 40 years, McGhee, 70, and his wife, Barb, 63, of Manor, have pursued that enjoyment of underwater adventure while still rooted in Western Pennsylvania — as owners of Randy’s Dive Shop, a Westmoreland County-based scuba diving shop they have operated most of the time out of their home.

The McGhees, who are retiring Jan. 1, sold the unique business they bought in 1982 to Chaia and Aaron Schilke of North Huntingdon.

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