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Diving with…Jenni, The National Diving and Activity Centre

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In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…


What is your name?

Jenni

What is the name of your business?

NDAC Ltd (The National Diving and Activity Centre)

What is your role within the business?

Centre Supervisor

How long has the business operated for?

13 Years

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

6 Years – PADI Master Scuba Diver.

What is your favorite type of diving?

Warm water diving – especially night diving.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

We currently have sightings of freshwater jellyfish along with fantastic visibility and lots of underwater attractions to suit divers of all levels.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

From the Caroline trawler along the quarry wall back towards the shallows as this is where the freshwater jellyfish have been spotted.

What types of diving are available in your location?

Any type of diving varying between 5m to 80m, catering for all types of diving including snorkelling.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

Seeing visitors faces when they have spotted some of our freshwater jellyfish!

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Turtles and Freshwater Jellyfish…. They’re so interesting!

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

We are continually adding to our underwater attractions.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

Divers being courteous towards other divers and not leaving their equipment on kitting up benches to enable other divers to use them along with educating divers to dive within their qualifications and not push boundaries.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Not at present.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

Introducing the younger generation to the sport – make it more appealing.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

We currently have sightings of freshwater jellyfish along with fantastic visibility and lots of underwater attractions to suit divers of all levels.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

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New North Wales dive boat for 2023 season

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Duttons Divers, the North Wales based Scuba diving company, have been going from strength to strength with the expansion of a new dive centre last year, and now the addition of a second dive boat.

Duttons already offer guided shore and boat dives around the North Wales area, with their current dive boat, Little Viv, taking divers around the Llyn Peninsula. The area offers an array of marine life and variety of dive sites, including wrecks, caverns, scenic wall dives and of course their colony of curious seals at the Tudwals Islands.

The new hard boat has a diver capacity of 10, which can be booked as a single diver or as a group charter booking. The boat has toilet facilities, a kitchen for refreshments between dives and dedicated storage areas for kit.

Clare Dutton says: “We are extremely excited for the addition of the new boat. Little Viv is a great asset to our activities, but now being able to offer dive space only trips too for divers to explore the stunning area around here will make it even better.

The dive sites within this location offer something for all level of diver interest, from shallow interactions with the seals to deeper wrecks with tonnes of history. We are all very excited for the 2023 season!”

Duttons are now taking bookings for the 2023 season. Follow the link for more information: www.duttonsdivers.com/dive-boat

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Palaemon Divers to open new dive centre in Warrington

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Hugely popular scuba dive centre in the North West, Palaemon Divers have expanded and are opening their second dive centre, this time in Warrington!

Spreading across two floors, the new dive centre will become the only scuba centre in Warrington, with an in house compressor to provide air fills to both members and the public, classroom, workshop and fully stocked retail scuba floor.

With the new site opening, also comes a second pool night for those new to the sport and experienced divers to jump in and try it out or practice skills. With a pool night already on a Wednesday in Speke, and the second pool night starting on a Tuesday in the Warrington area it will allow easy access to training nights.

The existing 5 Star PADI dive centre in Liverpool offers training and scuba experiences within the dock itself along with a scuba club in which the divers take monthly litter pick dips and regular trips around the UK and abroad, and try dive experiences available for beginners all the way through to professional level courses.

After opening the site in Princes Dock in January 2022, the site has trained and introduced 100s of new divers from Merseyside to the sport, ran regular scuba kids clubs (aged 8+) in the pool and the Docks and numerous team building exercises for companies in and around Merseyside and is looking to introduce Warrington to the same!

Director Leanne Clowes said:

“We are really excited to open our second dive centre after the huge success of our Princes Dock site in Liverpool, and can not wait to introduce the Warrington community to the amazing sport that is scuba diving!

We have been looking for a while where our second site would open, and we have had are minds set on Warrington the entire time so really happy to find our perfect second centre at Evans House Business Centre, Norman Street WA2 in a previously converted micro brewery site!

Palaemon Divers Warrington will be open fully from January 2023, however we are available now to get in touch with for queries regarding courses starting in the new year. For further information on our open day please check out our socials!”

David (Director of Evans House Business Centre) says:

“We can’t wait to have Palaemon Divers on board, they will be joining an impressive number diverse companies that call Evans House Business Centre their base from an Escape Room, to specialist fitness suites, craft workshops and a number of trades. Evans House Business Centre really is an excellent facility to visit!”

Whether you have always wanted to see what scuba is like or you are a certified diver looking to join in all over the UK and abroad on sociable dive trips – get in touch, Palaemon Divers would love to have a chat!

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