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…
Kerrie Eade & Bethan Comley
What is the name of your business?
What is your role within the business?
Kerrie is a Platinum Course Director and Bethan is an Elite Master Instructor.
How long has the business operated for?
ProDiveUK was founded in May 2017 and fully launched at the 2017 Dive show in Birmingham.
How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?
We have over 20 years of diving experience between us reaching the heady height of PADI Course Director and Master Instructor.
What is your favourite type of diving?
Any diving is enjoyable and we are fortunate that we get to see a wide range of dive sites across the world from the glorious wrecks and life in the Red Sea, to the fantastic reefs of the Caribbean, and the well maintained lakes and quarries of the UK.
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 provide high value, positive Pro training laced with an abundance of additional content, and a lot of fun and laughter along the way!
What is your favourite dive in your location and why?
Our favourite dive would have to be the Tabarka in Scapa Flow as this is where the name of our company, Otter Enterprises, came from! We’re not going to give this away though, you’ll have to get in touch to ask more about this!
What do you find most rewarding about your current role?
The best bit about our “job” is seeing the confidence of all our candidates grow during their training, and hearing their tales of teaching and passing on their passion to others once they have certified as PADI Instructors.
What is your favourite underwater creature?
One of our favourite dives was at Lundy Island diving with the seals. It was a truly humbling and awe-inspiring experience.
Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?
With the impending launch of the new IDC syllabus we’re really excited to be at the forefront of the new syllabus, especially as a lot of the new workshops are things that we have been including within our training since we began. We must be doing something right!
Is your centre involved in any environmental work?
We actively promote Project AWARE and train all of our candidates as Dive Against Debris Instructors as we really believe that this is a powerful specialty that can enable divers at all levels to start making a positive difference towards the health of the seas and oceans.
How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?
We are really excited about the upcoming changes to the pro level programmes from PADI and also the focus of the entire industry towards cutting waste with initiatives such as Mission 2020.
Where can our visitors find out more about your business?
You can look us up online at www.prodiveuk.com or give us a call on 07854 554809 or 07585 020303
New North Wales dive boat for 2023 season
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:
Palaemon Divers to open new dive centre in Warrington
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!