After many successful years of diver training from beginner to technical mixed gas levels under PADI, IANTD and TDI respectively, we are no longer able to offer in-house certification courses due to our growing work commitments and our increased cooperation with outside instructors and dive schools using our facility.
While we will continue to address the demand for UE’s specialised workshops and coaching (individually retaining our instructor qualifications from relevant agencies) Underwater Explorers has ceased operating as 'a dive school' as of 2016 and is no longer renewing its status as a PADI 5 Star IDC or TDI training facility.
Instead, we have opened our facility to select instructors and schools, hosting and supporting their courses with our classroom, quality rental kit, air & gas fills and on-site diving equipment.
We're pleased to announce that as of 2016, Portland's newest (and only) PADI 5 Star IDC run by our friend and Course Director Dale Spree, Dive Beyond and its instructors, will be regularly teaching at UE's classroom.
Portland has two dive schools at start of the season. Dive Beyond and C-Waves Diving.
Dive Beyond is now Portland’s only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre offering courses from beginner to PADI TecRec and professional levels (including IDC Staff Instructor).
Based in Castletown, Dive Beyond also operates two dive shuttle RIBs from Portland and its courses are therefore predominantly boat-based, allowing divers to reach any dive site with ease. It welcomes individuals, groups and clubs for a variety of diving courses and activities, offers guided dives and, where possible, can even "buddy up" individual divers. (Courses: Beginner to Staff Instructor, specialties and technical mixed gas - open circuit).
Contact Dale Spree on 07521051006 and visit http://www.divebeyond.co.uk | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
C-Waves Diving courses range from PADI Open Water Diver to Divemaster and also specalises in local try dives, introducing non divers to the underwater realm in controlled conditions. C-Waves diving also offers year-round Chesil Beach guided dives. (Courses: Beginner to Divemaster and specialties).
Local Try Dives
C-Waves Diving regularly conducts try dives for non-divers in swimming pool conditions using Osprey Leisure Centre in Castletown. Most of these are on a designated date and in the evening, ideal for locals wanting to experience what diving is like and whether they want to do a full course.
Introduction to UK diving - Guided Dives - Buddy Up
Both Dive Beyond and C-Waves Diving will take out certified divers to introduce them to UK diving. In general, C-Waves Diving will use Chesil Cove and/or boats while Dive Beyond will offer boat based experiences. Both operators will also do their very best to buddy you up if you are alone and do not have anyone to dive with but this, like guided dives, may be at a small cost.
Contact Rob Hughes on 07973209034 and visit http://www.c-wavediving.com | email: email@example.com