& Guided Dives

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 increased cooperation with local and visiting instructors & dive schools using our facilities. While we? continue to address the ongoing demand for UE?s specialised equipment preparation & fitting for visitors, Underwater Explorers is no longer? ‘a dive school’.

Looking for a diving course or guided dive?

Portland has two dive schools: Dive Beyond and C-Waves Diving

Dive Beyond


Recreational, Professional, Technical & Mixed Gas training, daily boat shuttles and guided dives.

Excels in beginner to extended range training.

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).


C-Waves Diving

C-Waves Diving are qualified, fully insured PADI Instructors based in Portland conducting scuba diving courses with a friendly team. Courses range from PADI Open Water Diver to Divemaster while the school?also specalises in local try dives, introducing non divers to the underwater realm in controlled conditions.

C-Waves diving offers year-round Chesil Beach guided dives where you can join their instructors for a day of no-rush relaxed diving off Chesil Cove to depths ranging from 3 to 18m.

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.

Contact Rob Hughes on 07973209034 and visit:

Take the trouble out of your diving!

We’re open every day including weekends and bank holidays for your Air and Gas Fills with great prices.

Equipment hire regulators to tanks, wet and dry suits, gloves, hoods and dive lights, even twinsets and stages.

Last minute needs, equipment spares, maintenance items, all in one location you can access any day.

Check out our Chesil Cove Dive Guide and detailed instructions on Getting to the Cove if its your first time.