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One of the UK’s top rated dive schools teaching PADI courses, Sunsea Divers offers diving courses, trips and holidays as well as club and social activities.

The world of the diver really is a spectacular one – aside from the beauty and the excitement it is relaxing and soothing – both physically and mentally. There are no phones under water!

Almost anyone over the age of 10 can learn to dive and once you begin we can guarantee that the only thing you will regret is not having started sooner.


We regularly arrange trips to various dive sites around the country and the world. If you do not see something that you fancy let us know and we will see what we can arrange.

Bubble Blowing

Want to try out new equipment, refresh dive skills or just fancy blowing a few bubbles? Times and locations vary.

Dive Equipment

Dive equipment is forever changing and being updated. If you are wondering what’s in and what’s not.


Sunsea Divers teach PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses – the most widely recognised and respected dive qualifications in the world. Our professional team of experienced dive instructors teach in a comfortable, relaxed and fun environment.

  • Try a Dive
  • Beginner/Open Water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Emergency First Response
  • Rescue Diver
  • Specialities
  • Dive Master

Try a Dive

If you would like to see what it is like to dive, why not come and have a try with a one hour Try a Dive session. With one of our instructors by your side and in the comfort of a heated pool, we will give you a gentle introduction to the wonders of scuba diving – you really will be surprised at how easy it all is!

Our Try a Dive sessions are available most weekends.

Beginner Open Water Diver Course

The most popular dive qualification in the world, the PADI Open Water Diver Course qualifies you to dive by teaching you the fundamentals of scuba diving including both the techniques and equipment. Anyone over the age of 10 who is relatively fit and healthy and who can swim 200 metres can take the course.

The full certification course consists of 3 parts:

  1. Theory
  2. Pool Training
  3. Open Water Dives

Parts 1 and 2 are known as the Referral Course and can be taken together. You will be suprised at how easy it is: most of the theory element can be completed in the comfort of your own home using video or CD-ROM and the pool training takes place in a heated indoor pool.

Once you have completed the Referral Course you need to make 4 open water dives with your instructor.

Referral Course

At Sunsea Divers we know how hard it is for many of our clients to fit in with a given timetable and so we offer a selection of flexible ways of completing the Course.

Weekend course, typically 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Each day will comprise several dives in our indoor swimming pool and a classroom session.

The same course content as above, split into five weekly evening sessions.

Private tailor made instruction at a time and place to fit your requirements. Corporate programmes are also available.

Open Water Dives

On completion of Parts 1 and 2 of the course you will receive a referral certificate which enables you to complete the qualification in any PADI centre throughout the world, within twelve months of issue.

In the UK over two days.

We offer numerous instructor escorted holidays to the Red Sea, Egypt and further flung destinations such as South Africa, Mexico, Maldives and Fiji on which you can complete your open water dives.

Advanced Open Water

The PADI Advanced Open Water Course develops your underwater skills and give you a taste of specialty diving activities, but the scope can vary to accommodate different interests.

Once you have successfully completed the course you will be qualified to plan and conduct dives to depths of 30 metres.

The qualification is also a pre-requesite for the PADI Rescue Diver course.

Designed for divers wishing to experience a wider range of diving activities and developing a deeper understanding of diving. Although there is some academic work, the majority of the course is spent enjoying different aspects of diving. It can be completed in two days.

Qualification requires:

  • two core dives (navigation dive and deep dive)
  • three elective dives from list on right

Specialty dives:

With the guidance of your PADI instructor, taking into account the diving opportunities available at our chosen location, select from the following specialty dives:

  • night dive
  • altitude dive
  • boat dive
  • drift dive
  • dry suit dive
  • multilevel dive
  • search and recovery dive
  • underwater naturalist dive
  • underwater photography dive
  • wreck dive

Emergency First Response Course

The Emergency First Response course applies to all walks of life and is not specifically related to diving. The course combines First Aid and CPR and teaches you (at a laymans level) the same emergency techniques used by paramedics and doctors. The course, which is very highly recommended to everyone, is the one PADI course that can make a difference even when you’re not diving.


The course, which is recognised in over 80 countries and which conforms to International First Aid standards, covers the seven basic skills of patient care:

  • Primary Assesment
  • Obstructed Airways
  • One Rescuer CPR
  • Control of bleeding
  • Shock management
  • Illness assesment – the 9 most common medical emergencies
  • Injury assesment – the 12 most common accidental injuries


The only prerequisite is that you must be over 12 years of age. Non-divers are most welcome.


The length of the course is normally around 8 hours over one Saturday (although we can run the course at different times and over different durations if there is sufficient demand) and normally precedes the Rescue Diver Course starting on the Sunday.


The cost includes instruction, Emergency First Response workbook and certificate.

Rescue Diver Course

This course is an important step in expanding a diver’s knowledge beyond a purely recreational level and is a prerequisite for all PADI dive leadership courses such as Divemaster or Instructor. As well as being highly recommended, the Rescue Diver Course is one of the most enjoyable diving courses you will take. Having completed the course, you will find that your confidence and comfort level will have increased drastically.

Although the course is extremely enjoyable and very satisfying, by its very nature, it is a serious one designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for you to be able to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, manage diving accident situations and render proper first aid. The primary emphasis of the course is on preventing the need for a rescue.


The course will cover self rescue, diver stress, diving First Aid and CPR, emergency management and equipment considerations. The confined water sessions will cover skills such as in-water rescue, equipment removal and transportation and the open water sessions will cover potential situations involving panicked/tired divers, missing divers, injured or unconscious divers and diving accident scenarios, etc.


The course is run over two weekends. The Saturday of the first is devoted to the Emergency First Response Course (should this be required) and the Sunday is devoted to pool training and academics. The second weekend will take place at an open water dive site and will be devoted to practical exercises.


Prior to taking this course you must be qualified to a minimum standard of Advanced Diver and you must hold a valid first aid and CPR qualification, current within the last 3 years. The Rescue Diver course can be combined with a Emergency First Response Course to fulfil this requirement.

PADI Specialties

PADI Specialty courses are widely regarded as some of the most enjoyable sought by recreational divers, and earning a PADI Specialty Diver certification means that you’re qualified to engage in that special activity within the scope of your training and without instructor supervision.

Each dive in your Advanced Open Water Course is the first dive in the corresponding Specialty Diver Course. At your instructor’s discretion your Advanced dive in the subject can count towards the appropropriate specialty qualification. Similarly if you have completed the specialty qualification your instructor may allow this to count towards your Advanced Qualification.

Specialty Courses offered at Sunsea Divers include:

  • night dive
  • altitude dive
  • boat dive
  • drift dive
  • dry suit dive
  • multilevel dive
  • search and recovery dive
  • underwater naturalist dive
  • underwater photography dive
  • wreck dive

PADI Divemaster Course

If your love of diving interests you in a full or part time diving career, the PADI Divemaster Course is your first step. The Divemaster qualification is the first leadership level in the PADI professional hierarchy.

As a certified Divemaster you are able to assist and supervise both training and non-training dive activities in a variety of environments. PADI dive centres employ Divemasters to help with classes as well as lead guided dive tours. Divemasters can also expect to conduct both the PADI Discover Local Diving and Scuba Review programmes.

As a PADI Divemaster you have:

  • a high level of personal diving skill
  • instructor-level knowledge of diving theory
  • had significant training in how to assist an instructor during training activities
  • ability to assume a role of responsibility for the welfare of other divers in his/her charge


Prior to taking this course you must:

  • be a certified Rescue Diver
  • have completed and logged at least 20 open water dives

be in good physical condition and submit an approved medical exam form for a diving medical examination conducted within the last year. The form is to be signed by a licenced physician and is to state that the candidate is fit for diving

Before certification, you will be required to have logged at least 60 open water dives.


Watermanship and skills assesment

These activities and assesments can take place anytime during the course and include:

  • Watermanship and stamina
  • Problem solving
  • Diver rescue skills assesment

Knowledge Development

Knowledge development sessions may be incorporated throughout the course or completed prior to any practical training and cover the following areas:

  • Dive Planning
  • Dive Management and Control
  • Supervising Students in Training
  • Diving Physics
  • Diving Physiology
  • Scuba Equipment
  • Diving Skills
  • The Recreational Dive Planner

Candidates must demonstrate that the required level of knowledge has been acquired through acceptable performance on the Divemaster exams. Candidates are also to prepare an emergency assistance plan for diving emergencies in the local area.

Practical Application

Although PADI offers two options for practical application training: Practical exercises or Internship; we at Sunsea believe that the latter offers a better quality of Divemaster and only offer Internship. As an intern you will gain practical experience as an instructional assistant and by supervising open water diving activities.

The candidate serves as an instructional assistant during a minimum of 5 PADI confined water sessions and 10 open water sessions and will also be required to prepare an underwater map.


The course timetable for theory and practical sessions will be arranged between divemaster candidates and the instructor prior to the course because of the need for flexibility, particularly with regard to the practical segments of the course.


The cost includes full instruction, course manual, certification, pool and air fills which can be paid in monthly instalments.

All Divemaster candidates who serve an internship with us and who qualify with us are immediately entitled to subsidised dive trips/holidays and speciality courses.

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