“Davy Jones Diving have made an immense contribution to the training of divers in the Canary Islands since moving to their new spacious dive centre in Arinaga in 2014”, said Sascha Engeler – Regional Manager for PADI EMEA. “Feedback from customers tells us that their students are trained to high levels of safety and confidence and really enjoy their courses with Davy Jones Diving. It is a very professional PADI Five Star rated Dive Centre, and has a mature, experienced team of instructors. They cover a range of languages and have several who have gained PADI Elite Instructor status.”
Brian Goldthorpe, Owner and Chief Instructor of Davy Jones Diving said “I am delighted that the hard work of my instructors has been recognised with this award. We have one of the most amazing dive sites in the Canary Islands (the el Cabrón Marine Reserve) right next to us, and this has different dive areas which are perfect for different courses. Our combination of a strong team of instructors, great dive locations and great space and facilities at our dive centre in Arinaga have helped us to achieve this prestigious award.”
In the name of PADI EMEA, we would like to thank you and the whole team of Davy Jones Diving for your hard work, your passion and your dedication. Keep up the great work!
Blue Water Diving – The NEW PADI Dive Centre in the Canary Islands
In September 2014 Kate McMillan and Chris Drummond decided to sell the PADI Dive Centre One 2 One Diving in Malaga (Spain) and to move to Gran Canaria. The reason to open a New PADI Dive Centre in Gran Canaria is very simple: Kate and Chris were looking for a all year around Diving Destination in Europe. With the Canary Islands – they found their new home. They moved together with their two daughters, age 4 and 8 months, to Gran Canaria in January 2015.
How to find a New PADI Dive Centre in Gran Canaria
If you want to become a PADI Dive Centre owner, you have two options:
Option 1: Look at the PADI Prosite on the Employment Board for some opportunities
Option 2: Start a Dive Centre from scratch and make your dream come true
They were first looking to buy an existing PADI Dive Centre, but then they decided to start again from scratch and to build a new Dive Centre -The Blue Water Diving Centre. Which is since the 29th of May 2015 an official PADI Retail & Resort Association Member with the PADI Store number S-24879
Who are Kate and Chris – the owners of the New PADI Dive Centre Blue Water Diving in Gran Canaria
Kate McMillan – 32 years old. Moved to Malaga when she was 18 to complete her Divemaster. This is where she met Chris…!!!! Chris helped her with the training for the Divemaster. After a successful season Kate then started to work with Chris at the old diving centre (One 2 One Diving). Kate completed in 2005 her PADI Instructor Course.
Chris Drummond – 52 years old. He moved to Malaga 22 years ago and set up a water sports company, where he organised water skiing, jet bikes etc… He soon realised that there was a diving centre on the island and decided to change his career path and started his journey through the PADI system. He soon reached the PADI Instructor rating and slowly built up a small client base and started up One 2 One Diving.
Originally they started working from their house as Individual PADI Instructors, but soon they grew and needed to move to a larger premises. It was time to built their first PADI Dive Centre. After many years of hard work they finally settled the dive centre and obtained their goal and became a PADI 5* IDC Centre.
Welcome to the PADI Retail & Resort Association family in the Canary Islands! We are looking forward to work with you!
If you want to know more about Blue Water Diving – please contact Kate & Chris here