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Company Background

About Us

Convenient, professional and friendly – Dive Centre Manly is only 5 minutes from Sydney’s best dive sites We are a multi award winning PADI 5 Star Instructor training centre offering a complete range of dive courses from Discover Scuba to Instructor level and beyond – including Sydney’s most talked about Learn to Dive course.

Dive Centre Manly has an extensive retail showroom offering Sydney’s largest range of Halcyon dive equipment along with the reputable brands of Oceanic and Tusa. Dive Centre Manly has been under the current ownership of Richard and Janet since February 1993. We have 2 locations, the Dive Centre in Manly (DCM) and the Dive Training Centre (DTC) in Manly Vale.

Training Centre

• PADI 5 Star Instructor training facility
• 3 metre deep heated and floodlight diver training pool
• 2 air conditioned classrooms
• Fully equipped service centre
• Hydrostatic cylinder testing

Retail Store

• Sydney’s largest range of Halcyon dive equipment
• Oceanic and Tusa products
• Mixed gas, nitrox and air filling station
• Conveniently located in Manly close to the wharf and bus station

A Bit of History

• 1998 – First CDC training centre in Australia able to offer a full range of dive career programmes. The largest contributor to PADI Project Aware with over $20,000 in funds raised in the first 10 years. Instrumental in getting Cabbage Tree Bay (Shelly Beach) a no-take aquatic reserve with seed funding, supplying dive equipment, logistical support and getting wide spread acceptance from the local community. First store to run underwater clean-ups.

• 2000 until today – Numerous industry and community awards for both business and environmental initiatives. Strives to stay at the forefront of diving technologies and recently hosted the first PADI Hollis Explorer Rebreather instructor programmes

Dive Career Training

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Make a career out of something you love. A scuba diving career can break you out of a nine-to-five office job. Scuba Diving is an exciting, dynamic and adventurous recreation that supports a growing worldwide industry with many professional opportunities. Owning and operating a dive centre or resort, working on a live aboard dive boat or teaching full or part time in a local dive store or exotic resort are just a few possibilities available to you to do what you do for fun, for a living.

With training by one of Sydney’s most experienced Course Directors, Richard Nicholls, at our retail and dive training centre, ensures your training experience is second to none.

Over 5900 PADI dive centres and resorts

There are over 5900 PADI Dive Centres and Resorts around the world, and more than 70% of dive operations around the world offer PADI programs? As a PADI Professional, you’ll have the best possible job opportunities in the industry. Whatever type of diving career you choose, becoming a PADI professional is the first step you need to take.

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Divemaster

Develop your leadership skills. As a Divemaster you will be able to work as a diver and get paid to go diving! The PADI Divemaster Course will transform you into a leadership level diver expanding your dive knowledge and honing your skills. Find out more

Instructor

Do something extraordinary. Want to do something others can only dream of? The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC). The firstportion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program. Find out more

Packages

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Non-Diver to Divemaster Package

Ideal for complete beginners who want to GoPro, this package is for Non-Divers wanting to become a PADI Divemaster. No minimum dives are required to start the Advanced Open Water course, but you need 60 logged dives to finish the Divemaster Course.

The dive package includes:

• PADI Open Water Diver;
• PADI Advanced Open Water Course;
• Emergency First Response (First Aid) Course;
• PADI Rescue Diver Course;
• PADI Divemaster Course;
• Scuba Equipment Hire on courses;
• PADI material (eLearning for AOW, Rescue, Divemaster Course).

We will book you on to the next available PADI Open Water Course. Please check our Dive Calendar for the dates of our upcoming Dive Courses.
Cost: $2,395

Advanced Open Water to Divemaster Package

Your first step to becoming a PADI Dive Professional, this package is for all Open Water Divers wanting to become a PADI Divemaster. No minimum dives are required to start the Advanced Open Water course, but you need 60 logged dives to finish the Divemaster Course.

The dive package includes:

• PADI Advanced Open Water Course;
• Emergency First Response (First Aid) Course;
• PADI Rescue Diver Course;
• PADI Divemaster Course;
• Scuba Equipment Hire on courses;
• PADI material (eLearning for AOW, Rescue, Divemaster Course).

We will book you on to the next available PADI Open Water Course. Please check our Dive Calendar for the dates of our upcoming Dive Courses.
Cost: $1,995

Advanced Open Water to Instructor Package

Your path to becoming a Pro. This package is for all Open Water Divers wanting to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. No minimum dives are required to start the Advanced Open Water course, but you need 60 logged dives to finish the Divemaster Course and 100 logged dives to start your Instructor Course.

The dive package includes:

• PADI Advanced Open Water Course;
• Emergency First Response (First Aid) Course;
• PADI Rescue Diver Course;
• PADI Divemaster Course;
• Instructor Development Course (IDC);
• Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRi);
• PADI material (eLearning for AOW, Rescue, Divemaster Course, IDC).
Cost: $4,995

Rescue Diver to Divemaster Package

Build your confidence and perfect your diving skills. The perfect package for all Advanced Open Water Divers wanting to become a PADI Divemaster. No minimum dives are required to start the Rescue Diver course, but you need 60 logged dives to finish the Divemaster Course.

The dive package includes:

• Emergency First Response (First Aid) Course;
• PADI Rescue Diver Course;
• PADI Divemaster Course;
• Scuba Equipment Hire on courses;
• PADI material (eLearning for, Rescue, Divemaster Course).
Cost: $1,695

Meet the Team

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Testimonials

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From Panic to Paradise
“Perhaps it was odd to take up scuba diving at 60 years old, with a phobia about getting my face wet? Suffice to say, the first dips in the DCM pool and at Shelly Beach were no picnic, for Richard Nicholls the instructor, or me. Read full testimonial…
Deirdre Plummer Sydney (Mar 2014)

Fantastic sales and service
“Recently I purchased a new Halycon BCD from Manly Dive Centre and the help I received was exceptional. Richard made sure that everything fitted perfectly and was to my specification. Really experienced and Read full testimonial…
‘Scubafrank’ Cairns, Australia (TripAdvisor Jan 2014)

Good dive centre
“I went diving with these guys in December to dive with my newly qualified fiancée and was very happy with the service. They dived with them earlier in the year and since then all the gear been replaced with brand new BCDs , regs and wetsuits. Read full testimonial…
‘Walkthisland’ London, UK (TripAdvisor Dec 2013)

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