Technical diving, scuba diving?s ?extreme? sport.

Technical diving takes experienced and qualified divers deeper than recreational diving and is therefore defined as ?diving other than conventional commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond recreational scuba diving limits?.  Technical diving also requires more equipment and training in order to manage the additional hazards that this type of diving entails.

Tec diving offers those individuals a chance to visits underwater places that relatively few people can, in respects to recreational diving.  There are a number of amazing wrecks that lie below 40m that remain untouched as well as deep reefs that provide a habitat to many marine organisms that you simply don?t find in shallow reefs.  Whether you enjoy the focus or challenge of Tec diving or being involved with cutting edge technologies, it is these reasons that people find Tec diving rewarding.

The PADI TecRec Program

The PADI TecRec programmes are integrated into an instructionally valid and seamless course flow that takes you from the beginning of Tec diving to someone who is qualified to use a number of different gas mixes.  At each level you will be introduced to new gear as well as planning and procedures that are appropriate to extend you diving limits.  The Tec Diver program is broken down into three sub courses: Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50, these courses can be completed continuously or alternatively each course can be completed separately with a time span between them.


TecRec prerequisites vary (see individual course descriptions), but the following applies to anyone interested in technical diving: You must be

? 18 years or older
? A mature, responsible person who will follow the required procedures and requirements strictly and faithfully
? Medically fit for Tec diving (physician?s signature required)
? Willing to accept the added risks that Tec diving presents
? An experienced diver with at least 100 logged dives
? Certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver and PADI Deep Diver or equivalent (for this program equivalency is proof of training in recreational deep diving 18 meters/60 feet to 40 meters/130 feet consisting of at least four dives and training in nitrogen narcosis considerations, contingency/emergency decompression, making safety stops and air supply management OR, have a minimum of 20 logged dives deeper than 30 meters/100 feet.)

PADI Tec Trimix 65
PADI Tec 50
PADI Tec 45
PADI Tec 40

Plymouth Diving Centre
Queen Annes Battery Marina
4 Lyhner Building

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01752 263900

Opening Hours
9am - 12:30pm with variable afternoon hours
Tuesday - Closed all day

IANTD Training Agency

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IANTD is The World's Largest Scuba Diving Training Organisation Of Open Water, Nitrox, Enriched Air, Overhead Environment, Cave, Wreck, Rebreather, Trimix, Gas Blenders, Technical Scuba Divers and Instructors. IANTD is the only EANx agency that offers training in all aspects of EANx through continuing education programs. This allows you to expand your knowledge and training with the top professionals in the field. IANTD instructors are well trained, highly experienced and extremely qualified. IANTD Standards and Procedures provide for the highest level of EANx education and training available.

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Here is the schedule for our next 20 upcoming dives at Plymouth Diving Centre.

DAN... (The Divers Alert Network)

 DAN offer a large range of courses for divers to enahnce the skills to deal with Scuba Diving emergencies. DAN also operates and maintains an international network of alarm centre's, active 24 hours a day, guaranteeing, in the event of an emergency, specialized assistance, to any diver, anywhere in the world.

DAN also provides diving medical advice, carries out research into diving safety, organizes courses and seminars with the aim of increasing the knowledge and sense of responsibility of recreational divers and provides financial and technical assistance to hyperbaric treatment centers in developing countries.

At Plymouth Diving Centre we offer the complete range of DAN courses including Instructor level training in all speciality areas. Check out the range of courses below!

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Medical Oxygen Rebreather Oxygen First Adi for Aquatic Emergencies
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Medical Oxygen Rebreather Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
Basic Life Support First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Automated External Defibrillator course (AED) for Scuba Diving
DAN Basic Life Support First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for Scuba Diving On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) - Diving First Responder (DFR) Diving Emergency Specialist
DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider / DAN Diving First Responder Diving Emergency Specialist DAN Instructor Qualification Course 

The most comprehensive list of dives sites in Devon...!

Over the number of years that we have operated our own boats from Plymouth, S.Devon, Plymouth Diving Centre has collected the positions and marks for many local dive sites. We not only locate these sites but we visit them often and have spent many hours ensuring that we dive them at the best times, slack water etc. as well as learning to shot them reliably........! Not only do we dive many sites out of Plymouth, but we also dive out of Teignmouth too and therefore have also gained valuable insight into these dive sites too. Take a look below at the information we have on the local sites and check out the Schedule to see when you too can dive these sites!!

Go Pro....... With the professionals!!

Plymouth Diving Centre Professional Courses........ "The Mark For The Rest"

Plymouth Diving Centre offers an entire range of professional level training courses, not only do we offer the standard PADI Go Pro Instructor courses but we also use our many years experience in the UK Dive Industry to deliver top quality sales training, marketing, IT Skills, Boat Training and loads more!! Not Simply a PADI 5 Star Resort....... But a complete 5 Star Training facility!! Our Course Director Mark Layton has been a professional Instructor for some 17 years, opening and running the Teign Diving Centre for 15 years and now running Plymouth Diving Centre too. Why not learn from someone who has done it himself???

A complete range of professional level training programs with one of the largest PADI Training facility in the South West!!

PADI Divemaster

PADI Assistant Instructor

Padi IDC

Plymouth Diving Centre's very own fleet!!

Plymouth Diving Centre owns and operates a 10m RIB Phoenix out of Plymouth, as well as two boats out of Teign Diving Centre in Teignmouth.

Phoenix is available for Charter and also operates as a shuttle boat, to see where we are diving check out the schedule. The two boats out of Teignmouth are SeaQuest, a hardboat, plus a 6.5m RIB. Our boats are crewed by experienced skippers who are also dive professionals and are fully equipped with Oxygen and other diver requirements like tea!

PADI, the world's largest diver training organisation, offers a range of diver training courses from the introductory Discover Scuba Diving in the confines of a pool, through the Open Water Diver course, the most popular diving course in the world, and on to the IDC (Instructor Development Course) and instructor status. Along the way there are a variety of speciality programmes introducing some amazing new experiences like wreck diving, underwater photography and deep diving.

As a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort, Plymouth Diving Centre is able to offer all PADI programmes with our massively experienced team of instructors. Our team of instructors has the depth of skills and experience needed to help you further your adventure into the underwater realm. Why not email, call us or simply drop into the centre for a chat!

Get your PADI certification here and add a whole new depth to your lifestyle!

PADI Courses


PADI Discover Scuba Diving / Kids Try Diving / Bubblemaker
PADI Seal Team
PADI Open Water Diver
PADI Adventures in Diving, Advanced Open Water Diver and Adventure Diver
PADI Speciality Diver Training Courses
PADI Rescue Review


Plymouth Diving Centre has been delivering the highest quality PADI diver training for over 20 years and is the most established PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre (IDC) facility in the South West. As a PADI IDC we are able to train wannabe divers from their first Discover Scuba Diving session in a pool through the PADI Open Water Diver, the world's most sought after diver training qualification, on to PADI Specialities and right through to becoming a Professional Diving Instructor with PADI, the world's largest diver training organisation.

Plymouth Diving Centre, as part of Dive Centre Ltd with a sister centre in Teignmouth, is the only dive centre in the South West with a PADI Course Director permanently employed, running the Centre and monitoring diver training. We train hundreds of students every year with our team of dedicated full-time and part-time instructors and divemasters.

We hold regular pool training sessions at a local heated, indoor swimming pool and as such we incorporate pool skills development for as many courses as possible, assisting divers to learn skills thoroughly prior to putting the skills into practice in the Open Water. As a coastal based centre with some of the UK's finest coastline on our doorstep we always endeavour to get divers diving in the sea around the coast and from boats so that during training divers experience real local diving.

Plymouth Diving Centre diver training courses are always priced as a fully inclusive option (unless stated otherwise) and as such there are no hidden extra charges. All courses are performance based allowing student divers plenty of opportunity to complete the course without additional charges. As we operate our own dive boats from Plymouth and Teignmouth we are able to include boat diving in our prices where applicable and offer a wider scope of dive sites for training dives.

The Divers Alert Network (DAN) offers a range of courses aimed at enhancing the skills needed to deal with diving emergencies. We run the full range from Plymouth Diving Centre up to instructor level in all speciality areas such as Oxygen First Aid, Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillator training among others.

PADI TecRec diver trianing and Tec Instructor training in Devon at teign Diving Centre

                         The Diving Centre is one of the few Technical Diving Centres in the South West. From Teign Diving Centre we supply both Nitrox and Trimix at all times and offer tIANTD trainig facility for IANTD Technical diving and diver trainingechnical diving trips from our dive boats. We also offer a complete range of technical diver training including Closed Circuit Re-breather (CCR) and Open Circuit training through to Technical Diving Instructor.

We offer both IANTD and also PADI TecRec training from entry level to instructor in both agencies. Again, wherever possible, our courses are priced as fully inclusive options.

We are also able to offer first aid courses including HSE approved First Aid at Work and OFSTED approved Paediatric First Aid as well as Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary and Secondary Care training.

 With the Centre being based on the coast we are also an RYA Training Centre specialising in Powerboat training with a range of shore-based courses and yachtmaster assessment. Get in touch for more information.

If you would like any further information please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call us on 01752 263900 or pop in and meet the instructors and discuss your needs over a tea or coffee.


PADI Diver Training - including PADI Discover Scuba Diving try dives, Seal Team kids diving, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Specialities, Rescue, Divemaster and Instructor Development

DAN Divers Alert Network - including Oxygen First Aid, Advanced Oxygen, On-site Neuro, Medical Oxygen Re-breather, Aquatic Emergencies, Marine Life Injuries, Basic Life Support, Emergency Management, First Responder, Emergency Specialist, Automated External Defibrillation

Becoming an Instructor - including PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Instructor Development Course

Technical - including PADI TecRec and IANTD Technical Training

First Aid - including HSE First Aid at Work and EFR Primary and Secondary Care


T.E.A.M. First Aid Training
Training & Education for Accident Management, TEAM.

TEAM is a specialist company offering First Aid and Emergency training to both Leisure and Commercial users. Established in 1996, TEAM offers not only First Aid at Work (HSE FAW), Appointed Persons and Primary and Secondary Care training we are also able to create bespoke courses to suit your area of specialist need! With in house Emergency Medicine specialists we can offer training, advice and consultation on all forms of emergency care.

For more information on all out First Aid Courses please click on the following link:

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Plymouth Diving Centre is one of the largest PADI diving centres in the UK.

We provide diver training at all levels from try dives to instructor development as well as development courses from the Divers Alert Network (DAN) and Emergency First Response (EFR). We offer regular dives from our 11.5m boat, Phoenix, as well as shore dives from locations within Plymouth Sound. Our centre also offers kit hire, equipment sales and servicing.

No matter what your level of training or which organisation you are certified by, we welcome you to join our dives in the beautiful surroundings of Plymouth Sound, South Devon and along the coast of South East Cornwall. We dive all year round and are always eager to share our love of diving with you, as are the many members of our active, friendly, dive club who benefit from discounted diving as part of their annual membership. We always have divers looking for a buddy and will happily pair you up if required. We also cater for larger groups of up to 12 divers, tailoring dives to suit if requested or chartering our boat for your own private trip. Have a look at our schedule to see our upcoming planned dives.

We are committed to providing you with the best experience whatever your involvement with us. That's why PADI headquarters have recently recognised us for our high standard of customer service and professionalism.

Plymouth Diving Centre is located in Queen Anne's Battery marina right next to the historic Barbican and Hoe area, and just ten minutes walk from the City Centre, with endless choices of accommodation to suit all budgets and a wide range of eateries to suit all tastes.

As part of Dive Centre Ltd, our sister centre Teign Diving Centre also offers the chance to dive further up the Devon coast in the Torbay area.


You can find out more throughout this site or contact us to discuss how we can help you. 

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