- About Us
We opened the doors to our very own Dive centre "Central Coast Divers" in September 1987. Seems like a long time ago now, but still very vivid memories, etched into my mind. (I can still remember the first sale!)
Early infancy, saw Tina and I in a small store front, no bigger than 4m x 12m- we were able to cram in; a lecture room, showroom and workshop along with a small office space into this very small and cramped, confined space. We would still try to fill up the corners. You would be surprised how well we coped!
The store was at Long Jetty, we took pride in our little store.
With two young sons, Tony who was one year old and Ben who was almost three, we managed to run our business and keep our family together quite well, considering the hardships. Our early days comprised of diving, lecturing, filling tanks, servicing dive gear. We even organised dive getaways every three weeks to different locations up and down the coast.
After becoming quite adept at all this, Tina and I decided our next venture was to expand. ProDive International came for a visit and we soon got around to talking about a Pro-Dive franchise.
Tina and I both agreed, if we wanted to grow, we needed to have a bit of back up and decided there and then, to take the plunge, so to speak!
Prodive International was established in 1969 and Prodive Central Coast was established in July 1990.
Our early maxim was to concentrate on diver training and customer enjoyment. Profit would come later.
Encouraging local people of the coast to try a recreation that is at their front door and ranked highly amongst the best areas in Australia with its' diversity and beauty was a challenge. Many had tried and many more had failed, what could we do differently?
We didn't try to sell people gear, we didn't try to harangue people with leaflets, we simply took people diving!
This simple philosophy stood us in good stead with the local diving population, as a result we are profitable, not only in monetary terms but business ethics as well.
Our competitors have tried to mimic our operation. They lacked the skills and knowledge to really understand that a divers needs, are very different to any other recreational activity.
With this up front, ingrained concentration on customer service and commitment to quality, allowed Prodive Central Coast to increase its humble beginnings at Long Jetty to become the first PADI "Training facility" on the NSW Central Coast.
These earlier successes allowed Prodive Central Coast to relocate to larger premises in The Entrance, where we stayed for twenty years and established the first Five Star Instructor Development facility on the Central Coast, before the need to expand even more, took hold.
We relocated to our present location at Killarney Vale in 2007.
Here with a 125 square metre showroom, two separate lecture rooms, lounge area for clients, overnight Guest lodge, three internal toilets and a two separate bathrooms, for after dive showers. Secure off street parking, secure gear washing and storing areas, plenty of open garden space to chill out and relax.
With an up to date, modern SCUBA gear servicing work shop, on site SCUBA tank testing, Air purity testing, Enriched Air and Trimix fills, along with three compressors. One compressor dedicated to Nitrox with a DNAx membrane.
We also built our exclusive, indoor heated premier, purpose built 3 metre deep diver training pool, to alleviate any concerns with confined water training.
Consistently maintaining an enviable reputation as the friendliest and definitely longest established 5 Star Dive Centre on the New South Wales Central Coast, is no mean feat. We constantly look at ways to improve our service.
People have tried to bring us down, this only strengthens our resolve and bolsters our determination to better ourselves. Our proven track record tells the truth.
This commitment has enabled Prodive Central Coast to maintain its status, as the premier Dive Centre at the premier dive location upon the East coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Prodive Central Coast operates two charter vessels, regularly diving the local reefs and wrecks, from three different boat ramps. We offer escorted shore dives and night dives, monthly club events and social meetings.
With most dive sites only minutes from a boat ramp, you can be assured of an enjoyable experience visiting our underwater playground.
Prodive Central Coast have 429 dive sites, this means you will never be crowded out with other dive boats or fishing boats detracting you from your pleasures.
As an exclusive mooring licence holder to the former scuttled warship ex HMAS Adelaide, we offer daily dives to the "Adelaide", from Terrigal boat ramp.
2016 sees Pro-Dive Central Coast take on a further leadership role and become an SSI Diamond Instructor Training Centre.
Bob Diaz has maintained professional association with world wide, highly recognised training agencies as a Master Instructor since 1986 and teaches all core programs from scuba diver to Assistant Instructor/ Dive Con, including Instructor ratings.
Bob also teaches twenty nine different specialty dive programs, many of these are his own distinctive ratings. Along with Tony, a Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Instructor Trainer, they lead the only father and son, dive instructor training team on the coast.
This commitment to quality sees Prodive Central Coast, way out in front, as the vanguard of diver education on the NSW Central Coast.
Come along and enjoy a dive with us. See for yourself the beauty that awaits all divers in our region. You will enjoy the variety of sites and fascinating marine life that is quite accustomed to local divers.
The ex HMAS Adelaide is a prime dive site along the NSW coastline- you can be assured Prodive will be there, offering you excellent customer care and quality controls.
"Let's Go Diving!"