Team


BELOW THE SURFACE

About Us

Below The Surface is one of the oldest dive schools in Yorkshire, we started in 1991 to provide quality diving education we made the decision to provide a more personal feel to learning to dive by only taking small groups rather than the large impersonal groups students can find themselves in. We are now very proud to be a PADI Five Star Dive Centre & a PADI Youth Training Centre

BILL PAINTER

Master Instructor & Owner

Bill has been diving for over 50 years , since the age of 14. He was a military diver until he left in 1986 and has been teaching recreational diving ever since. He is a PADI master instructor but also BSAC & SAA. He started Below The Surface dive school in 1991. He has enjoyed diving all over the world and has taught professionally all over the world.

SAL PAINTER

Staff Instructor & Owner

I joined Below The Surface in 2009 on a Discover Scuba & have been here ever since. Now no longer a student, although always learning! I am now a PADI Staff Instructor & EFR first aid Instructor as well as looking after the accounts, advertising, admin, running the dive trips,& helping Bill in the dive centre, when I can.

IAN BARNES

Divemaster & DSD Leader

Ian is an key member of the team, having also come through with us from an initial Discover Scuba session & without his help we would struggle, he is loved by the student he supports as a divemaster & discover scuba divers love his sessions. He is an accomplished diver with fantastic skills, who is now progressing onto his Assistant Instructor training & we have no doubt he will succeed.

BRIAN KERR

Divemaster trainee

More than a Rescue diver currently working towards Divemaster, Brian has been Bills right hand man for many years joining below the surface in 1996 and working up the qualifications whilst all the time being there whenever we need help. He likes nothing better than to dive in the Scottish waters and St Abbs is a particular favourite. Always up for a dive trip, Brian is an invaluable member of the team always providing help and support in so many ways.

THOMAS RICH

Divemaster trainee, Dive Centre Assistant & Standby Diver.

Tom is a great asset to the team & we hope he realises it , he has a great attitude with the students & provides qualified divers support & guidance with skills beyond his years when leading them on open water dives. He also came to Below the Surface as a Discover scuba & we have no doubt at all he has the skills to complete his Divemaster training . He also provides the much needed help in the dive centre & as a standby diver when we are teaching.

CHRIS RICH

Rescue Diver & Standby Diver

Chris was dragged along by Thomas when he wanted to dive but has become a great diver with the skills to become a divemaster but is happy to help us as a Rescue diver & standby diver & always offers help with those who as new divers need a little support when taking those first steps on their own after qualifying. We appreciate his support greatly & is a valued member of the team.