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 Dive Centre, an SSI Dive Centre, BSAC Centre & a PADI Youth Training Centre.,

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PADI Master Instructor, SSI Assistant Instructor Trainer, BSAC 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, SSI & 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.

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PADI Staff Instructor, SSI Assistant instructor trainer & 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 & an SSI Assistant instructor trainer as well as looking after the accounts, advertising, admin, running the dive trips & helping Bill in the dive centre, when I can.

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BSAC Instructor , PADI Assistant Instructor & SSI Assistant Instructor.

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 students he supported as a divemaster & discover scuba divers love his sessions. He is an accomplished diver with fantastic skills & an invaluable member of our team.

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PADI Divemaster

2022 saw Brian has completed his PADI Divemaster course but 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.

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PADI Divemaster

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. He also came to Below the Surface as a Discover scuba & training & has come up through the qualifications to become one of the first Junior Divemaster is the world & now recently completing his Divemaster.


PADI 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.

Alex Dunston

BSAC Instructor, PADI DM & SSI DMT

Alex says of diving... I started diving as a hobby with my dad as it was something he had always wanted to try, neither of us thought I would end up obsessed with diving as I am. The thing I enjoy most about diving is, its such a different place, everything slows down, there is something so tranquil about being underwater and its very peaceful. Having said that when you get involved with the diving community you feel like you have gained another family & that's definitely been the case with below the surface.