- About Us
Morecambe Area Divers opened its doors to the public in January 2009 by proprietors Mark True and Ian Hunter, both with over 40 years of diving & instructing experience both in the UK and abroad visiting many of the worlds premier diving locations. Mark & Ian are also fully qualified A.S.S.E.T trained technicians.
Our showroom boasts one of the best displays of diving and watersports equipment in the North West. We pride ourselves on our choice of equipment from top brands, our extensive training programmes and our fully equipped service department including our state of the art 300 bar filling station. Our highly trained staff will be able to give advice on equipment, our range of courses available through MAD divers and our vast experience of diving destinations through out the UK and worldwide. And remember if it is not in stock we can probably get it.
Meet the Team:
Co-Founder, Managing Director, Service Technician and Assistant Instructor Trainer
I set up Morecambe Area Divers with Ian Hunter in the January of 2009. As a child, I was interested in all watersports, for instance water-skiing at 12 years old and then moving on to power boat racing. Scuba diving has always been one of my main hobbies and now I have over 40 years of diving and instructing experience. In addition, I was the regional rep for the Sub Aqua Association (SAA) during the 80s, assisting many clubs in the North West with their training of instructors.
I hold qualifications with many of the world’s major training agencies, including CMAS, BSAC, PADI, ANDI and most recently, SSI. With my guidance, MAD divers has become an SSI centre over the last 12 months, and now many of our instructors are crossing over to SSI. We are now in the process of applying to become an SSI Diamond Training Centre all due to the hard work & dedication of our Dive Centre Instructors
Co-Founder, Service Technician and Instructor
Website / Marketing Administrator and Sales Adviser
Having dived in the pool with MAD from being 6 years old (with a tiny 3l cylinder), it was inevitable that I’d end up doing my training here! Starting as a BSAC ocean diver in 2015, I have now progressed to SSI advanced open water diver.
Since 2014 I have worked here in the shop as the website/marketing administrator, and now I’m at University I still work here in my holidays… I can’t imagine working anywhere else.
Mohamed Mokhtar aka Curly.
I have been working from 2003 in the diving industry around the Red Sea, Dahab with various Dive Centres and qualified with CMAS, and then continued to progress my career with PADI. (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).
From 2005 – 2007 I was a freelancer PADI Divemaster & Instructor on Liveaboards. I also worked for some of the top Dive Centres in Sharm el Sheikh including Camel and Red Sea College during this time.
From 2007 – 2018 I worked at the renowned Ocean College Dive Centre, Red Sea, Sharm el Sheikh.
I enjoy teaching both adults and children, and I have taught over 1342 diving courses from Scuba Diver to Divemaster & EFR, plus more than 1000 Bubblemaker and Discover Scuba Courses (DSD’s). Throughout my diving career I have continued to gain a wealth of diving & teaching experience, as teaching & diving are my passion.
I have been awarded the Elite Instructor award by PADI four times and gained special recognition by PADI Quality Management.
I hope to continue with new ideas and challenges from the experience I gained during my time in the Red Sea and I am ready for my next challenge with Morecambe Area Divers where I hope to make a difference with exciting and unique holidays to the Red Sea diving many additional sites not experienced by most of the UK divers.
As well as continuing to teach with PADI, I am also an SSI (Scuba Schools International) Instructor as I am always looking to gain wider knowledge & experience which I am sure will help to enhance the experience my students gain during dive training. I also teach classified diver programs for students that are less able bodied.
Assistant Instructor Trainer & Extended Range Instructor
I began diving because of my son who at the age of 10 decided he wanted to learn how to scuba dive, that was 14 or so years ago first as a PADI Open water diver and then with continued training and development onto Master instructor and IDC staff instructor assisting a number of Course directors around the country. I have mainly dived in the lovely cold water within the UK completing my open water at St Abbs, then on at other sites from Scotland to Cornwall at all the top areas, I’ve also dived abroad in the USA and Caribbean to name but a few. I was also lucky enough to be employed by the 2012 London Olympics authority as a diver. This was due to the reputation of underwater film and photography of the company in London that I taught scuba for. They were approached to install and oversee the in-water cameras used to capture all the aquatic sports and organise a team of safety support divers, we worked around the clock to ensure uninterrupted footage was beamed to your TV. It was an amazing event to be part of and everyone involved took away a fantastic part of history, amongst the obvious highlights of that event for me was racking up deco time in the pool!! It was only 3m deep but I was under for 6 hours and taking Mr J P Getty for a try dive in the dive pool.
I now concentrate on SSI instruction for M.A.D. and as an assistant Instructor trainer and extended range instructor, I teach all ages all the way up to instructor, if you fancy a challenge give us a call.
I began diving in 1986 with the British Sub Aqua Club and am an Advanced Diver and Open Water Instructor, having been instructing since 1990. While with the BSAC I have undertaken compressor operation, search and recovery, have extended experience of wreck diving and rescue. I am also affiliated to Sub Aqua Association (CMAS) and crossed over to SSI in 2018 and can teach most specialities within the SSI family.
I have approximately 2000 dives, most of which has been on the South Coast of England from Dorset to Cornwall but have also dived in Wales, Scotland and the North East Coast as well as the Caribbean and Europe, Egypt and Malta.
Dive Guide / Assistant Instructor
Sales Advisor/Trainee Divemaster
Team Mascot and Chief Customer Greeter / Biscuit Eater
Ian, Suzuki & Mark - Red Sea Trip 2009
COME VISIT US
We are located on White Lund Industrial Estate in Morecambe, Lancs, only a few short miles from J34 of the M6. Just head from the motorway through Lancaster and follow signs for Heysham Port. Once Over the river follow the road and turn 1st left at the first roundabout on to Ovangle Road onto the B5273. Passing ASDA supermarket on your left continue to the roundabout by the Peugeot / Nissan Garage and take the 2nd exit on to Mellishaw Lane. At the next roundabout by Wickes Store take the 3rd Exit onto southgate and turn 1st left (Southgate Trade Park) and follow the road over two speed bumps to the very bottom and follow the road round to the left past The Carpetman Building and we are the next building on your left.
So if you sail, water-ski, Kite surf, jet-ski or are just going on holiday and fancy snorkeling then just call in and have a cuppa whilst we show you what we have available.
Morecambe Area Divers, Unit 5 Southgate, Whitelund Ind.Estate, Morecambe, Lancs, LA3 3PB
Tel: 01524 64177