- About Us
Morecambe Area Divers opened its doors to the public in January 2009 by proprietors Mark True and Ian Hunter, both with over 35 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 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 Lead Instructor
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.
Centre Manager, Instructor and Service Technician
From being a young girl I have always wanted to SCUBA dive, going to dive sites around the lakes watching and helping my dad kit up. In 2008, when I finally turn 12 years old I started my BSAC Ocean Diver training with the support of my dad every step of the way. Throughout the years I have come on leaps and bounds in my diving career, from Ocean Diver to now JJ CCR Mod 1 certified and still willing to learn more. Throughout 2017 I have been on many training courses from Mares Lab to A.S.S.E.T Technician… and many more.
From the age of 12 this has always been my dream job and now it is reality. Your hobby as your job? What more could a girl wish for! Diving will always be my passion. In February 2017, I joined the M.A.D team and I have never looked back. The warm, friendly atmosphere. It is a real joy coming to work.
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.
Sales Adviser and Social Media / Marketing Administrator
From joining the club as the first MAD SSI student in the summer of 2017, to working part time as a sales adviser, I’m really enjoying my experience in the diving industry. My current qualifications include Science of Diving, Nitrox and SSI Specialty Diver.
As a student of Outdoor Education at sixth form, I also like kayaking, caving and other outdoor activities. I’m eventually hoping to take my diving experience further in the RAF.
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 now in the process of crossing my qualifications over to SSI (Scuba Schools International) to gain wider knowledge & experience which I am sure will help to enhance the experience my students gain during dive training
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