About Us 

Overland Underwater is North Yorkshire's Premier PADI Dive Centre

Overland Underwater, a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre based in York, was established in 2001 and is North Yorkshire's premiere dive centre.  We run a full range of PADI scuba diving courses from taster session right through to Instructor Level Training, both in Harrogate and York. The centre is run by Sue and Steve together with our dedicated team of instructors and Divemasters...

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History

 I started diving back in 1991 with the British Sub Aqua Club and have dived extensively in this country and abroad. I joined PADI in 1999 and qualified as an Open Water Scuba Instructor. In March 2001 we opened our York Centre and diving became a full time career for me, which was a bit of a change to my previous career as a biologist. In 2006 I qualified as a Course Director and I can teach 16 PADI specialties at both diver and instructor level and am an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer. All these years later, I still love diving as much as ever and find nothing more rewarding than introducing others to the sport that I love and training others to become instructors. 

Qualifications

PADI Course Director, Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer

Sue Dunn - Company Director

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History

As Co-Director of Overland Underwater I run the York and Harrogate shops along with Sue. I also run our service centre and am a fully qualified and experienced service technician for a variety of equipment manufacturers. As a Master Instructor I get involved with a lot of our training, so there is plenty to keep me busy! I have dived extensively in the UK and abroad.

Qualifications

PADI Master Instructor/ Service Technician / Emergency First Response Instructor

Steve Grainger - Company Director

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History

I learned to dive when I was still at school and started working in the shop in 2013 when I left school.  I help out in the shop, fill all the cylinders, organise equipment and am learning to service kit.  You will find me in the York shop most days.

Qualifications

Rescue Dive

Seb Grainger - Shop Staff

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History

I started diving in 2009 after a try dive in Greece. When I started my diver training I challenged myself to give up smoking and put all the money I would have spent towards my dive kit. I soon had a full set of gear and have never looked back. After my Open Water Diver Course I went on to complete Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver as well as several specialties in 2010.  I completed my Divemaster course in 2011 and my  instructor  qualification in 2012.  I have also completed several specialty instructor qualificaitons and you will find me at Capernwray on most training days.

Qualifications

IDCStaff Instructor and EFR instructor

Kevin Newman - Insructor

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History

I started diving 1989 after a try dive in Cyprus and quickly became passionate about the sport. I enjoy introducing others to the underwater world and get pleasure from helping them to gain confidence and build skills. Although I have dived many locations overseas I prefer UK diving. You will be able to find me diving most weekends either training students or for pleasure at the coast relaxing underwater.

Qualifications

IDC Staff Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor

Gordon Scott - Instructor

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History

Ken has been diving for years and is part of the furniture at Overland Underwater.  He doesn't get to open water training much anymore although he has spent many happy weekends at the Farne Islands and St Abbs as well as  training at Capernwray in the past.   You will find him down the York pool helping out most weeks. 

 

Qualifications

IDC Staff Instructor

Ken Devey - Instructor

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Qualifications:

Divemaster

Rob Arc - Divemaster

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Qualifications

 

Assistant Instructor

Robert Oliver - Assistant Instructor

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Qualifications:   
IDC Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor

 

Greg Castle - Instructor

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Qualifications:

IDC Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor

Charlotte Castle - Instructor

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Qualifications

 - Divemaster

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Qualifications

 - Instructor