Learn to dive in Sussex, Kent and Surrey with Sussex Scuba diving courses

Learn to dive in Sussex, Kent and Surrey with Sussex Scuba diving courses

Learn to dive in Sussex, Kent & Surrey with Sussex Scuba diving courses
Learn to dive in Sussex, Kent & Surrey with Sussex Scuba diving courses

About us

What do we offer

Sussex Scuba are the owners of Mike's Waterfront Warehouse in East Grinstead. The business is owned by Derek and Denise Lancaster, both of whom are very experienced divers and trainers.

The business has been established for almost 11 years and has built up a very strong customer base. The Centre has already achieved the prestigious PADI 5 Star status and as such can offer the complete range of products and services. This includes a very well stocked and varied shop, full on site regulator servicing, air and Nitrox to 300bar, tank inspections, dry suit repairs, and a full range of PADI courses up to Divemaster level, making us the complete centre for all your requirements.

We also have our own club which is proving to be very popular with over 40 people attending on a regular basis. So if you are interested dive trips or in joining our club, keep visiting the site or e mail us to get yourself included onto or mailing list.

Our Philosophy

We firmly believe that diving should be fun and safe, with the emphasis on safety. All our instructors have been trained by PADI, the world's largest diver training agency and have therefore received extensive training in all aspects of diving. The two owners have also had extensive training in other sports for over 10 years each and have worked with children and adults extensively. In addition, all instructors have CRB approval thus clearing them to work with children. All classroom training is conducted in our own training school and is always fun and lively. We actively encourage lively interaction and good humour

Our Staff

Meet the team!! The school has continued to grow and we now have five Instructors and eight divemasters. All of whom are very experienced and passionate about diving

Denise Lancaster - Instructor

Denise is ranked as a PADI Staff Instructor which is one of the highest levels available. She is also a DAN 02 Instructor, and an EFR instructor. and as with all the team at Sussex Scuba Denise’s number one priority is safety quickly followed by fun. Diving is a great sport for everyone regardless of age size or gender and Denise is very keen to encourage this to everyone she trains. She has been diving for several years and has dived extensively in the UK, particularly the South Coast along with Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Tenerife, and various Caribbean Islands.

Denise is not only very passionate about diving but she also gains a great deal of enjoyment from helping others to develop and enjoy diving. She has been involved in training and coaching for over 10 years. As a Staff Instructor she is qualified to teach instructor level courses as well as 14 diving specialties, including Nitrox, deep, wreck, and Emergency First Responder training. As with all our instructors and divemasters, she has CRB approval. Denise is particularly keen to work with women as she feels she has the necessary experience and knowledge to work with them with and help resolve any issues they may have

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Derek Lancaster - Instructor

In accordance with the Sussex Scuba philosophy Derek is passionate about safe diving. All diving should be conducted in accordance with best practice, but it should also be fun, otherwise why bother. Derek has been diving for several years both in the UK and overseas. He has experience diving all over the South coast of England and West Wales, along with expeditions to Tenerife, Cyprus, various Caribbean Islands, Turkey, and the Red Sea.

Derek not only has a genuine passion for diving but more importantly he has a passion for teaching and working with people to develop their skills and therefore enjoyment. He has been involved in training and teaching adults and children for over 17 years, prior to that was head of training for a major multi national corporation.

As a PADI Staff Instructor derek is also able to teach instructor level coourses as well as 14 specialties. He is also a DAN O2 Instructor and EFR instructor. Derek also has CRB clearance which is necessary before anyone is able to train children.

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Brian Smith - Instructor

Brian learned to dive 7 years ago and has not looked back since. At the time he was a self confessed workaholic working 7 days a week, every week. Since taking up diving he has never worked at weekend again! Brian only learned to dive late in life and by his own admission some aspects were a challenge to him. It is this struggle that gives him his love of teaching - he was a difficult student. Brian's diving experience is really extensive. if has dived all around the world including the Red Sea, Mauritius, Grenada, Scapa Flow, and many many UK dive sites

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Steph Nunn - Instructor

Steph has been diving since she was 16. Her first dive was in Malta whilst on holiday and she hasn't stopped diving since! She has dived extensively around the world, whilst working towards her goal of becoming a dive instructor. She finally achieved this during 2007. In addition to extensive UK diving Steph has dived in many locations around the world from the British Virgin Islands to Antigua, Malta and the Red Sea. Steph really enjoys passing on her love of diving and the aquatic world to all her students.

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Allan Freeman - Asst Instructor

Allan has been diving since 1998 and in that time he has dived all the world's top dive destinations including: Malta, Caribbean, Red sea (many, many times), various Mediterranean sites and many UK dives. Allan is also a very keen teacher and has been teaching PE and general fitness work for many years to adults and children. He still gets a buzz from seeing people enjoy, (and making sure they enjoy !!)their first experience with scuba

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Garry Pointer - Divemaster

Garry has been diving for almost 10 years and during that time has dived all the great sites of the world, several times over !!!. Not only is he massively experienced as a diver, his training knowledge and experience is also massive. Having started his career with PADI, Garry crossed over to BSAC in 1998, where he rose through the ranks becoming an Open Water Instructor. Following this experience Garry developed his deep and technical skills with TDI and SDI and is now experienced in deep, cave and re breather diving.

After such varied and valuable experience, Garry still gets his biggest kick from watching newly qualified divers emerging from the water with a smile on their face

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Helen Wooton - Divemaster

Helen has been diving for several years in the UK and overseas and has experienced a wide range of diving environments and challenges. Helen's motivation is to help people to enjoy themselves while learning, and to give them the skills to ensure that they continue to enjoy, and share her passion for diving. Helen lists patience as one one of her strengths which she uses to great advantage when teaching, to ensure that everyone is able to master the required skills. Helen has dived extensively around the South and South West Coasts of the UK. She has also dived extensively overseas including, Egypt, and the Caribbean

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John Needham - Divemaster

John has been diving since 2001 and qualified as a Dive Master in September 2006. John is also an EFR instructor. He has dived extensively in the UK, Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

A quote from John "For most people diving is as near to going into space as you can get. I still can't believe that I can hover upside down on a tropical reef looking under coral at the fish".

Being involved in training new divers is a wonderful experience - the initial excitement when they start their course and through to the look of achievement when they qualify is really worthwhile.

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Gary Wilson - Divemaster

Gary qualified as a diver in over 6 years ago when he took a weeks holiday with a group of friends with the intention of learning to dive. Obviously this was not enough for Gary as he wanted more and more. he joined a small club near his home which gave him valuable experience of UK diving. He also gained qualifications in Power Boat handling. Whilst continuing his UK diving he also continued his dive education completing his Advanced Open Water and Rescue diver during 2006. Gary joined our staff as "casual labour" in 2006, as he just wanted to be involved in a dive centre. He was well utilised in carrying heavy boxes !! Unfortunately even this didn't put him off and he enrolled on the Divemaster course which he completed at the end of 2007. Gary has extensive UK and overseas experience diving all around the south coast of the UK, as well as Tenerife, Turkey, Spain, Minorca, and several Red Sea Trips. Gary quotes the Open water manual as one of his driving forces... "Go places, meet people, and have fun !!!"

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Kevin Charman - Divemaster

Kevin decided to learn to dive when, in his own words, "a glittering football career came to a premature end" (I think he was about 44 when it ended "prematurely"). He decided he needed a new challenge and a new sport and scuba diving seemed to fit the bill well, in that he could continue to enjoy a great sport and, in time, and with experience he could also enjoy coaching again. After working his way through all the necessary courses and experiencing some of the worlds best diving in places such as Mauritius, various Caribbean islands, the Mediterranean, the Red sea and South Africa, Kevin qualified as a divemaster in November 2007. He is now looking forward to getting more involved with assisting with teaching, and getting back into his favourite dive site - the lovely Horesea Island.

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Amy Muggeridge - Divemaster

Amy qualified as a divemaster in 2005 and has already gained valuable experience teaching in Spain. Particularly good with nervous first timers, Amy describes herself as an "aquatic geek" loving all things fishy and maritime. So much so that Amy that after working with us for a year or so she is now part way through a Marine Biology course at University. Amy is still available and works for us during her holidays.

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Claire Titley - Divemaster

Claire learnt to dive on a year out whilst touring Australia, doing her Open water on the Barrier Reef, followed by the Advanced before completing her Rescue course in Sydney. Claire started the Divemaster Internship in Sydney, however ran out of money and time so finished it off in not quite so sunny Basingstoke, the lovely Horsea Island, and Vobster in 2004.  Claire has dived in many locations around the world including Vanuatu, Italy and Malta as well as the UK.  Claire is getting quite involved with photography although her efforts are better above water rather than under it.

Having struggled with Open Water herself, Claire feels she can empathise with new divers who feel out of their depth.

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John Davies - Divemaster

John's love for diving began on a round the world trip in 2004. he was lucky enough to complete his Open Water on Australia's Gold Coast, and his Advanced Open Water on the Great Barrier Reef. After enjoying his diving around Australia and the Far East, John's next port of call was Catalina Island off the coast of California, where he then completed his Rescue Diver. After some more diving gaining valuable experience, John qualified as Divemaster in the Bahamas in 2005. Since returning from his travels John is now a regular UK diver though he does admit to preferring the warmer water !! John is now at University studying for a Marine Biology degree while working for us during his summer break

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Tom Jackson - Saturday Boy

Tom is our Saturday Boy. He is also a very experienced diver. He passed his Open Water as a 12 year old and since then has dived at various locations including, Tobago, the Red Sea, and Barbados. During 2007 he qualified as a Rescue a Rescue Diver. In his own words:

  • Probably the best looking member of staff
  • he works very hard in the shop on Saturdays

Tom is currently working on his A levels at Imberhorne Sixth Form College, and he is planning to get involved in several UK dives over the summer

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Storm - Scuba dog

The shop dog! Storm is a Weimaraner. His love of diving and divers started as a puppy when he was first brought into the shop. He quickly got used to the loud noises of the compressor and tanks discharging, and the people coming in and out. He is especially fond of training courses. He will always have a little wander in just to see who is there. This room is also particularly popular with him around lunch time when he likes to make sure that lunch is up to scratch !!

Storm's main hobby is chasing rabbits, as he is not that fond of water !!!

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Sussex Scuba is a PADI 5 Star Centre based just outside London providing scuba diving classes in Surrey, Sussex and Kent plus drive trips, taster sessions and dive holidays further afield.
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