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ABOUT DIVE CENTRE MANLY We're the closest to Sydney's best dive sites

  • 5 Star PADI Centre

    5 Star PADI Centre

    Begin your scuba love affair with our Open Water course: small groups, 5 Star Instructors and VIP Service.
  • Dive a Marine Reserve!

    Dive a Marine Reserve!

    Multiple beautiful diving spots on our doorstep - including Sydney's only Marine Reserve, Cabbage Tree Bay.
  • Underwater Clean Ups

    Underwater Clean Ups

    Our founders started Dive Against Debris! Join our regular events - whether snorkel, scuba or freedive
  • Technical Diving

    Technical Diving

    Take the most advanced diving course in Sydney to join the GUE certified elite of underwater adventurers.

Passionate Manly Divers since 1993

Dive Centre Manly is situated closest to Sydney's best dive sites. Being a multi-award winning PADI 5 Star Instructor training facility, we offer a complete range of dive courses from Discover Scuba to Instructor level and beyond - including Sydney's most talked about Learn to Dive course.

Our fun and unique skilled based training programs, have continually produced better divers. When you finish a program with us, you will have gained the confidence and skills necessary to enjoy a lifetime of diving! We guarantee that you won't be able to wait to jump back in the water again.

Learning to dive has never been easier: we have Learn to Dive programs starting up to 5 times a week and are taught by some of the most experienced dive staff in Australia including 2 PADI Course Directors, Staff Instructors, Master Scuba Diver Trainers and Divemasters.

Marine Conservation at our heart

We are fortunate to have an aquatic reserve (Cabbage Tree Bay) in which to dive. The council has provided platforms for us to use – please make sure that whenever possible we do make use of them. If for some reason you are unable to use them, then please make sure that equipment is not stored on the grass or blocking any areas.

We are passionate about taking care of our environment and work closely with Project AWARE to highlight the damage of plastic pollution and waste in the ocean.  To this end we have adopted two dive sites through the ‘Adopt a Divesite’  initiative - Shelly Beach and Manly Cove, to monitor and report all rubbish found.  We also ran the very first Dive Against Debris underwater clean ups - which continue to run regularly and attract divers, snorkellers and freedivers from all across to Sydney.

  • PADI 5 Star Instructor training facility
  • 3 metre deep heated and floodlight diver training pool
  • 2 air-conditioned classrooms
  • Conveniently located in Manly close to the wharf and bus station

Our History

The original dive shop opened in 1962, one of only three in Sydney which was then known as Ron Hardings Sports Store. The owners Ron Harding and Barry May were early pioneers of diving alongside Ron and Valerie Taylor. Dive Centre Manly has been under the current ownership of Richard and Janet since February 1993. We have two locations: the Dive Centre in Manly (DCM) and the Dive Training Centre (DTC) in Manly Vale.

1994 – Popularised the use of enriched air diving in the region setting up countless Nitrox facilities and training instructors, technicians and gas blenders.

1995 – Developed training programmes and procedures for deep and mixed gas diving. Conducted the first enriched air dives on the Great Barrier reef to support the first 24 hour study of the Reef Metamorphasea Project.

1996 – First to offer recreational semi-closed circuit training on the Atlantis Rebreather (became the Drager Dolphin) to both students and instructors.

1998 – First CDC training centre in Australia able to offer a full range of dive career programmes. The largest contributor to PADI Project Aware with over $20,000 in funds raised in the first 10 years. Instrumental in establishing Cabbage Tree Bay (Shelly Beach) as no-take aquatic reserve with seed funding, supplying dive equipment, logistical support and getting wide spread acceptance from the local community. First store to run underwater cleanups.

2000 until today – Numerous industry and community awards for both business and environmental initiatives. Strives to stay at the forefront of diving technologies we offer some of the highest quality training from Open Water right through to Instructor training and deep technical diving.