Meet our Award Winning team.

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Meet the Sussex Diving & Leisure award winning team.

About SDL.

Established in 2011 Sussex Diving & Leisure is a family run business that prides its self on quality PADI Scuba Diver training in small, friendly well supported groups. Although our lead instructor and owner was PADI trained we were previously a SSI Scuba Diving School for some years & became a PADI Recreational Dive Centre in 2021 and have committing to the high standards associated with the worlds leading diver training organisation.

Most of our staff are seasoned professionals with a long term proven and checkable history within the scuba diving industry and as such we are the perfect choice for whatever Scuba Diving course you may be thinking of from your first breaths underwater to becoming a PADI Professional so that you can educate the next generation of PADI Scuba Divers.

Dave Hunneyball

PADI IDC Staff Instructor.

I got into Scuba diving as a result of a flippant comment that resulted in a try dive and the rest is history so to speak.  In 2000 I took my PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course with Wittering Divers, quickly followed by my Advanced Open Water, over the following years I dived mainly with a BSAC club.  After picking up some speciality courses along the way in 2010 I worked in a dive centre in Spain where I became a Divemaster and immediately developed a passion for teaching the next generation of scuba divers.  At the end of the year when I returned to the UK, I signed into my instructor development course and worked at Wittering Divers whilst undertaking training and in 2011 passed my PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor exam and went on to become a duel agency instructor teaching scuba diving for both SSI & PADI. Since then, I have worked my way up to the respected position of Staff Instructor allowing me to assist in training and assessing PADI instructor candidate’s.   During my career as scuba instructor I have worked at some of the south coasts biggest and most respected dive centres gaining a wealth of experience practical and knowledge that can only be acquired by working in busy high street dive centres.

learn to scuba dive with an elete instructor

Marc Sturch

PADI MSDT Instructor and TDI Tecnical Instructor

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John Makey

PADI Divemaster

My first experience of SCUBA was when I was fourteen and my dad took me to a local swimming pool to a Discover Scuba diving experience that a dive centre was holding there. It wasn’t until a few years later that I decided to take the plunge and qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver.
After taking the opportunity to do my PADI advanced open water qualification in the Red Sea and seeing the sheer diversity of marine life there I thought of turning pro because I wanted to introduce other people to the wonders of the underwater world and experience what I had seen.
Since becoming a PADI Pro I have worked in several dive centres in Sussex and Surrey and have dived predominately along the south coast, I’ve also gone on a couple of trips to the northern and southern parts of the Red Sea. My passion and main goal as a PADI Professional is to introduce people to Scuba Diving and encouraging them to experience the underwater world the way I have.
My future goals are to scuba dive more often and in as many places as possible.  Also to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver trainer and expand my experience by becoming a technical diver. 

Tim North

PADI Divemaster

Tim is a very accomplished PADI Scuba Diver having dived in many locations around the world. In 2010 he decided to take his love for scuba diving to the next level by learning with us to become a PADI Professional so that he can help the next generation to become scuba divers.

Learnd to Scuba Dive with Tim Nort and SDL

Sarah Hunneyball

Company Director

Although not a scuba diver herself Sarah is there in the background helping with kit preparation and after care, while the rest of us have moved on she is there washing and drying the diving equipment making sure it ready if its next outing.  In addition she will often be seen with us at dive sites and at swimming pool sessions looking after paperwork and logistics.

Tel. 01243 202200

BCL Services Ltd t/a
Sussex Diving & Leisure

Callers by Appointment Only:-
51, Wellington Gardens,
West Sussex,
PO20 0RF

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