New PADI Instructors!

On Sunday we enjoyed a successful end to an emotional and intense two week journey and three new PADI Instuctors entered the world! We’d like to share the success of Christophe, Benoit and Fabrice with you, as they worked extremely hard with a smile and a great attitude throughout the course.  With one of them off to Sri Lanka, and the other Mexico, we have an idea of the international opportunities that becoming a PADI Instructor open up to you.

New PADI Instructors

The dates for our 2014 IDC programme are as follows (including two day prep and exam):

22nd February to 9th March, 12th April to 27th April, 24th May to 8th June, 20th September t0 5th October, 14th October to 29th October, 29th November to 14th December

Each programme also has a three day Specialty Instructor Training Course (commonly known as MSDT package) following on after one or two rest days.  We pride ourselves on the added value we offer candidates during this programme.

More details coming soon, but for further information call +33(0)615305223 or e-mail


What a season, first year as a 5*IDC Resort….

What a season, first year as a 5*IDC Resort….

So, mid October, and despite the continuing outstanding diving conditions, the season is almost done.  This has been a great year for Diamond Diving and we’d like to pass on a big thank you to all of our clients for their loyalty and passion for diving that contribute to enabling the business to grow and develop.  And of course a massive credit to Romain and a number of dedicated interns (Joanne, Katie, Nicolas, Jonathan & Neil) for helping make 2013 such a success.

The ProShop has been a good introduction and we urge all of you to consider the series of offers we have put together for Christmas, some great deals on excellent quality dive gear from one of the world’s most prestigious equipment manufacturers : Aqualung. Everything must go!

We’re not done yet…another PADI Instructor course for late October and early November, and a fabulous weekend to La Londe Les Maures to dive the awesome Parc National de Port Cros.

Plus as some of you are aware we are in the early stages of putting together a liveaboard trip to the Maldives in Winter 2015.  This one is going to be very very special, so if you’d like more details please let us know.

2014 promises more interesting developments with your favourite South of France PADI Instructor Development dive centre…keep an eye on our Facebook page for more news…


All the best for now,




Alex, Nono & the team.



News for May….lots going on!

Lots going on at Diamond Diving at the moment.

On the 7th May we have a full Open Water Course starting for which there remains one place.

On the 12th May we have a Project Aware underwater cleanup at one of our most frequently used confined water training sites off the Cap d’Antibes.  This is nearly full but there is a standby list in case anyone drops out so please let us know if you are interested. We highly recommend all divers to create their own My Ocean account on the Project Aware website at  Here you can also download for free the excellent book Our World, Our Water which has a wealth of information on the world’s seas and oceans.

There is an Open Water Referral (for those who have already completed theory and confined water training elsewhere) running on the 15th and 16th of May and we have two spaces left.    

Two places are still up for grabs for the Discover REBREATHERS day we are running in conjunction with Jean-Francois Andre of HippoConsulting.  For €80 you get one of the best known techincal diving instructors in France supervising and guiding an introductory experience at a 2:1 ratio with roughly 25 minutes in the water.  Let us know if you would like to participate.

On the Instructor Development side of things we have an IDC running from 27th May to 7th June with the exam in Cannes on the 8th and 9th of June. We have a couple of places still, so let us know if you are interested,

We also have a full 10 day intensive DiveMaster course running from 25th May to 4th June.

We are also really pleased to annouce that are Aqualung ProShop is now open for business so we can help you with all of your equipment purchase needs.

The water is warming up nicely and the great weather is on it’s way so we look forwards to seeing you in the South of France soon.      

Project Aware, Next IDC, Aqualung ProShop, Discover Rebreathers Day and much much more….

So, loads of news to share with you all.  The water is warming up nicely on the Cote d’Azur and is a balmy 15 degrees at the moment.  The last few dives have revealed loads of life including Nudibranches, huge schools of Sardines interpersed with the Damselfish, Octopi, Morays, Scorpionfish, Blennies, Sar…really encouraging for quality of diving for the forthcoming season.

We have a Project Aware Underwater Clean Up coming on Sunday 12th May and the following Sunday (19th) we have a « Discover Rebreathers » Day with Jean-Francois Andre of HippoConsulting, one of the leading Techincal Diving Instructors in France.  There are a couple of places left, so please let us know if you’d like to participate.



Our new Aqualung ProShop is now in place so we’re obviously more than happy to advise on the best equipment choices for our clients,  if we don’t have something in stock it can be ordered in and delivered normally with the matter of a few working days.

The next PADI Instuctor Development Course starts on May 27th and we have one place left.  This will be a bi-lingual IDC with the lead language as English but any necessary and complementary explanations in French are available, of course.  The IDC will be almost immediately followed by a three day Specialty Instructor Training Course starting on the Tuesday after the Instructor Examination.  For more information about our Professional level PADI training courses please e-mail Alex on


Come diving with us in 2013….

Here is a little taster of the Diamond Diving effect, and how we tend to make our clients happy.  Everthing from Discover Scuba Diving to a full programme of PADI Instructor Development courses…we look forwards to welcoming you on board soon.

Master Scuba Diver Trainer courses and Specialty Instructor ratings

We wanted to really take the time to explain as clearly as possible why it is so important to get qualified as a Specialty Instructor in the PADI system as soon as possible after having passed your Instructor Examination, and what exactly that entails.

Specialty Courses can really improve the bottom line of any dive school and increase hugely what you can offer to your clients.  Being able to teach Specialty Courses increases your employability as a diving instructor by a significant margin and will help any aspiring career professional progress much more quickly in the PADI system to the Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating, allowing you to then get qualified as an IDC Staff Instructor and so on.  It also means you will have a more varied life from day to day as an Instructor, teaching areas of diving that you specifically find interesting.

You can apply directly to PADI to become a Specialty Instructor once you have 25 certifications to your name as an Instructor.  However it is a wise and sensible investment to spend a bit more time with your Course Director (we do the course over three days) really getting into the nitty gritty of each Specialty that you’d like to teach, including:

– How best to teach all of the performance requirements
– A full familiarisation with all of the theory requirements of the course
– How to price, sell and market the course, key target audiences
– Applying your teaching skills learnt during the IDC to one performance requirement for each Specialty Rating

Diamond Diving charges a €750 list price for a three day MSDT course but from a financial point of view it is also worth bearing in mind that a direct application to PADI for one Specialty Instructor rating costs €73.80.  If you have been trained by a Course Director however that price is €33.  So the real price of this very valuable training reduces by €204 for five specialties straight away.

For more information about our Specialty Instructor Training courses and MSDT packages please call us on +33 (0) 615305223 or e-mail  


Formations Master Scuba Diver Trainer et de moniteur de spécialités.


Nous voulions vraiment prendre le temps de vous expliquer aussi clairement que possible l’importance de devenir moniteur de spécialités dans le système PADI aussitôt après avoir passé votre examen de moniteur et en quoi cela consiste.

Les formations de spécialités augmentent considérablement la diversité des produits proposés aux clients plongeurs par un centre de plongée, ce qui permet de garder ces derniers plus motivés et par la même occasion de diversifier votre métier en vous permettant d’enseigner dans des domaines divers et variés.

La capacité pour un moniteur de pouvoir enseigner ses spécialités est un critère très recherché par les gérants de centre de plongée.
Cette formation vous permettra d’approfondir vos connaissances, mais aussi elle est un pré requis pour pouvoir devenir par la suite IDC Staff.

Vous pouvez faire la demande directement à PADI pour devenir moniteur de spécialités une fois que vous avez certifié 25 plongeurs sous votre nom. Cependant nous pensons que c’est un investissement sage et raisonnable de le faire avec votre Course Director en 3 jours juste après votre examen de moniteur PADI, car vous étudierez en détail chaque spécialité que vous aurez choisie. Ce stage vous permettra :
-D’être familiarisé avec les performances requises qui sont demandées aux plongeurs dans chacune des spécialités ainsi qu’avec la théorie qui y est associée.
-D’être plus apte à savoir à qui vendre ces spécialités et les astuces pour les vendre mieux.
-De mettre en application vos connaissances d’enseignement apprises pendant l’IDC et d’être efficace afin que vos plongeurs atteignent rapidement un niveau de pratique qui leur permet de valider les performances requises dans chacune des spécialités.
Dès la fin du stage, vous serez armé pour enseigner les spécialités.

La formation MSDT (5 spécialités) avec Diamond Diving se déroule sur 3 jours et coûte 750€.Il est important de noter qu’une application directe à PADI coûte 73.8€ par spécialité alors que si avez été formé par un Couse Director cela vous en coûtera 33€ par spécialité (donc la formation reviens au final à 750€-204€= 546€).

Pour plus d’informations sur nos formations moniteur de spécialités et nos package MSDT merci de nous contacter au 06 15 30 52 23 ou par mail à

DiveMaster Internships

We have a number of vacancies this year for motivated individuals to gain real hands on experience of the dive industry and at the same time get trained up as DiveMaster by a small, experienced and hands on team.

Typically the time commitment necessary is two months and ideally you will already be qualified as a Rescue Diver and have your ICC Certificate of Competence/Permis de Bateau Cotier or RYA Powerboat Level 2.

Further to this we are running six Instructor Development Courses, starting late Feb, March, May, September, October and early December.

Places are available between mid May and mid October.  To be considered please send CV with photo and covering letter to