Welcome to Dive South

At Dive South we offer a very personalised experience for people who want to learn to dive, or improve and expand their diving skills and experience.

We are proud to be the first RAID Dive Training Centre in Dorset and we specialise in Sidemount diver training, teaching small groups and providing individual, one to one RAID scuba diving courses and workshops, in the Bournemouth and Poole area.

Popular courses...

Sidemount Diver

Multiple redundancy, streamlining, buoyancy and trim…

Drysuit Diver

Stay warmer for longer and widen your variety of diving all year round…

Open Water 20

Get started, learn to explore the underwater world with confidence...

For us it’s not about the numbers we teach, it’s about the quality time we spend with you focusing on the details; proper weighting, good buoyancy control and hovering skills, so that you can have fun, be relaxed and safe in the water and be the best possible diver you can be.

Our knowledgeable and experienced team have been training divers since 2008 and are here to help you learn at your own pace, ensuring you have the all the time you need during your training, and helping you achieve your diving goals in a relaxed, fun and safe environment.

We love what we do, and are all passionate about diving; whether it’s the feeling of weightlessness, the wonderful marine life we get to see, the new experiences, the people we get to meet, or the places we get to go. We’re all hooked! And the best part is that we are able to share that with you.

Our aim is not just for you to certify, but to become a confident and capable diver and then continue to enjoy your diving. We have an active dive club with regular local diving around the South Coast, dive trips and social events, we’re confident you’ll soon be bitten by the bug for the underwater world, just like us!

We hope you’ll join us and our other club divers soon, let’s go diving…

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What you say about us

Just a few of the students we have been lucky enough to teach and dive with…

Kevin Clark

Lisa, Rich and Dave are simply lovely people, they teach in a patient manner with total confidence and knowledge that immediately puts you at ease and know you are in good hands. They helped me and my buddy Shaun pass our Open Water with ease and have a total blast whilst doing it. Dive South LOVE diving and will make you love diving with them – can’t wait do more and more with them.

Catherine Budd

I don't think you could ever find a nicer bunch of people than the Dive South team. The courses are really well organised, safety is paramount, and the teaching is second to none. From my first tentative pool session doing my 'Discover Scuba Diving' to the open water dives in the sea, Lisa my instructor talked me through everything so clearly, reassured me when I needed it, and waited so patiently, never rushing me, whilst I did all of my dive skills. I cannot thank her, and the rest of the team, enough for giving me the confidence and self belief to be able to enjoy an amazing underwater world that I have completely fallen in love with. I am now looking forward to continuing to dive regularly and doing my Advanced Open Water. If you need more convincing, then give them a call and have a chat, but don't be surprised if you end up with a scuba diving session booked...you'll soon be hooked 😉

The Gould Family

The weekend was absolutely brilliant, we enjoyed every minute of it and have spent the day talking about it and viewing pics on Facebook. I was still buzzing so did not sleep much, oh well. May I take this opportunity to thank yourself, Lisa and Dave for a really enjoyable and informative month and for your patience and skills while teaching us. You made us feel safe and welcome. I am really glad I chose you over many others. We are looking forward to many more dives with all of you.

Rachel Green

I really cannot recommend Dive South highly enough. I did the open water diver course with them and started last year, I had some troubles with one of the skills and my ears and finally completed the course this year. They were so patient and supportive, I don't think I would have completed it otherwise. All the instructors really know their stuff and explain things thoroughly. Safety is paramount. I'm so pleased I chose them to learn with, they are great guys and really fun and I'm looking forward to building on my diving skills with them in the future.

Darlene Reid

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, Lisa, Rich, Dave and the rest of the Dive South crew. Amazing couple of days diving at Lundy Island with a great crowd of passionate divers - thanks to you all for your patience. Anyone thinking of diving in the UK - do it with Dive South they are FAB!!!!

David 'Eagle' Stone

A massive thanks for all your patience and help which allowed me to get my PADI Open Water. I was in two minds whether to get it in Egypt or the UK and I was very lucky to decide to learn with you guys. At times it was harder than I thought it would be, but you always gave me the confidence to believe in myself and I very much appreciate all your kindness. From that first pool session to the final dive, Lisa, you were always reassuring and calm even when I hit a sticking point you just calmly said it’s nothing and we went on and Richard’s encouraging fist bumps were always welcome. Finally I will never forget the extra pool session when I realised I could hover, it was magic… I feel more like an eagle and less like a pigeon:)

Tim Paradise

I cannot recommend this fantastic, friendly, safety conscious, knowledgeable and experienced club enough. Having already learned the basics whilst traveling in 2012 I was doing exactly the same as I imagine you are right now, searching online and Facebook to find a local club to both learn more and dive with socially. Well look no further, simply contact Lisa, Rich, Dave or Scott and they will welcome you with open arms. I am proud to call them not only my ‘Dive club’ but friends and encourage you all to get involved.

Jonathan Humphreys

Thank you so much for an awesome weekend, and please thank Dave also for leading me on the PADI Advanced Open Water course. It feels a little strange to say but the deep dive on Sunday actually felt as good as any of the dives I had out in Thailand!

We look forward to diving with you soon:)

For more information please email info@divesouth.co.uk