In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…
What is the name of your business?
Valentine’s Dive Center
What is your role within the business?
How long has the business operated for?
Over 25 years
How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?
I have been diving since 1975, I am a PADI Dive Master
What is your favorite type of diving?
Big animal action diving (sharks, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, seals, whales)
If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?
Top shelf service on a great island with complementary professional underwater images provided to customers of all our dive and snorkeling trips.
What is your favorite dive in your location and why?
Current Cut is a high speed drift dive with high probability of big animal action. We have seen sharks, squadrons of Eagle Rays, turtles and more…
What types of diving are available in your location?
We have wreck dives, shallow and deep reef dives and drift dives.
What do you find most rewarding about your current role?
I get to dive daily with visiting clients and provide them with free underwater images that will keep their memories of diving with us alive.
What is your favorite underwater creature?
Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?
Yes! We are working with the Perry Institute of The Bahamas and Florida to set up coral nurseries.
As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?
We see the potential resources of our seas being depleted due to the high demand from customers for seafood.
Is your center involved in any environmental work?
Yes, as I mentioned above we are involved in an exciting project to help our coral reefs by setting up a coral nursery.
How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?
I would love to see the government policing the marine resources here in The Bahamas. We need Marine Protected Areas, limits on catch sizes and more protection of vulnerable species.
What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?
We specialize in divers just starting out, as well as those on vacation in The Bahamas.
Where can our visitors find out more about your business?