Bolton Area Divers began in 1996 with two friends Neil and Ray setting up on Tonge Moor Road. After a year running, we gained our PADI status and we began running courses! Later on the centre was moved to Sharples Avenue and ran alongside a sandwich shop- Sue’s Baps!
In 2003 Bolton Area Divers then brought in 11 shareholders as Neil and Ray had decided to leave for other ventures, this then lead on to us becoming a limited business in 2004. At this time we also moved to our current premises on Tennyson Street in 2004.
In 2004 the centre had 2 dive instructors, 9 divemasters and 20 club members.
Following on from this the centre grew year by year. In 2007 we made the shop bigger and brought in more stock and school equipment with a specialise room for servicing.
In 2009 after just over 5 years of hard work and building up the business, we have gone from strength to strength. All this hard work had paid off in that we were awarded the higher status of PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre.
This means we could teach people to come instructors too!
In 2011 we were awarded the ability to teach EFR course and then in 2016 we also became a Tec Diving centre. Finally in 2017 we also became an official youth diving centre too.
In 2014 Matt and Shereen became the directors of the company and we now have 5 shareholders altogether instead of 11.
With a 40 member strong staff and a club of around 350 people, Bolton Area Divers Ltd continues to provide first class PADI diver training and recreational diving club events, including club trips and social events.