Bolton Area Divers are recruiting!

We have an exciting job position available here at BAD!

Are you passionate about Scuba Diving and want to work in the industry?

This role is ideal for an energetic and enthusiastic PADI Diver. Working in this busy Dive Centre, you will gain experience in all aspects of Dive Centre operation. Ideally you need to be a PADI Rescue Diver or above, looking to work towards becoming an Instructor soon.

Roles and responsibilities will include:

Daily Dive Centre operation including customer calls, equipment advice and sales, marketing, cylinder filling, supporting instructional staff / instructing, administration, assisting with club dives, servicing.

Person specification:

Qualifications – hold qualifications at A level standard (or equivalent) as a minimum (ideally educated to degree level).

You must be a qualified PADI Diver. Ideally, you should be a minimum PADI Rescue Diver, looking to become an Instructor (ideally PADI OWSI or above).

Attitude – The ideal candidate must have a positive ‘can do’ attitude and a genuine interest in Scuba Diving. You will need to be flexible, helpful and adaptable and have excellent customer service skills. A professional attitude and the ability to get on well with a wide range of people is very important. You must have a willingness to learn about scuba equipment for sales and servicing purposes.

Skills – You must have excellent communication skills and the ability to multi-task. You should have a proven track record of being able to manage your own workload and prioritise effectively to achieve required outcomes.

You must be able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail and accuracy and have good IT skills. You should be technically-minded and able to demonstrate a good standard of literacy and numeracy.

It is a requirement of the job you have own vehicle and are able to drive.


Your salary will be £20,000pa, based on working 39.5 hours per week, including evenings and weekends. You will also receive significant discounts on Scuba Diving training courses, Scuba equipment and dive trips.


Bolton Area Divers, Tennyson Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester BL1 3DX is the main place of work. However, you will also be required to work at a range of dive sites around the UK with your role.

The Company:

Bolton Area Divers has been established for 24 years. It has grown over this time into one of the top ranking PADI Dive Centres in the UK.

Staffed predominantly by volunteers, the Dive Centre has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

We offer high quality PADI Scuba Diving instruction, a well-stocked retail store and a very active dive club.

How to apply:

If you are interested in the vacancy and meet the criteria given, please email your CV and a cover letter to Within your application, please explain what relevant experience you have and why this job interests you. If you wish to discuss any aspects of the role before applying, please call the Dive Centre on 01204 394441.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £20,000.00 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Employee discount
  • On-site parking


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
Staff are testing regularly
Customers and staff wear masks in the shop area
Surfaces and equipment are sanitized regularly

We look forward to hearing from you!

Club Trip Dive Programmes

By Katie Broadley 25/02/2022

We like to have trips for everyone

Here at Bolton Area Divers we host plenty of trips throughout the year. Starting from entry level socialising club meets at Capernwray Dive Centre all the way up to once in a lifetime holidays to Truk Lagoon, Maldives, the Philippines etc.

We usually run two trips a month within the UK and a couple of trips abroad throughout the year. We have holidays to Malta (which is an an annual B.A.D tradition) and of course to Egypt.

If you are new to diving or even one of our longer time club members you may be wondering which trips are best for you.

What does this mean for you as a club member?

We have always planned our trips with a bit of everything for everyone in mind. From the brand new PADI Open Water Diver who have done 4 training dives to the seasoned instructor who has 1000s of dives under their belt and also enjoys technical diving!

Therefore we like to let our club members know which trip is suitable for what they want. We do this by running different dive programmes. All you need to do is pick which one fits to you and then look out for the trips we are running that are suitable for your programme.

Let me explain further…

Let’s start at the very beginning! If you are brand new to scuba diving and want to get going, look for the ‘DDP’ sticker on the trips we advertise. This is great for someone who wants to find buddies and build up their experience gently. This is for a diver who will gradually gain experience first in freshwater then into shore diving and finally boat diving. You may also have decided to give UK diving a go after only ever diving warmer climates abroad and need to build up your experience in a drysuit.

This programme is best suited to someone who has been diving in the UK and has a suitable variety of experience in freshwater and saltwater, from the shore and from boats. You know what to expect from a UK dive trip and feel confident with your dive skills. Look out for the ‘ADP’ sticker as these trips are a little more advanced and suitable for you.

These trips hit shallower levels therefore are great for PADI Junior Open Water divers. They may be shore dives or from a boat. They are great for the raring young scuba divers out there who dream of one day being a marine biologist and can’t wait to see what is under the waves. Parents/guardians look out for the ‘CDP’ sticker on our trips.

Speaking of marine biologists this moves me onto our next programme. The ‘CE’ stick indicates a trip that has some conservational or environmental aspects to it such as a beach clean within it or a PADI Project Aware course. This is why non-divers can take part too! You can be a brand new diver or a experienced diver to take part in this programme.

Last but most certainly not least- the ‘TD’ sticker is for those techies out there. These trips are specifically for divers who enjoy deeper diving and has the experience and set up to do so. You need to very experienced and confident to take part in these trips. You may only want to do these types of trips so keep your eyes peeled for this sticker.

Come and dive with us

So to round up, have a look through what trips we have to offer and look out for which programme best suits your needs. With our specially designed programmes we have all of club members in mind and want to provide something for everyone.

How do you view our trips and book a place?

To see our exciting schedule of trips we have coming up for this year just sign up to our newsletter here. Or you can join both our facebook pages- the main centre one and the club one.

You can give us a call on 01204 394441 and you can also pop down to the centre to see what we have going on (we will get the kettle on!). Finally if you have any questions or want to get involved just email us here.

Meet the Staff- Vol 1

By Katie Broadley 11/11/2021

Every couple of months we will be doing a quick interview with each of our staff members. We would warmly like to start off this segment with Paul Greenough, one of our longest running instructors!

Name: Paul Greenough

What is your dive qualification: I am a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

When and where did you learn to dive?: I learnt with Bolton Area Divers in 2002!

What is your favourite piece of dive equipment?: My optical mask.

Name one place that is on your bucket list for diving: I would really love to head to the Maldives and the Great Barrier Reef.

Describe a memorable dive: One of my most memorable dives from a couple of years ago was the Shinkoku Maru in Truuk Lagoon. We penetrated and there was so much amazing history to be seen. There was a huge mast to ascend, via crows nest, at 90 deg to surface which was just incredible to see.

What is your go to dive advice: Don’t drink and dive, especially at the same time, the water ruins the taste of the Shiraz!!

Do you prefer wreck diving or scenic: Wreck, wreck, wreck every time!!!

What is your favourite sealife creature to see or wish to see?: I wish to see and am yet to dive with a manta however my favourite to see is a large porcupine fish.

Show us some dive images of yourself:

Thanks Paul!

Scuba Escape

By Katie Broadley 18/05/2021

Leanne Clowes and Clare Dutton (From Dutton Divers) kindly invited me to their trial day of the brand new and one of a kind Scuba Escape at Vivian Quarry.

After hearing so much about this new experience happening in the Scuba world, and seeing lots on social media, the time had eventually come to head over to Wales to see what it was all about.

After a 5am get up and a McDonalds breakfast, we set off to Hafan Marina, Pwllheli, ready for a day of the unexpected.

On arriving, we were shown around Dutton Diver’s new building, complete with shop, classrooms and presentation room, servicing area and a pool! It was great to see how much they have got going on. We made our brews and settled down to the briefings for the day.

Clare and Leanne took us through what we could expect and the story behind Scuba Escape. Fuelled by a lot of imagination and passion, Scuba Escape began back in October over a game of lockdown Monopoly. No spoilers! But it is easy to see the amount of creativity that has gone into creating this, it’s really inspiring to see.

So, what is it? Scuba Escape consists of 6 underwater games. Each with a different theme and a different story. Each of these having several different endings too so no game is quite the same! You can find the treasure from the pirates, be in a video game, solve a murder or even defuse a bomb! Don’t forget to run from the zombies. Or grab the money in for the money heist!

The day takes place with two dives and lunch in between. You have two dives to complete your game or risk losing and doing the photo of shame (we will come to that  later!)

Clare and Leanne have personally written and designed (apart from the zombie one) these unique games, and excitingly they have been approved by PADI as certifications that can be used towards achieving your PADI Master Scuba Diver qualification!

After lunch, we headed to Vivian Quarry. The first thing I was noticed was how pretty Vivian quarry is and as it’s almost hidden, it’s lovely to walk through the big red gates and see. You can see the mining history as you walk in, with a mine cart hanging down and the rocks cascading down into the waters edge. As the quarry is rented out when you are playing the games, it is peaceful and quiet.

Our game was the Legend of Syreni. This focuses on navigation skills and peak performance buoyancy skills. We were given our knowledge reviews to learn previously. On entrance to the quarry, we were greeted by some pirates and mermaids, who introduced us to the game, we split into 2 groups and then it was time to dive in!

Photo credit Mark Evans/
Photo credit Mark Evans/


I won’t go into details too much as to what happened underwater as I do not want to spoilt the game however the aim was to find so many objects, and I can confirm we did come out of the water with the correct number of objects…apparently… though we did have a nudge from Clare to the location of one object so unfortunately, we did not win the game, officially we lost!

Overall, I must say it was great to be involved in something new and exciting in the dive industry.

I had such a fun day! It was so good to mix up a quarry dive and I found that it was a lovely challenge to take part in. We all came out of the quarry laughing and smiling.

The main thing I want to applaud is Clare and Leanne’s creativity and drive. Details are in the pipe line for a trip from Bolton area divers with these guys for Scuba Escape in the future and also to do some shore/boat diving, so watch out for these future events with the club. If you want something different, good fun and a new diving challenge to add to your trip list, this is an experience I would definitely recommend!

Photo credit to Scuba Escape/

The Shop Reopens…

By Matt McMinn 14/06/2020

Here at BAD, we are excited to get opened and get going again after being closed throughout lockdown. We have just spent the last week sprucing up the place with some paint and some DIY ing!

To compliment the new look dive centre we have a new website which will also be going live tomorrow morning.

When we open tomorrow on Monday 15th June we will be adhering to social distancing and will able to cater for six people at a time in the shop.

At present we will be offering sales, servicing and air fills and will concentrating on rearranging all our postponed courses ready for when the pool and dive sites reopen.

We hope everyone is looking forward to getting back in the water as we are.

In the meantime, check out some more of our photos from our centre.

Happy diving (soon)