Richard Nicholls

Richard Nicholls

About You and Dive Centre Manly…

My name:
Richard Nicholls

My job function in the company:

Years in business: 
21 years

About Dive Centre Manly:
Dive Centre Manly is situated close to Sydney’s best dive sites. Being a multi-award winning PADI 5 Star Instructor training facility, we offer a complete range of dive courses from Discover Scuba to Instructor level and beyond – including Sydney’s most talked about Learn to Dive course. Our fun and unique skilled based training programs, have continually produced better divers – when you finish a program with us, you will have gained the confidence and skills necessary to enjoy a lifetime of diving – we guarantee that you won’t be able to wait to jump back in the water again. And learning to dive has never been easier – we have Learn to Dive programs starting up to 5 times a week and are taught by some of the most experienced dive staff in Australia including 2 PADI Course Directors, Staff Instructors, Master Scuba Diver Trainers and Divemasters. Our brand new retail & dive training centre with Sydney’s newest heated on site purpose built dive training pool and state of the art classrooms, ensures your learning experience is comfortable, fun and most importantly time effective. Many people do not realise the diverse and fascinating diving that spectacular Sydney has to offer. Our local dive sites includes a marine reserve, with outstanding underwater sea life such as Wobbegong and Port Jackson sharks, huge friendly Blue Gropers, giant cuttlefish and the unique Weedy Sea dragon.

Goal(s) for 2013:
To further grow our PADI training and develop our fantastic team of Instructors, Dive Masters and retail staff.

Greatest achievement in 2012:
Having done a total refurbishment of our Retail Store late in 2011, we have been delighted to see strong growth in all aspects of the business. Our restructured two day Open Water Course, with e-learning and small groups of 4 has proved to be a winner.
About You, “The Professional”…

What I find most rewarding about my job:
I have been diving for 25 years and have been a PADI Course Director since 1995 and I still get great satisfaction from seeing new divers overcome their concerns and attain that initial qualification. I am really proud of the role we have played in the local community over a number of years and have introduced generations of our customers to this wonderful activity.

What I am most proud of (professionally):
A tough question – but being in business for over 20 years is up there. Also our most recent refurbishment of our retail shop and the development of our custom built training centre. The role I played in pioneering the introduction of Nitrox and mixed gas diving to Australia in the early nineties is something I am proud of.

Greatest piece of business advice I ever received:
I always listen to my wife! She has her own Retail Consultancy business and has given me great advice over the last 21 years on many aspects of the business. Also listening to my customers.

Where I see myself and/or business in 5 years:
With the current team in place the business will continue to grow. Who knows, in 5 years I may be able to retire! Would still be involved in diving though!
About You, “The Person”… 

Favorite place to dive:
In Australia, The Great Barrier Reef and the SS Yongala wreck and of course our local dive site Shelly Beach in Manly. Reef diving would be Papua New Guinea, wreck diving – Truk Lagoon.Most memorable dive experience:
Over 8000 dives – too many to list!Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I used to be a professional golfer.

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