May start plan for dive cen­tre

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

THE Quick­sil­ver Group is div­ing into the new de­vel­op­ment of a pur­pose built Learn to Dive cen­tre on the cor­ner of Grant and Warner St. The ded­i­cated dive cen­tre is a first for Port Dou­glas and be­ing sit­u­ated in the heart of the town will pro­vide ease of ac­cess to the fa­cil­ity.

The pro­ject re­ceived de­vel­op­ment ap­proval late last year from the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and Quick­sil­ver is work­ing with the de­sign team to fi­nalise plans and then em­ploy a builder. It hopes to start site works in May.

Com­ment­ing on the Dive Cen­tre, manag­ing di­rec­tor Tony Baker said, “We are ex­tremely ex­cited about the de­vel­op­ment as it will al­low us to grow the learn to dive mar­ket in Port Dou­glas and in­tro­duce a dive spe­cialty re­tail out­let.

“We have fan­tas­tic dive sites off Port Dou­glas so build­ing this fa­cil­ity will pro­vide Quick­sil­ver the op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote a new ser­vice to more cus­tomers.

“We be­lieve the dive school will com­ple­ment the ser­vices Quick­sil­ver pro­vides and bring an­other di­men­sion for trav­ellers who are con­sid­er­ing a stay in Port Dou­glas.

“With a four-day dive course we hope to at­tract a new mar­ket who will be spend­ing up to a week in lo­cal ac­com­mo­da­tions and par­tic­i­pate in other evening ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pro­posed fa­cil­ity will be a new two storey build­ing and will in­clude a pur­pose built dive cen­tre which will in­clude a 13 x 7 me­tre pool with a shal­low depth of 1.35 me­tres at two ends and the mid­dle sec­tion go­ing down to 4 me­tres.

“What is re­ally ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive is the re­tractable roof al­low­ing us to op­er­ate in all weather con­di­tions. To com­ple­ment the pool will be class­rooms for the dive lessons, a dive spe­cialty re­tail out­let and of­fices.”

The de­vel­op­ment will in­clude car park­ing, street works with pedes­trian walk­ways and road up­grades.

Mr Baker said when the cen­tre is com­pleted Quick­sil­ver will need more staff to work along­side its cur­rent 245 staff in Port Dou­glas.

The planned Quick­sil­ver dive cen­tre on the cor­ner of Grant and Warner St, Port Dou­glas

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