May start plan for dive centre
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