Work starts on new dive cen­tre for Port Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Gizelle Ghidella

CON­STRUC­TION started yes­ter­day with soil tests on the $3.5 mil­lion Quick­sil­ver Dive School site, the first ever ded­i­cated learn-to-dive cen­tre for Port Dou­glas.

The de­sign, by Cairns’ CA Ar­chi­tects, fea­tures an above ground 4-me­tre deep pool with a glass view­ing wall from the re­tail area.

The Dive Cen­tre will ac­com­mo­date up to 48 stu­dents each week and 12 staff once com­pleted in mid 2018.

Com­pany Field Con­struc­tions has the con­tract for the build, with a team of 25 work­ers made up mostly of lo­cals.

Quick­sil­ver Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tony Baker is ex­cited to see the plans come life.

“We hope by the be­gin­ning of our peak sea­son in July next year we will have the first learn to dive cus­tomers,” he said.

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