Centre builds region’s dive credentials
QUICKSILVER officially opened its new, state-of-theart dive centre in Port Douglas this week.
The $3.85 million dive centre is the only dedicated 5-Star PADI Training and Instructor Development Centre in Port Douglas.
The four-metre-deep pool is set to complement Quicksilver’s current services and will offer a range of courses including four-day open water course, advanced open water, rescue diver and dive master.
Quicksilver Group managing director Tony Baker said the centre will attract more visitors to Port Douglas.
“We know we will attract a new market to Port Douglas who will be spending up to a week in local accommodations and participate in other evening activities,” Mr Baker said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the investment by Quicksilver, which would entice more visitors to the region, reinforced Queensland’s status as an international dive destination.
“This new, purpose-built dive training centre in Port Douglas will play a pivotal role in growing dive tourism in the Tropical North,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Queensland is home to the largest recreational snorkelling and diving sector in the country and this exciting investment represents a real commitment to the state’s diving industry.
“That means a future for sustainable tourism jobs in the region.
“The message we’re sending to tourists is – come and have a fabulous holiday in Port Douglas and surrounds, learn to dive and get up close and personal with one of the seven wonders of the natural world.”
Quicksilver chairman Shin Watari and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officially open the new dive centre in Port Douglas.