Cen­tre builds re­gion’s dive cre­den­tials

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Quick­sil­ver chair­man Shin Watari and Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk of­fi­cially open the new dive cen­tre in Port Dou­glas.

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