Leap into the World of Diving

About Below the Surface

For more than 26 years, Below the Surface has provided scuba diving instruction to people in West Yorkshire. Our experienced instructors are highly-qualified, and passionate about teaching you to dive. Everything we do is tailored to you, and that is why we have such an array of sessions available. Join us, and see why we enjoy diving so much!

A Session for You

As mentioned above, everything we do is centred on you. That’s why we offer classes for children as young as eight, and allow you to improve your diving qualifications up to the highest level. Whether you want to just try out diving, or you want to learn about underwater photography, we have a class perfect for you.

Experienced Instructors

Each of our instructors is experienced, passionate, and friendly. They’re here to guide you on your diving journey, and love seeing each individual success wether that’s your very first venture with PADI discover Scuba or seeing you complete your PADI pro training.

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Bill Painter

Bill has been diving for more than 45 years, and has been familiar with the water since the age of 14. He was a military diver until 1986 and has been teaching recreational diving ever since. He is both a BSAC and PADI instructor, and he joined Below the Surface in 1991. Bill has dived and taught all over the world.

He said: “I work in the biggest fish tank in the world and I love it! It’s the best office imaginable. I still get a kick when my students finish their course and I see the pleasure in their faces! You just can’t beat it! I love to dive in the UK, and my favourite dive site is the summer isles in Scotland. Even the Great Barrier Reef has to come second to it.”

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Sally Painter

Sally joined below the surface as a student in 2009 and is now an instructor. She is now responsible for the accounts and administration. She said: “My hero as a child was Jacques Cousteau and diving was a long held ambition. I love diving both in the colder waters of the UK and in warmer climes. My favourite dive site has to be the Great Barrier Reef, but I am still looking! I found more than the love of diving with Below the Surface; I also found a husband and best friend in Bill."

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In 2010, Ian was bought a try dive by his wife. This is where his passion started, and he has recently passed his dive master qualification. He said: “Diving opens up another world and I love it. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and you get to experience life under the water. Now that I’m at dive master standard, and I really enjoy helping to introduce people of all ages to the scuba diving experience. Try it, you might love it too!”

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Brian Kerr

Brian is a Master Scuba Diver &  has been helping Bill out for many years,  he joined Below the Surface in 1996. Since then he has gained qualifications, all while being there whenever we need help. He loves diving in the Scottish waters and St Abbs is a particular favourite. Brian is always up for a dive trip, and he’s an invaluable member of the team. He always provides help and support, is fantastic with kids, is very enthusiastic, and we’re lucky to have him. His wife Carole also helps out with amazing repair skills to kit, she is truly able to repair anything!

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After doing a Discover scuba whilst on holiday in Cyprus in 1994 & again in 1995,John decided he wanted to further his scuba diving skills & came to Below the Surface. He certainly had the skills & we have enjoyed watching him develop. He says of his recent development into dive master training ..." Becoming a dive master means I am able to help & support others who are keen to learn the art of scuba"

We are happy to have John join the team & are grateful for the work & effort he puts in.

Call us, in West Yorkshire, to find out more about our scuba diving school.