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 Perth Diving Academy

Perth Diving Academy (PDA) commenced trading in February 1978. The company has specialised in all forms of diver training, retail diving equipment sales and the operation of purpose built dive charter boats. First established as a partnership, the original partners were Simon Jones and Hugh Morrison. On 22 June 1982 Perth Diving Academy became an incorporated proprietary limited company. A third director/shareholder, Martin Jones, was appointed in 1984.

In December, 1988 PDA commenced construction of their new purpose built dive training facility in Balcatta, which included retail dive store, dive training pool and classrooms. This facility was completed in August 1989 and in June 1990 they commenced construction of their purpose built dive charter vessel, Lionfish II, which was launched in December 1990.

In 1992, PDA expanded further with the construction of another purpose designed diver training and diving retail facility at Rous Head in North Fremantle. An additional diving vessel, Lionfish III, was purchased at this time to support the new store.

1998 saw the construction of the $1.1 million dollar charter vessel, Lionfish IV. At twenty four metres long the boat is the largest specialist dive charter vessel in Perth.

PDA training activities have also included diving programmes for the WA Police, AUSCDT Four, and the WA Maritime Museum.

A strategic purchase and development policy has resulted in Perth Diving Academy Pty Ltd being one of the largest turnover diving store in Australia. They have the longest established partnership with original owners in the Australian recreational diving industry and have established a highly respected standing in both the recreational and commercial diving community. For more information on PDA check out their website.

 Hugh Morrison - Director, TUCF

From January 1969 to December 1972 Hugh Morrison undertook teachers training at the Mount Lawley Teachers College. He was employed as a teacher from 1973 to 1978. Since then he has been a Director of and Instructor at Perth Diving Academy.

Hugh's love of shells led to his involvement in the scuba diving in the early 70's. Since then he has become one of the leading instructor trainers in the industry. He has dived throughout the world and led major cave diving expeditions on the Nullabor Plains.

Hugh has co-authored the text “International Scuba Diver” which has sold in excess of 100,000 copies in Australia as well as a number of other diving text books.

In 1982 he helped develop the Australian Coaching Programme for diving, a joint Australian Underwater Federation/Federal Government initiative which formed the basis for the federal funding of diver training for the following six years.

In 1985 Hugh was a founding member of the Australian Scuba Council, a body made up of all recreational dive training agencies in Australia, and in 1986 co-developed the Australian Code of Practice for diving which was used by Standards Australia as the basis for all subsequent Australian recreational diving standards.

Hugh was appointed to WA Government task force on diving in 1988, to investigate diving accidents and advise the Minister of appropriate needs and actions.

In 1991 Hugh was presented with the 1991 “TASCA” award for services to diving by the Australian Diving Industry.

Having personally trained the majority of the NASDS Instructors in Australia, Hugh’s diving and instructional ability is acknowledged throughout the country. As a professional educator, he oversees the areas of dive instruction and commercial diver training.

Hugh is the manager of the PDA Balcatta Store. You can check out Hugh's specialist shell website.

 Simon Jones

From February 1978 to the present, Simon Jones has been employed as a director, instructor and boats’ skipper at Perth Diving Academy.

Since qualifying as an instructor in 1978, Simon has worked in all areas of the scuba industry. Acknowledged throughout Australia as a diving equipment specialist. Simon manages a hydrostatic test station, service department and also takes responsibility for the running of Lionfish IV, PDA’s purpose built dive vessels.

 Martin Jones

Martin Jones has been involved with the service industry since 1976, the same year he qualified as a diver.

Following his honourable discharge from the Royal Australian Air Force in 1984, Martin took up the position of director with Perth Diving Academy.

Martin now manages the Fremantle store, as well as developing the printing and publication needs of the company.

   
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