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,
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
Four, and the WA
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.
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.
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
PDA’s purpose built dive vessels.
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
Martin now manages the Fremantle store, as well as developing the
printing and publication needs of the company.