As a leading dive school in Carriacou, we have our customers' needs right at the heart of our business. We work hard to ensure that when you work with anyone in Deefer Diving it will be remembered only as a good experience. We are passionate about scuba diving, and this shows throughout our dive school. Our management team have many years experience and are all formidable divers. Our customer service is core to the success of Deefer Diving and we guarantee that you will go away happy every time. Safety is of paramount importance to us and our customers, and this is carefully considered throughout our day to day activities. We have a friendly fun loving dive team, that is approachable and above all, experts in their respective fields, ensuring that you get the best dive experience on every occasion. Our commitment and dedication to diving shows in the resounding success we have seen over the years.
Jacquito is equipped to carry up to 6 divers and staff, and features a small cabin, which is used as a dry storage area. Jacquito is available for trips to other islands and exclusive charters. Powered by 2 x Yamaha 150 hp engines, Jacquito makes trips to the Southern cays and Isle de Rhonde a breeze! Jacquito is also available for transfers to/from Union Island for our divers, and occasional trips to the Tobago Cays.
Designed by divers for divers, much thought and years of diving experience have gone into the Phoenix’s design, creating a perfect platform for diving & snorkeling in the waters around Carriacou. Featuring a 266 ft dive deck and 140 sq ft sun deck, Phoenix can carry up to 16 divers and snorkellers, and because of the layout of the boat, it never feels crowded! When diving from Phoenix each diver can bring a snorkeller along for free!
Gary Ward is a PADI Master Instructor, who, since turning professional in 2011, has had the privilege of training hundreds of divers in the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. Gary is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Henley Business College. He is an excellent mentor and patient teacher and loves nothing more than seeing the bright happy faces of new students. Gary enjoys challenging diving, particularly on wrecks. He maintains it is all about pushing the envelope, but in a safe and well planned way. Gary is actively involved in the Marine Conservation effort to help to protect the marine environment in Carriacou.
Alex is a keen underwater naturalist and photographer. She has excellent knowledge of all the marine life found in the waters around Carriacou. Born in Austria and raised in England, Alex speaks both English and German fluently, and enjoys teaching in both languages. Alex is often described a born teacher, and loves helping new divers discover a love for the underwater world. With a background in IT, she is the team's computer wizard. She also administers Deefer Diving's social media. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and taking care of her menagerie of animals. Her favourite way of spending an evening is curled up on the sofa with her dog Padi and a good book.
Matt joined the Deefer Diving team in 2014. Having spent 17 years in the British Army, it was during a career break that Matt came across the beautiful island of Carriacou and decided to stay! With a background in Marine Biology, Matt has combined his love of diving with marine conservation and now works closely with government representatives to establish and deliver projects on Carriacou to both sustain and protect the beautiful reefs around the island. When not under water, Matt can be found chasing the wind... wind surfing and kite surfing - it’s a tough life!
Born in Carriacou, and following in the footsteps of his brothers, who have also worked at Deefer Diving in the past, Andre joined the Deefer Diving team in March 2016 as a dedicated boat skipper. He is a scuba diving natural and is a wonderful dive guide. Andre is also a keen lionfish hunter, and will accompany lionfish hunting dives whenever possible.
Andre enjoys the technical aspects of diving and has recently completed a CCR diver training course. He is a patient diving instructor, who loves to teach entry level courses.
Jon is a highly qualified rebreather and recreational diver instructor. He is the Macgyver of team and always willing to help to turn a scientific tool idea in reality. He has been working closely with scientists for the past 10 years and understand well the challenges, frustrations and overwhelming results of conservation and science projects. His contribution goes beyond make cool instruments a reality, his technical dive skills has resulted in the discovery of a new species from the twilight zone.
Dean joined us on March 2019 as boat skipper. He’s very enthusiastic about marine life and diving, more than enough reason to go all the way from Open Water to Rescue Diver this past year. His amazing charisma makes him a great host to our customers on our boat Phoenix, whom will always see a warm smile on his face as he enjoys every day rides around the island. As a kayak, Dean is a fan of local cuisine, all festivals and its characteristic music.
Nora is originally from Punta Arenas, in Patagonia – Chile. She first came to Carriacou in May 2018 to join Caribbean Reef Buddy's volunteer program and promptly fell in love with the island, its marine life and sea creatures, so decided to make a change of careers for a couple of years and return on 2019 on a more permanent basis to join our CRB team as a Fish ID specialist. Nora is also working as a diving instructor for our partners Deefer Diving, enjoying fun dives every day at the Isle of Reefs. Her favorite creatures are the juvenile smooth trunkfish and the elegant black durgeon triggerfish.
Karen's bio coming soon!
Providivng excellent service and sharing our love for the underwater world lie at the heart of our small business. We pride ourselves on the number of our happy customers who return to us time & again!
The following reviews have come from our Trip Advisor page.
Just had 8 dives. I have always enjoyed diving and have had great experiences but these people are the best don’t miss out.
This is our second trip to Carriacou and diving with Alex, Gary and the team. Back in 2013 they'd not been their long. Then it was smaller, with a highly personalised service and I recall it being fun, safe, efficient and worth coming back to.... More
If you want to try diving but are slightly terrified(!) then I highly recommend Deefer Diving. The team are all very professional, reassuring and welcoming and made our morning very enjoyable. Matt, Shanna and Nora were great dive buddies and ideal for beginners. It was an amazing experience and one I can’t wait to try again! Thanks guys!
10 weeks with Deefer Diving was barely enough time for me. During my stay, the immensely knowledgeable staff helped me progress from Advanced Open Water diver to Divemaster, with many specialties in between. I have been blown away by the quality of teaching and their commitment to the preservation of the stunning reefs. It is very rare to find a place with such professionalism that also makes you feel a part of the family. I am eternally grateful for this experience and I shall be returning as soon as I can!
A group of 14 of us went to Carriacou for a week of diving with Deefer Diving. The folks at Deefer Diving did a fantastic job! The staff was professional and friendly, they did a great job seeing that we not only had great diving but that we had a great trip. They assisted with making dinner suggestions and reservations, finding us transportation to restaurants and helped to book an island tour for us. I'm looking forward to going back there again sometime for more great diving. Would definitely book again with Deefer Diving.
My wife and I booked a dive-and-stay package with Deefer Diving and we couldn't be more happy with the services provided. This is an extremely well organized operation with a large catamaran dive boat. Most dive sites are a 20-minute or less away and they are absolutely spectacular. A special "thank you!" goes to my dive master Kate for making my 8 dives nothing short of fantastic! Highly recommended.
Deefer diving have been amazing to dive with. All the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, and the service is infallible. I felt completely relaxed as soon as I arrived and could tell they were very flexible in order to accommodate any of our needs. I did 6 dives with them and every one of them was different and enjoyable, the dive sites are fantastic with some amazing corals and marine life. The staff to customer ratio is good on all dives, and we felt really well looked after. The kit is also of very good quality all around and basically the whole experience was faultless!! I will be returning to dive with deefer diving, thank you for such a great experience!!
We spent a week on Carriacou and did 8 dives with Deefer. An excellent setup. Very professional , safe and friendly. The coral here is healthy and there is an abundance of sealife including nurse sharks , turtles and eagle rays.
Deefer arranged a night dive for us which was excellent, lots of wacky stuff.
My wife was able to snorkel from the boat while we dived and probably saw as much good stuff as we did!
We dived mainly with Bob and Andrei as divemasters both of whom were very safe and paced the dives well. Highly recommended.