Deefer Diving is the premier PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and SSI Diamond Centre. We pride ourselves on the number of our happy customers who return to us time & again!

Deefer Diving Carriacou Mission Statement


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.

Dive with Deefer Diving Carriacou: Dive Boat Phoenix


A purpose-built dive boat designed by divers for divers!

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!


Deefer Diving Carriacou is made up of a team of dedicated SSI & PADI Instructors & Divemasters, who love what they're doing and have a passion for the underwater world. If you would like to know our team a little bit better, follow us on social media! We post regularly, aiming to provide you with a fun & informative glimpse of dive life on Carriacou.
Gary Ward PADI Master Instructor

Gary Ward

Master Instructor, IANTD Rebreather Instructor

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.

Nora Valdes, SSI DiveMaster Instructor

Nora Valdes

Open Water Scuba Instructor 

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 the Deefer team as an Open Water Instructor. Nora is incredibly patient and caring when it comes to her students, they will always leave a course with the biggest smile! She enjoys fun diving every day at the Isle of Reefs, truly living the dream. 

Steve Ellery

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Steve is a PADI and SSI Instructor who joined us with a wealth of experience developed in Asia and the South Pacific islands. Formerly in the British Fire Service, Steve has become our technician and Scuba MacGyver.

Jon Wright, Instructor

Racqs Ward  

Business Operations Director 

Racqs is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant from The Philippines. She came to Carriacou on March 2023 and fell in love with the island and decided to officially join the team in May 2023. Racqs looks after the whole logistics and running of the operation and make things stick. She is very detail-oriented and manages to keep track of everything that needs to happen and everything that's going on too.

Prior to joining the Deefer team, she previously worked as an Accountant in a construction company in St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

Alex Ward PADI IDC Staff Instructor

"Prince" Harry   


Harry came to Deefer Diving just over 4 years ago. A tiny kitten, just skin & bones, he was rescued by Sally from the Kayak Cafe and brought to us one rainy afternoon. With lots of love and good food, Harry has become a wonderful sociable character, an essential member of our team: everything is more fun when there's a Harry involved! Harry loves snuggling up to scuba gear, and is forever looking for new & wonderful places to sleep. His fine figure is the envy of all island cats! Harry's favourite food is freshly caught lionfish - truly sustainable and so tasty. Any visit to Deefer Diving is not complete without a hello from our Harry!

Shak Marcelle, Skipper

Shak Marcelle   

Boat Skipper  

Shak joined the team in 2023. He's since started to learn to dive and has already attained his Advanced Open Water certification.

Shak  loves the ocean and everything in it, his passion and curiosity for the underwater world will definitely rub off on anyone he interacts with.

When not expertly skippering Phoenix, Shak loves the 'slappin' bones' and will challenge anyone to an exciting game of Dominoes

Deefer Diving Carriacou Grenada
Deefer Diving Carriacou, Main Street, Hillsborough, Cariacou, Grenada W. I.


Located centrally in Hillsborough
We are located on Main Street, around 50m past Ade’s Dream Supermarket and less than 20m from Wayne's Auto Rental, on your right hand side, opposite the beach.

Just 10 minutes drive from Tryell Bay 
Jump into a local taxi and ask them to take you to Deefer Diving in Hillsborough! The drive will take you about 10 minutes through the middle of the island.


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.

Review for Deefer Diving Carriacou

“Great dives”

- Stuart. Reviewed February 2020.

My wife and I had a lovely time diving in Carriacou with Deefer Diving. We did 3 days of diving plus a night dive. The crew was very friendly and helpful and the other divers were a pleasure to meet. We saw sea turtles, nurse sharks, eagle rays, an octopus, and much more. The reefs were colorful with lots to explore. Hope to come back soon!

Review for Deefer Diving Carriacou

"Two wonderful snorkeling trips!"

- Dan. Reviewed January 2020.

Deefer Diving took me on two awesome snorkelling trips in Carriacau. They took me out to this idyllic, small island to snorkel on my own, which is what I like. Then they came back and picked me up after, very convenient. I also explored another Island that they dropped me off at which offered snorkelling and some light hiking, too cool! The Deefer crew were real pro's and easy going when it came to times, equipment, locations, etc. They have a real sweet cat lurking around too.

Review for Deefer Diving Carriacou

“Incredible Experience!”

- Hylas. Reviewed January 2020.

I received my Padi certification through Deefer Diving and could not have scripted a more wonderful experience if I tried! Alex and Gary, along with the entire Deefer Diving team are professional, extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about diving and the preservation of our underwater eco system. I would highly recommend Deefer Diving to any and all divers, from beginners to the advanced. You will not be disappointed!

Review for Deefer Diving Carriacou

“Like family, only better ;-)”

- Capt Stephan. Reviewed January 2020

The Deefer diving team are caring, patient, safety conscious, detailed, and fun. They took time to work with us on our individual issues and made the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable. I highly recommend them.

Review for Deefer Diving Carriacou

“Outstanding diving & great center”

- Adel. Reviewed January 2020.

I did 13 dives including one night dive. I highly recommend Deefer Diving center. The people are great and the service is excellent. The Diving is the best in Grenada. I did dive on the main Island & here. Carriacou has many more fish for sure. I would Definitely come back. All the boat rides are relatively short, the boat is very comfortable, and the diving is not hurried. They will also accumulate snorkelers and drop off your friends at the Sandy Island which I did.

Review for Deefer Diving Carriacou

“Very Informative Dive”

- Brittany. Reviewed October 2019.

This dive shop offered exceptional service. The newly renovated boat is amazing. We loved the ease of diving off it and the instructors were very informative about the reef restoration program that was going on throughout the island. The shop is situated within walking distance of many hotels and the drying station was wonderful. There was an IDC class ongoing while we visited that looked first class. Would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to get away and enjoy laid back diving! Thank You!

Review for Deefer Diving Carriacou

“Incredible experience”

- Sarah. Reviewed August 2019.

Did my open water certification with these guys and also did my advanced open water and DiveMaster certifications. The team is wonderful, they felt like family after diving with them. They’re keen to support and advise and they’re great fun to learn with. I’d highly recommend them to beginner dives and more experienced divers travelling through Carriacou & the Grenadines. Gorgeous dive shop and amazing dive sites

Review for Deefer Diving Carriacou

“Amazing Site and Scuba Masters! ”

- Kaitlyn. Reviewed June 2019.

My husband and I heard about the amazing scuba diving and snorkeling on Carriacou, so we booked with Deefer Diving. Karen, the office manager, was so prompt and helpful with her responses while we emailed about the dive. Gary, the owner, was a hilarious, optimistic, professional with whom I felt completely comfortable diving. Alex, Gary's wife, was a sweet, intelligent, professional who clearly cared about her clients and their experience by constantly checking in with us above and below water.


PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort
IANTD CCR instructor
Cressi Authorized Dealer
XS Scuba Authorized Dealer
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Caribbean Reef Buddy Marine Conservation Programs