Dive Shop Manager/Owner
Bryan started as a deckhand on day charters in Eilat, Israel, in 1996, working his way up to first NAUI Instructor, then crossing over to PADI. In 2000, he crossed the pond and spent the next 11 years working as an instructor in the Caribbean. Visiting 32 islands, he completed his SDI Instructor Trainer course in Maine, while also working up to PADI IDC Staff Instructor.
After managing Nassau Scuba Center in the Bahamas, he stepped out on his own with Sea Wolf Diving School in Montserrat and later in Antigua. He also started Extreme Marine Scuba in Antigua. In 2011, Bryan left Antigua to live in Canada, working as a dive specialist travel agent, launching www.scubadestinationdeals.com. The Caribbean drew him back in 2014 to help launch DiveCarib.
Having trained over 1,000 students, and done over 10,000 dives, he is still an active status Instructor Trainer and also brings his travel agent skills to DiveCarib to better assist customers with flights and accommodations.
“To call him a character would be an understatement, but beneath the eccentric exterior lurked a diver with levels of discipline and skill I have rarely seen on my travels. Leigh Cunningham is a tekkie fanatical to the point of fundamentalism. He likes to break depth records, race motorbikes through the Sinai Mountains and generally living on the edge”.
(www.Divernet.com, Chris Boardman)
Leigh was born in Britain on August 31, 1968. He started his diving career in Israel in 1993 with CMAS 1 + 2 star and PADI Divemaster course. After two years working in Israel, he spent a year in Central America exploring deep dive sites in the Caribbean, then moved to Dahab, Egypt, where he soon became a recreational instructor. His proximity to the Blue Hole in Dahab, where he worked, sparked his interest in diving deeper. He was aware of the Blue Hole’s reputation for claiming divers’ lives, and as such, embarked on training and education to give the site the respect it deserves.
Leigh says, “It’s a bit like the steeplejack – he will only fall off once, when you do this every day, you have to be prepared, every day.” With six dives below 200 meters, 50 dives between 150 – 200 meters, and more than 500 dives below 100 meters to his credit, Leigh is no stranger to deep diving. To date, Leigh has been diving for 22 years and logged over 6,000 dives and held two Red Sea’s depth records with dives to 220 meters and 240 meters in 2002. These two records were the part of the In Deep project, initiated by Leigh, which required a rigorous training plan including both mental and physical preparation. See his list of records.
Aside from breaking records, Leigh has a long list of diving achievements and expeditions under his belt, including:
2007-08: Jackfish Alley, cave survey/expedition project, Red Sea, Egypt
2009: HMS Manchester, wreck expedition, Mediterranean, Tunisia
2009: HMS Victoria, wreck expedition, Mediterranean, Lebanon
2010: HMS Hermes, wreck expedition, Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka
2011: WW2 Wreck expedition, Mediterranean, Sardinia
2011-12: SS Saratoga, wreck expedition, Pacific Ocean, MarshallIslands, Micronesia.
2012: Cave exploration expeditions, in-land Cenotes, Mexico. See more here.
2014: Cave survey/exploration project: Hidden Sanctum in-land caves, Thailand
Deep Stealth 2.0 Sidemount Diving in Blue Abyss, Pet Cemetery Cenote
It has been 20 years since he began his journey through the technical diving education required to facilitate this kind of diving. To date, Leigh is a CMAS three-star Instructor, TDI OC and CCR Cave Diving Instructor, SDI Instructor Trainer, TDI Instructor Trainer, PSA, OC and CCR Instructor Trainer, IANTD advanced Trimix Instructor, and DSAT Tec Trimix Instructor.
Louis started diving when he was 8 and has dived every year since that time. He has studied the science of the sea to degree level. Louis works well in a team and gets on with people. Louis likes to get things done; he was elected as one of 6 members of his school Council; at University he was elected to the Marine Biology Society Committee organizing both research projects and social events. Louis considers himself to be a “people person” and enjoys the interaction with customers. He has had good feedback on this aspect of his work.
PADI Diving Qualifications
- IDC Staff Instructor
- Tec 40
- EFR Instructor
- IAHD Adaptive SCUBA Professional
- Tec Rec Gas Blender Instructor
- Deep Instructor
- Enriched Air Instructor
- Equipment Specialist Instructor
- Wreck Instructor
- Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
- Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor
- Project Aware Instructor
- AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Sp Instructor
- Care for Children w/AED Instructor
- Dry Suit Diver
The Dive Shop
Our dive shop has been custom built for us on the grounds of the National Sailing Academy. The shop itself sits above the private docks with a great view over Falmouth Harbour. On the property, we have classrooms, an outside pavilion, restrooms, changing rooms, budget accommodations, and private dockage. And, of course, a great BBQ pit right in front of the shop.
Located on Dockside Road in English Harbour, we are a short walk or boat ride from local restaurants, shops, bars, and beaches. A short walk down the road brings you to Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua’s most popular tourist attraction.
The Dive Boat
Originally custom built on the Isle of Wight at a huge expense to carry a small Jeep onto private islands from a mega yacht, we got our hands on this gem for a dive boat. Adding a gullwing dive ladder and tank racks to it transformed it into your ideal diving platform. It has a dive platform at the stern for easy access, as well as a front lowering ramp for comfortable boarding and loading. Although it has a rigid hull, it also has inflatable sides. The boat is powered by a 115 HP Yanmar diesel into a Hamilton jet drive. So plenty of power and speed if required, very economical, and no propellers. Its design allows maximum deck space for a small vessel. Very comfortable for small groups of divers. We carry a cooler for refreshments and have a fresh-water rinse tub for cameras and such. It even has an onboard shower. The electronics include marine radio, Garmin GPS with chart plotter and 1000 foot underwater depth finder, and electronic engine monitoring gauges. This is really a beautiful dive boat with teak decks and fully shaded.
The Dive Equipment
All our equipment is new and well-maintained. We have not spared any expense. Our buoyancy compensators are weight integrated Sherwood Avids, with two tank bands, four dumps, and very durable. Regulators are the rugged Sherwood Bruts and the SR 2 for higher end deep diving regs. We have shorty wetsuits, strap fins, and an assortment of different dive masks. We offer Sherwood Amphos dive computers and have a GroPro with color filters to rent. You are guaranteed to feel very safe and comfortable diving in our gear.
Antigua Marine Life
We support the charitable organization Antigua Marine Life. Check out their site.
A Walk On The Deep Side
Check out this book written by one of our staff members!