OUR FANTASTIC DIVE TEAM
STEVE HARTE (SCUBASTEVE)
I have been diving since I was 12 years old and have always lived my life close to, above or below the sea. As soon as I was old enough, and finished with boring school work I undertook my professional PADI Dive Master course and quickly progressed to full instructor status, and I’ve been in the industry ever since. This is my fourth year here at Latchi Watersports Centre. My passion is the ocean and meeting people who share the same feelings.
I am originally from Nottingham, so it goes without saying that I’m a Nottingham Forest fan. I have been married for 20 years to Stuart, but when I am not diving I like to read and socialise. My diving started in Sicily where I completed my Open Water course, and then I progressed on to Egypt to complete my Advanced Open Water. My Dive Master qualification was completed as an internship with Latchi Watersports Centre in 2015.
Since the age of 14, I have thrown myself into every watersports activity possible. I am now 64 and still involved as much as I can be. I have been diving since I was 15, spending most of my time around the North Sea. My diving highlights were diving with white tip reef sharks and gong to the Blue Hole in The Red Sea. In 1980, by accident I ended up in Cyprus with the intention of just passing through. After scouring the area, I decided to set up shop on the beach with just a small boat and a canoe. This was the beginnings of Latchi Watersports Centre.
26 years ago I was working on the cruise ships, and was asked if I wanted to complete my Open Water diving course in St. Croix. From then I have never looked back! From my first dive with Eagle rays and Nursing sharks, it was just……wow. A while ago, I decided that after diving as a hobby, I wanted to become an instructor, so I could pass on my enjoyment by teaching and encouraging new divers.
I started diving in 2007, and became an instructor in 2013. Most of my professional life has been spent in Spain and the Middle East. However, the thing that attracts me most about Cyprus, is the diversity of the underwater world here. Every day brings me a new exciting experience. The only small issue I have is that I have to import my Polish sausage. I love being outside in the sea, but being in the office pains me.
So where do I start? Just a simple guy from the East Midlands, who spends his days underwater. Perhaps, being British, the attraction to cold, sometimes baron and harsh environments is what attracts me to the submerged way of life. Many an ocean has played host to my brief diving career, from the hustle and bustle of Thailand to the tranquil Whitsunday Islands in Austrailia.
LATCHI DIVE CENTRE IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE LATCHI WATERSPORTS FAMILY
Latchi dive centre at latchi watersports operates 3 dive boats every day, with eight experienced and professional padi dive staff. You can find us in the picturesque fishing harbour of Latchi, along with their Watersports and Boat Hire office. They have two further beachfront Watersports operations located at La Plage and Anassa Beach.
Latchi Dive Centre is a PADI 5 star centre on the Northwest coast of Cyprus.
PADI Five Star Dive Centre Membership is awarded to progressive PADI Dive Centre’s that excel in providing scuba divers with a full range of scuba certification programs, scuba gear selection, and scuba experience opportunities. To qualify as PADI Five Star Dive Centre, the centre must meet elevated service and business standards. These dive centre’s also actively promote underwater environmental awareness and embrace the PADI System of diver education, with a commitment to providing quality training, products, services and experiences. If you are looking for 5 star service, come to us.
How many dive centres have three commercial dive boats available for daily use?
Here at Latchi Dive Centre we do. That means we can provide a more attentive service to our customers. We can offer greater flexibility and a more reIaxed feeling to our dive trips. If training with Latchi Dive Centre you can enjoy your classroom sessions in air-conditioned comfort with the latest PADI materials available for your viewing. Our equipment is modern, well-maintained and available in all sizes, plus you have the option to buy your own diving gear in our well stocked dive shop.
Latchi Dive Centre is located on the Akamas Peninsular, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the north-west coast of Cyprus.
The Akamas is the only large unspoiled coastal area remaining in Cyprus and one of the very few important sea turtle nesting areas in the Mediterranean. Both the Loggerhead Turtle and the rarer Green Turtle nest here; the latter relies on the Akamas beaches for its survival in this region. The Akamas National Park is only a few minutes away from the dive centre. The areas’ natural beauty continues below the surface of the crystal clear waters. Stunning walls, caves, swim-throughs and abundant marine life makes for some great diving. So after diving, explore the Akamas, a truly memorable experience for those visiting the area, both above and below the surface.