established in 1989

over 25 years of providing

adventure education














































































individually tailored scuba training and development

... courses & underwater guiding available 7 days a week!

...sessions in Barnsley, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Leeds & Sheffield


Learn to scuba dive


ProScuba Diving College is one of the oldest independent  dive schools and clubs based in the Yorkshire area. We have one simple philosophy, that is to teach and guide divers through close guidance and provide the opportunities to  get out and dive!


All our courses are individually tailored. We don't do big groups or  mass courses like most other dive schools. Our enthusiasm and caring approach is to teach our passion by experienced Dive Instructors. Our crew come from professional teaching and coaching backgrounds, and all our instructors are enhanced CRB checked for working with children and vulnerable people.


We encourage scuba diving, with dive opportunities and deep pool sessions available most weeks. Our crew are professional scuba divers form the Sheffield, Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford areas. All our staff actually go diving for fun and not just in the water for teaching - this keeps their own skills and development up-to-date. We also have our own medical (AMED), HSE approved medical examiner of diving and BSAC medical referee on the team. We can also provide group on-site HSE medicals for dive schools. We are also a First Aid at Work instructor training facility.





friendly & active diving group & Forum


try-dive sessions through to professional instructor levels


Friends of ProScuba

'a free and active dive group for everyone'


We are very passionate about our diving at ProScuba. Our success comes over the many years of diving through our friends and dive instructors. Our dive school and underwater education are just a small part of the things we do. What it is really about is going diving and enjoying ourselves. ProScuba is a dive club of friends who love to go diving and seeking adventure.


For the best way to find out what we do - log onto our Forum and friends area. Here you find trip reports, our dive calendar and lots more.


Our diving happens two or four times a week all year round. We have pools sessions at least three times a week, including the 6m deep pool at Sheffield. We meet for a social drink, one in Denby Dale, Huddersfield, Barnsley and one in Sheffield during the week.


We run courses from try dives to instructor levels, including technical diver levels for those that what that bit more.. We have regular access to one of our members two boats for dives. We have three compressors with air and nitrox to 300bar! We can arrange discounts for equipment and can arrange hire, including dry-suits. We normally pay commission on courses you can sell for us.


We also can provide 'Adaptive Scuba' programs and training for disabled individuals and those with special needs (as long as you can meet the minimum medical screening guidelines). 










Going on Holiday?

Are you planning your holidays and thinking of getting away from the cold. Then why not learn to dive before you go. Scuba diving courses on holiday are OK, but why spend your vacation in a classroom and swimming pool - do all that here at home - then enjoy your holiday and have the benefit of just 'diving' while you are away!


For qualified divers we run pre-holiday skill sessions in a 6m swimming pool in Sheffield. Practice your buoyancy and basic skills just before you go away. Log the experience and have PADI professional verify the dive. These sessions are also useful to get back in the water after  a period of in-active scuba diving.


Pool Sessions

We have pool session available for scuba diving; training, development and skill practice. Our main pool night is at the Barnsley Metrodome 4m pool and Inkerman Leisure pool in Denby Dale. We can also arrange other pool sessions almost any night - We also have pool sessions available in the Leeds, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Bradford areas - flexibility is our key.


Barnsley  Metrodome Pool


Inkerman pool - Denby Dale                                   Ponds Forge - Sheffield                                    Aquatics Centre - Manchester


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Air, Nitrox and Trimix Fills

We now have facilities to fill cylinders with air, nitrox and trimix to 300bar. Unfortunately we don't have a drop in service, as we are not a retail outlet. But if you telephone us with your requirements, we will sort you out ASAP with whatever you need. For those who dive with us regularly we can transport filled cylinders to dive sites. We have a nitrox cylinders available for hire. We also fill air-rifle, air gun and paintball tanks, just ring us to find out more.


ProScuba are members of ASSET, (Association of Scuba Service Engineers and Technicians) and have affiliation with IDEST and SITA through our service contacts. We can arrange cylinder servicing and O2 cleaning, also servicing and maintenance of all makes of regulators, BCD's and much more.



World Record!

ProScuba currently hold a world record! In November 2009 Instructor Steve Bateman, Sheelagh Kay and Rob Turner  completed a 50m dive in a north Wales quarry. During this dive a Card Trick was performed breaking the 19m previous record held by a USA magician.



Last flight of G-BVOV

The ProScuba were out doing a first again this week. At Capernwray, a very popular limestone quarry which is used by many divers - this week had a new attraction added. Watched on by hundreds of people, TV and media,  a full sized Hawker Siddeley (HS) 748 passenger plane was lifted into the water.

At over 30m wing span this 1980 plane is a great new addition. ProScuba had exclusive access during the lift and were the first to dive it the following day.




Our photographs have been used by the dive media for the news article promoting this event. All three of the main UK dive magazines', Sports Diver, Dive and Diver  are carrying them in their May editions of the magazine and online on their websites.




Information and our updated Calendar

We have our social night on a Tuesday in Barnsley, on a Thursday at the White Heart in Denby Dale and Fridays we get together after the Ponds Forge pool session in Sheffield. We are not a club, but a group of friends who just enjoy Scuba Diving - everyone is welcome. Our Diving programme includes local trips. weekend activities and group holidays - we also do adventure activities, including rock climbing, caving and much more.

We have updated the calendar page. This will give you an overview of planned activities and events throughout each month. I plan to update this as often as possible, so visit regularly to find out what's new and changed  - drop me line if you want to add or promote your activities and events. We now have an online forum to keep in contact.


RNLI rescue exercise & ProScuba

ProScuba were involve recently with a full scale rescue exercise. The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) in association with the RAF wanted to run a diver emergency exercise off the North west coast around the Farne Islands. ProScuba divers from Huddersfield were involved throughout the exercise, which involved two lifeboats and a RAF search and rescue helicopter.

For more details and to view pictures and first hand accounts, then visit our Forum.





Huddersfield University students needed our help and sponsorship to complete their final dissertation. This was a underwater themed water photo shoot involving mermaids!  The team practiced and completed several sessions at our Inkerman Pool, these images show the photographer, Heather with the mermaid models in full costume.



Menorca again

Once again we've just had a wonderful trip to Cala Blanca in Menorca. This beautiful Mediterranean island as become a firm favourite dive destination for us. Located as a protected biosphere reserve, there is plenty of safe, environmentally friendly diving to be done in the island's warm, crystalline waters.  Here in Menorca we have easy pondering dives just a stones throw from the apartment to caverns and wrecks just a short boat ride away.


Stoney Cove - Splash In Photo Competition

This years Photo splash in competition at Stoney Cove saw two of the ProScuba team taking part. The day was beautiful and sunny, with more than 400 divers on site, making visibility a little murky.. This year over 20 people entered this photographic challenge. The rules are simple  - take some pictures on the day, submit them for judging and wait the results. Here are some of Steve's entries - good luck. UPDATE...  Steve gained 1st and 3rd in the wide angle category! See the July Diver magazine for look at the winning entries.



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Well Done and Congratulations

Andy (aka Squirrel) has just become an instructor. Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt was the main venue for the instructor Development Course and Instructor Examinations. This was a joint course with Martin Ainsworth, Course Director of Blue Lagoon. Special thanks to Ocean College for loan equipment.

More Congratulations

Euan has just become our newest instructor at the instructor exams in Newcastle. Euan is now one of the youngest instructors at just 19 years old.


This was a joint Instructor Development Course (IDC) with Martin Ainsworth, Course Director of Above and Below at Hull.   Special thanks to everyone involved and well done to all the new dive instructors. Also pictured here are the new instructors and staff instructors trained by Gary Mawston of Aquanorth in Newcastle.

More ProScuba Instructors

Well done to Rob and Jason on passing their instructor examinations at Blue Lagoon. Once again, two of our team have completed their  Instructor Development Course (IDC) with Martin Ainsworth, Course Director of Above and Below at Hull.   Special thanks to everyone involved and well done to all the new dive instructors. Pictured here is Jason collecting his certificate from Course directors - Martin & Sharon Ainsworth of Blue Lagoon, Gary Mawston of Aquanorth, Alex Varnals of Diving Leisure, Colin Scowcroft of Fins


Well Done

Congratulations to Wakefield born Lex has just completed her dive Instructor exams out in Thailand. Lex now lives and works on Christmas Island in Western Australia.

Ban's Diving Resort, Sairee Beach,koh tao, Ban Ko Tao, Chumphon, Thailand 84360




Mark Killburn  - NEW dive instructor


pictured here at Blue Lagoon with


Steve Bateman -  master instructor

Andy Webb - divemaster

Martin Ainsworth -  course director



Not just scuba diving


Our philosophy of diver education  and underwater leadership is often brought into question - when you see the crew off duty!


Fire Eating is just one of our many talents!



ProScuba like to have fun both on land and in the water. We have regular sessions climbing, canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, mountain biking, archery and even power kiting!


One philosophy we believe is:


'If you're not living on the edge - your taking up too much space'



Once again we attended this years St Abbs 'Splash In' photographic competition. Calm sea, clear skies made the bank holiday event one of the best yet. As usual the judging took place on the Sunday, with the ProScuba team hoping for another win. Not to be disappointed, against some 40 other photographs,  our own Andy 'aka Squirrel ' took the best beginner title! Congratulations and well done. Here are just a few of our entered images, the first on the left is Squirrels award winning shot.


St Abbs - Splash In Rules 2012


Sport Diver Magazine

One of our classic photographs of Pete descending Nemo 33 is on the cover for Sports Diver In May. This award winning image was taken in the pool at Nemo by our own Smudge. This is a swimming pool that offers the ultimate multi-level facility, the deepest part being 34m. This pool is the second deepest scuba pool in the world and is in Brussels in Belgium. We run regular weekend trips to visit the pool, have a look on our calendar pages or get in touch to find out our next trip.

We have lots more photographs and information on our photo pages  - take a look.


Waterswallows Quarry - Buxton, Derbyshire

This 40m deep quarry near Buxton offers a prime location to complete an altitude dive. In the UK this is the only 40m site with a altitude height of over 325m above sea level. To dive at Waterswallows (FIIC) you will need to seek permission from BUXTON Sub Aqua Club or the site owner . We highly recommend altitude diving experience or hold the PADI Altitude Speciality or equivalent.


Photo shoot at York Race Course

Yorkshire Tourist Board gave us a call to see if we could help out. The challenge was to se up an Abseil at the York Race course for some publicity photographs. We had a great day and the sun was shining. 



Wharncliffe Weekender - Charity Event

The ProScuba team provided First Aid cover for this annual charity Mountain Biking event. The weekend is organised by Steve Peat, world number one downhill champion from Sheffield. The week was a real success with our team providing an excellent service. This was the third weekender event with all monies raised going to the Western Park Cancer Appeal Fund.



First Aid Courses

We run first aid course for everybody. We can provide a whole range of tailored programmes for individuals or groups. Our courses include; Emergency Aid, Basic life support, Appointed Persons, First Aid at Work and lots more.



Gift vouchers are available for any of our courses, or as a money value.  These make ideal presents for birthdays and special occasions. We have discounted courses for students attending Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield university's and colleges. PADI scuba diving courses for all.


Red Nose diving at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

ProScuba are always game for a laugh. We'll get involved in anything for a bit of fund raising. Through our adventure side of the business we have helped charities and organisations raise over 100k. For more details of how we can help your group - give us a call.


What's our scuba diving teaching area? We cover West Yorkshire, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Ossett, Huddersfield (Kirklees), Halifax (Calderdale), Leeds and Bradford. We are also on the border of South Yorkshire, covering Barnsley, Doncaster and North Sheffield. We have students from Lancashire and Manchester, Newcastle, Leicestershire, Buxton- How far do want to come for flexible friendly service for your sub-aqua education? A lot of the dive sites we use can be found in the book, Muddy Puddles by Linda Spashett.  A site at Buxton called Waterswallows Quarry is useful to know about. Ideal for canoe and kayak training..


Scuba Courses

ProScuba are multi-agency training organisation. We just enjoy teaching and going scuba diving. So if you want a qualification with  All our Instructors are qualified educational teaching staff with both all with several instructing and coaching awards.


We also offer Technical (tec) courses. So when one tank isn't enough - give us a ring!






diving is fun - apparently





ProScuba Diving College teach, BSAC,  Tec Rec, IANTD and TDI  scuba diving courses. Our recreational scuba courses include the Open Water diver course, Advanced Open water and Rescue Diver. specialities we can offer are: Altitude diver, Boat Diver, Cavern Diver, Aware Coral, Fish, Reef & Turtle, Deep Diver, Dry Suit, Enriched Air (nitrox), Multilevel, Night Diver, Underwater Navigator, Digital underwater photography, Wreck Diver, Search & Recovery, SMB (surface marker buoy), Equipment Speciality, Drift Diver and Ice Diver. We can also teach technical scuba diver courses, like the Tec Deep Diver, tec 40, tec 45 and tec 50 (tec40, tec45, tec50) and Tec trimix. We can also do IANTD technical diving courses, including, Advanced Nitrox, IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver (ART), IANTD Technical Diver Course, IANTD Technical & Normoxic Trimix Diver, IANTD Trimix diver. Also British Sub Aqua Club qualifications; BSAC ocean diver, BSAC Sports Dive, BSAC Dive leader, BSAC Advance diver. First Aid Courses. HSE First Aid at work, Appointed person first aid, St John's Ambulance First Aid Training. Manual Handling, Oxygen Course, Defibrillation AED courses. BCU kayak and canoe courses, 1, 2 and 3 star padlesport


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All Outdoors and ProScuba Diving College is in the business of training and leadership. We provide adventure and education through outdoor pursuits and scuba diving.


From our West Yorkshire bases in Huddersfield, Wakefield, Barnsley and Dewsbury,  we offer activity packages for individuals, organisations and groups. From beginners to instructor levels and more in depth technical courses.


We run regular outdoor pursuits and scuba holidays to Belgium, France, Spain and Menorca. We run trips to the world's deepest scuba pool and diving holidays for total beginners to the more extreme expeditions.


Our approach is flexible to meet the needs of clients. A reputation second to none has built up since our formation in 1989. We are one of the oldest independent dive schools in the UK, offering independent diver training.




Our philosophy is simple:

  • We guide clients in becoming divers

  • We educate through close guidance

  • We create memories and life changing experiences

  • We provide opportunities to dive

We run scuba courses in Huddersfield. Halifax, Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Harrogate, Barnsley, Doncaster, Buxton and Sheffield. We have pool sessions at least 3 evenings a week, including a 6 metre training pool.


Learn to Scuba Dive - today!


As well Scuba diving, we provide adventure activities, these include; abseiling, rock climbing, caving and mountaineering, mountain biking, cycling, archery, canoe, kayak, kite flying, power kiting.  We are also an HSE approved  First Aid course provided.



Not just diving and adventure....

We also provide people to work as safety cover for TV and film productions. This includes media rescue divers and underwater photography support divers. We cover first aid and provide medical facilities, advise and training.


Recent TV production involvement includes Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Eastenders, Murder in Suburbia, Fat Friends, Blue Murder, Life on Mars, Where The Heart Is, Cutting it, Grange Hill, Heartbeat, The Bill, No Angles and many more.



Sponsored abseiling for groups. We run and provide a fantastic fund raising opportunity. This event is aimed at Schools and social groups. We can accommodate for up to 30 people per session.


We have one Parents and Toddler group who

 annually make over 2500 with about 10 adults in one session.



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ProScuba Diving College 1997 - 2014

last updated  05 June, 2015


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