Dive Academy Santa Pola

About us

Meet the Dive Academy team.

About us

With more than 12 years’ experience diving in the warm, crystal clear water of the Mediterranean, we guarantee the best service, loads of fun and personalized treatment from our qualified staff.

We are the only PADI IDC 5-star diving centre in Santa Pola. This means our dive centre and instructors meet the high standards of the world’s most popular and widely recognised scuba diving associations, PADI. We ensure that you enjoy whatever you are doing with us in a relaxed, yet professional environment, while having a fantastic time!

What sets us apart from other dive centres is our amazing location in Santa Pola’s harbour. Our dive centre is on the promenade in Santa Pola and out boat is only a few meters away! Furthermore, we are only 10 minutes’ drive from Alicante Airport. You can find more information on Alicante Airport here: alcairport

Your diving centre in Santa Pola (Alicante).

We offer a wide range of activities, like PADI diving course, from absolute beginner up to the highest professional levels, diving trips and snorkelling at Tabarca Island. We welcome hundreds of divers, from complete beginners, advanced divers and regular guests every year. Also, we are extremely lucky to enjoy the FIRST MARINE RESERVE IN SPAIN, Tabarca Island.

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More than a Dive Centre

At Dive Academy Santa Pola, safety is our topmost priority. We are incredibly proud to have maintained a 0% accident rate, thanks to the rigorous safety measures we have put in place and the highly trained instructors who prioritize diving safety. We also have rigorous standards and accident prevention measures.

As responsible diver centre, we recognize the significance of protecting the Mediterranean Sea, and we are committed to sustainable diving practices. Our team collects marine debris daily and raises awareness about respecting the seabed and the ecosystems that inhabit it. Since without them, diving would make no sense. We are proud to have marine biologists as a part of our team who can answer any questions or concerns you may have about the underwater world.

We organize utterly amazing diving holidays every year where we explore some of the world’s most amazing places. We cherish the unforgettable moments and experiences we share with our divers while discovering the marvels that lie in different seas and oceans. As we always say, enjoy your life to the fullest, since you only live once.

We welcome you to join our big family at Dive Academy Santa Pola and experience the magic of diving with us.

We are a family-run dive centre, that loves good vibes and the pleasant atmosphere here at Dive Academy Santa Pola.

We are extremely passionate about the sea and we feel incredibly lucky to work in the diving industry, which fascinates us more each day.

We welcome you to join our big family at
Dive Academy.

Professionals at your service

Meet the Dive Academy Team!

Christian Llácer
Company Owner

Scuba Diving Spain


Christian’s love for the sea began early on and led him to graduate as a marine biologist from the University of Alicante in 2010

During his travels in the Caribbean, he discovered the breathtaking world beneath the waves and was instantly hooked on scuba diving. He eventually became a PADI Instructor and moved back to Spain in search of new adventures. That’s when fate intervened and he met the love of his life, Ellen. Who shared his passion for diving and adventure.

With more than a decade of experience under his belt, Christian took a leap of faith and became the proud owner of Dive Academy. Working alongside Ellen, the dynamic duo has successfully managed the business and created a welcoming environment for all divers.

Certification: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor and Boat Captain

PADI Specialities taught: AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation, Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Discover Enriched Air Nitrox, Enriched Air Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE Specialist, Skin Diver and Wreck Diver


Meet George, Ellen’s not-so-little brother, who stands at nearly 2 meters tall!

Christian took George under his wing at the tender age of 16 and has taught him everything he knows about scuba diving. He now has more than 7 years experience as a diver and even after all these years of diving, George remains awed by the diverse marine life in the Mediterranean.

George is an incredibly skilled diving instructor who radiates endless energy and enthusiasm. His passion for scuba diving is contagious, and he never fails to inspire and motivate his students.

Certification: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and boat captain

George Lockwood
Diving instructor

PADI Advanced Open Water

David Duran
Diving instructor


David came to the world of diving by accident (but a good one), his best friend had signed up for the Open Water and asked him to go with him.

As soon as the course was over, David, on the recommendation of his instructor, bought all the diving equipment and a pack that included from Advanced to Divemaster.

He was diving in different parts of the world, until after a diving trip to Bali (Indonesia) in 2016, he decided to return to Spain to leave his job of 11 years as an administrator and become a PADI Instructor to be able to teach others the wonderful world of diving. diving.

From 2018 to 2022 David has been working in Indonesia, where he has become a Staff Instructor, and has returned to work with the Dive Academy family and his friend Christian whom he met a long time ago, in order to continue growing as his goal is to become in Course Director.

Certification: PADI Staff Instructor, First Aid, CPR and DEA Instructor; and Yacht Captain

Specialities taught: AWARE – Coral Conservation, AWARE – Shark Conservation, AWARE Project Specialist, Digital Underwater Photography, Deep Diving, NITROX – Enriched Air, Emergency Oxygen Supply, Tec Rec Trimix Gas Mixer, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Wreck Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Navigation, Equipment Specialist, Drift Diver, Dive Against Debris and Skin Diver.


When Ellen was just nine years old, her family made the life-changing decision to swap Manchester’s rainy weather for the sunny Spanish lifestyle. Growing up in Spain, Ellen developed a real taste for a more adventurous lifestyle.

Ellen and Christian met, fell in love and he became her personal dive instructor. Together, they embarked on a six-month adventure in Thailand to learn more about the diving industry. Since then they have never stoped travelling the world, always seeking new adventures and opportunities to explore the underwater world.

Ellen is qualified in Administration and Finance, having obtained her diploma in the field with distinction. With this under her belt she is now the driving force behind Dive Academy alongside her best mate Christian.

Certification: PADI Rescue Diver and Graduate in Administration and Finance.

Ellen Lockwood
Administration Manager

Scuba Diving Spain

The centre cat

Scuba Diving Spain


Hello I am Snorkel. I was born here in the Marina with my sister Scuba. My sister went to live with some nice people, but I always ran away so they could not take me away from my lovely tree.

They feed me every day and as I trust them, the Dive Centre is my home. I spend all day lazing in the Spanish sun and sometimes, if I am too lazy and I don´t run away, you can tickle me under my neck. I like that.

I love you ❤️