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About Us

North Cyprus British Scuba Centre is a Padi 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in North Cyprus.

We are extremely proud that owner Cengiz is the first and only PADI Course Director in North Cyprus.

Experienced since 1993, he first taught diving in England before relocating to North Cyprus.

The Course Director level is the pinnacle of the PADI System of diver education, representing less than one percent of all PADI Members. Course Director hopefuls submit an application for acceptance into one of two annual Course Director Training Courses. From almost 200 applications submitted each year only about 70 participants are selected to attend the two week long Course Director Training Course (CDTC). The Course Director rating is the equivalent of having a postgraduate degree in scuba diving instruction, there is not a more prestigious level of certification within the dive industry.

So rest assured that when diving with North Cyprus British Scuba whether you are an experienced Diver or a Novice eager to learn you have chosen the best.

A corner of Earth touched by Heaven

Politically isolated, Northern Cyprus is special. Situated in the Levant sea in the Eastern Mediterranean the shallowest and warmest part of the Med offers 500 miles of coastline, long hot summers and sea temperatures ranging from 16 C in winter to 32 C in midsummer giving it one of the longest dive seasons. Currents flowing from the Red and Black Seas bring with them a large diversity of differing marine life, offering much to both divers and none divers.

Visibility in the unpolluted waters often exceeds 30 metres, and the virtually non tidal gently sloping sandy beaches especially Alagadi (Turtle beach) a few miles to the east of Girne is an excellent place to learn to dive or refresh acquired skills, whilst a short distance offshore divers can experience a variety of challenging dives ranging from deep (more than 18m) to shallow water wreck exploration, none of which are crowded. Even at these shallower depths large Grouper can be seen along with shoals of Double Banded Bream, Stingrays, Scorpion, Amberjacks and Wrasse. Moray eel and Octopus are prolific, and if you are really lucky you may cross the path of a Dolphin or Sea Turtle. Typically the sea bed is a forest of Neptune grass which provides a safe haven for many species of aquatic life to mature, and food for the Green turtle.

The environmentally threatened Sea turtles, both the Green (helonia mydas) and the Loggerhead (caretta caretta) still make their way to the beaches of North Cyprus during the early summer to lay their eggs. This is a good indication that the coastal environment remains free of both commercial and tourist invasion. 

A history dating back 9000 years and a frequent change of rulers is typified by the diverse architecture on the island, whilst again, offshore evidence of prolific trade with other parts of the Mediterranean lies strewn over the sea bed in the form of amphorae in which cargo was stored for transport.

A dramatic find in 1967, just a mile or so north of Girne, led to the excavation and raising of the oldest commercial shipwreck in the world dating back 2300 years. The ship, which was over 80 years old when it sank, is currently on view in Girne castle. 

To learn more about the adventures and excitement of the underwater world come down to Alagadi (Turtle beach) one of the largest beaches in Northern Cyprus or pop into our Dive Centre in Catalkoy on the main road out to Esentepe next to Tempo supermarket and have a cup of tea and chat to Cengis of the North Cyprus British Scuba Centre. Visit our website at  Phone  +90 (0) 533 868 3165 or email us at

Contact us for the Dive of your Life

Escape to a different world.   Scuba takes you to a different world with new colours, shapes, textures and creatures – a world where the roles you play – husband, wife, mother, father, friend – take on a new dimension. Become a scuba diver and escape to a peaceful place to renew your energy and excite your senses.

Explore new places. Scuba diving frees you to explore the underwater world – from historic shipwrecks and pristine reefs to the mysteries of your local quarry. Become a scuba diver and explore what you’ve been missing.

Experience a connection with nature; a feeling of freedom and a transformation. Diving connects you with nature. It immerses you in new sensations and experiences. It transforms your perception of life forever. Become a diver and transform yourself.

North Cyprus is the place to be to achieve all the above and more.

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