Las Galeras is now home and is very different to Hackney in the East End of London.
After meeting up with Paul in Denmark, she visited him whilst he was working in Kos and had her first experience of Scuba Diving. She was promptly bitten by the dive bug and always warns people that Scuba is a dangerous sport – dangerous because it can seriously change your life as it did hers. She was working as a Principal Risk and Insurance Officer for an East London Local Authority but swapped this – and much more – to move, initially to Spain, now The Caribbean to start a new life and a Dive Centre. Now she works long hours but has the pleasure of watching students take their first tentative steps to becoming qualified divers. Would she swap anything? Nope!
Las Galeras, from Bolton, via Denmark and Spain, has been quite an adventure, but Paul thrives on adventure.
He was born in Lancashire and, after a stint in the RAF, became a nightclub manager and professional DJ in the Midlands. His “itchy feet” took him to Denmark where his DJ career really took off. In his spare time, his love of the water found him teaching water skiing. Then he tried Scuba Diving and realised he could have more fun under the water! He has worked abroad on dive boats to further his diving career and, after meeting Diane, they moved to Spain to start their own Dive Centre, thus Javea Divers was born.
Itchy feet struck again and now the beautiful Dominican Republic in the Caribbean is his home. Paul is now a NAUI Instructor Trainer and spends his work days teaching students and his spare time diving; so he has the best of both worlds.
Is he having fun yet? You Bet!!
Las Galeras residents and tourists are getting used to seeing our little ‘Spanish” dog in the sea fetching coconuts and sticks. Born in Spain to a pedigree Cocker Spaniel mum and an ‘absent’ father, our amazing dog captures hearts wherever he goes (He also captures left over steak, training shoes, plastic bottles and anything else within reach).
Being part Spaniel, he loves the water and often accompanies us on the boat or to the beach. When he isn’t swimming or investigating the local marine life, he loves a belly rub! Volunteers for this job are welcome to apply!
At the grand old age of 10, he is getting on in years now but still loves his life here in Las Galeras, as you can see from his picture! He is also very proud of his doggie lifejacket..
Recently he came on a trip from Las Galeras to Fronton and appointed himself in charge of depth sounding for the Skipper or maybe he was just watching the fish
Bosun has so much fun on Fronton, he now goes on every trip there we think his excursion is what keeps him so young at heart