Originally started in the late 80’s by the Remfreys, the dive center was based on the Bridge and called “Diving Technical Services & Charter” – Matt fondly remembers having his first pair of fins bought for him by his parents aged 6 or 7 – a red pair of Mares Power Plana full foot fins.
Diving Technical Services & Charter was then bought by Angie and Rae De Beer in the early 90’s. Shortly afterwards they moved the dive center to the “Halfmoon” site on the South side of Havelet Bay, where it was re-named to “Wreck & Reef”.
Around 1995, Angie and Rae decided to move to the warmer climes of Caribbean and start a dive center there. “Wreck & Reef” was then acquired by the Eker family.
It was felt that the center wasn’t situated in the best location, largely because of the lack of access during bank holidays with the hillclimb on. So the descision was made to relocate to the bunker on the Castle Emplacement and re-name the center to “Dive Guernsey”, where we’ve been ever since making it our 21st year at the time of writing.
Matt Eker – Owner / Instructor / Technician
Matt is a diver at heart, starting at age 10 with pool and sea dives both at home and away. He qualified as a Padi Open Water diver as soon as he could in those days at age 15, before progressing though the courses in short time. He became a Divemaster as soon as he turned 18 in 2001 and completed his Instructor Course and Exam later on in the same year, making him one of the youngest dive instructors ever.
Since then he has progressed through to Padi Master Scuba Diver trainer, SDI Instructor and TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures Instructor, while in diver level, he holds the highest possible Open Circuit qualification of Advanced Trimix diver after completing a 100m dive in Jordan for his 30th birthday with world record holder and Instructor Trainer Mark Ellyatt.
In 2017 he visited Dorothea Quarry in northern Wales to complete Trimix instructor training, along with a 90m cold-water dive and is now qualified to teach PSA Technical diver courses.
Matts’ experience as a dive instructor is second to none locally, when he teaches he draws on knowledge gained from the 15,500 dives he has completed.
He describes his preference for diving to be “any” but if he had to choose, it would either be deep wreck diving, successful scalloping or diving with someone that he has seen grow from student to competent diver.
As a technician, Matt is qualified by ASSET and factory trained by all major manufacturers in regulator service and cylinder testing, as well as gas blending for Nitrox and Trimix.
He also holds boating qualifications as RYA Yachtmaster, Powerboat Level 2 and VHF radio operation as well as the Seafish fishermans courses of Sea-survival, Fire-fighting and Stability awareness.
Being a small business, we rely heavily on being a team with our divers. A result of this is that we have formed “Team DG” which is an invite-only team of divers which go diving on a weekly basis. Team members receive discounted courses, diving and gas as a thank-you for being a team player – for more details see the Team DG page.
If you come diving with us, you’ll likely meet some of them. The more prominent members have bio’s below.