About Blue Ocean Diving and Scubaholics Dive Club:

Blue Ocean Diving was founded in January 2003 by PADI Course Director, Ryby Stonehouse.

Based in Maidstone, Kent, it has since established itself as the UK’s premier dive centre providing quality training for students at every level of diving, from beginner to Technical Master Instructor.

Blue Ocean Diving’s consistently high standards of teaching has earned it the prestigious achievement as a PADI 5-star Instructor Development Centre with an exceptional and greatly respected reputation all over the world.

Blue Ocean Diving regularly runs trips both in the UK and abroad for new and experienced divers, with Ryby Stonehouse organising and overseeing all trips, both domestic and worldwide, personally.

Blue Ocean Diving is the home of the Scubaholics Dive Club which, with more than 7,500 members, is the largest scuba diving club in the South East.

Visit www.blueoceandiving.co.uk for more information on our scuba diving courses, instructor training or dive trips and holidays. You can also contact us via email at scuba@blueoceandiving.co.uk or by phone on 01622 212 022 or by visiting us at:

Blue Ocean Diving

West Park Road



ME15 7AF


About Ryby Stonehouse:

Ryby Stonehouse’s diving experience began in 1984 with his first dive. Ten years later he qualified as a Divemaster before becoming a qualified Diving Instructor in 1997.

In 2001 Ryby earned his place through a competitive application process examining his experience and training goals, in order to achieve recreational scuba diving’s highest and most respected rating of PADI Course Director. Within five years he was one of the first PADI Course Directors to be awarded the prestigious platinum rating.

In the following years, Ryby Stonehouse continued to add to his scuba diving experience and achievements, qualifying as a Tec Instructor Trainer in 2004. He then qualified as a Rebreather Instructor, becoming the first PADI Instructor to instruct students on the Hollis Prism2 Rebreather.

Ryby’s list of firsts continued, as he became established as the very first UK Instructor Trainer in the new PADI Sidemount Course in 2008, introducing it to the UK.

With experience of running successful dive tours since 1997, Ryby has taught students, and organised and guided trips worldwide including the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, African, and South East Asia and the Pacific.

Since 1997, he has completed well over 10,000 dives, certified more than 1800 individual students, and issued over 2000 instructor-level certificates.

Oh, and he also makes a mean spaghetti bolognese!

Ryby Stonehouse is available for interviews, articles, guest posts or comments.

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