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Diving with… Peter Grannum, West Side Scuba Centre, Barbados

Caribbean DTA Team



In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…

What is your name?

Peter Grannum

What is the name of your business?

West Side Scuba Centre

What is your role within the business?


How long has the business operated for?

Since 1993, so 25 years now.

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

I have been diving sine 1992. I am a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

What is your favorite type of diving?

I love both reef and wreck diving.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

We are located on the most beautiful beach in Barbdos, called Carlisle Bay, next to the oldest wrecks in our waters. The seven wrecks lie in 20 – 55 ft of water (6 – 18m) and are spaced out in a way that can be covered in a hour long dive. We are also very close to all the reefs on the south and west of Barbados and 15 minutes away from the biggest wreck in Barbados called the SS Stavronikita. We are an eco-dive facility with high safety standards; our attention to detail with small and large groups is exceptional. All our staff are medical first aid trained and are there to assist you should the need arise.

Barbados reef and wrecks offer some of the richest variety of fish and corals found in the Caribbean and we have lots of sea turtles. We load from a dock, and not from the beach, as we leave the sand on the beach for the turtles to come up and lay their eggs.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

All the reefs and wrecks around Barbados because they are so enchanting and I never know what I will bump into.

What types of diving are available in your location?

We have plenty of reefs, wrecks and piers that attract lots of marine life.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

All the people I meet from around the world and how nice they are.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

All of them – it is too hard to choose!

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

My new location! I am back at the beach! We are at The Boatyard…come and see us.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

When to take a break from diving! As I love to dive with all of my guests…

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Just underwater clean-ups in Carlisle Bay, as I would love to see the day it will be a marine park with no plastic on the ocean floor.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

I see it as a prime income for Barbados, as we are surrounded by water and we have beautiful reefs and wrecks and some amazing creatures that greet us every day – we never know what we will see. I would love the fishing pots to be removed and the government to ban spear fishing of fish and other creatures on the reef and make it where all fish have to be a certain size before they can be caught – if this does not happen, soon there will be no fish on our reefs.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

We are an Eco Dive Facility and West Side Scuba Centre is playing the part to protect the reefs and wrecks here, making all our divers aware of the environment. We enjoy what we do and make all of our clients happy.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business? 

Our website is


Seahorse National Park announced on Eleuthera in The Bahamas

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown



This week has seen the announcement of the designation of Seahorse National Park at Hatchet Bay Cave and Sweetings Pond on Eleuthera. This monumental announcement comes after years of efforts from the BNT and its partners in advocating for the protection of Sweetings Pond and its surrounding areas as an official national park under the BNT’s management.

Sweetings Pond is a large, land-locked saltwater pond in Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera. It has many unique natural features, but the most notable of them all is its incredible seahorse population, which is believed to be the densest population of seahorses in the world. The new 548-acre national park protects the entire one-mile-long pond and the surrounding terrestrial area. The land surrounding Sweetings Pond is a blend of intact coppice, mangroves, and farmlands. In addition, the new national park includes the extensive Hatchet Bay Caves system. This historic cave system is a popular attraction and contains a number of impressive geological features. It is one of the longest dry cave systems in The Bahamas.

Since 2014, the BNT has been leading efforts to have the area declared as a national park. This included years of public outreach and stakeholder consultations in communities across Eleuthera; education presentations in local schools; science and research efforts; and engaging consecutive government administrations. In 2018, the BNT submitted the “20 by 20 Marine Protection Plan” to the government, which included the recommendation to declare Sweetings Pond and other areas in The Bahamas as protected areas.

During the lease signing ceremony for Seahorse National Park, Minister Clay Sweeting, said, “This lease agreement for Sweetings Pond has been a long time coming. It represents a milestone in our journey towards sustainable development. It symbolises our collective responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage and create a harmonious relationship between economic progress and environmental preservation.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all stakeholders in this process of drafting and finalising this lease agreement. Their dedication, expertise, and commitment has been crucial in ensuring that this agreement falls in line with our vision of creating a thriving ecosystem while promoting responsible usage. Let us continue to preserve the jewel that is Sweetings Pond for many generations to come.”

The BNT invites the public to stay tuned for more news about its plan for the country’s newest national park: Seahorse National Park at Hatchet Bay Cave and Sweetings Pond!

To learn more about the role the BNT plays in managing terrestrial and marine national parks, conserving wildlife, and informing environmental policy, please visit its website:

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Banner Image: A lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus), female, clining to algae in an alkaline pond in The Bahamas by Shane Gross

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PADI Club invites Ocean Lovers on exclusive dive trip to Bonaire this September

Caribbean DTA Team



Following the popularity of the PADI Club trip to Belize at the end of July, a second “dive trip of a lifetime” has just been announced by PADI Club to Bonaire this  September 23-30, 2023.

Offered exclusively for PADI Club members as part of their yearly benefits, attendees will get to seek adventure while staying at the all-inclusive Buddy Dive Resort, one of PADI’s premier members on the island. Other PADI Members in Bonaire – including Toucan Divers, Divi Flamingo, Wanna Dive, Dive Friends and Scuba Do – will also be hosting various dive experiences throughout the week.

“Bonaire is a unique and beautiful gem in the Dutch Caribbean and we want to show our Club Members this little island looms large as a dive destination,” says Zach Pavkov, PADI Club Operations Manager. “This trip offers participants a chance to not only explore a world-class diving destination but do so through some of the very best PADI Operators.”

PADI Club members will receive a generous discount for this seven-day diving adventure, with packages starting at $1,739 per diver for double occupancy.

Included in the package are:

  • social events that include hosted dinners, cocktail parties and live music
  • transportation in Buddy Dive Resort’s famous pick-up truck
  • daily shore diving and boat diving
  • accommodation, with the option to share a room with another solo diver or rent out one, two and three-bedroom apartments to host larger groups of divers
  • surface interval activities that include PADI Seminars and island excursions like hiking and bird-watching.

“Because the water surrounding Bonaire has been an established marine park for 44 years, Bonaire is now a top-ranked destination with abundant marine life that includes scorpionfish, flounder and frogfish, moray eels, hawksbill turtles and eagle rays, ” continues Pavkov.

With limited spots available, the list of participants will be decided on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are not yet PADI Club Members but are interested in joining the trip can sign-up, which will also give them access to:

  • 20% of PADI eLearning® programs and PADI Gear™
  • a free ReActivate® online refresher
  • a free DAN® Prepared Diver course
  • a subscription to Scuba Diving® magazine
  • access to the PADI Club Celebrity Speaker Series webinars
  • brand partner benefits from GoPro, Uber, Salt Life and more

To further support ocean lovers to create positive ocean change, five percent of the PADI Club membership fee will go towards supporting conservation efforts around the globe.

“PADI Club benefits are designed not just to empower divers to explore the ocean, but also enable them to play a pivotal role in saving the ocean too,” says Pavkov. “This year’s additional expedition to Bonaire gives our community the chance to come together and explore our shared blue planet in a truly meaningful and connected way.”

Click here to sign up for PADI Club and reserve your spot here to join the Bonaire dive trip.

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