blue marlin


Blue Marlin UK , located in the Hampshire countryside is the latest dive centre in the Blue Marlin network. Simon Liddiard, the owner of BlueMarlin Indonesia, is now living in the UK and his team here is offering the full range of PADI and TDI Courses.

Blue MarlinUK offers adventures for all ages and is the perfect stepping stone to becoming a certified diver. Whether you are a school looking for a club, a family or an individual looking to try something new we have a range of packages on offer.

We specialise in learning to dive prior to completing the PADI Open Water Course abroad. “Learn now dive later” is our philosophy. Maximising your time on holiday so that you are spending more time in the ocean than in the classroom.

Are you unsure if diving is for you? Why not come and do a PADI Discover Scuba dive in our heated pool

We also offer bespoke dive holidays.Working alongside Blue Marlin in Indonesia with its 6 idyllic locations or closer to the UK, we can offer trips to Gozo, Malta with our partner dive centre located in Xlendi bay.

Blue Marlin is situated close to London and nearby towns of Basingstoke, Newbury and Winchester and 5 minutes from the M3

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Frequently Asked Questions


We do not complete the whole Open Water Course in the UK as most people prefer to do the theory and pool work in the UK and travel abroad to complete their ocean dives. Once you have completed the PADI Theory and confined Sessions in the UK we can offer you options on our regular trips to Indonesia and Europe to complete the 4 Open Water Dives. If you still wish to do the 4 dives in the UK we can refer you to another UK dive centre.

Yes, our training pool is heated!

If you haven’t been diving in a while (over 6 months) we ask you to sing up for a refresher course. A quick review and pool session can help you become comfortable with your dive skills and equipment.

Assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses, no. The discomfort if the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how to properly equalise. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Yes, we offer complimentary WI-FI on site.

The biggest medical problems that may prevent you from diving are asthma, diabetes, recent surgery, high blood pressure and certain prescription medicines. If you are concerned, please refer to our medical statement. If you answer yes to any of the questions, it’s best to get an ok and signed statement from your personal doctor.

It is perfectly safe to dive while you have your period. If you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant the recommendation is that you should not dive. Physiologists know little about the effects of diving with a foetus.

Payments are normally made in advance via bank transfer. We can also accept PAYPAL (although this is subject to fees) and Sterling Cash payments

You can dive after flying as long as you are rested and properly hydrated after a long-haul flight. You must wait 18 hours after diving however to be able to fly.

hey, are we there yet?

Blue Marlin Hampshire, is just an hour from London. We are located 5 minutes from Junction 7 of the M3.
Our nearest train station is Basingstoke, we are a 15 minute taxi journey from the station.
We are also easily accessible from Winchester which is 25 minutes.
If you are arriving by airplane we are a 40 minute transfer from Heathrow airport. We would be happy to arrange an airport pick up for you.

meet the team

Simon Liddiard

IANTD Advanced Trimix instructor, TDI Trimix Instructor Trainer, TDI advanced wreck instructor, CCR Trimix Cave diver, a PADI course Director and DSAT Trimix Instructor Trainer. Specialist JJ-CCR advanced Trimix Instructor.

Dive Experience, Blue Marlin Dive resort owner for 32 years with over 10,000 dives. 300 + dives deeper than 100 m, 5,000+ diver certifications.

William Goodman

TDI Open & Closed Circuit Instructor Trainer. He has held several diving records. Most notably a dive to 290m on the JJ-CCR

Jane Liddiard

Blue Marlin Dive Office Manager & Marketing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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