The SADC staff

THE HISTORY OF ST ANDREW'S DIVERS COVE

1989

Joseph Vella Gaffiero
St. Andrew’s Divers Cove was started in 1989 by Joseph Vella Gaffiero. Joe is in charge of the overall running of the shop.

Later that year

Mark Busuttil
Mark Busuttil joined Joe as a partner later that year. Mark has been diving around the Maltese islands for more than 30 years and is the Director of Diving.

1991

Diana & Moppet
Diana joined the company in 1991 and looks after bookings, communication and shop sales. Moppet, the dive centre's mascot has been a part of the team since 2008. Diana took her under her wing after she was wondering in the streets as a stray dog in Xlendi.

2001

Charlayne
Charlayne has been part of the team since 2001. Her duties include administration, bookings, accounts and social media / web duties.

Why choose us

WE HAVE LOTS TO OFFER
The dive shop is open every day of the year
We offer other services like accommodation, airport transfers and car hire. Offered throughout the low season as well.
We only use safe and reliable modern equipment from well known brands. All equipment is regularly tested and maintained.

Our instructor team is a mix of young and more experienced men and women from a variety of countries capable of teaching and guiding in many languages. Most of the instructors have been working for St. Andrew's for many years and are very familiar with the dive sites and local conditions. The St. Andrew's instructors are safe, friendly and professional and do their best to understand the different requirements, preferences and desires of clients.

Our aim is to ensure that clients do the best dives possible, enjoy their holiday to the maximum and recommend our dive shop and services to their friends. St. Andrew's clients quickly become friends and hundreds return to dive with us year in year out.

Meet the SADC team

SAFE & FRIENDLY
Mark Busuttil
Director Of Diving
Werner Richter
Master Instructor
Ludovic (Ludo) Vanthuyne
Open Water Scuba Instructor
Claudio (Dino) Galetovic
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Arianna Zanichelli
Open Water Scuba Instructor
Dawn Flanagan
Staff Instructor
Jan Muhlhausen
Open Water Scuba Instructor
Diego D’Alessandro
SSI Free-diving Instructor (APNEA)
We are looking forward to having you dive with us. Simply contact us with your requirements and let us take care of your holiday requirements.

Our facilities

PROFESSIONAL & EQUIPPED
Fully Stocked Dive Shop combined with office
We are open 7 days a week, call into our office with any queries, to book dives or to browse in the shop which has a wide range of quality dive kit at good prices, books and souvenirs. Presents of silver jewellery are very popular gifts for friends or family who were unable to join the holiday. Masks for diving and snorkelling are all with tempered glass for better vision and safety. We have a range of t-shirts, vests, polo shirts and fleeces that can be worn between dives and then taken home as a memento. We have high protection rash vests and suits to protect against the sun or for added warmth without weight in the cooler months. We are well stocked with Waterproof wetsuits and Apeks regulators. We also stock hundreds of items that divers may need while on holiday.
2 Lecture Rooms
Our lecture rooms are equipped with DVD players; whiteboards; fans; seating and writing facilities for students. These rooms are also suitable for group meetings, many of the clubs who come to dive hold photographic evenings there, sharing the images taken during the days diving.
Rental Department
Our rental department is well stocked with Apeks Regulators; Waterproof and Bare manufactured suits; Aqualung BCD’s, masks including the Technisub Look and a variety of fins. We have sizes from children up to XXXL.
Storage for Divers’ Kit
Divers who bring their own equipment can place it in one of our numbered blue boxes for ease of taking to and from dive sites and for storage between dives in our purpose designed divers’ store which also has a shower and toilet.
Compressor Room
We have Compair and Bauer Compressors for filling air and nitrox with steel tanks of 5, 7, 10, 12, 15 and 18 lt (Din / Int). We have many tanks with twin pillar valve. 3lt tanks for re-breathers are also available. We also fill 300 bar tanks.
Dive Trucks
We have 13 dive vehicles of various sizes to take divers to the numerous shore dives. While dive groups are small we are also well equipped for dive clubs and larger groups. We also use the larger vehicles for families or groups of different levels with 2 or 3 instructors going to the same site for dives of different depths. We have a small Maruti Jeep, a Land Rover, pick-ups, mini buses and also larger vehicles.
Dive Boat
Our purpose-built dive boat DIVEMANIA, taking up to 20 divers, is in the water from April to November. It goes to sites around Gozo, Comino and north Malta plus some specially arranged trips around Malta. As one of the few Gozo centres to have our own boat it allows us more flexibility in dive sites and is offered to divers as an option whenever it is going to a site suitable for their level. It is a hard boat with 2 x 240HP Yanmar engines. DIVEMANIA has a large diving platform and a comfortable diving ladder rendering the boat also ideal for technical divers and for divers with restricted mobility. DIVEMANIA could also be chartered out by families or groups of friends for half day or full day trips around the islands.
Servicing Department
At St. Andrew’s Divers Cove we do all our servicing in-house. Our dedicated service department services all our rental equipment and our 200 tanks each year. We also service the equipment of some clients and other dive centres. Tanks are visually inspected and painted annually as well as being hydrostatically tested every 5 years. Every year all pillar valves are stripped down, cleaned manually and with an ultrasonic machine before being reassembled. All changeable parts and O-rings are changed. Our 50 regulators, stab jackets and other items of equipment are also serviced in-house.
Multi-Lingual Centre
Instructors cover a variety of languages for teaching and briefing divers, dependent on the time of year languages include: English; French; Maltese; Italian; Polish; German; Spanish. We also have training material (DVD’s and manuals) in a wide variety of languages.