Key Facts

When is Dive Project Cornwall?

Depart – Early morning, Sunday 1 June 2025

Return – Afternoon, Saturday 7 June 2025

Dates provisional until confirmed by Dive Project Cornwall.

What will we do?

At the heart of Dive Project Cornwall is the experience of a lifetime: a 6-day, life-changing trip to Cornwall where young people will learn to scuba dive, enjoy outdoor adventures, take up beach-related activities and attend presentations from leading marine industry experts. Cleeve School has exclusive use of the site for 20 of our students!

The location for Dive Project Cornwall is at Porthkerris Divers on the Lizard in Cornwall, with breathtaking views over Falmouth Bay. Porthkerris Divers is a private estate with a training pool, full dive centre facilities and a private beach. There are extensive camping facilities and a very clean shower and toilet block. The site is open to other groups, but these do not adjoin the Dive Project Cornwall site. This means our students are safe and secure in their own area.

Dive Project Cornwall have their stunning basecamp overlooking the ocean, where the students will eat, sleep and lean about the ocean. In 2023 there were many contented hours relaxing around the camp fire at the end of each busy and tiring day. Leaders sat back and listened to our young people swapping stories about the thrills of learning to scuba dive and reflecting on lessons learnt about the ocean.

There is an onsite indoor swimming pool, where the first lessons and skills sessions will take place. We have been allocated a part of the beach where shore diving will take place once the students have passed the first skills tests in the pool. 

We will also use our basecamp, the surrounding coastline and countryside for other activities during the week.

Who is in charge?

The Cleeve School team is led by Mr Peake, with support from three full-time Cleeve School staff. The full staff team is just being finalised. Although Mr Peake no longer works in education, he is an experienced diver with many hundreds of dives in his logbook. Mr Peake is also a dive instructor, giving him and the team a knowledgeable viewpoint throughout the project. All on-site education is delivered by Dive Project Cornwall, using experienced scuba diving instructors licenced by PADI – the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

What does it cost?

The maximum cost for the trip is £750, which we are looking to offset with fundraising and sponsorship. This fee includes travel to and from Cornwall, all food and accommodation on site, and of course all scuba training and certification fees. We are hoping to reduce the cost of the trip with local sponsorship, as we did in 2023.

Students will also need some money for snacks, treats and showers. Especially showers!

We appreciate this is a considerable financial commitment, which is why we have launched the program early to allow for staged payments.

What if I can’t dive?

If you have a problem with diving during your week away, we are not going to be able to bring you home. We are suggesting everyone does a try dive with a local dive club before leaving to ensure they can submerge and breathe underwater without a problem. You can use the Contact Us page to ask for more details.