Our Story

Diving Leisure London or DLL as those of us with syllable fatigue like to call it has been open since 1997 making it one of the longest established dive centres in London. The story began when Paul Toomer saw an opportunity to open a dive centre in London offering PADI courses. At the time PADI was still relatively new on the block in the UK as a training agency but it provided the perfect solution for busy Londoners wanting to learn to dive who often didn't have the time for the more traditional club style training provided by other agencies. 

Over the next few years, DLL went from strength to strength. Paul, however, was moving towards the field of technical diving and realised that to devote his time to it fully he would have to sell DLL. Alex Griffin bought DLL in 2007, and ran it successfully for nearly nearly seven years.

DLL exchanged hands again in 2014, this time being purchased by two long term club members, Maxim Vinciguerra and Aileen Small. Maxim is an experienced recreational and technical diving instructor, who has tought for many years in the UK as well as in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Aileen is a Divemaster and keen technical rebreather diver, who can't get enough of the underwater world.

Aileen and Maxim flanking Alex.

Aileen and Maxim flanking Alex.