Why Choose GYD?

  • Established Credible Trustworthy Knowledgable.

Established Brand

We have been offering carefully selected scuba diving trips to gap year students and career breakers since 2006. Our operations are established and we continue to develop and expand year-on-year.

Don't recognise us?
It might be that you are only familiar with our old logo. We changed to our current logo back in 2011 from our old logo

We Know!

We were the first dedicated gap year company to specialise in scuba diving trips for people taking time out. Our firm knowledge and understanding of the travel, gap year and diving industries ensures that you travel with a company who knows what it's doing!

Special Offers

We have teamed-up with other gap year companies, scuba diving service providers and online retailers to provide our customers with unique special offers. The offers include things like cash discounts on gap year trips, reduced dive equipment packages and special promo codes for travel insurance, flights and packing essentials.


All customers are briefed before departure and we provide comprehensive travel packs for each destination. These documents provide useful information about flights, visas, vaccinations, life overseas, health, safety, medical stuff and much more. They are available to download within the members' area once you have booked your place.

We are also a proud supporter of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 'Know Before You Go Campaign'. The service provides comprehensive travel advice for all our destinations including simple precautions you can take before and during your trip. To find out more about the campaign please check out their website

We also have connections with specialist diving insurance companies and are well-connected with diving medical facilities should advice be required about any of these areas.

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Vetted Locations

All destinations and dive centres are vetted and checked by a member of staff. Having these checks in place ensures that customers are placed in suitable locations and that resort facilities meet our rigorous safety standards.


Before departure: We are at-hand with all the information you may require before you depart. Whether it's assistance with passports, visas or suggested packing lists - we are here to help! Nothing is too difficult or too much to ask, so please make use of our support before and after booking your trip with us.

24/7 UK Support and overseas staff: When you travel with us we ensure you are safe and comfortable during your placement. We have a 24 hour UK land-line number for emergencies (gets re-directed to a mobile outside office hours) as well as a 24 hour SMS text service. We also have UK speaking ground staff, medical staff and representatives in each country.

Health and Safety


The health and safety of all our participants is paramount. In collaboration with our partner dive centres and liveaboard vessels; we have compiled strict procedures and teaching methods (in line with PADI International) for the well-being of all our divers. Incidents, diving or otherwise of a serious nature are extremely rare, however, we have a full risk assessments in place and a crisis management plan for emergencies. Your safety is our number one priority!

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New website 2013-2014

New website 2013-2014

29 July 2013 We have changed things around for 2013/2014 in terms of operations and expeditions. We have therefore introduced a new website for these trips.

Discounted diving equipment

Discounted diving equipment

23 July 2013 We have teamed-up with a UK dive centre to provide discounted dive equipment packages and special promo codes for our customers.

Dive Level Chart

Dive Level Chart

22 July 2013 Dive tables for each expedition so you can clearly see what is available according to your dive level.



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