We know what we are doing...
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 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!
Year Out Group
Gap Year Diver is considered to be a respectable and legitimate gap year service provider. Our business operations have been assessed and have been approved by the Year Out Group. We also have crisis management and risk assessments in place, public liability insurance of £2 million and agree to support the Year Out Group's aims and abide by its code of conduct.
Find out more about why you should travel with a Year Out Group member.
Company: We are registered in England and Wales ( #05684018) and subject to English Law and Jurisdiction.
Your money is safe with us: All funds paid to us are protected by the Travel Trust Association. Our membership number is Q0621. This protection means that you can book your holiday secure in the knowledge that the Travel Trust Association will protect you in the unlikely event of a us becoming insolvent. Should we for any reason financially fail or cease trading, the Travel Trust Association will liaise with our suppliers to ensure that your gap year experience goes ahead unaffected. If for any reason this is not possible, the TTA will administer a claim for a refund of money that you have paid to us for your gap year trip.
More information about financial protection can be found on our holiday protection page.
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.
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!