Ellie Richards

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Dorset Diving Project AWARE Officer


Hi there, I'm Ellie! I'm part of the team at Dorset Diving as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Ever since I was little, I have had a strange obsession with fish and I was very lucky that I got to pursue that passion by going to university to obtain my BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Oceanography and MSc in Oceanography. Whilst studying I picked up the diving bug and got myself qualified as a BSAC Ocean diver.

Since qualifying I became a bit of a holiday diver travelling all around the globe animal chasing! So, I have been lucky enough to dive in places such as Malta, Gozo, Egypt (Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam), Lanzarote, Tenerife and Malapascua Island in the Phillippines. 

Only recently have I got back into UK diving and began progressing my training.

the future

So far, 2019 has seen me completing my PADI Divemaster course. The course has inspired me on to the instructor pathway so I started my PADI Instructor Development Course in the Autumn of 2019 and achieved my PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating in December. I hope to develop my newly learned skills and build confidence in my new teaching role. 

I'm most looking forward to taking some of my knowledge and experience from my conservation roles and help to pass it on through PADI's Project AWARE programs. 

Also, the animal chasing will continue as the bucket list continues to grow. 

Diving Qualifications

  • BSAC Ocean Diver
  • BSAC Sports Diver
  • HSE Professional Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • PADI Assistant Instructor
  • BSAC Nitrox
  • PADI Project Aware
  • PADI Underwater Naturalist
  • PADI Deep Diver

Teaching Qualifications

  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving 
  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water 
  • Emergency First Responder 
  • PADI Rescue Diver 
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver 
  • PADI Divemaster 
  • PADI Project AWARE 
  • PADI AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
  • PADI Deep Diver 
  • PADI DSMB Diver 
  • PADI Drysuit Diver 
  • PADI Emergency O2 Provider 
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver 
  • PADI Fish ID Diver
  • PADI PPB Diver 
  • PADI AWARE Shark Awareness
  • PADI Underwater Naturalist
  • PADI Underwater Navigator 
  • PADI Wreck Diver

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BH14 0RF


Phone: 01202 122006

Mobile: 07880 342515

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Tuesday 09:00AM - 5:00PM

Wednesday 09:00AM - 5:00PM

Thursday 09:00AM - 5:00PM

Friday 09:00AM - 5:00PM

Saturday 09:00AM - 5:00PM

Sunday - Gone Diving




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