Diving Group Portofino is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Training Centre committed to the highest levels of dive training from beginners through to dive instructors.
Diving Group Portofino is also a registered SSI training centre. We offer a full range of SSI courses through to Instructor Level and Tech Courses.
All PADI and SSI instructors and / or PADI/SSI clubs are welcome to use our facilities to arrange or finish, their students courses with us.
In addition, Diving Group Portofino is a specialist centre for Technical Diving teaching TDI & UTR courses using the technical equipment of Mares. We also offer re-breather courses with the famous trainer, Aldo Ferrucci. Nitrox & Trimix refills available.
We have separate 3 dive centres:
In Santa Margherita:
1. The larger of the two dive centres, is dedicated to all recreational diving and professional dive training from beginners through to instructor level. The centre is headed up by PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Luca Smecca, and is located where DWS Diving Centre used to be.
Address: Via Favale, 25 A, Santa Margherita Ligure
2. The second dive centre, just around the corner, is Diving Group Portofino’s, specialist Technical Diving Centre headed up by Stefano Lugaresi, PADI master instructor.
Address: Via Antonio Maria Maragliano, 25, Santa Margherita Ligure
3. This is a large dive centre located at the port of Rapallo and is dedicated to all recreational diving and professional dive training from beginners through to instructor level. The centre is headed up by Stefano Lugaresi & Federico Morra
Address: Via Amerigo Vespucci, 2C, 16035 Rapallo
All three of our dive centres are located close to the Ports in Santa Margherita and Rapallo, where our boats are moored. All our diving centres are newly refurbished and equipped with:
New MARES equipment
Private Lockers & mesh-bags for storing personal belongings and your dive gear
Separate areas to rinse off dive equipment
APECARS – All equipment is transported to and from the boats by our staff
Nitrox & Trimix available
Comfortable seating area to relax
Soft drinks machine