Who are we?
SIMPLY DIVING is a family business to its core. Established in 1999, it’s owned by the father and son team of Alex & Simon Bell, while it’s managed by Simon and his wife Natasha Johnson Bell.
The Simply Diving Dive Crew
Simon BellPADI Elite Course Director / Dive Operations Manager
Simon is the only PADI Course Director on Spain’s Costa del Sol. He began teaching in Mexico in 2004 and has more than 3,500 dives logged from all the corners of the world. He’s lucky to have taught hundreds of people, not only how to dive, but how to teach how to teach diving! A former journalist for BBC national radio, his passions are studying marine life and capturing it on camera.
Simon says: “I have the best job in the world. Every time I take a beginner underwater, I get to enjoy the experience for the first time all over again.”
In 2016, Simon also became a PADI Freediver Instructor. Want to dive on one breath? Email us!
Carl LambertPADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Elite Instructor 2016
Carl is originally from England but has lived for well over a decade in Spain and is Simply Diving’s longest serving crew member. A very popular Instructor who is well known for his patience and laid back teaching style, Carl is happy to teach any PADI course, as long as it’s in the water.
Carl says: “Who could ask for something better to call your job? I get to meet new and very different people every day… and get to take them diving!”
Shani BrownPADI Divemaster / Centre Manager
Shani has spent many years in tourism, finding herself in such diverse places as Germany and Egypt. At one time, she managed one of the busiest dive centres in the Red Sea and elsewhere turned her hand to hotel work in the snowy Alps. Shani now calls Spain home and is our Torremolinos centre manager. She’ll be there to greet you in the morning to make sure you’re relaxed and ready for the best day of your holiday.
Shani says: “Book a course or diving with us and I’ll be one of the your first ports of call. I’ll be in charge to see that all the boring (and very important!) stuff is taken care of, but also to do my best to make your diving day one to remember.”
Courtney KayePADI IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
Courtney is a South African, English and French speaking marine biologist, who grew up in the Czech Republic and spent her childhood exploring the sea as a young diver. As a PADI Instructor, she is now able to share her love of all things that wriggle in the sea with anyone who is willing to listen and learn.
Courtney says: “Having a bit of trouble with your buoyancy? I’m here for you. Want to know how nudibranchs mate? I’m here for that too!”
Arvis GrinbergsPADI INSTRUCTOR / Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Arvis is a former Army Special Forces Officer, commercial diver and university lecturer. He has been diving for many years in many different locations around the world and in all kinds of conditions, from under the ice to Mediterranean caves. He chose to further his career as a PADI Instructor with Simply Diving in 2016.
Arvis says: “I find it impossible to get bored while diving, wherever I dive and whatever the conditions. Sign up for a course with me and you’ll never forget it. Let’s be awesome!”
Dan EreiraPADI DIVEMASTER
Dan is the newest addition to the SD crew. After years spent as a lifeguard in Surrey, England, he gave up supervising people from the surface and chose to join Simply Diving in his quest to teach people under the water.
Dan says: “I find it impossible to get bored while diving, wherever I dive and whatever the conditions. The favourite part of my job is introducing divers to my underwater mates, the Sunfish and stingrays.”
Simply Diving is a Scubapro Educational Association (SEA) Dive Centre
This means that not only do we provide all our students and divers with this brand of global leading dive equipment, but we also have a duty to ensure our kit is regularly maintained, serviced and replenished every two years
Our RIB boat is moored just yards from our dive centre in Marbella Port (Puerto Deportivo de Marbella) and has a capacity for 10 divers only. This is good, because we like to keep our groups small and supervision tight.
Most of our dive sites are within a maximum 5 minute gentle boat ride away, often accompanied by very large schools of spinner and bottlenose dolphins.
A final few words from the owner, Alex...
Simply Diving has been going strong now for many years but our philosophy is the same now as it always has been: We’re a family-run business providing the best customer service. We’re proud of the hundreds of divers we have looked after and are often told that their day with us was the best of their holiday. We pride ourselves on the quality of training we offer and the fact that the training is done by such friendly, knowledgeable and safety-conscious staff members.