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- Poseidon Diving Station
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Poseidon Diving Station was started in 1973 by the combined efforts of S.K. Nandasena (Leslie) Sven Holmberg and Bertl Magnusson.Sven and Bertl arrived as tourists in Sri Lanka looking for somewhere to dive. There were no diving centres but Leslie was recommended as an outstanding skin diver to guide them to the best sites.They were so impressed that they invited Leslie to Sweden to train in SCUBA and later joined together to form Poseidon, the first dive shop in Hikkaduwa.
The business grew as more customers returned year after year for the friendly atmosphere and professional diving. Leslie went on to discover the Conch, Arcturus,Earl of Shaftesbury, Alliance,Orestes and Rangoon wrecks.
In 1998 the centre was registered as a PADI Dive Centre (S-19272) with Chami Sembakuttige as its principal instructor and has since grown but maintained the same friendly and professional reputation.
In 2004 we were recognized by PADI for our achievements,high standards and contribution to community and environment, and became the first PADI Five Star Centre in Sri Lanka.
After nearly 40 years of training divers, in 2012 we became Sri Lanka's first PADI Instructor Development Centre