Who we are

Maltaqua was founded in 1970 by Mike and Agnes Upton, both CMAS National Instructors, PADI Staff Instructors and BSAC Advanced Instructors who have both logged thousands of dives since they started diving in 1968. Both are teachers by profession so diver training has always been of particular interest to them.


In the 40 years that Maltaqua has been one of Europe's leading diver training facilities, it has serviced tens of thousands of clients and trained thousands of divers and hundreds of highly skilled instructors. We have always strived to improve the range and quality of service we offer to our clients but always maintaining a policy of Safety First. Over the years our standards of safety and service have brought us world wide recognition and acclaim.


1978 - When BSAC introduced their Schools system, Maltaqua was among the first group to be recognised and became BSAC's first overseas School - No 007, hence out motto "Nobody does it better".


1980 - Maltaqua became the first PADI Centre in Europe and hosted PADI first European Instructor Course.


1987 - To service our German speaking clients, Maltaqua became a VDST Tauchbasis.


1991 - BSAC Premier Schools were created. Maltaqua was among the first group of 5 selected world-wide.


1993 - New Orleans. "Trail Blazer" award for "Innovation and leadership in business development". Of 10,000 PADI Centres, Maltaqua and one other were presented with this award.


2002 - The International Diver College awarded Career Development Centre status.


2006 - Awarded BSAC School of Excellence status. One of only 4 such schools outside the UK.


2006 - Named as “Best Practice” Enterprise in the Grant Scheme for Tourism Enterprises 2004-2006


2009 - Maltaqua celebrates 40 years in business, under same ownership


2009 / 2010 - First dive centre world wide to be awarded Superbrand status.


2010 - First dive centre in Malta to be accredited with ISO 24803:2007 "Recreational Diving Services" certification.