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Rick Stanley


Ocean Quest Adventures

Rick has contributed greatly to the tourism industry in Newfoundland & Labrador serving on many boards including Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador (HNL) and also receiving an award of Tourism Excellence as Tourism Champion for 2014. Rick and his dedicated team welcome visitors and divers from all over the world.

What started in 1992 as a hobby for Rick quickly developed into a passion, and then a full-blown business. At first, when Rick was diving simply to enjoy the wonderful and unique marine life (as well as to indulge in some mussels and scallops) located off the coast of Newfoundland, it was just something he did when he had the time.

However, soon after diving to the Bell Island shipwrecks, the time he spent in the water increased more and more. Due to his own excitement for the wrecks, Rick soon decided that the world needed to discover them. Thus, Ocean Quest was founded.
With just one boat, Rick undertook a rigorous Scuba training schedule to graduate from basic diver to instructor, ensured that his operation complied with CCG and TC regulations, and began to show people the beauty that lay beneath the waves near his home.

Now, Rick operates Ocean Quest as a qualified Rebreather Diver, Full Cave Diver, Advanced Nitrox and Deco certification, and has over 400 dives on the Bell Island shipwrecks alone. Together with his team, he oversees the provision of tours, recreational and commercial diving sales and services, educational offerings, and a number of other services across the province.

Along with Ocean Quest, Rick also helped to start Ocean Net, a conservation group dedicated to educating people about the importance of our marine environment. Through this group, Rick is steward of an area that includes the Bell Island shipwrecks, and he continues to ensure that the actions of Ocean Quest are in harmony with the environment that he has loved for as long as he can remember.


17 Stanley Road, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 5H9

Website: www.oceanquestadventures.com

Induction Date

19 May 2011