Stuart Cove captained a diving / snorkeling boat for Club Med. In the summer of 1977, Stuart landed a job as stunt / safety diver on the James Bond feature film “For Your Eyes Only” staring Roger Moore and Carole Bouquet. During the filming of this job, Stuart’s skills as a “shark wrangler” and dive instructor quickly stood out. By the end of the shoot he had established himself as a competent U/W production support coordinator. “For Your Eyes Only” allowed Stuart to put away enough money in the bank to buy his first dive boat. In 1978 Stuart used that boat and began to run his own dive business on the island of New Providence.
In 1983 Stuart reinforced his reputation as the leading underwater film production coordinators on the island during the filming of “Never Say Never Again”. This Bond thriller starred Sean Connery and Kim Bassinger. This time Stuart was the lead underwater coordinator. As part of those responsibilities Stuart personally certified Mr. Connery and Ms. Bassinger as divers in order for them to complete their rolls. In addition, Stuart choreographed underwater fights and again lead the “shark wrangling” team.
In 1992, Divi Hotels sold the South Ocean Golf Beach & Dive Resort and as a result the property was left without a dive operator. With a strong reputation already established and a successful business already operating just a few miles away, the new owners sought out Stuart Cove to assume the dive operations at the hotel. In order to implement this expansion, 3 custom dive boats were purchased. In addition a new, larger air storage system was obtained; a full retail boutique opened; and a host of other equipment required was purchased in order to create one of the Caribbean’s leading dive centers. In the spring of 1996 the team grew by one with the birth of Stuart’s son Travis. In 1998, Stuart was blessed again with the birth of daughter Sasha. With all of the growth since 1978 one of the things that we are the proudest of, is that almost everyday customers at Stuart Cove’s will see and be greeted by the boss – Stuart Cove – who insists on maintaining a hands on management style by being directly involved with customers and seeing that they experience the adventure of a lifetime.