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Vale Peter Boundy (PB)

March 16th, 2020 | | industry

By now many of you would have learned of the sad and sudden passing of Peter Boundy, Director and owner of Cairns Dive Centre (CDC), Fitzroy Island Dive Centre and Boatel Cairns, on Monday 17 February 2020, in Cairns, at the age of 68.

Dive Queensland would like to pay tribute to a man of passion, a man who had belief in his vision, a man who was a diving pioneer, who provided relentless time and effort to help create the dive industry that it is today.

Peter Boundy, or PB, as he was personally known by most, was born in Germany and came to Australia at a young age, being raised in NSW. 

Peter began his working career as a builder, changing professions when he established one of the first dive operations in Cairns – Cairns Barrier Reef Divers, in partnership with Peter Tibbs. From 1986 – 1990, PB owned and operated PB’s Fitzroy Island Dive Centre, living on the island, along with his dedicated staff; two of which, after 38 and 36 years, are still working for him to this day.

In 1990 Cairns Dive Centre was established and continues to operate 30 years later, through the changes of time. Originally the business featured the Coral Reeftel liveaboard and then the Kangaroo Explorer, which is now retired and has been refurbished into a boutique hotel called Boatel Cairns, located at the Cairns Marlin Marina. 

Starting as a NAUI dive facility, moving to PADI, SSI and back to PADI throughout the years, Peter Boundy has been awarded „Outstanding 35 years of Service” award by PADI and Cairns Dive Centre has certified 1000s of people in Open Water and further trained many, many others through to their instructor level.  Cairns Dive Centre is once again a PADI 5 Star IDC training facility.

CDC operates two day boats; Sunkist and Reefkist, that travel out to the Outer Great Barrier reef every day.  In 2010 Peter once more returned to Fitzroy Island where he has established the Fitzroy Island Dive Adventure Centre within the Fitzroy Island Resort, providing guests and day passengers with snorkel equipment, kayak, and stand up paddle board hire,  as well proving introductory or certified diving on the island.  His greatest passion on the island was his coral viewer, the glass bottom boat. 

PB worked tirelessly on the committees he belonged to; He was the Dive Queensland Chairman for many years, retiring to Vice Chairman position for a year and was granted „Lifelong Membership” in 2019. He strongly believed in attending Dive Expos in Singapore and to support and promote the whole Queensland Dive region.  

He was appointed to the AMPTO board and dedicated many years of service to that organisation as well.

Peter put timeless effort into the dive industry; he always had a plan or a new idea on how to increase the visitation to the reef, how to save the reef or how to promote the reef in a more positive light.  He was very proud that each of his facets of business were Eco Certified. 

PB showed great enthusiasm, commitment and dedication towards the Backpacking Industry, supporting most trade shows, expos and events. His key belief was to promote the Cairns region first and foremost. 

Those of you who new Peter Boundy will smile when I mention his other passion in life, Bull Terriers.  If ever a conversation got difficult, you just needed to ask him about his dogs and his demeanour would change.

Peter is survived by his partner, Karen Holland, his son (John) and three daughters (Marcia, Darlene and Peta) and their families; as well as his extra-large Cairns Dive Centre family.

Peter will be sadly missed, always in our hearts.

Written by Leslie Miles