The "Steve" involved is Steve Lee, who whilst diving with Protech over Christmas was busy poaching my staff. I only learned the extent of his deeds after returning for a visit to the UK. I have heard several rumours that I have sold Protech, and the common element to two of these is Steve Lee. No doubt he made Martin Leslie an offer he couldn't refuse - that's certainly what happened with my two ex-instructors. Everette (of whom I have heard very good things) has my considerable sympathy. I suppose any legal action would take too long to be effective - how about a restraining injunction?
I meant to add - Steve Lee's website (www.ecologicdivers.com
) has been up for a few weeks and says they are currently operating. Clearly the legal nicety of not yet having rights of occupation doesn't concern him, or his new staff.
Another fact - on his website he displays the PADI logo, but if you check the PADI website you'll see that the business is not registered with PADI.
I must say I didn't know he had anything to do with AquaMarina/AquaDives. Does anyone have anything more on this?