Diver Turns Love Of Marine Life Into Business

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Diver turns love of marine life into business
18th January 2018

By Sandra Pearce
 
A diver from South Tyneside has turned his passion for marine life into a thriving aquatics business.
 
Davy Carr took the plunge when he opened the doors to his new venture, Rivers 2 Reef, in North Tyneside. The shop specialises in corals, marine and tropical fish, all inspired by his diving expeditions in the Maldives.
 
The 44-year-old, who also runs his own building firm, told The Shields Gazette: “An aquatics shop is not something I ever envisaged having. But the more I was diving, the more I was becoming interested in the marine side of things. 
 
“I fitted my own fish tank at home and the interest grew from there. I decided I wanted to have my own shop and…converted it to the way I wanted it to look. I wanted plenty of room for people to come in, have time to look in the tanks, and make the shop wheelchair and pushchair friendly.”
 
He added: “I have kept the prices as low as I can and any money I make is being put back into the business.
 
“I have my building business but this is my passion. It’s not about making money, it’s about providing a unique and welcoming place for people interested in aquatics to come for advice or find new additions for their tanks.”