where did we get the name Davy Jones?

“Does Davy Jones really own the Dive Centre?”

“Who is he? Is he here?”

“Is it the short English guy from the Beatles?”

Erm, no, and you mean the Monkees. It is owned by another short English guy who is surrounded by diving monkeys, i.e. the Instructors and Divemaster and some do bear a scary resemblance to chimpanzees, you know who you are Miss, we may not be pretty but we are the coolest troop on the island.

How did DJL get its’ name? There are as many stories about why this name was chosen as there are stories about the identity of The Stig (before he was outted).

Perhaps it taken from the “Four Years Voyages of Capt. George Roberts”, by the author Daniel Defoe, published in 1726 in London.

“Some of Loe’s Company said, They would look out some things, and give me along with me when I was going away; but Ruffel told them, they should not, for he would toss them all into Davy Jones’s Locker if they did.

Or perhaps it is taken from an early description of Davy Jones that occurs in Tobias Smollett‘s The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, published in 1751.  In this story Davy Jones is described as having saucer eyes, three rows of teeth, horns, a tail, and blue smoke coming from his nostrils.  Hmm, this sounds more like how I feel the morning after a night at Fishbowl celebrating the end of an Open Water course.

Maybe its taken from the Hollywood film Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp, and Davy Jones is the Captain of the Flying Dutchman and the name represents the Instructors who see themselves as romantic heroes, swashing and buckling their way across to Japanese Gardens.

Or maybe it’s from the animated TV series Sponge Bob Squarepants where Davy Jones represents an actual locker in the bottom of the sea where Davy Jones from The Monkees keeps his gym socks. Personally I think it’s this one as some of us do act like the characters from a cartoon.

Anyway, we may never know the truth and it doesn’t matter, what really matters is that you have a great time with us whether its doing a course, fun diving or just having a drink or two in the bar.

Matt Metcalf

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