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All you need to know about learning to Scuba Dive.
Learn to Dive with an industry leading organisation – DIVETEK South Africa.

So you have decided to embark on the Adventure of a Lifetime and would like to Learn to Dive with Divetek.
The First Course on your Journey is called the OPEN WATER COURSE
The First thing most people do today is they search a Diving Course online, contact the nearest Dive Shop, compare prices, establish the Time involved and then Book their Course.
This unfortunate sequence of events results in the following:

80% of people who Learn to Dive in South Africa do not continue diving. It was Exciting but not Fun…they do not feel confident in their own abilities as a Scuba Diver.

The Ugly Truth…

The Ugly Truth is that many of the American-type courses that are fine for the calm warm waters of the Caribbean, simply don’t cut it here in South Africa.

Firstly, more often than not, the Course involves DVD Training or worse Online courses. These two options DO NOT give you or the Instructor any understanding into your Capabilities and Knowledge before getting into the Water.
Live interaction with a Professional, experienced and Well-Trained Instructor is imperative to you, both for enjoying the experience as well as retaining the Important information.

Secondly, it has unfortunately become too easy to become an Instructor. The Old days of having Knowledgable and Experienced Instructors is unfortunately incredibly rare as many of the skills required to be an Instructor are no longer taught, such as lecturing. Now all they are required to do is operate a DVD Machine.

Thirdly, everyone is busy. Courses have been made shorter and quicker to accommodate the busy lifestyles of our clients.
Too little time is spent in the pool getting comfortable with each piece of equipment and it is putting people off.

The tragedy is that so many people are being put off, what is perhaps one of the most fulfilling and thrilling sports available.

And so, Divetek have designed their own thorough Scuba Courses for South Africa.

Are all Training Associations Internationally Recognised?

The next issue people seem to find, is what are the Training associations and which one should you choose?
There are hundreds of scuba training agencies in the world! The main ones you will come across in your searches will be PADI, NAUI, SSI and of Course DIVETEK.

There is NO Governing Scuba Training Body that allows certain schools to become Internationally recognised and others not. There is also no Forum that dictates what the minimum regulations or requirements should be for all the Scuba Training associations. Each Training association manages themselves and their own standards.This unfortunately means that anyone can decide to teach Scuba Diving after obtaining an Instructor card and they can do so from their Garage if they feel so inclined!

So ALL dive resorts see a huge number of different certifications (including unpronounceable ones from Japan) and they will accept them ALL. You may need to accompany your card with a log book showing your experience in order to do the more adventurous dives.

PADI is probably the biggest training association in South Africa if not World-wide.
However, you will not be penalised for doing the course with another Training association. We recommend PADI Courses for those who wish to do a quick course for diving in warm tropical and calm waters, such as Mauritius and Seychelles.
If you wish to have dual certification you can pay the extra charge for NAUI certification following the Divetek course as this course vastly exceeds the NAUI requirements.

How to choose your course…

  • Do not choose the course on price, if you are (like most of us) in the “quite broke” category. Rather save up and do it properly.
  • Go through exactly what you will get in terms of lectures, pool sessions and dives. Anything less than 4 Pool Sessions is just not enough to train you as a Competent Diver.
  • Find out what is included and excluded. Often manuals become an additional cost as well as having to Purchase Soft Gear. Enquire as to what the accommodation costs will be if you are going to be qualifying at the Coast.
  • Most importantly, meet with your instructor and make sure you are happy with their professionalism.
  • Find a course that qualifies you at the Coast. DONT QUALIFY INLAND. It is a mistake and will put you off diving. Learning how to handle the Sea and the Boat is much easier with an Instructor.

 

Costs of the Training and Equipment

These will vary from dive school to dive school.
Most Inland courses go for about R2 000 – R3 000 per person.
Coastal Courses can go up to as much as R4 900.
Some schools offer an all inclusive cost, that includes the basic gear. Be careful, as the equipment will be as cheap as they can get away with and often not suitable. For example providing neoprene socks instead of proper booties.

Most schools will offer a small discount on equipment if you do a course with them. Make sure you buy good equipment and preferably only buy once you have done the equipment lecture on your course.This way you can make informed decisions instead of relying on the salesman’s advice.
Decent basic equipment will cost from about R 3,500 to R6,000. Basic Equipment or Soft Gear includes:

  • Wetsuit
  • Booties
  • Mask and Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Weightbelt

Scuba Gear from R 10 000 to R20 000. (for really good stuff)
But you can pay over R 20,000 if you choose fancy branded Gear. Scuba Gear or Hard Gear includes:

  • BC (Buoyancy Compensator)
  • Regulator

A cylinder will cost from R 3 500 to R 5 000 depending on size.

Refurbished second hand gear will be about half this cost.

At Divetek, we supply the rental of ALL the gear in order for you to learn to dive.