Phase 1 of the SCUBA professionals training program is developing your SCUBA skills whilst living and diving at the world renowned, Aliwal Shoal, South Africa. In these beginning months, we will take you from the PADI Open Water Course, through to Rescue Diver, along with completing 2 x PADI Specialty courses. In total you can expect to log around 40 dives during this phase.
The true benefit of the diver skills phase is, however, that you will gain practical experience in the operation of a professional shark adventure and scuba diving company. While assisting in training programs, briefing clients, marketing the business, or assisting on SCUBA dives, you will gain valuable insight into the life of a SCUBA diving professional.
Aliwal Shoal is one of the best training areas in the country due to its diversity of conditions and marine wildlife. You will be exposed to dynamic diving conditions with varying currents, temperatures and visibilities. The diversity of marine life on Aliwal Shoal is unmatched throughout Southern Africa. The shoal is abundant with sharks, whales, rays, fish, turtles, nudibranchs and much more.
Life on the SCUBA professionals training program is based around morning SCUBA diving, shark expeditions and SCUBA training. Afternoons are focused on workshops and career training / experience in running a dive centre. Evenings and some weekends will give you lots of opportunities to experience the local culture, attend fun social evenings, join excursions to nearby game parks & socialise with other students while working with the Blue Wilderness team.
Board & Accommodation
All interns are housed at the Blue Wilderness Shark Centre. This is a purpose built training and living facility nestled opposite Scottburgh beach on Durban’s South Coast. At the shark centre, you will share the accommodation with like-minded and passionate students partaking in various training programs including underwater photography, underwater videography and our shark development program. At the shark centre, you can enjoy high speed internet, three basic meals, and single sex dorm rooms. Learn more about the shark centre here