PADI Scuba Diving Courses

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world's oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that Humpback Whales sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

These whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Humpback Whales migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the Equator. Mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection. Females nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a Humpback Whale to reach full adulthood.

Every year hundreds of Humpback Whales migrate from the South Pole to the warm waters of KwaZulu Natal to mate.

Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose Dolphins are the most well-known and common members of the family of ocean dolphins, Delphinidae. They are seen throughout the year in our waters.

Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari)

The Spotted Eagle Ray is from the eagle ray family, Myliobatidae. It can be found globally in tropical regions, at depths down to about 80 meters. The rays are most commonly seen alone, but occasionally swim in groups.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is an oceanic turtle distributed throughout the world. It is a marine reptile, belonging to the family Cheloniidae.

Potato Bass (Epinephelus tukula)

The Potato Cod/Bass has been fished out of most locations, however, it can still be found in mostly tropical waters. The fish is found mainly in the Pacific and Indian oceans. They prefer to stay in reef areas; however, as juveniles, the fish abide in reef tide pools.

Round Ribbontail Ray (Taeniura melanospilos)

The Round Ribbontail Ray or Giant Reef Ray is a species of stingray in the family Dasyatidae, found throughout the near shore waters of the tropical Indo-Pacific, as well as off islands in the eastern Pacific. It is a bottom-dwelling inhabitant of lagoons, estuaries, and reefs, generally at a depth of 20–60 m.

Diving with 100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ... need I say more?

The Hammerhead shark is unmistakable because of its shape, which is the very reason for its popular name, although it is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between the different species. The Greater Hammerhead shark and Scalloped Hammerhead sharks are mostly encountered on PROTEA BANKS.

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RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS congregate on PROTEA BANKS to mate!

The Ragged-tooth shark, Carcharias taurus, has a sharp, pointy head with a bulky body. The colour is grey with reddish-brown spots on their backs and they can reach a length of about 3m.

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The GIANT SANDSHARK is part of the RAY family ...

The Giant Sandshark is part of the family of Rays. This Sandshark is known for its elongated body with a flattened head and trunk, with small ray like 'wings'. Their shape is due to the fact that they are bottom dwelling fish usually living on the sand.

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Diving with a TIGER SHARK ... UNFORGETTABLE!!!

Galeocerdo cuvier, the Tiger shark, is a relatively large shark with some specimens capable of attaining a length of over 5m. The popular name 'Tiger' comes from the dark stripes on the body which resembles a Tiger's pattern - these stripes tend to fade with maturity. It is a solitary species and is most commonly seen cruising slowly. Tiger sharks can cover great distances in search of food.

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  • PADI Discover Scuba Diver (DSD)

    PADI Discover Scuba Diver (DSD)

    Join a world of discovery, fun and adventure with PADI DSD ...

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater. If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it.

    Join us in the big yellow 'dive tank' in front of our dive centre or in one of the tidal pools.

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  • PADI Junior Open Water Course

    PADI Junior Open Water Course

    PADI Junior Open Water Course! You gotta do it!

    Get your first PADI scuba certification. If you have always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

    The PADI Junior Open Water Course is a FIVE day, fun filled course and is designed to qualify you to dive to a maximum depth of 12m.

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  • PADI Open Water Course

    PADI Open Water Course

    The PADI Open Water Course ... life changing!

    Get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

    The PADI Open Water Course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

    The PADI Open Water Course is a FOUR day, fun filled course and is designed to qualify you to dive to a maximum depth of 18m.

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  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course

    PADI Advanced Open Water Course

    Exploration, Excitement and Experiences!!!

    Yes ... that is what the PADI Advanced Open Water Course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Course.

    The PADI Advanced Open Water Course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. 

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  • PADI Rescue Diver

    PADI Rescue Diver

    The PADI Rescue Diver Course, conducted over FOUR days, offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience beyond the recreational level, to where you now consider the needs of other divers.

    The PADI Rescue Diver Course is a 'hands on' course. Whilst the subject matter is serious the course itself is a lot of fun and very rewarding. Interaction and participation amongst students on this course is encouraged in order to ensure learning. 

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  • PADI Divemaster Course

    PADI Divemaster Course

    PADI Divemasters Wanted! Join the Tribe!

    Do you have a deep and abiding passion for diving? If so, you should consider doing what you love for a living: become a PADI Divemaster.

    When you Join the Tribe™ by becoming a PADI Divemaster, you align yourself with the largest and most respected dive tribe in the world—that of PADI Professionals. These are PADI Divemasters and Instructors sharing a passion for diving and an active concern for the health of the world’s underwater habitats.

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  • PADI Speciality Courses

    PADI Speciality Courses

    AQUA PLANET offers a wide range of PADI Speciality Courses!

    These are the PADI Speciality Courses that we offer.

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  • PADI & Sharklife Shark Speciality

    PADI & Sharklife Shark Speciality

    Discover these wonderful creatures up close and personal!

    With both PADI and SHARKLIFE Instructors, AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER can offer you two certifications for each species (PADI and SHARKLIFE).

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