PADI Scuba Diving Courses

Are you looking for the ultimate adrenaline experience?


Do you love being in the water surrounded by sharks?



If you answer YES to any of these questions,

a BAITED SHARK DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS is just what you are looking for …

The TIGER SHARK is a regular visitor on a BAITED SHARK DIVE on PROTEA BANKS in the warmer months. Throughout the year, BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS and OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS are almost always seen on a BAITED SHARK DIVE. Dusky sharks are seen periodically on these dives, and then of course with PROTEA BANKS, just about anything can happen!

The SHARKS are initially attracted through a ‘scent’. A drum filled with bait is then lowered into the water and lies at 10m. The Divemaster then ‘works’ the drum to get SHARK activity around it. Once the Divemaster is happy with the results, divers are invited into the water for an action packed and unforgettable dive experience!

As with any of our diving, safety is our priority. You will be given an extensive dive briefing regarding safety and behaviour. We have never had an incident with the SHARKS.

The SHARKS on these dives get very close to the divers, which makes it the perfect dive for those interested in photographing SHARKS.

PLEASE NOTE: Although we endeavour to give you a MIND BLOWING EXPERIENCE, we are dealing with nature, which is very unpredictable. The success rate of seeing SHARKS on these dives is well over 95% but SHARK activity can never be 100% guaranteed. 

As we only go to 10m, this dive is suitable to anyone with an Open Water diving certification and above. You need to be comfortable in the water and have decent buoyancy.




Rated as a top dive site, ALIWAL SHOAL, a fossilized sand dune lies about 4km offshore from the small coastal town of Umkomaas, on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast of South Africa.

'The Shoal' gives divers the unique opportunity to experience wreck, reef and seasonal shark diving at the same site. ALIWAL SHOAL boasts an abundance of aquatic life from Nudibranchs to Manta Rays, including Turtles, Dolphins, Eels and a great variety of tropical fish species. During the winter months the RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS congregate on 'The Shoal' to mate.

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER does not run a charter boat to Aliwal Shoal, however we are happy to accommodate a booking to Aliwal Shoal, as an add on to your trip to PROTEA BANKS, Shelly Beach.

Read more: Aliwal Shoal - Umkomaas

Ask the world about SHARK diving and they will say SOUTH AFRICA ...
ask South Africans about SHARK diving and they will say ... PROTEA BANKS!!!!

Situated about 8km off Shelly Beach, on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast, PROTEA BANKS is a unique reef system, with an amazing topography. The presence of a great diversity of game fish attracts a wide variety of top predators seen in only a few places in the world!

Read more: PROTEA BANKS - Shelly Beach

  • 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 'dive tank' in front of our dive centre or in one of the tidal pools or in winter we use a HEATED POOL.

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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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  • PADI Enriched Air Course - NITROX ...

    PADI Enriched Air Course - NITROX ...

    The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular speciality scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with Enriched Air - Nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

    If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

    The Fun Part

    The fun part about this course is ... well everything! You get to learn about enriched air and get to do a dive on Protea Banks using enriched air.

    What You Learn  

    You will learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen

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