PADI Scuba Diving Courses

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Kym Pollard - PADI Staff Instructor, Surf Launch Skipper & Owner

‘Two thirds of the earth is covered with water and anyone who does not dive has been short changed by life and has seen only part of what our planet has to offer.’ – taken from Len Jones’s Guide to Spearfishing.

Being a coastal girl, I have been fortunate enough to have had the ocean as my playground. My dad was an avid diver, fisherman and surfer. For as long as I can remember, I was spending my weekends and school holidays on the beach or on my dad’s fishing boat ‘Polly’. After school I started studying but could not see myself in an office job ...

The travel bug bit, I traveled extensively and worked in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. In Egypt I did my Open Water Course in the Red Sea - it was love at first dive and I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. Funny enough, I also saw a small reef shark, which started my interest and passion for SHARKS. On my return to South Africa I continued with my diving. In 2000 I did my Instructors and got involved with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER.

PROTEA BANKS is my ‘home’. I have been diving on PROTEA BANKS for more than 17 years and still get excited each and every time I get to dive it. It is a ‘wild’ dive site in the fact that each and every day is totally different and I have had MIND BLOWING experiences, diving with a wide variety of shark species, including: TIGER SHARKS, BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS, RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKSOCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS and the odd Great White ... to name just a few. With the incredible shark diving on PROTEA BANKS it is very hard to pick a favourite dive ...  BUT if I had to, it is diving with hundreds to thousands of shoaling HAMMERHEAD SHARKS on PROTEA BANKS … I cannot even try and explain the feeling …

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is a ‘small family business’ where our motto is: ‘Arrive as a diver, leave as a friend’. 

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is not a business to me, it is my passion!


Jaco Esterhuyse - PADI Divemaster & Surf Launch Skipper

In January 2010, I completed my PADI Open Water Course and immediately fell in love with diving and the ocean. I decided to make a career out of it and in June that same year I applied for a job at AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER, which I got. Over the past 7 years I have worked my way up in the dive centre, getting to know all the aspects and running’s of AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. During this period I also obtained my PADI Divemaster and Skippers license. I am currently the main Skipper at AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. I still love diving and being Skipper for AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER and I look forward to each and every day out at sea on PROTEA BANKS.

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Mighael van Staden – PADI Divemaster & Surf Launch Skipper

I am Miggie. I started scuba diving with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER when I was just 12 years old. Over the years I worked my way up to PADI Divemaster, through AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. I am passionate about diving and love all marine life. I will never give up diving at PROTEA BANKS! What a privilege to dive with SHARKS and all the adventures that go with it.



Michelle Boshoff - PADI Divemaster 

I started scuba diving when I was 14 and immediately fell in love with it. Unfortunately, I did not have many opportunities to dive. After finishing school I decided I wanted a career in the dive industry and needed some experience. I got the opportunity to work at AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER, while completing my PADI Divemaster Internship with Kym. The ‘crew’ made me feel welcome right away with their sense of humour, kindness and hospitality. I have been given the opportunity to build a career out of something I love to do and I will always be thankful. I am a Divemaster on PROTEA BANKS

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Samantha Strecker - PADI Divemaster 

As soon as I did my PADI Discover Scuba Diver (DSD), in Mozambique, I WAS HOOKED!!!! I just loved the feeling of being able to breath underwater and enjoy seeing all the beautiful living things under the water. I gave up my whole life in Johannesburg and moved to the coast so that I could start doing my PADI Divemaster Internship, with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. I am so very happy that I have made this choice because the people are so friendly and also very welcoming. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I am now a Divemaster on PROTEA BANKS.

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Dirk Pienaar -  Surf Launch Skipper

Since a young age I have been around the ocean and I love being on or under the water!!! ... either scuba diving, surfing, spear fishing or just sitting on the ocean fishing waiting for that good catch. I have done my Open Water Course. I have my Skippers now and it is my dream to work as a Skipper on PROTEA BANKS. I just love being able to see the amazing things not everyone else gets to see. I love the ocean … thank you AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER for the opportunity.

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Donovan Perrins – PADI DMT (Divemaster In Training)

My love and respect for the ocean, with all its wonders, started in 2013. I signed up for my PADI Open Water Course with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. Upon completing the course, I knew that I had found my dream job. While still employed at my previous job, I went on to complete my PADI Advanced Open Water Course and PADI Rescue Diver Course. I have since started my PADI Divemaster Internship with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER and couldn’t be happier with my new career choice!

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Nothile ‘Nothie Girl’ Mfukuli – Tourism Intern

Upon completing N4, N5 and N6 in travel and tourism at Esayidi Tvet Collage, I got the opportunity to do an internship in tourism at AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. My goal is to gather as much knowledge and ideas about scuba diving and the tourism world around it. So far I have already learnt a lot. All the different  SHARKS & MARINE LIFE and beautiful colours makes it amazing to be part of such a different world. Soon you will see me blowing bubbles and one day I will be teaching the world about scuba diving, SHARKS and all the exciting adventures the underwater world has to offer.

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Ntombentle ‘ Zee’ Xhapha – Tourism Intern

I did a course in travel and tourism with and was hooked. I did my N4, N5 and N6 with excitement knowing I’m working towards something better. I arrived at  AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER for tourism training and could not be happier and more thankful for the opportunity. I am super excited to learn about scuba diving and about the different people from around the world who come to our beautiful country to dive. I would like to do my dive courses and then help spread the word about scuba diving in South Africa. Hopefully one day I will end up working with people from all over the world.

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Zanele ’Bonitta’ Makhosimani - Tourism Intern

I am Zanele Makhosimani but some call me Bonitta. I am South African and was born in Bizana, Eastern Cape. From a very young age, I knew how to interact with different people and cultures, which made me even more interested in tourism. I studied tourism at Nombuso High School and from then I realised the importance of tourism. I continued my studies in travel and tourism at tertiary to learn even more. I am now with  AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER doing my in service training, learning all about the tourism world and the underwater world. Diving is amazing not just because all the wonders under the water, but cause it brings people together from all over the world. In the next 5 years I would like to open my own dive centre to greet the world!

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Dru de Bruyn – Divemaster in training ... long term

My mommy owns and runs AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. I have grown up in the dive centre ... and have a passion for SHARKS. I am busy with my PADI Junior Open Water Course  and my first dive in the sea was on a  BAITED SHARK DIVE ... it was so amazing and the SHARKS came in so so so close. I can’t wait to finish my course and continue diving.

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Ty de Bruyn - Divemaster in training ... long, long term

My mommy is a PADI Staff Instructor and owns AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. She is my inspiration, so of course I want to do what she does ... breathe underwater. It was so awesome when at age 8, I snorkelled my first BAITED SHARK DIVE. I just wanted to be under the water and much closer to the SHARKS. I am not scared of SHARKS ... for as long as I remember I have heard all the divers talk about the different SHARKS on PROTEA BANKS ... I LOVE SHARKS!!!! I am busy with my PADI Junior Open Water Course.

page dive shopAQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER offers a wide range of scuba diving, snorkelling and spearfishing equipment at very competitive prices. Our professional and friendly staff, always available to assist you with your queries and equipment needs.

Due to the wide variety of equipment, on the market today, it is impossible to keep a full range of equipment on hand. Pop in to our dive centre and we are happy to advise you according to your specific needs and then order in the equipment for you, should we not have it in store.

For your convenience we have an online store where you can shop for Scubapro, Sealife and Subgear products in the comfort of your own home. Easy to use, convenient and quick ... check out using Aqua Planet as your dealer ... and you will have your new equipment in a flash:

Our Main Brands

  • Scubapro
  • Sealife
  • Subgear
  • Aqualung
  • Tusa
  • Mares
  • Suunto
  • Rob Allen

... to name a few of the brands ...


Situated on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast of South Africa, we operate a comprehensive dive centre - with a few extras!

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is situated in SHELLY BEACH, on the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast of South Africa. Our comprehensive dive centre offers PADI scuba diving courses, a dive charter to PROTEA BANKS, tours and packages, as well as a well stocked dive shop - with a few extras. Whether you are interested in snorkeling, new to diving or an experienced diver, AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER has a dive experience to suit your needs. 

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER was established in 1997. With an unblemished safety record this is definitely the main reason to look no further when selecting a dive charter in Shelly Beach. Throw in our professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff who will endeavor to make you feel at home. Our well equipped dive centre, that has a fun and relaxed vibe. Your only worry here is that the passion of the staff is contagious!



If that is not enough, don't forget our main treasure in Shelly Beach, PROTEA BANKS. PROTEA BANKS is a world renowned, mind blowing SHARK dive. The wide variety of SHARK species that can be seen on this dive site make it a completely unique dive site, not to be missed and PROTEA BANKS will have you coming back for more ...

 So why would you look any further than AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER - where you may arrive as a diver, but will leave as a friend?


Launching daily for PROTEA BANKS, with our 8m dive duck 'Calypso', you are assured of a great diving experience in SHELLY BEACH.

Safety is our number one priority and we boast a 100% safety record!

Kitting up in our dive centre is easy and our rental equipment is in excellent condition - it includes a SMB in the BCD. Hot showers are available after the dive and a debriefing is done over a cup of coffee or tea. If you want to experience the wonders of PROTEA BANKS, be assured of professional and friendly service, as well as a memorable diving experience, you should look no further than AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER.

Our Instructors, who are passionate about diving, offer PADI SCUBA diving courses from beginner to professional and a full range of specialty courses - including the SHARKLIFE shark specialty courses. With courses starting daily, designed around your schedule, you are assured of individual attention. AND Pool training is very comfortable in a HEATED POOL. Our Instructors love what they do and you will feel their energy while they teach you to SCUBA dive, in a fun and safe manner. 


  • 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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