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PROTEA BANKS … the other side …

What is Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter all about?

Well, it is most famous for the dive site we are absolutely privileged to dive … PROTEA BANKS … a world renowned shark dive site that attracts divers from all over the world.

But Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter has a SOFTER side, it is a place where friends meet and long term friendships are made … and the Aqua Planet family is started …

Raising Awareness of Ocean Pollution in South Africa

The issue of ocean pollution is enormously important for divers. When you are out on a dive, you rely on crystal-clear waters to be able to see the incredible wildlife and plants. If there is a high level of pollution, then the sharks and sea turtles simply will not be able to survive. The oceans of South Africa have been rated the 11th worst for plastic pollution in the world and 80% of this pollution has originated from land-based sources. If the ocean creatures are to thrive, then this picture simply isn’t sustainable. We need to raise awareness and help to combat ocean pollution from a grassroots level.

Whole Grains, Lean Meat, and Lots of Water: The Deep Sea Diving Diet

Since deep sea diving entails plunging to depths of 40 meters, a certain diet should be maintained by divers lest they want to experience discomfort during their underwater journey. At such depths, divers need to be energetic, limber, and focused, which can all be achieved with diet. Without the right nutrition, divers can get cramps, the bends, and worse. But don’t let any of this dissuade you from going on a scuba adventure with sublime sea life. Eating a deep diving diet is simple – it starts with carbs and ends with water.

Cleaning Your Scuba Gear The Natural Way

If you have a passion for scuba diving and seeing the incredible beauty of South African sharks in their natural habitat, then you have probably invested a fair amount in your diving gear. Your dive equipment is important to keep you safe whilst you are underwater. If it isn’t looked after properly then your gear can become susceptible to mold and mildew and the rubber will crack. Cleaning your scuba diving equipment every time you have finished using it, will prevent this from happening. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals for this - you can clean your gear the natural way, with fresh water and a little eco-friendly shampoo.

Karen Tredger – the first woman to dive Protea Banks

Karen Tredger … Wow!!! Where do you even start with this ’badass’ instructor that can teach us all something, in her 27 years of diving Protea Banks.

Karen was not just one of the first woman, but also part of the first group of divers brave enough take on these so called ‘ Shark Infested Waters’ of Protea Banks. This is well worth a read …

Princess diving on Protea Banks

Simone “Monie” Mercer is an underwater thrill seeking boss and a proud member of the ‘The Brat Pack’ at Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter. Simone has been a dear friend to Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter from the moment she walked in, with her uplifting and fun personality. We are so lucky and honoured to have her dive with us so regularly.

An interview with a Princess ... enjoy the read, we know you will as much as we did.

Our VIP diver

Paul Russell, not only our web designer, Paul is a dear friend and THE VIP diver of Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter (he even has the t-shirt to prove it ... lol). From the moment Paul walked into the dive centre, in 2015, there was no stopping this bubble blowing enthusiast ... with a massive passion for sharks and scuba diving, he is one of Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charters 'ambassadors'. When Paul is not diving ... his real job is a web designer ... and boy oh boy ... did he design a GREAT website for Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter ... for which we will be forever indebted, thank you Paul. Paul has been so kind as to share his experience with us about Protea Banks ... and has included a few tips, for those wanting to visit this incredible dive site. Enjoy the read!!

500 Sunsets – Dean Swart

The team of Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter had the privilege meeting Dean Swart. On his incredible and epic journey, 500 Sunsets, Dean managed to sneak in a couple of dives on Protea Banks.

500 Sunsets, here is Dean’s story in his own words:

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