Our Gap Year programme is a scuba diving internship and incredible life experience, offering the best possible foundation to a career in the dive industry. We aim to provide you with a real ‘hands on’ educational experience which ensures that not only do you gain the best training and qualifications but also the confidence and ability to utilise them fully. We combine these elements with Marine Conservation, Local Community Projects and fabulous experiences of the African wildlife that surround us here… We have it all!
Based at South Africa’s biggest and busiest PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre & Dive Resort, the programme takes you to the epicentre of the industry. We dive 364 days a year and train more students than anyone else in the country. There is no better location to develop your dive career! Our Career Development Course (CDC) is located in a unique setting – a Marine Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site lying alongside some of South Africa ‘s best game reserves, where you can spot the African Big 5…
The diving is a world-class experience:- The warm Indian Ocean provides regular sightings of sharks, turtles, dolphins and rays, on top of over 1200 fish species! We also get seasonal sightings of Humpback Whales, Ragged-tooth and Hammerhead Sharks, and nesting sea turtles.
The course is split up into phases, offering flexibility for those candidates who may wish to leave between phases and join with the next intake. Already a qualified diver? Suitable candidates may be able to start at the PADI Dive Master and/or PADI Open Water Instructor phases of the course. Please contact us, so we can discuss your options.
Intro Phase (3 months)
Never dived before? The Intro Phase provides an excellent foundation to a career in the dive industry. Build your way up to PADI Rescue Diver with some PADI Specialites and at least 60 dives! Your active contribution to our dive operation prepares you for what it takes to make it in the industry. Have a unique experience spending 3 months living and breathing diving. Meet new people and gain new experiences. This phase is great to focus on personal development, team work & team-building skills, while preparing for the professional phases of the course.
PADI Dive Master Course (1 month)
Take the first step on the dive professional ladder by becoming a PADI Dive Master. Open up a new career path and travel opportunities. This course will develop your skills as a diver beyond the recreational level as you will start leading others and assisting instructors introduce new people to the world of diving. As a role model to your divers, you will need to expand your knowledge of the ocean, our reefs, and marine life. You will also learn the responsibilities when guiding divers underwater, and assisting them in the pool
Dive Master Experience Phase (3 months)
Not only is this phase a great experience, it’s also an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable experience, providing the best possible preparation for becoming a PADI Open Water Instructor. Ask any PADI Course Director (instructor trainer) and they’ll confirm that the calibre of instructor candidates who have real Dive Master experience is far above those who have just done the required training alone.
Attain real leadership skills and confidence from the knowledge that you can handle real responsibility. Learn the power of public speaking. During this phase you may have the opportunity to improve your CV by taking optional courses such as Day Skipper and Gear Servicing Technician courses – useful additions when contacting prospective employers.
PADI Instructor Development Course and Instructor Experience Phase (up to 5 months)
Take the next step as a PADI Professional to become an Open Water SCUBA Instructor (OWSI). The 10-day development course is conducted by our resident Platinum Course Director, Danny Martin. Candidates coming through the Dive Master Experience Phase will have spent their time also preparing for this course that is hard work, fun and extremely rewarding. Learn about the PADI system. Learn about what to teach and also how to teach.
Suitable candidates will be chosen to stay onto the Instructor Experience Phase for up to several months. You get practical, hands-on experience as an instructor in South Africa’s biggest dive resort. We start you off team-teaching with a more experienced instructor until you are ready to go solo. Instructors can easily obtain more than 25 certs, allowing you to apply for PADI’s sought after Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating. This rating is beneficial when applying for jobs, as it proves your experience.