Become a PADI Dive Professional

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Become a PADI Dive Professional

from £2,900
Duration: from 4 months to 12 months
Countries: South Africa
Kickstart your professional dive career at Coral Divers, in Sodwana Bay, South Africa. Live the dream while diving in the warm Indian Ocean & become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor.

Become a PADI Dive Professional

Our Career Development Course is a unique experience, offering the best possible foundation to 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. 

Based at South Africa’s biggest and busiest 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!

Nestled in a Wetlands Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, our diving is world-class.  The warm Indian Ocean provides regular sightings of sharks, turtles, dolphins and rays, on top of 1600 fish species!  We also get seasonal sightings of Humpback Whales, Raggie and Hammerhead Sharks, and nesting 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 Divemaster and/or 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 working & team building skills, while preparing for the professional phases of the course.

Divemaster Course (1 month)

Take the first step on the dive professional ladder by becoming a PADI Divemaster.  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

Divemaster 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 an Instructor. Ask any 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 Skippers and Gear Servicing technician courses - useful additions when contacting prospective employers.


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 Divemaster Experience Phase will have spent their time also preparing for this course that is hard work, & also fun and extremely rewarding.  Learn about the PADI system.  Learn about what to teach and also HOW you teach.

Suitable candidates will be chosen to stay onto the Instructor Experience Phase for up to several months.  You get practical, hands on, real 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 benenificial when applying for jobs, as it proves your experience.

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Medical Fitness

Some medical history or conditions (such as asthma) may prevent you from diving or require your Doctor’s approval.  Please consult your doctor before arriving.  We can email a medical questionnaire for you to complete and take to your doctor.

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation is provided during your stay with shared bathrooms.  Please bring your own single bedding & pillow with you.

Candidates receive three meals a day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Please let us know if you have any special requirements.


Candidates coming onto the Intro Phase are required to bring their own ‘soft’ gear - wetsuits, mask and snorkel, fins, weight belt and weights.  We can assist with purchasing before or on your arrival.  Information and prices can be discussed before your arrival.  BCD and Regulator is available to rent free of charge.

Candidates going onto Divemaster and Instructor level are required to have all their own gear (‘tools of the trade’).  As well as your own BCD & Regulator, you will also need your own dive computer, underwater compass, and SMB.


Please note that our course prices do not include the PADI Application fees for Divemaster and Instructor Courses.  These are payable by the student direct to PADI upon successful completion of the course(s).  More information is available upon request.


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