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Scuba Courses
Dive courses with a difference!
Why choose Just Africa Scuba?
We offer an experience, learning life skills and self-discovery. We pay attention to the individual, providing added extras and ensuring confident well-trained divers.

FAQs

1. What is the age limit for scuba diving?
2. Is diving risky?
3. Is scuba diving equipment complicated?
4. What does it feel like to breathe underwater?
5. Who can learn to dive?
6. Can people with poor eyesight dive?
7. Is it cold?
8. Can I dive if I suffer from seasickness?
9. What happens if it rains during the course?
10. How long will I dive?
11. Do I need my own scuba diving equipment?
12. Will I be in a big group?
13. Can I communicate with my Instructor underwater?
14. Is insurance included?
15. What is PADI?
16. Why choose Just Africa Scuba?
17. Can I get any photo or video of my first ever scuba diving experience?
18. What is scuba gear?
19. Where will you use your scuba gear?
20. How do I learn to scuba dive?
21. How long does it take to get certified?
22. How much do scuba lessons cost?
23. What are the requirements for learning to scuba dive?
24. Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?
25. Where can I scuba dive?
26. Will my ears prevent me from becoming a scuba diver?
27. Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?
28. What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?
29. What about scary animals, such as sharks?
30. Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?
31. How deep do you go?
32. What happens if I use up all my air?
33. What if I feel claustrophobic?
34. I’m already a certified diver, how do I become a PADI Diver?
35. I have a professional-level certification with another agency, how do I become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor?

 

1. What is the age limit for scuba diving?

In most regions, the minimum age is 10 years old, however, in some areas, local law may require a higher minimum age limit. There is no upper age limit.

To dive, you must be in good overall health, particularly your respiratory and circulatory systems. Mentally, you need a mature attitude, good judgement and the self-discipline to follow diving guidelines. Young participants need the approval and support of their parent or guardian. Everyone completes a medical history questionnaire to identify any health concerns that need to be discussed with a physician. 

2. Is diving risky?

Diving does present some inherent risks. You can reduce your chances of having problems while diving by following basic safety rules and learning simple skills. Your dive professional takes precautions, uses experience and exercises good judgement to help keep you as safe as possible. People dive safely every day. However, any time people are in the water and are breathing compressed gas underwater, there is the potential for problems to occur.

3. Is scuba diving equipment complicated?

No. Your dive professional will teach you how the equipment works and make sure you familiarize yourself with it and are comfortable using it. When you take a certification course, you’ll learn to assemble, operate and maintain the equipment.

4. What does it feel like to breathe underwater?

It’s a gentle hiss of the air as you breathe in and out. The bubbles and water around you. The feeling of calmness, peace and quiet. The underwater world is full of light, colour and life. The corals are beautiful and the fish will be close enough to touch (of course you shouldn’t). 

It’s amazing and it’s so much fun!

5. Who can learn to dive?

Almost anybody. The minimum age is 10 years old. There is no maximum age. You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete but you do need to be generally fit and healthy.

6. Can people with poor eyesight dive?

Yes, there are several options. It is possible to wear contact lenses or have prescription lenses fitted onto your dive mask.

7. Is it cold?

Yes, the Cape Peninsula water is cold because of the cold Atlantic Ocean. You will be wearing a sufficiently thick wetsuit which will protect you from the cold and ensure you have a comfortable dive.

8. Can I dive if I suffer from seasickness?

Yes, you can. You won’t be taking any long boat trips to get to the dive sites and just in case, we do have seasickness medicine available. Many people report that they adjust to being out at sea on the boat and their seasickness subsides or disappear altogether.

9. What happens if it rains during the course?

We scuba divers are very lucky because it never rains underwater. It’s no problem to dive while it is raining on the surface because it doesn’t affect divers below. If the weather is bad we will reschedule of course.

10. How long will I dive?

Each dive will be between 30 and 55 minutes, depending on depth of course. Some of the shallower shore dives can last well over an hour if you have good air consumption.

Have a look at our dives and packages we offer.

11. Do I need my own scuba diving equipment?

No, you don’t. All rental scuba gear is included in the price when you are doing your course. You just need to bring a swimsuit and towel.

After completing your certification, you will need to hire gear for every dive you will be doing. From here on it might be a good idea to buy your own gear, but it’s a personal choice. Some people like to travel light and just hire gear and on the other hand , people like to have their own gear because they are familiar with it and know the condition that it’s in.

Contact us or visit our Dive Shop for specialized advice and equipment sales.

12. Will I be in a big group?

Just Africa Scuba specialises in individual care.  We will cater to your individual requirements.

13. Can I communicate with my Instructor underwater?

Yes, you can. As a beginner, one of the first things you will learn is hand signals that allow you to communicate underwater. Your instructor or dive master will always ask you if you are okay before commencing with the dive.

14. Is insurance included?

Yes, it is. Here at Just Africa Scuba, we are partners with DAN (Divers Alert Network). You will be fully ensured for the duration of your course, thereafter it is your responsibility to get insurance.

15. What is PADI?

PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. More than 20 million beginner divers just like you have earned their PADI diving licence by taking the PADI Open Water Diver course.

It’s by far the world’s most widely recognised scuba diving licence.

16. Why choose Just Africa Scuba?

Just Africa Scuba focus on personalised attention and training safe and confident divers. We combine life skills with our courses and can assist people with issues such as fear and anxiety, giving individuals a great sense of accomplishment when they do things, they never thought they could.

We also specialise in ocean conservation and raising awareness, especially shark conservation, since sharks are such a vital part of the marine ecosystem and are so very misunderstood.

17. Can I get any photo or video of my first ever scuba diving experience?

Yes, you can! With our PADI instructor and a photographer will be with during your Pool session, and/or your very first open water qualifying dives, capturing these memorable moments for you.

Check out our Facebook page and Instagram to see some of these fun pics.

18. What is scuba gear?

Scuba diving equipment allows you to visit the underwater world by making it possible to breathe, see and move comfortably while below the surface. Gear helps you change from being a land-dweller to somewhat of an aquatic being – if only for a little while.
A mask lets you see clearly.
A scuba regulator and tank provide the air you need.
Fins allow you to swim efficiently.
A wetsuit helps you stay warm and protects you from surroundings. Whether you’re just starting as a scuba diver or you’re an experienced diver looking for new equipment, you’ll find helpful suggestions and tips in our scuba shop. Keep in mind that fit, comfort and suitability are the three most important considerations when choosing gear, but you don’t have to sacrifice colour coordination and looking good.

Contact us or visit our Dive Shop for specialized advice and equipment sales.

19. Where will you use your scuba gear?

You can dive almost anywhere there’s water, and the scuba gear you use will vary slightly based on the dive environment. There are four general categories for dive equipment, but some gear fits in all categories – for example, the same mask is fine for all environments.

Tropical Scuba Equipment - In warm (water that is 24ºC or warmer), clear water, you only need minimal exposure protection and can choose light-weight, streamlined scuba components.

Temperate Scuba Equipment - When you’re equipped for temperate climates (water that is 15-24ºC) you have maximum versatility because you can dive in the tropics and also in water that’s a bit cooler.

Cold-water Scuba Equipment - Cool climates (water that is cooler than 15ºC) often have spectacular diving. With good exposure protection and the right equipment, you can scuba dive in cold water in comfort.

Contact us or visit our Dive Shop for specialized advice and equipment sales.

20. How do I learn to scuba dive?

Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure! Scuba certification includes three phases:

1. Knowledge Development

During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you'll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as

  • What to consider when planning dives.
  • How to choose the right scuba gear for you.
  • Underwater signals and other diving procedures.

You'll learn this valuable information by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual. At the end of each chapter, you'll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your PADI Instructor know if there is anything you don't understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have a thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics.

You'll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you'll practice in a swimming pool or confined water environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.

2. Confined Water Dives

This is what it’s all about – diving. You'll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:

  • Setting up your scuba gear.
  • How to get water out of your mask.
  • Entering and exiting the water.
  • Buoyancy control.
  • Basic underwater navigation.
  • Safety procedures.

You'll practice these skills with an instructor until you're comfortable. When you're ready, it's time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.

3. Open Water Dives

After your confined water dives, you'll head to open water, where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you'll get to explore the underwater world. You'll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer. Most student divers complete these dives close to home, but there is an option for finishing your training while on holiday.

21. How long does it take to get certified?

The PADI Open Water Diver course is flexible and performance based, which means that your PADI dive shop can offer a wide variety of schedules, organized according to how fast you progress. It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in three or four days by completing the knowledge development.

Your PADI Instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable diver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need – to become a competent scuba diver.

22. How much do scuba lessons cost?

Compared with other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn’t expensive. For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:

  • a full day of surfing lessons.
  • a weekend of rock-climbing lessons.
  • a weekend of kayaking lessons.
  • a weekend of fly-fishing lessons.
  • about three hours of private golf lessons.
  • about three hours of private water-skiing lessons.

Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a highly trained, experienced professional – your PADI Instructor. What’s more, you receive a certification to scuba dive at the end of a PADI Open Water Diver course (few other activities can offer that). See prices for our scuba courses here.

23. What are the requirements for learning to scuba dive?

If you have a passion for excitement and adventure, chances are you can become an avid PADI Diver. You'll also want to keep in mind these requirements:

  • The minimum age is 10 years old (in most areas). Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. Children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register for PADI eLearning.
  • All student divers complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, your doctor must, as a safety precaution, assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course.

24. Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Your PADI Instructor will assess this.

25. Where can I scuba dive?

You can dive practically anywhere there’s water – a swimming pool, the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers, springs or even aquariums. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:

  • Experience level
  • Dive site access and conditions
  • Interests

Have a look at our dives and packages we offer.

26. Will my ears prevent me from becoming a scuba diver?

No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your eardrums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you'll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

27. Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?

Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Download the medical statement to take to your doctor.

28. What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?

Sunburn, seasickness and dehydration, all of which are preventable, are the most common problems divers face. Injuries caused by marine life, such as scrapes and stings, do occur, but these can be avoided by wearing an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.

29. What about scary animals, such as sharks?

Although the thought of diving with sharks might be frightening, sharks generally aren’t interested in divers. The relatively strange appearance of a diver, along with the noise of exhaled bubbles, likely cause sharks to quickly leave the area before being spotted. This is all in the unusual event that sharks are actually nearby. In fact, many people go for years before they catch their first glimpse of a shark underwater.

There are of course, other creatures that can scrape, puncture, sting or bite you. But this usually occurs only if you touch them or invade their home (like sticking your hands in holes.) Your dive professional will explain what kinds of animals in the area and how to avoid disturbing them.

30. Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?

Diving while pregnant is not currently recommended. There’s much to learn about how diving may affect a developing fetus so you shouldn’t dive while pregnant, or if you’re trying to become pregnant.

31. How deep do you go?

With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is shallower than 12 metres, where the water’s warmer and the colours are brighter.

32. What happens if I use up all my air?

Your dive kit includes a gauge that displays how much air you have. You’ll learn to check it regularly, so it’s unlikely you’ll run out of air while scuba diving. However, if you run out of air, your buddy has an extra regulator (mouthpiece) that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. There are also other options you’ll learn in your scuba diving training.

33. What if I feel claustrophobic?

People find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training, your instructor gives you plenty of time and coaching to become comfortable with each stage of learning. Your scuba instructor works with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver who dives regularly.

34. I’m already a certified diver, how do I become a PADI Diver?

Scuba diving certifications from other diver training organizations can often be used to meet a prerequisite for the next level PADI course. For example, if you have an open water diver or entry-level certification from another diver training organization, you may qualify to enrol in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, which is the next level. There is no simple “equivalency” or “crossover.” The best option is to take the next step and continue your education. If you would like to continue your dive training and receive a PADI certification, contact us to ask about the options you have for obtaining a PADI certification.

35. I have a professional-level certification with another agency, how do I become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor?

A dive professional in good standing with another diver training organization may meet the prerequisites for the next level PADI certification. For example, a divemaster with another diver training organization may qualify to enrol in a PADI Assistant Instructor course or Instructor Development Course (IDC). You could not receive a PADI Divemaster certification unless you completed the PADI Divemaster course. There is no simple “equivalency” or “crossover.”

An instructor in good standing from another diver training organization may be eligible to enrol in an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. This program is shorter than a complete IDC and focuses building upon your teaching skills by introducing you to the PADI System. You must also successfully complete a PADI Instructor Exam (IE) to become a PADI Instructor.

If you have a question we did not answer, contact us.

Introductory Courses/ Experiences

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Scuba

Kids

Introductory Scuba Experience for Kids 8-10 years old.
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PADI Kids

Seal
Team

The PADI Seal Team is for young scuba divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by completing exciting AquaMissions.
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A quick and easy introduction into what it takes to explore the underwater world for children and adults, from 10 years old and up.
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Refresher Course

ReAct
ivate

Update your dive skills and knowledge with a quick scuba refresher from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water.
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Certification Courses

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If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. To enrol in a PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years old or older.
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Open Water

Adva
nced

This course can be taken after completing the Open Water Diver certification. You try out different specialities while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
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Diver

Res
cue

Learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practising problem-solving skills until they become second nature.
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Diver

Mas
ter

The PADI Master Scuba Diver certification the highest rating achieved by recreational divers who have put the time and effort into improving themselves and their abilities in the water.
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Specialty Diver

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Diver

Wreck

Ships, aeroplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for a new discovery.
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Diver

Night

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.
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Underwater

Navi
gator

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater.
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Diver

Deep

Explore deeper dive sites with confidence at depths down to 40 meters. Learn to manage your gas supply, go over buddy contact procedures, and buoyancy control.
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Enriched Air

Nit
rox

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.
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Peak Performance

Buoy
ancy

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.
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Career Development Program

Career Development Program

This program offers a young person the opportunity to develop their Scuba Diving career, doing various courses and gaining practical work experience.
WORK EXPERIENCE

WORK EXPERIENCE

You will gain valuable work experience doing a variety of jobs with the various internships.
LEARN SKILLS

LEARN SKILLS

You will learn work skills and life skills applicable to your career development and your personal development.
BUILD YOUR CAREER

BUILD YOUR CAREER

Get various certifications to build your career and improve your employment options.
MENTORING

MENTORING

You will be learning and growing within a mentoring relationship.

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Wild Coast Student Tour - Sardine Run 2020

The Just Africa Scuba Career Development students along with the Just Africa Life Skills Preparation Year students will be touring with us to Cintsa on the Wild Coast, 45km north of East London in the Eastern Cape.

The Sardine Run is an annual migration of sardines up the East Coast of South Africa from the Southern Cape to Kwa-Zulu Natal, where the fish spawn.
They follow a cooler than usual counter-current which passes close in-shore and there is an array of marine predators ready to meet them, from thousands of Cape Gannets, huge pods of Common Dolphins, several shark species, such as Dusky sharks and Copper sharks all the way up to the impressive Brydes Whales.

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Dive Training with a Difference!

Dive Training with a Difference!

Dive Training
At Just Africa Scuba we Combine Scuba Diving with our Life Skills Programs!

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Life Skills Programs
Healthy development. Optimize your health and wellbeing.

Read more about the Just Africa Life Skills programs. These skills are incorporated into our Scuba Dive training, especially for people who would like to overcome a fear or just want to challenge themselves towards personal growth.

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First Aid Courses (EFR)

These First Aid Courses are for divers as well as non-divers. Get certified today!

Dive Travel Packages

Check out our dive packages. It's a great way to celebrate your new certification and get some diving experience in a relaxed environment.
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Emergency First Response

First Aid Courses

First Aid (EFR) Courses:
* Primary Care (CPR)
* Secondary Care (first aid)
* Care for Children
* CPR & AED
* Refresher
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Africa Travel

Dive
Trips

Travel - Explore - Dive - Africa
Join us on our scuba adventures, travelling to Africa's best dive destinations.
Dive Travel Packages

eLearning Registration

Click on the following links to register for the online courses.

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Just Africa Scuba Through personal attention, in-depth theory and our persuasive love and respect for the ocean, while combining our Life Skills program with Scuba diving, we train confident and conservation conscious divers. Dive Training with a difference... Adding value to the individual in a constantly changing environment.
Photography Courses
Are you interested in underwater photography? Join a course today and get clicking. Learn from experienced underwater photographers. Theory and practical application of what you learned.
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