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Just Africa Scuba
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center PADI Scuba Courses | Guided Dives & Ocean Safaris | Conservation | Dive Travel | Career Development Program | First Aid (EFR) Courses | Preparation Year
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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Career Development Program 

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1.  What is the end goal of the Career Development program?
2.  What does the Career Development Program entail?
3.  What is the time commitment?
4.  What are the prerequisites for joining the Career Development program?
5.  Where is Just Africa Scuba located?
6.  Why choose Just Africa Scuba?
7.  Once I complete the Instructor course, what job opportunities become available to me? 

8.  Where do you dive besides Gordon's Bay?
9.  Do I need to own scuba gear when becoming an Instructor, why?
10. I already own scuba gear, what other dive accessories do I need?
11. What to expect from a day in the life of a Career Development Student?
12. What can I do with a Dive Master certification?
13. What can a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor teach?

 

1. What is the end goal of the Career Development program?

Developing your scuba diving career to take you from a beginner diver to a PADI Dive Professional. Along with the scuba diving courses you will be getting hands-on experience in the dive business, practical life and work skills, as well as emotional life skills courses. The end goal of this program is to assist you in becoming a well-rounded PADI instructor by expanding your skill set and competencies. Improving your prospects of work and employment worldwide.

2. What does the Career Development Program entail?

All the scuba dive courses, first aid and rescue skills, gear maintenance, retail and customer service, how to manage a dive centre, boat handling, compressor operator, marketing, and sales. All of this is integrated with our special Life Skills & Work Skills Courses, promoting personal development and learning practical life skills. Taking you from zero to hero.

3. What is the time commitment?

Full-time Program- The program can be completed within 4 months (up to Dive Master) and 6 to 10 months (up to Instructor). Students are expected to attend all the courses, classes, and events held by Just Africa Scuba for 5 days of the week with 2 days off.

Accelerated Program - There is also the option to do an accelerated program if you have time constraints. This option can be very intense and may not be the best choice for many candidates. 

Part-time Program - You also have the option to enrol in the Part-time Career Development program to complete your courses in your own time. This is great for people who have a job and can only commit part-time, but this also means that it will take you longer to complete the program and become a dive professional.

4. What are the prerequisites for joining the Career Development program?

The prerequisites for joining the Career Development program at Just Africa Scuba are:
- Full set Scuba Equipment (can be obtained at our fully stocked retail shop)
- Medical Check-up (completed by a physician in the last 24 months)
- Minimum age of 18 years old.

5. Where is Just Africa Scuba located?

Our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center is located in Gordon's Bay, a lovely coastal town 40km from Cape Town CBD, we mainly explore the beautiful marine life of False Bay. Situated at the luxurious four-star Krystal Beach Hotel next to the harbour.

6. Why choose Just Africa Scuba?

Being a 5* PADI Instructors Development Center, we focus on training confident and conservation-conscious divers and dive instructors. Creating a welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere is of utmost importance to us. This is achieved through personal attention, incorporating life skills in our courses, and our persuasive love and respect for the ocean. You have the opportunity to do extra courses and get experience in different fields of the business, expanding your skill set. We are passionate about training, holistic development, and creating future opportunities for our students.

7. Once you complete the Instructor course, what job opportunities become available to you? 

PADI Pros have the most opportunities for employment around the world. With 1 million certifications issued each year by 6,500 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts around the world, three out of four dive professional jobs are PADI.

PADI offers all their dive professionals work opportunities via a Job Board where PADI Dive Centers all over the world put up Job Postings.

8. Where do you dive besides Gordon's Bay?

We dive the whole of False Bay, starting from Rooi Els up to Gordon’s Bay over to Simon’s Town, Glencairn and we also occasionally dive the cold Atlantic Side at Hout Bay exploring the wrecks, reefs, and kelp forests.

We also do several dive tours in the year to expose students to diving in different places and conditions.

Scuba Diving in Gordon’s Bay

Diverse Diving in False Bay

9.  Do I need to own scuba gear when becoming an Instructor, why?

Yes, it is one of the prerequisites for joining a Career Development Program. It is far more cost-efficient to purchase your own set instead of paying the daily rental fee for the duration of the program.

As a PADI Dive Master or Instructor, you will need your own set of equipment to secure a job.

10. I already own scuba gear, what other dive accessories do I need?

You’ll need a Compass, Dive Torch, Back up Dive Torch, Writing slate, DSMB, Reel, Save a Dive Kit, and a Dive Box (to transport your gear). All items are available for purchase at our Dive Shop.

11. What to expect from a day in the life of a Career Development Student?

A typical day consists of arriving at 8 am for a dive briefing be it for a course or building on your needed 100 logged dives. If we dive Gordon’s Bay… You’ll kit up your gear jump in your wetsuit and hop on the boat to go and enjoy the Cape Town waters. If we dive Rooi Els, Simon’s Town, or Hout Bay you’ll pack your gear jump in the combi, and make your way to the dive site. After your dives, head back to the Dive Center and then you’ll be washing your gear and hanging it up to dry. After a debrief the day ends at 16:30.

On non-diving days, students are busy with class-led theory sessions or have time for self-study to complete all PADI’s e-learning material. Depending on the program, set Life Skills and Work Skills Courses are presented in a fun interactive, and practical way.

There are also ongoing events the students participate in for example: beach clean-ups, conservation talks, or volunteering at the aquarium.


12. What can I do with a Dive Master certification?

Dive Master is your first professional-level certification to get a job in the diving industry. You can assist PADI instructors with their courses. Lead certified divers on fun dives, and work in Dive Shops, Liveaboards, or Resorts. Help load and wash gear and assist with other tasks that Dive Centres require.

Courses and Experiences you can present:

  • Refreshers/ReActivate Courses
  • Snorkelling Excursions
  • Discover Scuba Diving (if you are a DSD leader)

Courses you can present if you do the Specialty Instructor Course:

  • Coral Reef Conservation Specialty
  • PADI AWARE Specialty
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Digital Underwater Photography Specialty

13. What can a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor teach?

  • Seal Team and Bubblemaker Programs
  • ReActivate Course
  • Discover Scuba Diving Experiences
  • Scuba Diver Course
  • Open Water Diver Course
  • Advanced Diver Course
  • Emergency First Response (Primary & Secondary Care)
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Dive Master Course
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty
  • PADI AWARE Specialty
  • Coral Reef Conservation Specialty

Where to start with Diving

Are you new to diving or do you want to further your dive education?
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Guided Shore & Boat Dives

Fun
Dives

Join us for guided fun dives around False Bay. We offer boat dives and shore dives from Gordon’s Bay to Pringle Bay as well as Simon’s Town and surrounds.
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Explore False Bay

Ocean
Safaris

Tours can be accompanied by a marine biologist, who will provide valuable insight into the biodiversity and history of False Bay.
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If you’ve always wanted to scuba dive, this is where it starts.
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Development

Career

Start your Career as a PADI Professional here. Become an Internationally Recognised Dive Professional.
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Courses

Shark
Life

Understanding shark behaviour and biology is the first step towards conserving them.
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Dive Tours

Tra
vel

Experience the best Africa has to offer on our tailor-made dive trips. Africa boasts some of the world's best dive spots and amazing diversity.
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The Team

The Team

We have a dynamic team that is excited to help you start your scuba adventure. We are a family-oriented business creating lasting memories together.

We Protect what we Love. Be part of the movement!
Google Review
Our whole scuba experience with Just Africa Scuba was the absolute best!

I was incredibly nervous initially, and Marius constantly put as at ease and was so patient which made everything so much easier.

Would highly recommend using Marius and his team for your scuba courses. They are professional, patient and highly skilled which
truly added to our experience! Thank you again, to Just Africa for a great time! 🤿

Shanon Geyser
Google Review1
I can confidently say that this was one of THE MOST AMAZING experiences ever!

Such a fun and professional team that goes the extra mile for their clients and always wants nothing but the best for each individual.
It was such a privilege to learn how to be an open water diver with a team that has a passion and love for the sea and its creatures.
I 100% recommended you take your first breath underwater with JUST SCUBA!

Erin-Luca Scott
Facebook Review
Just Africa Scuba is the epitome of a dive centre.

They accommodated my, very demanding, schedule and got me from an advanced diver to a dive master, with Four specialties,
within two months. The expertise combined with an actual passion that the crew have, exceeds any other centre I have dove with.
Just Africa Scuba went over and above what they were required or expected on the daily, including and not limited to a fully stocked
Red Bull fridge and an eagerness to match. I can’t wait to go back to Gordon’s Bay for this under-the-radar gem of a dive centre and
add to the 40+ dives I have already done with them!!
If it wasn’t clear enough, a very high recommendation goes out to Just Africa Scuba!!

Mischa Hügli
TripAdvisor Review
I loved being part of the Just Africa Scuba family for a day

I reached out to Just Africa Scuba very spontaneously via WhatsApp to join them for a dive next morning. They got back to me
very quickly and Mari was of great help figuring out the details as well as the gear on the phone. She nailed everything and I was
very happy to have her as my dive guide/buddy during the dive. Thanks again Mari :)

If you are in the Cape Town area and interested in diving, reach out to them, I can highly recommend it.
I will certainly do so when I am back in Capetown!

Shana
TripAdvisor Review 1
Great dive centre in Gordons Bay

Wonderful experience. The team at Just Africa Scuba are doing things right. I have just completed 2 courses with Marius and the team,
right from the get go I felt relaxed. Professional staff, great gear, extensive dive knowledge.
I would highly recommend Just Africa Scuba!!

TristanDB
Facebook Review 1
Dankie vir die BESTE diens!!

Julle het alles vir ons moontlik gemaak! Ek sou nie my duik kurses by enige iemand anders kon klaar maak nie!
Mari, baie dankie vir al jou geduld, motivering en ondersteuning tuidens die kursus!! As dit nie vir julle en julle vriendelikheid was nie,
sou ek seker nou nog nie n kursus voltooi het nie. Ek sal enige iemand na julle toe verwys!!! Alles wat julle vir ons gedoen het
waardeer ons op reg!!!
SIEN JULLE BESLIS WEER!!!

Shane Knoetze
TripAdvisor Review 2
Open water scuba diving

Excellent scuba diving course, Marius is a great instructor and they have great scuba equipment at good prices.
Loved it!

Phumi S
Google Review2
Very pleasant experience with friendly and very professional people.

Schalk completed his PADI open water course very quickly and comfortably and I did my PADI refresher.
We will definitely go diving with Marius and his team regularly in the future.

Elmarie van Wyk
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age limits?
In most regions, the minimum age is 10 years old, however in some areas, local law may require a higher minimum age limit. Young participants need the approval and support of their parent or guardian. 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.
What about my ears?
Your ears will not be a problem, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing on your eardrums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust to pressure changes in our surroundings – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure when flying, you'll most likely experience no problems learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.
I'm not a great swimmer?
You certainly don't have to be a good swimmer. As long as you can stay afloat and have basic swimming abilities - it doesn't matter if this is a slow doggy paddle. Your PADI Instructor will assess this.
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.

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PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center

Our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center is located in Gordon's Bay, a lovely coastal town 40km from Cape Town CBD, we mainly explore the beautiful marine life of False Bay.

Make Scuba Diving Your Career

We focus on training confident and conservation-conscious divers and dive instructors. This is achieved through personal attention, incorporating life skills in our courses, and our persuasive love and respect for the ocean.

PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center

We have an on-site swimming pool and luxurious 4-star hotel accommodation at the Krystal Beach Hotel. Enjoy drinks & meals at the restaurant with beautiful views of the marina, ocean and mountains in Gordon's Bay.

Krystal Beach Hotel

Dive Shop

Visit our Dive Shop for all your Scuba Dive soft gear and hard gear needs as well as great dive accessories and beachwear. We stock Scubapro, Fourth Element, Cressi, Bright Weights, Reef, Saekodive, Ikelite, 3Square, Breazies, Ocean Tide, Salteez, and more.

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