Just Africa Scuba
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Life Skills Preparation Year

The Just Skills Preparation Year can be viewed as a formative year for young adults to become independent and learn a great deal of responsibility prior to engaging in continued education or work life. This Prep Year consists of courses, internships, learning a trade, travel, and volunteer work, all for the purpose of improving knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence, and self-sufficiency. This is intended to expand the mind, personal confidence, experiences, and interests. The prep year is built on Fundamental Biblical Truths and Christian Beliefs.

Courses Summary:

Biblical Foundation Course / Discipleship / Personal Work / Mission work / Evangelism

First Aid / Scuba Diving / Photography / Introduction to Marketing / Ocean Conservation / Entrepreneurship

Emotional Life Skills / Practical Life Skills / Language Studies / Career Guidance

Internships / Tours & Travel

Breakdown of the courses we offer at the Life Skills Prep Year:

Biblical Foundation Course

Classes on topics such as Personal Work, Discipleship and Christology, Mission work, and Evangelism will be presented. The students will have the opportunity to practically apply what is learned at outreaches.

  • The Road to Redemption
  • Jesus our Saviour
  • The Will of God
  • Discipleship

Life Skills Courses
Personal Development

  • Growth Mindset
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication
  • Conflict management
  • Personal finance management
  • Life Skills Coaching
  • Etiquette
  • Christian Ethics
  • Character & Attitude
  • Time Management & Productivity

EFR (Emergency First Response)

  • Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) course.
  • Emergency First Response Secondary Care (First Aid) course.
  • Diving Emergency Management Provider Program.


  • Photography Basics
  • Photo Editing (Adobe Lightroom)
  • Underwater Photography

Introduction to Marketing

  • Basic computer and program skills
  • Web design and websites
  • Social Media management
  • Human behavior

Introduction to Business Management & Entrepreneurship

  • Starting a new business
  • Business management

Culture & Language Studies

  • Language & Communication in the work environment
  • Malawian culture & basic Chichewa
  • Understanding South African cultures

Career Guidance

It is important to us that our students leave the Prep Year with direction and purpose in life. Many matriculants do not yet know what they want to do with their lives, we offer an in-depth Career Assessment which consists of personality, interests, skills, and ability assessments to help with this big life decision.

SharkLife Conservation Course

  • Master Shark Diver Qualification - 6 Modules
    Conservation Awareness

PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course


Prep year students will take part in our various internships, gaining valuable work experience.


More info on the Just Africa Life Skills page

CONTACT US if you would like to apply for the Just Life Skills Preparation Year.

Development Programs

These programs are stand-alone programs, it can also be a great add-on once a student has completed our Preparation Year.
We offer the following Development Programs:

Career Development Program

Life Skills Preparation Year

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This program offers a young person the opportunity to develop their Scuba Diving career, doing various courses including our special Life Skills Courses, and gaining practical work experience.

This Preparation Year is to guide a young person into their future, taking further education, life skills, emotional intelligence, gaining work experience, and job availability into consideration.

This program is about becoming a well-rounded PADI instructor by expanding the skill set and competencies of students, improving their prospects of work and employment dramatically.


Not sure what you should do after matriculating? Are you interested in personal growth and understanding yourself better? Do you like challenging yourself and learning new things? If your answer is yes, then this preparation year is for you.


Contact us for more info

Development Program Partners

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Just Africa Scuba

Career Development Program

In partnership with Just Africa Life Skills

This program offers young people the opportunity to develop their Scuba Diving career, doing various courses including our special Life Skills Courses, and gaining practical work experience.

This program is about becoming a well-rounded PADI instructor by expanding the skill set and competencies of students, improving their prospects of work and employment dramatically.

The PADI accredited course is recognized worldwide, after successfully completing these tertiary studies you will receive all the certificates you need to become a PADI Scuba Dive Instructor. This course will enable you to work in any scuba dive shop, dive center, or dive resort worldwide.

 PADI Career Development program scuba

SCUBA Courses / PADI DM Course / PADI Instructors Development Course

EFR Instructors Course / Skippers License / Videography / Photography

Travel & Tourism / Retail / Customer Service / Marketing

Computer Literacy / Accounting Program

Various Life Skills Courses 

This Program


  • All courses mentioned below
  • All theory course material
  • 100 Dives
  • Certification fees for all courses


You will learn all the scuba dive courses, first aid and rescue skills, gear maintenance, retail and customer service, how to manage a dive centre and how to market your store. All of this is integrated with our special Life Skills Courses, promoting personal development.

PADI Dive Courses

EFR (Emergency First Response)

  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • PADI O2 Provider

Career development program courses 


The Skippers courses and licensing are for power-driven vessels under 9m in length. The courses are all SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) approved and are for power-driven vessels only, from Restricted waters (dams, rivers, or estuaries) or 1, 15, or 40NM (ocean).


  • Underwater photography and video skills
  • Editing of images and footage


  • Language
  • Time Management & Productivity
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Awareness
  • Personal Growth
  • Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Growth Mindset


  • Gear maintenance
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Retail Experience
  • Customer Service
  • Basic Marketing
  • Online & Social Media Marketing
  • Computer Literacy
  • Accounting Program
  • Language & Communication

 Career development program underwater


PADI Professionals have the unique power to influence those around them, paving the way to a future where humanity lives in balance with the ocean. As leaders, you play a pivotal role in advancing PADI's conservation strategy and saving our communities and livelihoods.

We do conservation work with the following organizations:


Every year we create a new dive tour to a different dive destination. Here are some of the possibilities:

Contact us for more info and enrolments

More Development Programs:

Life Skills Preparation Year
Skills Development Program

Where to start with Diving

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


Join us for guided fun dives around False Bay. We offer boat dives and shore dives in Gordon’s Bay, Rooi Els as well as at Simon’s Town.
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Explore False Bay


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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This program offers a young person the opportunity to develop their Scuba Diving career, doing various courses and gaining practical work experience.
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Understanding shark behaviour and biology is the first step towards conserving them.
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Dive Tours


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

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

We Protect what we Love. Be part of the movement!
Meet the team

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?

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water, but you do not have to be a great or even good swimmer. 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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5 Star PADI Dive Center

Our 5 Star PADI Dive 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.
We focus on training confident and conservation-conscious divers. This is achieved through personal attention, incorporating life skills in our courses, and our persuasive love and respect for the ocean.

5 Star PADI Dive Center

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

Krystal Beach Hotel

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, Cressi, Bright Weights, Reef, Saekodive, Breazies, Ocean Tide, Salteez, and more.

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Covid - 19 Risk Management

1. Risk Assessment & Standard Operating Procedures implemented - Safety Talks Certificates of Compliance
2. PADI Risk Management Training Certificates 1 to 3
3. DAN Employee Awareness Training Certificates

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Phone/ WhatsApp
082 598 1884
Shop 2, Krystal Beach Hotel
9 Breakwater Lane
Gordon's Bay
Western Cape
South Africa

Shop Hours

Tue - Fri
8:30 - 17:30
Sat - Sun
8:00 - 16:00