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SAMSA Skipper's Courses

 The Skippers courses and licencing are for power driven vessels under 9m in length.

We also offer the SRC VHF+DSC marine radio courses, please request separate info for that. (For boats operating Category D, C or B or vessels that have a VHF radio on board)

Courses

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).

Prerequisite sea time/ hours at sea

You are required to have completed a minimum of 25 hours sea time Category R, E, C (helming the vessel yourself) prior to being able to obtain a skipper’s license. (Verified on a log sheet provided) one can attend the course without the hours but cannot receive a licence until these hours are obtained.

You have a maximum of 2 years to complete this prerequisite and complete and pass all requirements, otherwise you will forfeit your course fees and must start from the beginning again.

We do offer boat handling courses where you can obtain the sea time either using our vessel or your own at an hourly rate. If you need more info on the boat handling course, then please request info.

Course material

We supply all course materials which is included in the price. (The forms that get completed and sent to SAMSA in Pretoria) and all lectures and logbooks.

Licences

Licences will be available immediately on completion of the course providing all requirements are met, which includes completed paperwork, passing the theory, oral and practical evaluation.

You will be issued with an interim certificate valid for 6 months while your application will be sent to SAMSA Pretoria for processing. This licence is a valid skipper’s licence.

Your original can take up to 6 months to arrive back from SAMSA.

You will be notified by SMS when your original is ready for collection.

Collection will be at the same address as the course you attended.

CATEGORIES

Skipper- Inland waters Category R (Any category R vessel.) Operating in rivers, tidal rivers, dams, estuaries, lagoons and fishing harbours.)

Entry Requirement

Doctor’s Certificate and eye test
Proof of identity-copy
Over 16 years old
25 hours of skippering, on vessels of the appropriate length certified by a qualified skipper taking responsibility for tutorship. (Sea-time recorded on any category vessel is acceptable for category R) or 100 hours of active crewing time verified by the skipper.
The prescribed written, oral, and practical examination.

Day Skipper Category E (< 9m in length, 1 Nautical mile out at sea and Inland waters)

Entry Requirement

Doctor’s Certificate and eye test
Proof of identity-copy
Over 16 years old
25 hours of skippering, on vessels of the appropriate length certified by a qualified skipper taking responsibility for tutorship. (The sea-time requirements must be obtained on category E or higher vessels or 100 hours of active crewing time verified by the skipper.
The prescribed written, oral, and practical examination.

Day Skipper Category C (< 9m in length 15 Nautical miles out at sea)

Entry Requirements

Doctor’s Certificate and eye test
Proof of identity-copy
25 hours of sea service on vessels of the appropriate length certified by a qualified skipper taking responsibility for tutorship (The sea-time requirements may be obtained on either category C or D vessels.)
The prescribed written, oral, and practical examination.

Day Skipper Category B (< 9m in length 40 Nautical miles out at sea)

Entry Requirements

Doctor’s Certificate and eye test
Proof of identity -copy
Over 16 years old
50 hours of skippering, on Category B vessels of the appropriate length certified by a qualified skipper taking responsibility for tutorship (The sea-time requirements must be obtained on category B)
The prescribed written, oral, and practical examination.

Skipper Coastal < 9 m (40 Nautical miles out at sea and night rating)

Entry Requirements

Eyesight Test Certificate
Doctor’s Certificate
Proof of identity
Over 18 years old
200 hours of skippering, on Category B or higher vessels < 9 meters certified by a skipper taking responsibility for tutorship and of which at least 50 hours must be night hours completed in a logbook.
The prescribed written, practical, and oral examination. (Candidate has to be in the possession of at least a Category C Skipper license)
Practical using your own Category B vessel demonstrating your skippering abilities at 40NM out to sea.

Endorsements: Dive Skipper if the candidate is qualified.

The candidate needs to have a minimum of Dive Master Diver qualification or equivalent and be older than 18 years of age.
Plus 10 hours logged practical skippering on a dive boat with a SAMSA appointed examiner. Fee = R450 for Examining on a dive boat.

Skippers Courses done through Eventide Marine

PADI Advanced Freediver

Certification Course

Achieving a new freediving time or reaching a new depth is an incredible feeling. It satisfies that very personal desire to do your best and be proud of what you can accomplish. The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfill that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea.

To enroll in a PADI Advanced Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old and have a PADI Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization). You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course.

What to expect:

The PADI Advanced Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about advanced freediving techniques and equipment.
  • Confined water session to learn stretching and relaxation techniques as well as refine static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 2 minutes, 30 seconds (2 minutes for freedivers younger than 18) and dynamic apnea of 50 metres/165 feet (40 metres/130 feet for freedivers younger than 18)
  • Open water sessions to practice deeper free immersion and constant weight freedives, along with additional buddy procedures and rescue techniques. Goal – constant weight freedive of 20 meters/65 feet (15 metres/50 feet for freedivers younger than 18).

You need to have a freediving mask, snorkel, bifins, wetsuit and weight belt. Your instructor may allow you to use monofins. You’ll also need a surface signaling device and a freediving computer (or depth gauge and timer).

Check with us about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about what you need from your PADI Advanced Freediver Instructor.

Includes:

  • Study Materials
  • All required equipment for the duration of courses
  • Public pool entry fees
  • Transport (if required)
  • Pool Dives
  • Sea Dives
  • Light lunch
  • PADI online registration fees

Prerequisites:

  • Advanced Freediver Certification
  • Emergency First Response or equivalent first aid qualification
  • Rescue Diver
  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 50 logged dives at the start of the course.
  • Pass a water fitness evaluation
  • Pass of a final written examination
  • Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving by a licensed physician within the preceding 12 months.

For more info or to make a booking - Contact Us

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Beginner

PADI Basic Freediver

Certification Course

The PADI Basic Freediver course is a subset of the PADI Freediver course. It’s a great first step for developing solid freediving skills. You learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water site.

To enroll in a PADI Basic Freediver course you must be 12 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

Younger than 12? 8 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.

What to expect:

The PADI Basic Freediver course consists of two main phases:

  • Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Freediver eLearning or your instructor may conduct class sessions.
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.

Our Course Includes:

  • All required equipment for the duration of course
  • Knowledge Development session
  • Confined Water session and/or Open Water session
  • PADI registration fee
  • Project Aware briefing
  • Transport
  • Light Lunch

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum 12 years of age.
  • Parents to complete and sign the medical statement and liability waiver & release.
  • Full payment required before commencement of course.

R1500

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PADI Master Freediver

Certification Course

If you’re an advanced freediver who wants to learn how to fine-tune your lifestyle and training so that you can approach elite freediving levels, then the PADI Master Freediver course is for you. Through focused sessions, you’ll bring your static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight skills to the next level.

To enroll in a PADI Master Freediver course you must be at least 18 years old and have a PADI Advanced Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization). You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course.

What to expect:

The PADI Master Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about nutrition, relaxation and advanced breathing techniques. You’ll also complete independent research as part of the Master Freediver Assignment.
  • Confined water session to improve static and dynamic apnea attempts, including a no fins dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 3 minutes, 30 seconds and dynamic apnea of 70 metres/230 feet.
  • Open water sessions to practice mouthfill equalization and perform warm-up and workup dives for free immersion and constant weight freediving. Goal – constant weight freedive of 32 metres/105 feet.

You need to have a freediving mask, snorkel, bifins, wetsuit and weight belt. Your instructor may allow you to use monofins. You’ll also need a surface signaling device and a freediving computer (or depth gauge and timer).

Check with us about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about what you need from your PADI Master Freediver Instructor.

Includes:

  • Study Materials
  • All required equipment for the duration of courses
  • Public pool entry fees
  • Transport (if required)
  • Pool Dives
  • Sea Dives
  • Light lunch
  • PADI online registration fees

Prerequisites:

  • Advanced Freediver Certification
  • Emergency First Response or equivalent first aid qualification
  • Rescue Diver
  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 50 logged dives at the start of the course.
  • Pass a water fitness evaluation
  • Pass of a final written examination
  • Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving by a licensed physician within the preceding 12 months.

For more info or to make a booking - Contact Us

Beginner

PADI Freediver

Certification Course

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.

To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

Younger than 15? 12 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Basic Freediver course and eight year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.

What to expect:

The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with PADI Freediver eLearning (or your instructor may conduct class sessions if not available in a language you understand).
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.
  • Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.

In the PADI Freediver course, you learn to use a mask, snorkel and fins, and may also use a wetsuit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for freediving is best, however, in this course, you may be able to use snorkeling equipment you already own.

Check with us about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Freediver Instructor.

Our Course Includes:

  • Freediver water Manual
  • Logbook
  • All required equipment for the duration of course
  • DAN insurance for the duration of course
  • Light lunch (with sea dives)
  • Transport (if required)
  • 4x Theory Sessions (if required)
  • 1x Project Aware briefing
  • 5x Pool Sessions
  • 5x Sea Dives
  • PADI registration
  • MPA (Marine Protected Area) permit

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age of 15 years old.
  • A medical statement by a licensed physician stating that you are medically fit to dive.
  • Recent ID photo (required for training record).
  • Full payment required before commencement of course.

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Dive Training with a Difference

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.

Where to start with Diving

Are you new to diving or do you want to further your dive education?

Becoming a Certified Diver

Step 01
Step 01

Knowledge Development

The knowledge development portion of the course is designed so you can learn at your own pace and when it's convenient for you. Complete the academics online or at our PADI Dive Centre.
Step 02
Step 02

Confined Water Dives

Develop and practice your scuba skills in a pool or water with pool-like conditions under direct instructor supervision. As you learn new skills, you’ll build the abilities and confidence needed for diving in open water, such as in a lake or the ocean.
Step 03
Step 03

Open Water Dives

Get ready to experience everything you've learned with the freedom of open water. As soon as your open water training dives are approved by your instructor you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, enabling you to embark on unforgettable adventures.

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PADI 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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PADI 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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PADI 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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We are a family oorientated scuba centre and pride ourselves in our personalized courses. We offer the added bonus of life skills coaching with our courses, helping people overcome fears and reach amazing personal goals.

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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Contact

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

Shop Hours

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