Urban Dive Centre

Our on site training facility means that we are a one stop shop for all your diving and snorkeling needs. Our solar heated pool is a big hit with all our kids birthday parties as well as PADI Seal team course that we offer.



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We are a PADI 5 star centre and run all courses, including Career Development and Instructors Courses at a five star level. Urban Dive also has been awarding the National Geographic Centre rating which means we offer all National Geographic Diver programs as well as PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and the EFR ( Emergency First Response) Courses.

Urban Dive believes in quality and value, so we stock the most popular SCUBA diving related brands like Scuba Pro, Cressi and Aqualung.

Our onsite training facility means that we are a one stop shop for all your diving and snorkelling needs. Our solar heated pool is a big hit with all our kids’ birthday parties as well as PADI Seal team course that we offer.

We pride ourselves on our ability to mix pleasure with professionalism. Our Social calendar is always full of adventures and braai evenings hosted on site. Scuba is fun, but it is our duty to provide a seriously safe environment for you in which to enjoy your underwater experience. About Urban Dive – 5 Star IDC Centre:
Urban Dive pool:
Urban Dive is a 5 star IDC centre. We have conference rooms available, two lecture rooms, a heated pool, braai facilities, outside hot showers, a ‘refreshment’ room as well as a fully stocked retail shop.
We stock a wide variety of scuba gear from Scuba Pro to Cressi spear fishing equipment and we also service regulators and BCD’s. If you are looking for an upmarket, relaxed dive centre then this is the venue for you.

Danny Martin / Course Director:
Danny Martin Danny Martin is our in-house Course Director. Danny has been training professionally since 1999. Danny’s main interest lies with the training of diving instructors. Danny is a platinum course director, which means he trains over 100 instructor students per year.
Danny also has the highest pass rate statics over and above all our other course directors in Southern Africa! Danny knows no other profession, not for the lack of trying, but due to the fact that he loves the ocean and has a keen interest in ocean biology. Dan is the Man if you want to become a PADI professional and start teaching others how to dive.

David Peer / Master Instructor:
Dave Peer is a trained Medic with vast experience working in Africa. He worked in the DRC, supporting the UN in de-mining operations. But more than this, Dave is a lunatic when it comes to his passion for diving.
Dave has been diving professionally since 2004. In this time Dave has acquired the status of PADI Master instructor, as well as being one of the first to qualify as a Shark Life Instructor and a DAN DEMP Instructor. If you are looking to learn to dive with someone who has a passion for what they do, then Dave is the instructor to take you to new heights in your diving experience.

Brian Lewis / Assistant Instructor:
Brian started Urban Dive with myself in 2009. A behind the scenes character, with a passion for diving and doing everything properly.
Brian has a demolishing background and spends a lot of his time in Angola fulfilling this role with a de-mining company called Vanguard Demining Services.
Brian has brought this philosophy to Urban Dive and constantly reminds Dave on how things should be done.
Brian is often in this country chasing Dave around and joining us on dive trips.
For great diving and even better company, join Brian on one of our trips.

Tracy Peer / Advanced Open Water:
Tracy loves the ocean but she loves kids more and so she heads up our kids’ department. Tracy co-ordinates and runs all our Kids Scuba Parties and has quite impressed a lot of moms and dads with her organization skills.
So, moms and dads, if you want a birthday party that is second to none, and truly an unforgettable experience then let’s get Tracy to organize it for you.

Diesel & Dakota / Safety And Security:
Diesel and Dakota have joined our team… for the sole purpose of safety and security.
We have employed these two Boerboels. They are both loveable and playful. and Boerboels being Boerboels, love company and will probably lick you to death.

Lily & Tulip:
Lily and Tulip are the latest to join our family together with the bunnies they bring us much joy and love been spoilt with candy at our kids’ parties.

Scuba Diving Birthday Parties @ Urban Dive Centre:
Have a “Scuba Diving Birthday Party” and have private use of our outdoor solar heated pool and tropical facilities. We will provide you with an experience that your kids will enjoy and never forget. Kids get to explore our underwater shipwreck & discover its treasure chest

“Urban Dive Centre” is a 5 Star PADI facility and we specialise in the ultimate kids “Scuba Parties” and here is what we do! Our Instructor has a short chat with the kids and they watch a 10 minute DVD which gets them better acquainted with scuba. Just before they dive in our instructor will explain how the equipment works and what will happen in the pool.

Our Dive Masters take over from here and the kids get kitted up and the “Fun” begins. Depending on the amount of kids, they are taken down two or three at a time and take turns throughout the party, whilst the others are diving the rest get to swim with masks and snorkels.

Our Dive Masters explain step by step and are with them at all times therefore insuring quality dives. Once they are comfortable just below the water surface in the shallow end and want to venture further whilst in the capable hands of our Dive Masters they can descend to the deep end where they get to discover our… “Shipwreck and Treasure Chest” which is filled with “Sea Jewels and Pirate Treasure”

The birthday boy or girl gets to open the chest on the first dive and then they play underwater games (frisbee & missiles). Half an hour before the party ends, we will get the kids to climb out, get dressed and then it is cake time. On our grass deck overlooking the Dive Pool we have a timberland jungle gym, trampoline, soccer net and basketball hoop that the kids can enjoy whilst not in the pool. We provide a colourful setting around our dive pool where parents can sit and relax with a cup of tea or coffee. Tables, chairs, overlays (multicolour theme) & umbrellas provided. If it rains, we have two indoor areas that open onto the dive pool. An eats table is provided indoors.

What’s great is that your Scuba Party will be captured on a music DVD including “Underwater Photographs”. So, you get to take your Scuba Party home with you!

The PADI Seal Team is essentially a Scuba Club for kids between the ages of 8 and 12 years:
We have split the programme into 3 Sessions which will take place over 3 days half days. Your child will then do 5 Aqua Missions under the supervision of our trained PADI instructors, including underwater breathing and swimming, hand signals and much, much more to keep them entertained both whilst having fun and learning how to respect the underwater world.

Once your child has completed all 5 Aqua Missions, he/she will then be a fully qualified official PADI Seal Team member and receive his/her PADI Seal Team membership card. The fun isn’t over yet though, PADI offers another 10 speciality Aqua Missions for qualified PADI Seal Team members at an additional fee per Aqua Mission.

Specialities include:
Creature ID Specialist
Environmental Specialist
Inner Space Specialist,
Navigation Specialist
Night Specialist
Safety Specialist
Search and Recovery Specialist
Skin Diver Specialist
Snapshot Specialist
Wreck Specialist.

Complete them all and become a PADI Master Seal Team member!

PADI Master Seal Team:
The PADI Master Seal Team Program is the next step after PADI Seal Team. This gives PADI Seals the opportunity to learn about different types of diving and aquatic issues. This is all based on the equivalent “Adventures in Diving Program” that the adults complete. It is a structured program that lets children develop really cool underwater skills, learn about the aquatic realm and have lots of fun.

Who can take part?
To participate in the Master Seal Team program participants must have completed the PADI Seal Team Program.

What does the course involve?
Children work toward PADI Master Seal Team recognition by completing the ten speciality aqua missions. Each speciality aqua mission focuses on a particular area of diving or the aquatic environment. The aqua missions are designed to be educational and at the same time fun. All sessions include games and activities to keep your child interested and motivated whilst they are learning.

Creature ID Specialist – introduces characteristics of common aquatic creatures with a focus on identifying local aquatic life. Your child will learn a bit about the creatures that can be found in our South African waters.

Inner Space Specialist – experience weightlessness similar to that felt by astronauts in space. We build a space station in the pool and practice buoyancy skills.

Environmental Specialist – you will learn about the threats of pollution to the aquatic environment and look at how scientists collect information to find out where pollution comes from

Navigation Specialist – to develop basic underwater navigation skills and to introduce simple concepts behind navigation and compasses.

Safety Specialist – to learn how to prevent many diver problems and to help your dive buddies when needed.

Search and Recovery Specialist – to introduce basic skills for locating and retrieving lost items. You will learn how to search underwater and use a lift bag to raise a “lost” item

Snapshot Specialist – To capture underwater images using underwater cameras.

Wreck Specialist – to develop fundamental skill for diving on wrecks and to introduce the concepts of wrecks as artificial reefs that require caution and protection. We map a wreck in the pool.

Once your child has completed all ten speciality aqua missions, they can apply for the Master Seal Team Member Rating. As a Master Seal Team member, they will be able to keep up their scuba skills by coming along to pool sessions to meet up with their friends and refresh their diving skills until they are ready to move on to the PADI Junior Open Water Diver Course.

Scuba Diving Courses, Johannesburg:
Authorised Provider of the PADI Swim School Course:
Urban Dive Swim School is an independent authorised provider of PADI Swim School. PADI Swim School is a nationally recognized swim instruction curriculum developed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI).

Open Water Diver Course:
Now is the time for you to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course and begin your world of exploration underwater! Whether you want to dive with colourful fish, whale sharks, or manta rays, as a PADI Open Water Diver you have the freedom to dive with a buddy anywhere in the world!

PADI Seal Team:
The PADI Seal Team is essentially a Scuba club for kids between the ages of 8 and 12 years.

Shark Life Speciality:
Min Age: 10 Requirements: (Jr.) Open Water Diver or qualifying rating.

Wreck Diver Speciality Course:
Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life.

Search and Recovery Diver Speciality:
Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.

Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality:
What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart.

Enriched Air Speciality:
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

Night Diver Speciality:
As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.

Underwater Navigator Speciality:
Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat.

Underwater Naturalist Speciality:
Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment.

National Geographic Diver Speciality:
The insight and training you gain during this program will broaden your awareness and take your diving skills to a new level. You will complete a minimum of two dives during this certification. As part of the National Geographic Diver Specialty course, you fine-tune your buoyancy, then set off on your exploration project.

Multilevel Diver Speciality:
Maximize your dive time so you can explore more! In this course, you learn how to plan dives that extend your bottom time by crediting you for slower nitrogen absorption when you ascend to a shallower depth. That’s the way you really dive, after all.

Altitude Diver Speciality:
Any time you’re diving at 300 to 3000 metres/1000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, your altitude diving. If you want to explore the hidden world of a mountain lake, the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you.

Boat Diver Speciality:
Whether you’ve never made a boat dive, or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently.

Deep Diver Speciality:
After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives.

Coral Reef Conservation Speciality:
The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs. Part As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them.

Drift Diver Speciality Course:
The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

Digital Underwater Photographer Speciality:
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses.

Fish-ID Speciality:
You’ll find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.

Dive Master:
The dive master course is the first course in the professional phase of diving. It teaches you to be a good diving role model. This course is designed to push you to your limits and then past those limits, so that by the end of the course you are able to handle all diving situations.

Master Scuba Diver:
You have the passion. You want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. You want to live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world and go places and see things you have never experienced.

PADI Rescue Diver Course:
Rewarding and fun – that best describes the PADI Rescue Diver course. This course will expand your knowledge and experience level. Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and wellbeing of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence. This course is also available through PADI eLearning, so you can take the class portion at your own pace. Please inquire with us for details. You also may be able to earn college credits by taking this course.

Advanced Open Water Diver Course:
The Adventures in Diving program offers both the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. You need to complete any three adventure dives to earn your PADI Adventure Diver certification. If you complete your Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and 3 Adventure Dives for a total of five, you can earn your Advanced Open Water Diver certification. You may be able to get college credit for this course!

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