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Pro Dive is a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre and we offer a wide range of underwater programs for the whole family from beginner to instructor courses, all conducted by highly qualified instructors.The company was started 20 years ago by Louis and Michelle van Aardt who had a passion for diving and travel. Their business grew from a small outlet known as the “Red Windmill” on the beach front to the established world class diving centre that it is today.The facility includes a purpose built heated training pool, lecture rooms, showers, coffee shop, offices, fully stocked show room, service centre & travel office to cater for all your diving requirements.Training Facility:Our world class dive centre includes lecture rooms, training pool, hot showers, change rooms, show room & travel office to cater for all your diving requirements
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Reef and Wreck Dives:
The drop offs, pinnacles, deep gullies and an exceptional diversity of soft corals and marine life makes it a rewarding and exciting place to dive.
The accessibility of shore diving and the ease of boat diving, the close proximity of reefs to the launch site and the professional and personal care ensures that diving is a pleasure, an adventure and thrilling every time.
Algoa Bay is also on the migration route of many large mammals, sightings of Humpback and Southern Right Whales, dolphins, seals and jackass penguins are common.
The friendly city of Port Elizabeth is the gateway to Algoa Bay. White Blue Flag beaches are an inviting sight and Pro Dive operates from Hobie beach which is close to hotels, private guest lodges, B&B and various shop and restaurants.
Port Elizabeth is a large and upmarket city close to the Addo Elephant National Park and many private game reserves. It is an easy drive from Jeffries Bay and Plettenberg Bay.
Reef & Wreck Dive Facts:
• Both Boat Dives and Shore Dives
• Min Temperature: 14 degrees Celsius (July/August)
• Max Temperature: 20/22 degrees Celsius (December/January)
• Depth (in meters): 6m – 40m
• Visibility (in meters): 1 – 20m+
• Recommended wetsuit: 5mm, 2 piece and hoodie
• Equipment rental and airfills available on Site
• Hot showers & washing up facilities available
Ragged Tooth Shark Dives:
The Spotted Ragged Tooth Shark is also known as the Grey Nurse Shark, Sand Tiger Shark and commonly referred to by the locals as…“Raggie’s”. They are often found swimming through the network of gully formations at various dive sites inside Algoa Bay.
Our best location is merely a 5 minute boat ride from Hobie Beach at a maximum depth of 18m making this an ideal dive for beginner divers.
Although these sharks have needle-like teeth that protrude from their jaws giving them a fearsome appearance, they are in fact a docile slow-moving shark. Their teeth are for gripping and holding their food before swallowing it whole and the mere size of a diver would not appear as a “tasty” morsel.
However, as with any animal – if provoked or harassed, they would be capable of causing harm.
“Raggie” Dive Facts:
Depth – 6 to 18 m
Minimum Qualification – Open Water
Best time: November – April
Get to know the Ragged Tooth Shark:
Raggie’s can reach up to 3m and 300 kg in size.
Don’t be surprised if you see a Raggie come to the surface and take a gulp of air …they are unlike other sharks and have a swim bladder to stay buoyant in the water.
Their diet includes bony fish, other sharks, rays, crustaceans and squid.
They migrate to the warmer waters of Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks during the winter months to mate.
The embryos consumes unfertilized eggs and other embryos until only 2 live juveniles emerge, after 9 months.
The live young are then left to fend for themselves.
Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? This is the first level of professional training where you will gain knowledge and management abilities to become a role model to divers.
Dive Master Internship:
The true benefit of the internship program is that you are able to assist in training activities and obtain hands on experience. Under the guidance of our professional team this Divemaster Internship program will set you apart from the rest.
Open Water Instructor:
Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Sign up for the PADI Instructor Development Course.
Career Development Program:
Join one of the most unique training programmes available in South Africa! Live at the Coast for 6 months & master the sport of diving while obtaining valuable industry training.
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Enquire about our Scuba, Snorkel & Pool parties – Get wet & have some fun!
Get up close and personal to aquatic life by perfecting your breath hold dives.
Bubblemaker (Ages 8+):
The perfect introduction to scuba diving in a safe, swimming pool environment.
Junior Diver (10+):
Become a qualified scuba diver & see the world beneath the waves!
Seal Team (Ages 8+):
Join the elite group of young divers and become a Master Seal Team Member.
Develop your breath hold skills and learn to stay underwater for longer periods of time.