Cape Town, South Africa offers truly world-class, exhilarating diving. During your PADI dive instructor course (IDC) presentations and Divemaster workshops you will be in a playground of seals or being dive bombed by cormorants down to depths of 10 meters. It is truly exciting diving that is an excellent location for developing great skills as a dive professional.

There are some great sheltered, calm areas for training along the coast of Cape Town. Simon’s Town, where Cape Town Diving Centre is, has some perfect training locations. However, Cape Town is also where oceans meet and this brings some incredibly exciting dives.


Explore the kelp forests around Duiker Island, Partridge Point and Strawberry Rock and be entertained by these beautiful creatures. Seals are amazingly agile under the water. They live in close-knit colonies and diving we will encounter dozens of them underwater at the same time. Seal dives are simply great.

WRECK DIVING. This is the ‘Cape of Storms’. Roughly 800 ships have sunk around Cape Town!

Cape Town has a rich collection of different shipwrecks. These wrecks include wrecks from 37 different nations, including wrecks from the Portuguese, the Dutch, English, and French East India Companies, the British Royal Navy, Oil tankers, 19th century passenger liners, WW1 and WW2, and the list goes on!

The wrecks are great to experience during your PADI Wreck Specialty or Wreck Instructor training.

DIVING WITH SHARKS. Shark dives are truly exhilarating moments underwater.

In the kelp forests near Simonstown in the Cape, we go in search of our colony of cow sharks. They are social feeders and group together which makes for an excellent experience. As much as 18 individuals have been seen together at a time. Cow sharks, (sometimes referred to as the Seven Gill Cow Shark, or the Spotted Cow Shark) are one of the most primitive shark species in the world. They are also one of only two species that have 7 gills and their sizes range from about 1.4 to 3.5 meters. Interestingly, they do not possess the dorsal fin that is most commonly associated with sharks.

We can also organise trips out to warmer currents in search of Mako and Blue Sharks.

Blue sharks are very curious animals and like the Mako can come up very close to you, sometimes bumping into cameras. It is not unusual to see Blue Sharks up to 3 meters long. The Mako is one of the fastest fish in the world. Bursts of up to 74km/h have been recorded and they can jump as high as 9 meters out of the water!

Truly exhilarating dives.

DRYSUIT DIVING Waters around Cape Town can be cool. It is a perfect opportunity to develop experience as a PADI dive instructor or divemaster in cooler waters giving you the opportunity to find confidence diving drysuits, and developing the skills that will ensure you can control and co-ordinate diviing activities even in more difficult conditions. That is important on your diving resume.



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