Water Orphans is a PADI Five Star Dive Center. Our scuba students stand out with exceptional skill and confidence. The biggest compliment is our returning PADI Open Water Diver students, to further their scuba qualification with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course or one of the PADI Specialty courses. The scuba gear we use for training purposes are gear that we are willing to dive with ourselves. Our training gear is serviced at least once a year. We always put safety first. Our instructors are knowledgeable on the different scuba gear brands and can provide you with information to make an informative decision on the best gear for your diving requirements. We service scuba gear and we fill cylinders. You can join us on a scuba trip, locally or abroad. Have a look at our scuba calendar to see what courses and trips we offer and when we offer it. If we don’t have what you need or we can’t offer a course at the time that you need it, we can refer you to the best alternative in the PADI industry. We are passionate about creating proficient divers and building the dive industry in a positive way.
PADI REACTIVATE SCUBA REFRESHER PROGRAM
Your open water qualification does not expire but it is important to keep your scuba skills current. PADI requires you to do a scuba refresher if you have not dived for a year. However, it is recommended to refresh your scuba skills if you have not dived for six months. The PADI scuba refresher course is a comprehensive refresher course. The course will refresh your theory knowledge as well as your practical skills.
PADI DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
(Ages 10 years+)
Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into the Open Water Diver certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. The Discover Scuba Dive is offered in our warm water scuba pool at the Water Orphans premises. While Discover Scuba Diving is not a formal scuba certification course, it is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. Scan the QR Code to join our next DSD.
(Ages 3 years+)
Discover Snorkelling is not a formal qualification but a perfect way to learn proper snorkel techniques for your next snorkelling adventure. The techniques are taught in our warm water scuba pool at the Water Orphans premises. Fun for the whole family!
PADI BUBBLEMAKER PROGRAM
(Ages 8 – 10 years)
Experience scuba diving under the direct supervision of a PADI Pro. Bubblemakers get a chance to take their first breaths underwater in water shallower than 2 metres and learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children. The PADI Bubblemaker program is as fun as it sounds – a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving. Kids must be comfortable in the water, but no prior experience is necessary. Parental approval is required. Have a party or celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker event with friends and family at the indoor warm water pool at Water Orphans.
PADI SEAL TEAM
(Ages 8 – 10 years)
The PADI Seal Team is for young scuba divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by completing exciting AquaMissions. Do cool stuff in the pool under the direct supervision of a PADI Seal Team Leader (a.k.a. PADI Scuba Instructor), and meet friends. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to dive with flashlights, take digital pictures underwater or float effortlessly like an astronaut?
Beyond learning basic scuba skills, there are speciality AquaMissions, such as wreck diving, navigation, buoyancy, environmental awareness and more. PADI Seal Team includes doing some cool stuff in the pool, meeting friends and sharing in the adventure of the underwater world. To join the PADI Seal Team, no prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but kids should be comfortable in the water. Parental approval is required.
The PADI Seal Team program teaches responsibility and respect for the aquatic realm through two parts, complete both parts and you’ll become a PADI Master Seal Team Member – joining an elite group of young scuba divers –
Part one includes five AquaMissions covering basic scuba diving skills, such as breathing underwater, clearing a mask of water, recovering a regulator and swimming around experiencing the sensation of being weightless. Each session takes about an hour. Complete these AquaMissions and become a recognized PADI Seal Team Member. Your experience may also count toward the PADI Open Water Diver course when you’re old enough to participate in the course.
Part two includes ten speciality AquaMissions covering adventures like creature identification, search and recovery diving, and skin diving.
Get started with a PADI Seal Team Crew-Pak. Your pak includes everything a PADI Seal Team Member needs to prepare for AquaMissions including a fun video, activity book with puzzles, and log book pages to track your adventures.
PADI OPEN WATER DIVER OR JUNIOR OPEN WATER DIVER
(Ages 8 – 10 years)
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular and most widely recognised scuba diving course, the first scuba certification level. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course) you must have adequate swimming skills and medically fit for diving. Take this course if you want to explore the other 70% of our planet, support ocean protection and see things you have never seen before. This course will teach you how to be a confident and skilled scuba diver, assemble and use scuba gear, manage your buoyancy, respectfully approach marine life and handle common problems.
PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER OR JUNIOR ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER
(Ages 12 – 14 years earn a Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification and ages 15 years + earn an Advanced Open Water Diver certification)
Exploration, Excitement, Experiences! In order to enroll for an Advanced Open Water Diver scuba diving course you don’t have to be an advanced scuba diver, the course has been designed to advance your diving. It will build your confidence and build scuba diving skills through different adventure dives. You will develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun while scuba diving.
Course prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver, or qualifying entry-level scuba certification.
Divers certified as Junior Advanced Open Water Divers automatically become Advanced Open Water Divers at age 15. Any diver certification card (eCard) purchased the day after the diver’s 15th birthday will automatically show an Advanced Open Water Diver (not Jr. Advanced Open Water Diver) certification.
PADI SPECIALITY SCUBA DIVING COURSES
We offer the following PADI Speciality Diver Courses:
Altitude Diver, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Digital Underwater Photographer, Drift Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air Nitrox, Equipment Specialist, Fish Identification, Freediver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Search & Recovery Diver, Skin Diver, Underwater Navigator, Wreck Diver and AWARE Shark Speciality
For additional information on any of the PADI speciality courses, please CLICK HERE
R3200 PER SPECIALITY COURSE
PADI RESCUE DIVER OR JUNIOR RESCUE DIVER
(Ages 12 – 14 years earn a Junior Rescue Diver certification and ages 15 years + earn a Rescue Diver certification)
You learn to prevent and manage problems in the water and become a better dive buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. It is challenging, yet rewarding and lots of fun!
Course prerequisites: Open Water (or Jr. Open Water) Diver certification including Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive or PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver certification. A PADI (or other qualifying) Advanced Open Water Diver certification also meets this prerequisite. Certification also requires CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months.
Divers certified as Junior Rescue Divers automatically become Rescue Divers at age 15. Any diver certification card (eCard) purchased the day after the diver’s 15th birthday will automatically show a Rescue Diver (not Jr. Rescue Diver) certification.
R4900 IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A VALID FIRST AID QUALIFICATION
R6900 INCLUDING PRIMARY & SECONDARY CARE FIRST AID QUALIFICATION
PADI TECHNICAL DIVING
(Ages 18 years+)
Reached your recreational limit and want to dive deeper? A PADI TecRec certification will allow you to experience depths beyond the recreational realm. PADI Technical Diving is not for everyone. If you are part of the elite group of recreational divers who gets excited about the advanced challenges met by technical diving, you will be allowed to explore where few people can and be rewarded with amazing (untouched) wrecks as well as marine life that don’t live in your typical dive zone.
Course Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Enriched Air Diver with at least 10 logged dives using Enriched Air deeper than 18 meters, PADI Deep Diver with at least 10 dives to 30 meters, at least 100 logged dives, medical clearance for TecRec diving.
|3 – 4 DAYS
|R 8 200
|R 6 000
|R 6 000
|TEC COMBO (45, 45 & 50)
|7 – 8 DAYS
|R 18 000
Specific equipment required for Tec courses, not included in the price above. All equipment for divers’ own account.
PADI DIVE MASTER
(Ages 18 years+)
Are you a leader who mentor and motivate others and love scuba diving? Become a PADI professional and do what you love to do as a career. The PADI Dive Master scuba diving course is your first level of professional training. As a dive master, you’ll supervise scuba diving activities and assist with scuba classes, you get to dive a lot and also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.
Course Prerequisites: Rescue Diver, 50 logged dives, CPR and First Aid certification within 24 months, medical clearance to dive.
APPROXIMATELY R15 000
PADI ADAPTIVE SERVICE FACILITY
We are proud to be recognised as the first PADI Adaptive Service Facility in South Africa. This recognition means that we have invested in comprehensive operational services and infrastructure that meet the needs of divers of all abilities. We welcome all who wish to take part in PADI recreational scuba diving and associated courses through our facility which is fully accessible to everyone, including PADI trainees and all aspects of the PADI diving family. We promote accessibility and offer a chance to those with different abilities to access the underwater world.
SCUBA DIVE CLUB // WHATSAPP GROUP
Join our dive club via WhatsApp group, free of charge, and receive our annual calendar, information about our next dive trip, interesting articles about new dive gear and our specials and events. To join the club via WhatsApp group, please provide us with your name, surname, cell number, email address and dive qualification.
|220 BAR AIRFILL
|300 BAR AIRFILL
|PCP & PAINTBALL FILL
We cannot fill out-of-date cylinders. Should your cylinder be out-of-date we can refer you to a third party service provider, authorised to service your cylinder. Alternatively, you may drop your out-of-date cylinder at our shop and we will arrange for it to be serviced and filled before collection. An additional fee will apply for the service of an out-of-date cylinder, the fee to be determined by the third party service provider after inspection of the cylinder.
TRIPS, COURSE DATES AND CALENDAR
We regularly do scuba trips to Sodwana Bay, Marico Oog and Durban, where we also dive at Ushaka Marine World. Training dives are completed at Miracle Waters or Bass Lake. Our international trips include diving at several destinations in Egypt and Mozambique.