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Get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with PADI both in Cape Town and abroad.

Your PADI Open Water Diver Course includes:

  • PADI Deluxe Open Water Crew Pack with Electronic Dive Planner, Openwater dive manual, dive log, training DVD’s and PADI registration fees.
  • Five Knowledge Development Sections
  • Pool Dives (Five Sessions)
  • Sea Dives (Four Open Water Dives; two shore dives + two boat dives)
  • A 10% discount off all items in the dive shop while on course (excluding items on specials)

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver.

LocationSimonstown near Cape Town in South Africa
Meeting pointOne of our team will meet you when you land at Cape Town Airport
Duration7 days
Age limitYou must be aged 18 years or older when you arrive
When can I join?You can arrive in Cape Town on any Monday throughout the year. Your PADI course will begin on Tuesday morning
Pre-arrival supportOur experienced Cape Town based team are on hand with expert advice and assistance to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip to South Africa.
Airport transfersWe provide escorted transfers between Cape Town Airport and your accommodation in Muizenberg.
AccommodationSelf-catering backpacker accommodation on Muizenberg beachfront.
OrientationYou will receive a comprehensive welcome brief when you arrive and a full orientation on your first day with Pisces Divers.
TransportWe provide a rail pass for your 20 minute train journeys between Muizenberg & Simonstown.
PADI CourseYour Open Water Diver Course includes all theory, pool sessions, shore dives and boat dives.
PADI Crew PackIncludes a manual, DVD, electronic dive planner and student registration form.
EquipmentAll diving equipment is provided including wetsuits, masks, weightbelts etc.
In-country supportBeing based in South Africa means that we can give you real support during your stay.
VisasCitizens from most countries can arrive in South Africa and stay for up to 90 days without a Visa. Refer to our FAQ section for more details if you are unsure.
FlightsPlease ask us if you need any recommendations for keeping your flight costs to a minimum, or consult our FAQ section.
InsuranceWe have partnered with World Nomads Insurance to give you access to great value insurance for volunteers. Check out our Insurance page under the FAQ tab for more details.
FoodAll meals are self-catering

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Your first visit to Pisces Divers will be on the Tuesday morning after you arrive in Cape Town. You will only need to take your swimming costume/shorts and a towel each day.

You will leave Stoked Backpackers at around 08:15 and take a scenic 20 minute train journey along the False Bay coastline to Simonstown. You will be provided with a fully paid rail pass to cover all your journeys between Muizenberg and Simonstown.

Pisces Divers is conveniently located next to Simonstown train station.

The Pisces Divers team will run you through the programme and get you started at around 09:00.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases and is designed to run over 4 days. If the weather and sea conditions are favourable you will complete the course on Friday:

  • Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

You will learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

Make sure you eat breakfast before you leave your accommodation each day, and prepare a packed lunch to take with you. Pisces Divers have a cafe on site with light snacks and drinks, and you will also find some shops selling sandwiches, rolls and pies close by.

Saturday & Sunday are reserved for catching up on days missed due to bad weather.

Being so close to the sea, Pisces Divers can offer dives daily. There are a huge variety of dive sites within close range, from shallow shore entries with kelp forests to deeper wreck and reef dives. Their boat launches several times a week, so we strongly recommend adding some extra time to your stay in Cape Town if you are keen to start filling your new diving logbook with interesting dives.

Many divers are drawn to Cape Town to see Seven Gill Cowsharks - these can be reliably seen year-round, as well as several other pelagic and reef shark species. Snorkelling and scuba diving with Cape Fur Seals is another hugely popular choice.

Pisces Divers offer all levels of PADI dive training from beginner to instructor level, as well as diving equipment rental and sales, a servicing workshop for all major brands, and an airfill and nitrox service.

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Stoked Backpackers is literally a stone’s throw away from Surfers’ Corner in Muizenberg, Cape Town. This popular swimming beach is a blue flag beach, which means it gets top marks for safety, cleanliness and amenities.

The beach break produces great waves, making it a hot spot for surfers. In fact, Muizenberg is one of the World’s Best Surf Towns, according to National Geographic, who say, “A great surf town is the nearly magical sum of consistent waves, inviting accommodation, friendly locals, delicious food, and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat.”

Stoked Backpackers is newly renovated with spacious rooms which are all en-suite. Their communal room has an unbeatable view for watching the lines roll in, or the sunrise (if you’re up for it). They have an awesome vegetarian cafe where you can get a great cup of coffee, tasty bites and hang out with other travelers and locals. There is also free Wi-Fi and an internet station for you to stay in touch.

In your free time you can visit their activity centre for lots of ideas for things to do. On the water, there’s surfing and stand-up paddling. If you don’t know how to do these, this is the perfect place to learn. There are also boat tours that take you whale watching. For under the water, there is cage diving with great white sharks or free diving with much friendlier ones.

Of course, there’s lots to do on land: it’s the perfect place to start your peninsula tour, explore the Cape Winelands or climb, walk or hike our unique fynbos-covered mountains.

Muizenberg Railway Station is just round the corner giving you cheap access to Cape Town, Kalk Bay, & Simonstown. Close by you will find a chilled selection of cafes and restaurants, local shops, Gary’s Surf School and of course the beach with its colourful beach huts and great surfing vibe.

While you’re at Stoked you can enjoy all of the facilities below:

  • Dormitory accommodation with all bedding, linen, duvet & pillows
  • Every room has an en-suite shower and toilet
  • Free Wi-Fi from anywhere on the premises
  • A communal area with a shared kitchen, lounge and balcony with awesome sea views
  • An activity desk for booking tours and activities – Open from 8am to 8pm every day
  • A vegetarian cafe serving light breakfasts, quick lunches and hit-the-spot coffees
  • Individual safes, lockers and under bed storage
  • Controlled access
  • A live-in manager
  • The lodge is cleaned daily.

There is no laundry service at Stoked for personal items, but there is a laundry shop on the beach just along from Gary’s Surf School that will wash, dry & fold your clothes for a reasonable fee.

Please let us know if you would like to upgrade to a smaller dormitory room or a twin/double room if you are travelling together as friends or a couple.

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Pisces Divers is located in Simonstown in False Bay, not far from Cape Town.

We have arrival dates for this course every Monday throughout the year.

  • You should aim to arrive in Cape Town on your chosen Monday arrival date
  • You can arrive at any time of day and one of our team will be there to welcome you with a big ‘Via Volunteers’ sign when you land at Cape Town International Airport
  • We will then escort you to your accommodation at Stoked Backpackers on Muizenberg Beach and help you to settle in with a welcome brief.

It’s easy to add extra nights to your stay, so if you find a cheaper flight that arrives earlier than your Monday arrival date just let us know. You can also add extra nights after your course for the same reason.

If you want to add a volunteer project, a Surfing Course, or even a longer tour, we can help you with that too.  If you're interested in adding further PADI courses please let us know and we'll be happy to arrange an extended programme for you to include Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and many more. Please ask one of our friendly team at any time before you arrive in Cape Town.

More about training with Pisces Divers

Scuba diving training in Cape Town can be daunting, exhilarating, exhausting, exciting and is usually a mixture of all the above. But it’s never boring! Pisces Divers make the following six promises to you to make sure you get the most out of your Cape Town dive course with them:

  • Our instructors all have considerable experience both in Cape Town and abroad and have a wealth of knowledge to share. Because our instructor/student ratios are 1:4 or less you will have plenty of personal attention and time to ask questions
  • We have excellent school equipment for your safety and comfort during your course in Cape Town
  • We will give you extra sessions at no extra cost if you require them. After all, you are not here just to get through the course, but to take up a new sport and lifestyle
  • We select interesting and varied Cape Town dive sites for all our PADI dive courses
  • We are generous with our boat dives on all our PADI dive courses – PADI Openwater courses have two boat dives
  • Everything is included in the price tag and there are no hidden surprises. All PADI dive courses include the relevant PADI materials and registration fees.

Durations & Pricing

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You do not pay anything when you book. We will provide you with a detailed itinerary and quote for you to check. When you are happy with the details, you will be able to confirm your placement with a deposit of £90.

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