Have you ever considered becoming a PADI SCUBA professional as your path to a new adventurous outdoors career?

How about embarking upon a gap year of new experiences? Open opportunities to travel the world as a scuba diving professional. It’s a great career to make new friends, explore new countries and have the greatest office in the world.

Our SCUBA professional training program is flexible so you can join in at the phase that suits your experience level. The training part of the program covers 4 to 6 months, from complete novice to experienced Dive Master.

The Diving

Aliwal Shoal is one of the best training areas in the country due to its diversity of conditions and marine wildlife.  You will be exposed to dynamic diving conditions with varying currents, temperatures and visibilities. The diversity of marine life on Aliwal Shoal is unmatched throughout Southern Africa. The shoal is abundant with sharks, whales, rays, fish, turtles, nudibranchs and much more.

The Lifestyle

Life on the SCUBA professionals training program is based around morning SCUBA diving, shark expeditions and SCUBA training. Afternoons are focused on workshops and career training / experience in running a dive centre. Evenings and some weekends will give you lots of opportunities to experience the local culture, attend fun social evenings, join excursions to nearby game parks & socialise with other students while working with the Blue Wilderness team.

Board & Accommodation

All interns are housed at the Blue Wilderness Shark Centre. This is a purpose built training and living facility nestled opposite Scottburgh beach on Durban’s South Coast. At the shark centre, you will share the accommodation with like-minded and passionate students partaking in various training programs including underwater photographyunderwater videography and our shark development program. At the shark centre, you can enjoy high speed internet, three basic meals, and single sex dorm rooms. Learn more about the shark centre here

3 - 12 months program


Training & Tuition
SCUBA diving

PADI Qualifications

Local transpot

Travel the world as a PADI SCUBA diving professional


Professional Skills

Professional skills

Course instructors at professional underwater photographers and divers



Photograph charismatic giants such as whale sharks and humpback whales

Professional equipment

Professional equipment

Document the diversity and beauty of the tropical underwater macro world

Great facalities

Great facalities

Experience the underwater world of tropical Africa with new friends and colleagues

Incredible Encounters

Incredible encounters

Fall in love as you photograph the playful sea creatures of the underwater world

Awesome reefs

Diverse Reefs

Experience the curious and beautiful giant manta rays of Mozambique