Distinctive Specialty Courses

Are you a certified scuba diver looking for an incredible holiday diving experience? Are you a local diver who wants to build your unique scuba diving skill set? Join us on any of our 1-day PADI Distinctive Specialty scuba diving courses where we will help you build skills, gain new knowledge and learn all about sharks and South Africa’s dynamic oceans. Each distinctive specialty course develops your knowledge in a classroom environment before getting you into the water for two focused educational dives in Walker Bay – a renowned biodiversity hotspot. Our distinctive specialty dive courses are designed to make you the best citizen science diver out there.

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COLD WATER SCIENCE DIVER

Get certified as a science diver in a cold-water kelp forest environment. You will gain exceptional knowledge about South Africa’s diverse kelp forests, and gain the skill set needed to study coastal ocean ecosystems across the globe. In this course, you will learn all about the challenges of confined diving in coastal kelp forest ecosystems and understand the importance of these critical habitats and the biodiversity found within them.

Duration: 6 hours

Location

Old Harbour – Hermanus

Season

All year round

Min/Max Guests

We require a minimum of 1 and will accept a maximum of 6 learners per course.

Minimum Age Requirement

Divers must be at least 11 years old

Minimum Qualification

Divers must have their Open Water Diver certificate

What to Bring

  • Bathing suit
  • Warm clothes
  • Towel
  • Scuba diving certification and dive log book
  • Sunscreen

Cost

R3000 per person

The cost includes:

  • Dive instructor
  • 2 dives
  • All scuba equipment and tanks
  • Classroom lecture
  • PADI Distinctive Specialty Certificate

SHARK IDENTIFICATION

Start your journey into shark conservation with a better understanding of these beautiful animals. You will learn all about the diversity of sharks in southern Africa, including critical conservation and management considerations for these species. In this course, you will apply your new knowledge underwater and learn which traits make each shark species unique and how to confidently identify sharks in the ocean.

Duration: 6 hours

Location

Old Harbour – Hermanus

Season

All year round

Min/Max Guests

We require a minimum of 1 and will accept a maximum of 6 learners per course.

Minimum Age Requirement

Divers must be at least 11 years old

Minimum Qualification

Divers must have their Open Water Diver certificate.

We will accept snorkelers by prior arrangement.

What to Bring

  • Bathing suit
  • Warm clothes
  • Towel
  • Scuba diving certification and dive log book
  • Sunscreen

Cost

R3000 per person

The cost includes:

  • Dive instructor
  • 2 dives
  • All scuba equipment and tanks
  • Classroom lecture
  • PADI Distinctive Specialty Certificate

SHARK BEHAVIOUR

Take your understanding of sharks to the next level. Through this course, you will become confident and comfortable with sharks that you encounter in a safe environment. We will familiarize you with the behaviour of sharks in eco-tourism environments.

Duration: 6 hours

Location

Old Harbour – Hermanus

Season

All year round

Min/Max Guests

We require a minimum of 1 and will accept a maximum of 6 learners per course.

Minimum Age Requirement

Divers must be at least 11 years old

Minimum Qualification

Divers must have their Open Water Diver certificate.

We will accept snorkelers by prior arrangement.

What to Bring

  • Bathing suit
  • Warm clothes
  • Towel
  • Scuba diving certification and dive log book
  • Sunscreen

Cost

R3000 per person

The cost includes:

  • Dive instructor
  • 2 dives
  • All scuba equipment and tanks
  • Classroom lecture
  • PADI Distinctive Specialty Certificate

UNDERWATER DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND EDITING

Learn underwater photography on the same equipment used by National Geographic photographers! You will also learn how to creatively and beautifully edit your shots to produce exceptional photographs. Take a digital underwater photography course unlike any other. We focus on wide angle photography – perfect for taking photos of people, underwater landscapes and our shark friends. You will leave the course with your own beginner portfolio!

This course is truly unique as students will gain the skills needed to use professional photography gear and to further edit their work.

Duration: 6 hours

Location

Old Harbour – Hermanus

Season

All year round

Min/Max Guests

We require a minimum of 1 and will accept a maximum of 6 learners per course.

Minimum Age Requirement

Divers must be at least 11 years old

Minimum Qualification

Divers must have their Open Water Diver certificate.

We will accept snorkelers by prior arrangement.

What to Bring

  • Bathing suit
  • Warm clothes
  • Towel
  • Scuba diving certification and dive log book
  • Sunscreen

Cost

R3000 per person

The cost includes:

  • Dive instructor
  • Use of The Shark Company underwater camera and editing software
  • 2 dives
  • All scuba equipment and tanks
  • Classroom lecture
  • PADI Distinctive Specialty Certificate

SHARK MONITORING AND TAGGING

This is shark science diving at its best! On this course, you will learn all about the many techniques used to study sharks underwater, and even get the opportunity to practice some of these yourself!  Learn how to collect robust data on sharks, how to tag sharks in and out of the water, and how you can help scientists save sharks.

Duration: 6 hours

Location

Old Harbour – Hermanus

Season

All year round

Min/Max Guests

We require a minimum of 1 and will accept a maximum of 6 learners per course.

Minimum Age Requirement

Divers must be at least 11 years old

Minimum Qualification

Divers must have their Open Water Diver certificate.

We will accept snorkelers by prior arrangement.

What to Bring

  • Bathing suit
  • Warm clothes
  • Towel
  • Scuba diving certification and dive log book
  • Sunscreen

Cost

R3000 per person

The cost includes:

  • Dive instructor
  • Use of The Shark Company underwater camera and editing software
  • 2 dives
  • All scuba equipment and tanks
  • Classroom lecture
  • PADI Distinctive Specialty Certificate

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