Entry Level Courses

Discover Scuba Diving

Want to learn how to scuba dive in Mossel Bay, but don’t have the time to do a course with lessons that span over a number of days? Or, maybe you’re thinking of taking up diving but your just not sure if it’s the thing for you? If so, then the Discover Scuba Diving Course facilitated by Go Dive Mossel Bay, is just what your looking for!

Overview of Discover Scuba Dive Course:

  • Duration: Between 1-5 hours depending on the option you choose
  • You have the option of doing it in a swimming pool or in the ocean on a training dive site in Mossel Bay (Dollose/Santos)
  • Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel and a snack
  • You must be at least 10 Years old

Option 1 – Scuba Diving in the Pool

Diving in the pool is for those who simply want to feel what it’s like to breathe underwater with all the scuba gear on. In this option the entire experience is conducted in our indoor heated pool, so participants have the comfort and stability of a controlled environment. After a short briefing, participants get to try out diving with the equipment in our swimming pool under the supervision of a qualified NAUI Instructor or Dive Master.

Overview of Course Schedule for the Pool

The day starts with registration paperwork and a short briefing about how the scuba gear works by our NAUI Instructor. Then, when you are ready, the fun starts as you get into the pool to take your first breath under the water!

We spend some time in the pool where we teach you a few skills and play around under water as you experience the thrill of diving!

Option 2 – Scuba Diving in the Ocean

We start off the day by teaching you how to dive in the pool, same as in the first option. From here, we then go on to the real adventure – diving in the ocean in Mossel Bay!

We have a stairway entry to our protected ocean training area where we will be holding the ocean dive. Sea-life love to gather around and grow on the Dolasse – meaning you’re in for a great dive! Mossel Bay has an abundance of sea life including small benthic sharks, so you will not be disappointed.

Overview of Course Schedule for Pool/Ocean Dives

The day starts with registration paperwork and a short briefing about how the scuba gear works and what you should expect during your dives by our NAUI Instructor. From here on we go to our pool, where the dive instructor teaches you a few skills that will make you comfortable in the sea.

When you are ready, we proceed to the real adventure – a 40-minute ocean dive!

Open Water Scuba Diver

Want to become a certified scuba diver? Begin your underwater explorations by enrolling in a NAUI Open Water Scuba Diver course. This entry-level certification is recognized internationally and will teach you the fundamental knowledge and skills to safely dive in open water. The NAUI Open Water Scuba Diver course is the foundation for all other scuba courses. This is your starting point!

This certification will allow you to dive independently with a certified buddy, to the depth of 18 meters (60 ft).

During your NAUI Open Water class, you will learn about modern dive equipment, diving sciences, responsible diving practices and the environment. The first part of this course will include videos about diving and the ocean. Then we will take you to the pool to give you a taste of what it is like to breathe underwater! When you are ready, we progress to the real adventure, diving in the ocean! Mossel Bay is famous for its temperate climate and beautiful marine life- the perfect place to start your dive career.

This course is directed by our award winning NAUI Instructor, Elton Polly. Individuals ages 15+ and in good physical condition may enroll in a NAUI Open Water course.

Overview of Course Structure

  • Duration: 3-4 days (weather dependent)
  • Day 1: DVD & Theory of Diving
  • Day 2: Scuba diving sessions in our heated indoor pool to build confident divers
  • Day 3 & 4: Four open water dives on our training reefs (Dolasse/Santos)
  • You have the option of watching the scuba diving DVD and doing the course theory as a self-study in the comfort of your own home, or in our classroom. It’s your choice. There is also an e-learning option.
  • Your diving course can be constructed around your schedule. You do not need to do the course in 4 consecutive days!
  • Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel, and a snack.
  • Minimum Age: 15 years old


The NAUI Open Water Diver Course will normally take you 3 to 4 days. These days do not need to be done consecutively – we can adjust the course to suit your schedule!

Daily dive course schedule:

We will begin the course by meeting with you to do the registration paperwork, theory work, and kit you out with the scuba dive equipment that you will need for your course. 

Course Day 1 – Scuba Diving Theory

Traditional Course Option:

  • A DVD to watch (+- 3 hours long). You can choose to watch this DVD in the comfort of your home, or in a classroom setting.
  • After each section your instructor will ask you a few questions to make sure that you understand what you saw in the DVD. This is also a great opportunity to ask your instructor any questions that you might have about the theory.
  • A course theory exam.

E-Learning Course Option:

This is a great way to get your scuba diving theory done if you are pressed for time, or do not want to spend too much time on your holiday watching videos in a classroom setting. With NAUI e-learning, you can do all of your course theory in the comfort of your home, long before your holiday even starts!

Course day 2 – Pool sessions

By now you know the theory behind scuba diving, so on this day we take you to the pool to teach you how the equipment works, and to practice your scuba diving skills before we start your ocean training. The pool offers a relaxed environment to build confident divers.

Course Day 3 & 4 – Ocean Dives

Finally! It’s time to start exploring the sea. We now take you diving in the ocean, where you get to practice your skills that you perfected in the pool. We do four dives altogether, after which you are a certified NAUI Open Water Scuba Diver!

This course is constructed in such a way as to teach you diving in a safe and exciting way. You can be rest assured that, as a NAUI open water diver, your certification will be recognized anywhere you might go in the world.