• RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS!

    RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS!

    RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS COME TO PROTEA BANKS TO MATE!!!!

    From May to November, the caves of the Northern Pinnacles of PROTEA BANKS, become home to 100's of RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS, that have come to the KwaZulu Natal coast to mate.
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  • BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS!

    BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS!

    There are few places in the word that you can dive with BULL SHARKS all year round - one of them is PROTEA BANKS!

    Known in South Africa as the ZAMBEZI SHARK, this is the resident shark of PROTEA BANKS.

    A memorable encounter ...

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  • PADI 'ZERO TO HERO'!

    PADI 'ZERO TO HERO'!

    Do you want to travel the world as a dive professional?
    Do you want to have fun during your gap year?
    Do you want to enjoy what our ocean has to offer?

    Then PADI 'ZERO TO HERO' is for you ... BECOME A PADI DIVEMASTER ...

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  • 100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ...

    100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ...

    From September to January PROTEA BANKS hosts one of the biggest shows on Earth - the migration of thousands, yes you read correctly, thousands of Hammerhead sharks.
    This magnificent migration is mind blowing and will keep you coming back for more!!!! Read More
  • Are looking for an UNFORGETTABLE adventure?

    Are looking for an UNFORGETTABLE adventure?

    From about January to June, we are privileged to encounter the magnificent TIGER shark on PROTEA BANKS.
    If you want to see a TIGER shark up close and get great photo's, then the BAITED SHARK DIVE is for you.
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PROTEA BANKS IS NOW A MPA (MARINE PROTECTED AREA).

Welcome to Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter

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About Us

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Kym Pollard - PADI Staff Instructor, Surf Launch Skipper & Owner

‘Two thirds of the earth is covered with water and anyone who does not dive has been short changed by life and has seen only part of what our planet has to offer.’ – taken from Len Jones’s Guide to Spearfishing.

Being a coastal girl, I have been fortunate enough to have had the ocean as my playground. My dad was an avid diver, fisherman and surfer. For as long as I can remember, I was spending my weekends and school holidays on the beach or on my dad’s fishing boat ‘Polly’. After school I started studying but could not see myself in an office job ...

The travel bug bit, I traveled extensively and worked in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. In Egypt I did my Open Water Course in the Red Sea - it was love at first dive and I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. Funny enough, I also saw a small reef shark, which started my interest and passion for SHARKS. On my return to South Africa I continued with my diving. In 2000 I did my Instructors and got involved with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER.

PROTEA BANKS is my ‘home’. I have been diving on PROTEA BANKS for more than 20 years and still get excited each and every time I get to dive it. It is a ‘wild’ dive site in the fact that each and every day is totally different and I have had MIND BLOWING experiences, diving with a wide variety of shark species, including: TIGER SHARKS, BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS, RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKSOCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS and the odd Great White ... to name just a few. With the incredible shark diving on PROTEA BANKS it is very hard to pick a favourite dive ...  BUT if I had to, it is diving with hundreds to thousands of shoaling HAMMERHEAD SHARKS on PROTEA BANKS … I cannot even try and explain the feeling …

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is a ‘small family business’ where our motto is: ‘Arrive as a diver, leave as a friend’. 

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is not a business to me, it is my passion!


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Michelle Boshoff – Manager & PADI Divemaster

Michelle moved to KwaZulu Natal South Coast in 2013 and like most young people she didn’t really know what to do or what field she should start a career in. Kym was a star to offer her a job working at Aqua Planet Dive Centre And Charter ... helping out here and there ... then she got hooked!!! The excitement of divers coming back from a dive telling her insane stories of their dives and what they seen on Protea Banks. She just had to be part of this!!! Within a year she worked her way to being a PADI Divemaster and have been loving the job ever since. She had an opportunity which she couldn’t pass up and left for about a year. However, she missed the sharks and salty water so much that she just had to come back. She was welcomed back with open arm and she’s always boasting that she’s so grateful to be part of this kickass team. She has now stepped into a Management role in the dive centre and would be one of the first people to greet you or answer your calls.

Come join us for a dive on Protea Banks, it is not just the dives that are insane, Aqua Planet Dive Centre And Charter has a team that you will never forget! – Michelle


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Kyle Robertson – Manager, Surf Launch Skipper & PADI Divemaster

Born into a sailing family, He was privileged to be in and on the sea from an early age. On his 6th birthday he received an optimist (oppi), which is an entry level sailing boat. Since then he’s followed a life of the sea.

Enrolment into sea rescue at the age of 16 taught him a great deal about the sea and general ocean work. After high school, already completed an Open Water Course, he applied to Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter to do his PADI Zero to Hero course hoping to make a living in the scuba world. Upon completion of his course, he was offered a position as divemaster. Since that day he has upgraded my qualifications as a skipper and has had much life changing, out of this world, experiences underwater as a divemaster.

For many years he has been a freelance skipper in the area, doing fishing trips. And although seen as a community against the scuba world, he has been able to enlighten what we would call "land lubbers" into the world of the ocean, and break stereotypes of sharks.

 


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Thokozani Shabane - PADI Divemaster and Shop assistant.

Born and raised in Gamalakhe Township, South Coast, Teekay is a filmmaker and loves to tell stories with motion pictures. BUT that was not enough excitement for him. He’s a free spirit and always aspires to do the kind of things that are extreme and that most consider crazy. In 2018 he applied for a scuba diving internship that was hosted by JL Dube institute and he got accepted to do Open Water to Divemasters. He did his first dive and had an out of this world experience. From then onwards he knew he didn’t want to do anything else except dive. Wanting to know more and hungry to learn more, he applied to Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter, where Kym offered him a position as shop assistant and get jump onto the occasional dive. He plans to step into the Divemaster role as soon as possible.

 


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Arno van Der Berg - PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Shop assistant.

His love for diving and the ocean started when he did his PADI Open Water Course back in 2016 on a trip to Thailand. It was at that moment that that he knew he had to learn and explore more about scuba diving and the spectacular world under water. 

Two years later he moved to Cape Town where he continued his education in diving and worked his way up to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, which he completed in May 2018. After about a year and a half diving and working in Cape Town he decided to take on the next adventure and moved from the colder water in Cape Town down to the warmer waters of the South Coast in August 2019. 

Kym Pollard, owner of Aqua Planet Dive Centre And Charter was kind enough to give him a freelance position. Since then he have been diving and teaching on Protea Banks, showing clients and students the diversity of marine life Protea Banks has to offer from the smallest of organisms to the bigger sea creatures, Sharks!

“I am looking forward to doing many more dives and teaching many more students at Aqua Planet Dive Centre And Charter.” – Arno van der Berg

 


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Donovan Perrins – PADI Divemaster 

My love and respect for the ocean, with all its wonders, started in 2013. I signed up for my PADI Open Water Course with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. Upon completing the course, I knew that I had found my dream job. While still employed at my previous job, I went on to complete my PADI Advanced Open Water Course and PADI Rescue Diver Course. I then started my PADI Divemaster Internship with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER and couldn’t be happier with my new career choice../ and now I am finally a PADI Divemaster ... and loving it!



Arno van der Berg - PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

My love for diving and the ocean started when I did my Open Water Course back in 2016 on a trip to Thailand. It was at that moment that I knew I had to learn and explore more about scuba diving and the spectacular world under water.
Two years later I moved to Cape Town where I continued my education in diving and worked my way up to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor which I completed in May 2018. After about a year and a half diving and working in Cape Town I decided to take on the next adventure and moved from the colder water in Cape Town down to the warmer waters of the South Coast in August 2019.

Kym Pollard, owner of AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER was kind enough to give me a freelance position. Since then I have been diving and teaching on Protea Banks, showing clients and students the diversity of marine life Protea Banks has to offer from the smallest of organisms to the bigger sea creatures, SHARKS!

I am looking forward to doing many more dives and teaching many more students at AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER.


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Dru and Ty de Bruyn – Divemaster in training ... long term

Dru and Ty is the owner's (Kym) two boys and so they have grown up in the dive centre. Age 16 and 14 now, they started and completed their PADI Open Water Course and well on their way to becoming divemasters one day. 

Training in conditions such as Protea Banks, Dru and Ty is more than capable divers, who can teach a few qualified divers a thing or two.

– Dru de Bruyn - “ My mommy owns Aqua Planet Dive Centre And Charter. I have grown up in the dive centre ... and have a passion for sharks. I am busy with my Padi Junior Open Water Course and my first dive in the sea was on a Baited Shark Dive ... it was so amazing and the sharks came in so so so close. I can’t wait to finish my course and continue diving.”

– Ty de Bruyn - “My mommy is a PADI Staff Instructor and owns Aqua Planet Dive Centre And Charter. She is my inspiration, so of course I want to do what she does ... breathe underwater. It was so awesome when at age 8, I snorkelled my first Baited Shark Dive. I just wanted to be under the water and much closer to the sharks. I am not scared of sharks ... for as long as I remember I have heard all the divers talk about the different SHARKS on Protea Banks ... I LOVE SHARKS!!!! I just recently completed my PADI Junior Open Water Course.”

page dive shopAQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER offers a wide range of scuba diving, snorkelling and spearfishing equipment at very competitive prices. Our professional and friendly staff, always available to assist you with your queries and equipment needs.

Due to the wide variety of equipment, on the market today, it is impossible to keep a full range of equipment on hand. Pop in to our dive centre and we are happy to advise you according to your specific needs and then order in the equipment for you, should we not have it in store.

We also have a range of Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter clothing, with some fun and funky designs. These can also be ordered online from us. Please have a look at our online store on the homepage.

For your convenience we have an online store where you can shop for Scubapro, Sealife and Subgear products in the comfort of your own home. Easy to use, convenient and quick ... check out using Aqua Planet as your dealer ... and you will have your new equipment in a flash: www.thescubaprostore.co.za

Our Main Brands

  • Scubapro
  • Sealife
  • Subgear
  • Aqualung
  • Tusa
  • Mares
  • Suunto
  • Rob Allen

... to name a few of the brands ...

Launching daily for PROTEA BANKS, with our 8m dive duck 'Calypso', you are assured of a great diving experience in SHELLY BEACH.

Safety is our number one priority and we boast a 100% safety record!

Kitting up in our dive centre is easy and our rental equipment is in excellent condition - it includes a SMB in the BCD. Hot showers are available after the dive and a debriefing is done over a cup of coffee or tea. If you want to experience the wonders of PROTEA BANKS, be assured of professional and friendly service, as well as a memorable diving experience, you should look no further than AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER.

Our Instructors, who are passionate about diving, offer PADI SCUBA diving courses from beginner to professional and a full range of specialty courses - including the SHARKLIFE shark specialty courses. With courses starting daily, designed around your schedule, you are assured of individual attention. AND Pool training is very comfortable in a HEATED POOL. Our Instructors love what they do and you will feel their energy while they teach you to SCUBA dive, in a fun and safe manner. 

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? JOIN THE AQUA PLANET 'FAMILY' TODAY!!!

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is the premier PADI 5 star dive centre in SHELLY BEACH!!!

Situated on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast of South Africa, we operate a comprehensive dive centre - with a few extras!

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is situated in SHELLY BEACH, on the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast of South Africa. Our comprehensive PADI 5 star dive centre offers PADI scuba diving courses, a dive charter to PROTEA BANKS, tours and packages, as well as a well stocked dive shop - with a few extras. Whether you are interested in snorkeling, new to diving or an experienced diver, AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER has a dive experience to suit your needs. 

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER was established in 1997. With an unblemished safety record, this is definitely the main reason to look no further when selecting a dive charter in Shelly Beach!!! Throw in our professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff; who will endeavor to make you feel at home. Our well equipped dive centre, that has a fun and relaxed vibe. Your only worry here is that the passion of the staff is contagious!

2017promoIf that is not enough, don't forget our main treasure in Shelly Beach, PROTEA BANKS!!!! PROTEA BANKS is a world renowned, mind blowing SHARK dive. The wide variety of SHARK species that can be seen on this dive site makes it a completely unique dive site, not to be missed!!! ... and PROTEA BANKS will have you coming back for more ...

 So why would you look any further than AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER - where you may arrive as a diver, but will leave as a friend?

MAKE AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER YOUR ONE STOP DIVE CENTRE IN SHELLY BEACH!!!!

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With PADI courses from beginner to professional, a daily dive charter to PROTEA BANKS and a full retail store, you are assured of a great experience in SHELLY BEACH.

PADI Courses

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PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter offers a wide variety of PADI courses from beginner to professional.

Start scuba diving today ... it will change your life ...

Protea Banks

Ask the world about SHARK DIVING and they will say SOUTH AFRICA, ask South Africans about SHARK DIVING and they will say
PROTEA BANKS!!!!

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Baited Dives

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Are you looking for the ultimate adrenaline experience?  

Do you love being in the water surrounded by SHARKS?

Our Sharks

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 We offer an exceptionally exciting SHARK DIVE on PROTEA BANKS: Tiger sharks, Bull (Zambezi) sharks, Oceanic Blacktip sharks, Ragged-tooth sharks, shoaling Hammerhead sharks ... and more.

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  • RAGGIES STILL DOMINATING THE REEF WITH THIS COLD WATER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

    15 October 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

    Current: medium - Strong
    Viz: 10m
    Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius top, 18 degrees Celsius bottom

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  • PROTEA BANKS … the other side …

    PROTEA BANKS … the other side …

    What is Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter all about?

    Well, it is most famous for the dive site we are absolutely privileged to dive … PROTEA BANKS … a world renowned shark dive site that attracts divers from all over the world.

    But Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter has a SOFTER side, it is a place where friends meet and long term friendships are made … and the Aqua Planet family is started …

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  • Raising Awareness of Ocean Pollution in South Africa

    Raising Awareness of Ocean Pollution in South Africa

    The issue of ocean pollution is enormously important for divers. When you are out on a dive, you rely on crystal-clear waters to be able to see the incredible wildlife and plants. If there is a high level of pollution, then the sharks and sea turtles simply will not be able to survive. The oceans of South Africa have been rated the 11th worst for plastic pollution in the world and 80% of this pollution has originated from land-based sources. If the ocean creatures are to thrive, then this picture simply isn’t sustainable. We need to raise awareness and help to combat ocean pollution from a grassroots level.

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  • Whole Grains, Lean Meat, and Lots of Water: The Deep Sea Diving Diet

    Whole Grains, Lean Meat, and Lots of Water: The Deep Sea Diving Diet

    Since deep sea diving entails plunging to depths of 40 meters, a certain diet should be maintained by divers lest they want to experience discomfort during their underwater journey. At such depths, divers need to be energetic, limber, and focused, which can all be achieved with diet. Without the right nutrition, divers can get cramps, the bends, and worse. But don’t let any of this dissuade you from going on a scuba adventure with sublime sea life. Eating a deep diving diet is simple – it starts with carbs and ends with water.

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  • Cleaning Your Scuba Gear The Natural Way

    Cleaning Your Scuba Gear The Natural Way

    If you have a passion for scuba diving and seeing the incredible beauty of South African sharks in their natural habitat, then you have probably invested a fair amount in your diving gear. Your dive equipment is important to keep you safe whilst you are underwater. If it isn’t looked after properly then your gear can become susceptible to mold and mildew and the rubber will crack. Cleaning your scuba diving equipment every time you have finished using it, will prevent this from happening. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals for this - you can clean your gear the natural way, with fresh water and a little eco-friendly shampoo.

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  • Karen Tredger – the first woman to dive Protea Banks

    Karen Tredger – the first woman to dive Protea Banks

    Karen Tredger … Wow!!! Where do you even start with this ’badass’ instructor that can teach us all something, in her 27 years of diving Protea Banks.

    Karen was not just one of the first woman, but also part of the first group of divers brave enough take on these so called ‘ Shark Infested Waters’ of Protea Banks. This is well worth a read …

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