Pierre-Alexandre Van De Walle – VIP diver and ‘in house photographer’

VIP diver and ‘in house photographer’ for Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter, when it comes to Protea Banks.

Pierre … or Peter as he is fondly known around the dive centre … is a seasoned traveler who is very enthusiastic about scuba diving and playing golf … oh yes, and a phenomenal cook with authentic dishes that he pairs perfectly with wine.

Ewa Drucis

With 12 years of friendship and counting … and lots of memories created already, we were happy to have this amazingly ‘crazy’ lady Ewa Drucis and her friends from Poland on Protea Banks. We got to spend an amazing SHARK WEEK … with action packed dives and amazing sightseeing, of the breathtaking country we are lucky enough to call home.

The Surprising Strains of Deep Sea Diving

The coastal waters off of South Africa are teeming with wildlife and incredible experiences for divers. The diving industry in the nation has grown recently - due in large part to people who want a first-hand look at the over 130 marine life species in the region. For the adventurous, braving open water, sharks, and strong currents are among just a few of the challenges divers willingly face every time they jump into the ocean. Beyond that, divers need to stay in peak physical condition and have the wherewithal to be on the lookout for potential dangers in order to have a successful dive. All these factors to consider are what make an activity like this tailor-made for rugged South African adventure seekers.

Sustainable Diving Saves More Sea Creatures

Over 25 million divers are certified around the world with over 1 million new dive certifications issued annually by PADI. A United Nations study has predicted that tourism in the world is expected to grow to over 1.8 billion tourists by 2030, and diving is no exception to the rule.

In South Africa, marine tourism and specifically diving is a growing industry amongst the nearly 17 million annual tourists. This number is set to grow, considering South Africa has over 3,000 kilometres of pristine oceanfront to spoil tourists. This growth in human activity through is not without its problems. Whales, dolphins, and sea turtles are some of the most harmed by human activity and the goal of divers everywhere should be to help protect these animals through sustainable diving. The rapid 3% annual growth of the diving industry presents an economic opportunity for South Africa but also presents environmental risks to the planet.

Keep Diving Into Your 80’s With Proven Safety Tips

Diving is a wonderful sport that over 2.3 million people worldwide enjoy on a regular basis. It’s easy to see why, as diving brings participants to some of the most beautiful places on the planet like the Protea Banks, exposing you to exotic wildlife rarely seen outside nature documentaries. Diving can be as exhilarating as tackling a black diamond ski slope, while being much easier on the body, enabling many divers to enjoy the sport well into later years of life. In order to take advantage of the gifts diving can offer, it is important to practice safety on each and every dive.

Upping Your Mental Skills to Dive like a Pro

When you shark dive you will find yourself immersed in an unfamiliar environment with little other than your equipment and skills keeping you out of harm’s way. Thanks to an incline in adventure tourism, more people are taking to shark diving than ever before. Regardless of your diving aspirations, you have to start with the basics, taking your time to learn the ropes before exploring the great unknown. As a novice diver, it is of utmost importance to not only be physically fit, but mentally strong as well. The following guidelines will help you become a more proficient shark diver while exploring the lively waters along the south coast of KZN.

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