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 SHARKS, OCEANIC 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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”