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About Pro Dive

Pro Dive is a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre and we offer a wide range of underwater programs for the whole family from beginner to instructor courses, all conducted by highly qualified instructors.

Pro Dive is a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre and we offer a wide range of underwater programs for the whole family from beginner to instructor courses, all conducted by highly qualified instructors.

The company was started  20 years ago by Louis and Michelle van Aardt who had a passion for diving and travel.  Their business grew from a small outlet known as the “Red Windmill” on the beach front to the established world class diving centre that it is today.

The facility includes a purpose built heated training pool, lecture rooms, showers, coffee shop, offices, fully stocked show room, service centre & travel office to cater for all your diving requirements.

Our world class dive centre includes lecture rooms, training pool, hot showers, change rooms, show room & travel office to cater for all your diving requirements.

Our dedicated Dive Boats operate from Hobie Beach providing easy and quick access to the numerous dive sites in Algoa Bay. Equipment Rental and airfills are available on site.

Combined with our coastal location, experience and industry training Pro Dive offers a unique education program. Candidates who successfully complete our program become highly sought after, both in SA and overseas.

Pro Dive has a dedicated travel office and we can tailor make your diving holiday or alternatively you can join us for a group departure.ProDive Travel also specializes in dive tours along the South African coastline, having been one of the longest operators offering the well known Sardine Run .

The Pro Dive charter office is ideally situated inside the Red Windmill at Hobie Beach opposite the Emfuleni Casino & Hotel Complex & offer various water sport activities such as snorkeling, kayak trips, one day scuba diving courses.  Airfills and equipment hire are available on site.

We teach people how to scuba dive
We help you train for a diving career
& We take people on adventures around the world!

Our Fantastic Team

Meet the Pro Dive Family!

Louis & Michelle V. Aardt

Founders

Louis and Michelle met on their PADI Instructor course in 1995 and with their passion and drive it was only a natural progression to open a dive centre. Over the years they have grown Pro Dive into the trusted and quality brand that it is today. It was a combination of the love of diving, the ocean, working with people, travel & a passion for conservation that inspired them on their journey.

Linda Schenck

Shop Manager

Linda started working for Pro Dive in 2015 and she underestimated how her life would change when she discovered scuba diving. She instantly became part of the Pro Dive family and now manages the dive centre together with her colleague Wesley.

She loves her job and you will be enthralled as she welcomes you to the store with her excitement and enthusiasm.

Wesley Sherman

Shop Manager

Wesley is bound to have you smiling in no time with his original free spirit. He teamed up with Linda to manage the dive store and with his financial skills he makes sure that the systems run to perfection.

He has completed his Open Water and Advanced Diving courses and is very involved in charity work in his private time.

Ian Gracie

General Manager - Plett

Ian started at Pro Dive as an Instructor and it was not long before he stood out as a dedicated and passionate role model, that made him progress to manager of our Plettenberg Bay branch.

Besides scuba diving, Ian is an avid free diver and recently became a PADI Freediving Instructor.

Jacky Tolsma

Instructor & Admin Manager

Jacky started diving with Pro Dive 18 years ago and she has been employed by Pro Dive ever since. Over the years Jacky has taught hundreds of students and has worked in various positions within the company. Now with her specialized experience and knowledge she oversees the Career Development Program and diving administration.

Dennis Guri

Instructor & Skipper

Dennis started diving with Pro Dive in 2011 and over the years has become a Jack of All trades including a PADI Instructor in 2014 and qualified Skipper. He is also our main snorkel and kayak guide. He is known for his friendly and enthusiast manner and can often be seen scooting around P.E. on deliveries in the company Tuk Tuk.

Dru Welgemoed

Instructor & Skipper

Always friendly and willing to assist with anything, Dru recently completed the Pro Dive Career Development program where he became a qualified PADI Instructor and Skipper . He has now joined the Pro Dive family on a full time basis.

Ashleigh Mann

Instructor & Skipper

True love for the ocean got Ashleigh to complete the Pro Dive Career Development program and now is a qualified PADI Instructor and Skipper. She has also joined the Pro Dive family on a full time basis.

Lance Oakes

Instructor, Skipper & Free Diver

Lance has always had a passion for fitness, martial arts and the ocean! He started diving with us 12 years ago and skippers for us on a regular basis. He is a PADI Instructor & recently became qualified as a PADI Free Diving Instructor.