Scuba diving courses

PADI Scuba Diving Courses, for those who never tried scuba diving to those who want to develop their diving skills. Our instructors are PADI certified and all courses include a qualification card and registration in the PADI network.

All our courses includes full gear. We can offer our courses in Afrikaans, English, Portuguese and Swedish. Don’t hesitate to ask us tailor made your course to fit working hours, interest and special needs.

We offering following PADI certified Courses: Bubblemaker, Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Course, Dive Master, Emergency First Response.



PADI Discover Scuba Diving Courses at Back to Basics Adventures.

PADI Bubblemaker:

(Minimum age: 8 / max. 1,5h)

The PADI Bubblemaker program is for boys and girls age 8 and above. It’s fun, easy and safe. The PADI Bubble maker program is a way for youngsters to join in the family fun of scuba diving or even start a trend!

Children should be OK in the water, but they don’t have to be super swimmers since the maximum depth is only 2m.


PADI Discover Scuba Diving:

(Minimum age: 10 / max. 3h)

Today, do something for the first time; experience the thrill of scuba diving under the supervision of a PADI You will master some of the basic concepts of diving in the pool and then head off on an open water adventure at our inviting ‘shallow’ housereef. Experience the feeling of weightlessness in a new environment and enjoy the vibrant colors and amazing variety of the Indian Ocean marine life.

The course includes: Theory, 1 pool session and 1 ocean dive.

You won´t receive a qualification after the course but the instructor will fill in a sheet that you keep with you for future references if you decide to take up scuba diving.


PADI Open Water Diver:

(Minimum age: 10 / 4 days)

This is the course you need before moving on to further training. Armed with your PADI Open Water Diver card, this certification is recognized at dive centers worldwide and you will learn to dive safely to a depth of 18m with a buddy (12m for 10 & 11 year olds).

Throughout the course, you’ll learn the theory of scuba diving, extend your knowledge of dive equipment and improve your diving skills.

The course is made up of 5 theory sessions, 5 dive skill sessions in confined water to practice skills and 4 open water dives in the house reef in front of the Dive-center. You will also be asked to complete water skills including a 10-minute float and a 200m swim.


PADI Advanced Open Water Diver:

(Minimum age: 10 / 2-5 days)

When you have achieved a minimum of 5 ‘Adventure Dives’, in your own time, you are eligible to be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. You can complete these dives either separately or at different times, in different locations or all together over 2 full days accompanied by a Certified Instructor. When booking the full Advanced Course with us, all 5 dives are taken over a 3-day period. This is a great choice if you’re looking to increase your capabilities and gain more experience in different underwater activities.

To certify as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, you must take part in the Deep dive and Navigation dive. You can choose 3 of the remaining Adventure dives with your instructor from the following
- Boat Drift
- Fish Identification
- Multilevel and Computer
- Night Dive
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Search and Recovery
- Underwater Photography

PADI Rescue Diver:


This course is a very important step in expanding your knowledge and experience as well as increasing your confidence. The course is ‘performance’ based and involves knowledge development and 5 rescue training sessions (in pool, confined or open water, from shore or boat) plus 4 open water rescue scenarios. During these, you will cover:

- The psychology of rescue
- Preparation for emergencies
- Accident management
- Responding to diver emergencies
- Self-rescue
- Tired diver
- Panicked diver
- Response from shore or boat 
- Distressed diver underwater
- Missing diver
- Surfacing the unresponsive diver 
- Response at surface and exit 
- First aid for pressure related injuries
- Oxygen administration

Before starting module 2 of the Rescue Diver course, it is necessary that you have completed an Emergency First Response course within 24 months.

PADI Divemaster:


The Divemaster course can be completed in as little as seven days as a minimum, although most candidates need at least ten days. We recommend taking two to three weeks to complete this first professional level in diver training and gain as much experience as possible.

The course not only develops the candidate’s diving knowledge to instructor level through independent study and classroom discussions, but also addresses attitudes, judgment, customer service, business and operational challenges. Watermanship and stamina are evaluated together with diving skills, which will be developed to demonstration quality. Candidates will complete a rescue evaluation and underwater mapping exercise as well as

demonstrating their skills in dive planning and leadership. They will also function as an instructional assistant, both in confined and open water.

Completion of this course qualifies the candidate to attend either a PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course or a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) which eventually leads to the certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.