PADI DiveMaster / Marine Conservation Career Development Program MosselBay South Africa


If you go to bed dreaming about scuba diving and learning about the marine life that lives below, then perhaps you should consider a career in Scuba Diving paired with Marine Conservation.

A job in conservation and diving allows you to work outdoors, visit off-the-beaten-track destinations and pursue your passion for safeguarding the natural world.

Partner Marine Conservation with a PADI DiveMaster SCUBA certification and you have a winning combination that also allows you as a dive professional to work in the dive industry all over the world, paired with hands on experience with our qualified Marine Biologist for a complete introduction into Marine conservation !

PADI® and Project AWARE® are committed to saving the ocean together. This starts with proactively working to tackle key ocean threats like habitat destruction, climate change, overfishing, and land-based pollution. Divers are uniquely positioned to bring to the surface what is beneath the waves, acting as the first responders to help drive systemic solutions to press ocean conservation problems.

One of the key features of being successful in a conservation career is gaining practical scientific experience in the field. Participating in marine work experience abroad will set your resume apart and help focus your research interests. Moreover, it will give you a unique and diverse skill set that can be applied to any future job and best of all it all happens right here in Mossel Bay in the Garden Route, home of the Great White Shark !

Your stay with us will include a White Shark Cage Dive with local company White Shark Africa!

Garden Route Scuba is a registered PADI dive school / training center.


Our program runs over a 2-month period (adjustable to your needs and experience) and will take you from zero to hero.

You will receive training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver including Emergence First Responder first aid course and finally earn your sought after PADI DiveMaster rating !

Practical hands on experience includes learning to run a dive shop, taking clients on guided dives, boat maintenance, operating cylinder fill compressors and servicing.


Highlights (Marine Biology)

  • Learning how to identify fish in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with PADI Fish ID specialty.

  • Exploring different dive sites across Mossel Bay, searching for the incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as sharks, rays, and dolphins.

  • Biological Survey Techniques training

  • Rock pool habitat surveying

  • River and Estuary Ecology

  • Intertidal surveys

  • B.R.U.V. (Baited Remote Underwater Video analysis) through PADI Project Aware Coral Reef Conservation program.

Please note this is not a Marine Biology Internship as we focus on Scuba diving to leave you with a unique skill set, paired with an introduction into Marine Conservation and how you can benefit from partnering your Pro diver training within the field of Marine Conservation, should you wish to pursue Marine Conservation.


Accommodation and airport transfers are included during your stay in Mossel Bay at Park House Lodge.

Well established fully equipped self-catering units, laundry once a week, BBQ area and large tranquil gardens.


Addition optional extra activities:

  • Horse riding safaris

  • Boat skippers ticket training

  • Sky Diving

  • Cape Town weekend trip

  • Sailing trips    

  • Wine tasting at one of our wine farms

  • Zipline (longest in the world over the ocean)

  • Scuba dive specialties like Nitrox / Deep / Boat / Night diver 

  • many many more ……..


Please contact us for pricing for this program as it is subject to change and exchange rate dependent.

To apply for this program, please contact Reel van der Merwe at

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