Do you like to travel to exotic destinations and do you love to scuba dive. We offer an alternative to traditional careers that you would study for at University, Technikon or College. Make the beach your office and have the career that many will envy.

Our Career Development Scuba Dive Course is designed with someone like you in mind and offers the perfect platform for a life of adventure. Get the best adventure tertiary education there is. This PADI accredited course is recognised worldwide and is perfect for anyone interested in mixing a career in travel and tourism with scuba diving. It comprises a 6 month full-time internship that takes you from “zero to hero” and offers comprehensive scuba dive training.

After successfully completing these tertiary studies you will receive all the certifications you need to become a Padi Scuba Dive Instructor. This course prepares you to work in virtually any scuba dive shop in the world.

Quick overview of the Padi Career Development Scuba Diving Course (CDC) in Cape Town

With the CDC course you learn all the skills to become your own scuba dive shop operator

  • Learn all the scuba dive courses
  • Learn all the first aid and rescue skills that you will need
  • Learn how to manage a scuba dive shop
  • Learn how to promote and market your store
  • Intern at Into The Blue Scuba Centre in Cape Town for 6 months


Our specially designed career development course consists out of:

Dive courses

  • PADI Open Water Diver Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • PADI Dive Master Course
  • PADI Instructor Course
  • Other Diving Related Courses
  • Emergency First Response (1st Aid Course)
  • Emergency 1st Response Instructor
  • PADI O2 Administrator
  • CMAS Compressor Operators License

 You also get trained in the following areas:

  • Equipment Knowledge & Servicing
  • Dive Store Management
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Dive Charters & Beach Control
  • Selling yourself in the scuba dive industry
  • Six month internship in a PADI Centre in Cape Town

Upon completion, participants step into the diving industry as an internationally qualified Padi Scuba Instructor, and are able to work in any one of 176 countries worldwide.


    PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world-wide association that certifies the diving courses that you will be taught by Into the Blue Scuba Diving Cape Town.

    By choosing to do a PADI course, you are assured of a very thorough and well-planned course. PADI keeps the fun in diving, while at the same time also teaching strict safe scuba diving practices. The quality of PADI courses and standards has excelled them into the foremost recreational diving association in the world.

    Currently about 82% of all recreational  scuba divers across the world do their diving through PADI – which means that no matter where you go, PADI Instructors really have the widest recreational diving career options available out there!

    In recent years Cape Town has exploded into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The city vibrates with life and adventure, in a way that no other city in South Africa does.

    Learning to scuba dive in Cape Town’s waters will give you an advantage over instructors who have been taught in more tropical waters. Diving in Cape Town waters, you will sometimes experience conditions that require more skill than tropical waters – colder water, bad visibility at times, severe winds at times, currents and swells. You get brilliant diving days in Cape Town and you also get days where diving is not that easy. Learning to be a PADI Diving Instructor in these conditions makes you high in demand. World-wide instructors originating from Cape Town and from the UK are sought after, as you will have learned how to adapt to different diving conditions.

    As Cape Town lies between the colder Atlantic and the warmer Indian Ocean, its waters boast sea life that is very unique. Since the 1500’s it has been estimated that around 800 ships have sank around the Cape Peninsula – which makes for great shipwreck diving!

    Finding a place to stay in Cape Town is relatively easy and it’s an amazing place to live!

    At Into the Blue, we pride ourselves in training the best PADI Instructors out there. Our candidates are known to perform the best in the Instructors Exams, as they have been well prepared. We also have our own in-house IDC Staff Instructor, which means that we have a special insight in how to prepare you best for your career as an instructor.

    Furthermore, we have an amazing atmosphere and work ethic at Into the Blue. Candidates are normally quite sad when the time comes for them to move on and they have described their career development course as "the best time of their lives".

    Diving is a lot of fun, but you should also know that working in a dive centre is hard work. As an intern you will be starting at the bottom of the diving professional world and you will be working yourself up. Running a dive centre includes a lot of things that does not meet the eye immediately – things like washing the gear after a dive, keeping the centre clean, marketing, selling gear (for which you really have to know your gear) and being an all round handyman.

    The idea behind the internship is that you get to know every area of a dive centre – from bottom to the top. By the time that you finish your internship with us, you will be able to walk into any dive centre with a firm foundation of skills toward doing whatever they need from you.

    If you have a student or part-time job on the side, we will do our best to accommodate your hours to fit in with your work hours. Talk to us so that we can see how we can make our schedules fit.

    • The lifestyle is great – your office is the beach
    • It is for the adventurous
    • It is an amazing tool for travelling – there are dive resorts all over the world, most of them in exotic places. If you are thinking of going travelling, then becoming a scuba dive instructor is a great qualification to have. Do something you like while earning money and seeing places instead of working as unskilled labourer  in a factory in England or working on a farm in Kansas (been there, done that!). You can even go work on cruise ships as a scuba dive instructor.

Make an appointment to meet us and see our facilities! We would love to discuss this course with you, as well as the doors that it can open for you in the future.


What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?

Maria N

Great people and awesome diving!
Into the blue scuba dive center has an amazing group of people working there. They make every dive a fun experience, even if the conditions aren't great. They are very professional and I can recommend them to both newbies as well as experienced divers.

I have been back in Cape Town several times over the past 2 years and I always return to Into the blue when I dive.

Both instructors and DM's make you feel very welcome and have a great service. They help you with anything, just ask!

I can only say "thank you from the bottom of my heart!" These guys have made my trips incredible and unforgettable!

Clinton Bobbert

I recommend anyone that is nervous or thinking twice to do scuba diving, it is the best choice you can…

I grew up on the sea, always wondered how it must be into the deep blue sea. Then one day me and my wife decided to do an attempt to do scuba diving and I was quite nervous about going under water but thanks to the Into the blue crew and their patience and determination me and my wife found a new hobby and looking forward to go around the world and scuba dive all around the world. So from me and my wife we want to thank Cape Town, South Africa, Into the blue, for what we have experienced and thank you for opening a new world to us! I recommend anyone that is nervous or thinking twice to do scuba diving, it is the best choice you can ever make!

Julien van Zyl

I've been doing a scuba course with these guys, and am very impressed...

with the level of personal attention and professionalism. The staff are all warm, friendly and patient. I would highly recommend Into the Blue.