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After exploring the wonders of the underwater world for a while, you get a bit curious to see what lies below when you go even deeper!  There are things mysterious and exciting that attracts us to the deep. Having your Deep Specialty will enable you to go even deeper, down to 40 meters. This is especially handy if you would like to visit a specific destination – such as a deep wreck or reef.

Explore the underwater world to the limit, with the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course and discover wonders that few people get to see firsthand.

Quick overview of the PADI Deep Diver Scuba Diving Course in Cape Town

  • Course duration: 2-3 Days
  • Day 1: DVD & diving theory
  • Day 2: 2 dives
  • Days 3: 2 dives
  • You have the option of watching the Deep Diver DVD and doing the theory as a self-study in the comfort of your own home, or in our classroom. It’s your choice.  The course is constructed around your needs
  • No need for 3 consecutive days
  • Please remember your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and a snack.
  • Minimum age is 15 years


Daily Schedule:

On the days we dive, we will meet at the Into the Blue Dive Centre in Cape Town, at 9h15 in the morning. It is here where we do the registration, theory work and kit you out with the scuba equipment that you will need for your scuba dives. Divers can expect to be finished by between 3 and 6 in the afternoon, depending on where we dive in the Cape on that day.

Scuba Diving Course Theory

Before we can dive right in, we need to do a bit of theory first to explain to you exactly how Deep Diving works.

  • Participants have to watch the PADI Deep Diver DVD
  • Participants have to read, complete and review the knowledge reviews of the PADI Deep Diver Specialty manual

Practical scuba diving

The course comprises of 4 scuba dives in total around Cape Town. The focus will be on the following:

 Number 1:

  • Ascents and decents
  • Checking for Nitrogen Narcosis
  • Comparing accuracy of gauges

Number 2:

  • Checking the effects of pressure on various items at depth
  • Navigation at depth
  • Performing an ascent at a safe rate, using a line as reference only

Number 3:

  • Describing and recording color changes at depth
  • Performing an 8 minute decompression stop at 5 meters while breathing from an emergency air source

Number 4:

  • Ascend and descend without the aid of a reference line, but with the aid of a wall or sloping bottom
  • Use computer or depth gauge and watch to measure a safe ascent rate
  • Doing a safety stop without a line

This course is constructed in a way as to teach you diving in a safe and exciting way. You can be rest assured that, as a PADI Deep Diver, your certification will be recognised anywhere you might go in the world.


  1. How deep can I go after this qualification?
    A maximum depth of 40m, which is the maximum depth in recreational diving.

  2. Is it safe?
    Yes, very safe. We are very strict to follow PADI standards and our Recreational Dive Planners

  3. Why deep diving?
    This specialty will enable you to dive on deeper wrecks and sites that you would otherwise not be able to visit.

  4. What’s after the deep diver course?
    You're one step closer to your Master Scuba Diver! Do 5 specialties and acquire the highest non-professional rating.


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

Globetrekker Oxford

“Top marks for safety and professionalism”....

The reason for giving five stars is not because my dive day was good - it was horrible, a complete washout, no viz, unpleasant swell, just all round yucky conditions.

However, that's nature, and dive operators can do nothing about it. What all dive operators should do is be as professional and customer-focused as the guys from ITB diving.

First thing to note is that ITB is considerably cheaper (by almost 1000.- Rand) than Simonstown operators, which is baffling considering that they also have the transport cost from Cape Town to budget for.

DMs, Instructors and Shopfloor staff are all super friendly and helpful; I even got picked up from my Cape Town digs and dropped off afterwards, free of charge.

On the boat, I saw all the emergency and redundancy gear I like to see: twin engines (VERY important!), Oxygen, comms gear, flares, the lot. Briefings were thorough, and buddy check was insisted on.

The trip to Seal Rock in the RIB was fun in the swell, but when we got there the captain did not let us dive because of the unsafe conditions. Disappointing as this was, he was totally right. Low tide and heavy swells are a dangerous combination this close to the rocks, and as for trying to get back into a RIB in seas like this....
We then tried the PMB wreck, where zero viz and nasty vertical swell separated the group and forced us out of the water after 25 minutes.

The captain did offer to try another spot but was honest enough to tell us that in his opinion it was going to be rubbish everywhere, and so we called it a day.

Back at the dive shop, we were all offered a re-schedule, but as I'm out of time I was given half my money back. I know from experience that this is not the norm in the industry, sadly.

Into the Blue is a top notch outfit that does things by the book, with a strong safety focus and very customer centered, on top of offering reasonable pricing and a fair refund policy. You'll have a hard time to find a better operator anywhere around. They'll definitely be my first choice when I pass through next, and for doing my IDC sometime this year.

Just hope mother nature will be in better mood then.

Visited April 2017


Omar Badr

Guys i must thank you for an awesome diving experience!...

 i dove with you last Saturday and the Cow Sharks dive was the Best dive in my life!! 
Very knowledgeable instructors and amazing staff! 
Keep it up!

Martin Jansen van Rensburg

Had a fantastic time doing my PADI Open Water Diving Course...

Josh, Alexis, JP and Robin were really professional and knowledgeable whilst keeping it fun and relaxed.

I would recommend Into the Blue to anybody.