How Do I Get Started?

If you are considering a career in diving, the following minimum requirements have to be met: Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in a student not being permitted to commence training:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • A valid, in-date commercial diving medical certificate performed by a doctor qualified in hyperbaric medicine (your recreational medical certificate is not acceptable). This certificate must be valid for the duration of your course.
  • Be a competent swimmer - Note: competence will be demonstrated by completing 300 meter freestyle swim and breath hold for a minimum of 20 seconds, swim 25m underwater, recover an object from 5m underwater and tread water for 1 minute.
  • Be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and fractions, calculate percentages, and solve simple formulas i.e. gas laws.
  • Must be competent in the English Language - understand written and verbal communications in English and be able to communicate with other people. SEADOG will not allow any student to complete training if  they cannot communicate freely in the English Language. Limited command of the English Language severely compromises the safety of training.

Diving Medical Fitness
A Diving medical is required by the Department of Labour South Africa Diving Regulation. 
Not every body is fit to become a commercial diver.

The diving doctor will check if  you are fit to dive (Diving medical Fitness) and how the work place will effect you. (Occupational Medical Surveillance) 

Diving fitness looks at your ability:
  • to perform diving work, 
  • your endurance to continue work load under extreme environments and 
  • the risks that may be present to yourself, others or the employer.
It is especially important to have your ears checked to ensure you have no holes in your ear drums and have the ability to equalize.  You have to be fit and have a good pair of lungs or you will fail your lung function testing!. 
At SEADOG diving school we have two diving doctors. So when you book we will organise everything you need to do. It's often better to ensure you are fit before coming for training. 

How do I find a Diving Doctor in South Africa
Local Students:  Here is a list of South Africa Doctors:  Click here  Your nearest Commercial Dive Doctor 

International Students: International students should undergo a medical examination in their country of origin in order to establish whether they are fit or unfit to dive, prior to paying course fees and incurring travel expenses. 

On arrival The SEADOG doctors must repeat the medical to ensure you have a South African diving medical.This is required by the government.  

I've passed the criteria, what is the next step?

Enroll on line: An enrollment form can be downloaded from Enrollment Forms and Documents.
Enroll by e:mail: send us a mail at and place the name of course of your choice in the subject heading along with your own name. - We will get back to you! 
  • Upon receipt and verification of all information received, the school will provide you with written confirmation of acceptance of your application and a pro-forma invoice.
  • You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit, per level of training you are booking, to secure your booking. Full course fees are payable two weeks prior to course commencement date.

Only once the full course fees have been received in the nominated SEADOG banking account, your booking will be guaranteed a spot. 

For our international students, SEADOG  will provide you with all necessary documentation ie letters of invitation, etc. in support of any visa applications.