Changing Lives One Dive At A Time
As ScubaCo we believe in making diving fun again and treating you to all the little things that you would love while diving. We want you to feel special and taken care of, not just another diver.
Outline our company story. Dean and Tam met early 2016 and both had very grand ideas of what they wanted to achieve. Dean had a dive boat and Tam was a diving instructor who wanted her own business, this became the perfect recipes for success. The perfect combination, they added all the little things that they would love to have into a diving holiday into one and ScubaCo was born.
Starting off in a wooden cabin just down the road, Dean & Tam work tirelessly to build ScubaCo and treat every single diver as part of their new family, ScubaCo has grown into the leaders in the Scuba Diving industry. Having won awards for Luxury Travel and certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor, this sets us apart. ScubaCo partners with world leading travel agents offering our diving destination as a must.
Seeing the growth and our returning clients is something that we will never be able to explain to another diver, you just have to come and experience it for yourself.
ScubaCo offers all divers from all over the world the best diving experience in South Africa. Any type of diving holiday that you would like we are able to create this for you, obviously specializing in shark diving. We have an array of sharks and rays that are enough to blow you away underwater.
Dean & Tam believe that each and every guest is part of their scuba diving family and needs to be treated as such.
Safety is our number one and no guest will ever leave ScubaCo feeling that they were not cared for in the best possible way.
On that note we look forward to welcoming you to our family soon and showing you how diving should be done.
ScubaCo Diving & Travel – Changing lives one dive at a time.
Dean has been involved in the diving industry in Umkomaas and South Africa for over 20 years. He has skippered dive boats at Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana Bay, Mozambique and the notorious launch at Port St Johns for the Sardine Run since 1994.
He is a qualified PADI Instructor and has a real ” soft spot” for Aliwal Shoal. ScubaCo Diving & Travel is his passion and sharing this special place with our clients is what he loves to do. He enjoys spending time with our guests above and below the water and sharing his experiences with everyone.
Dean spent a few years in the corporate sector and this has added immense value to the way in which ScubaCo Diving & Travel is run. With a passion for customer service and scuba diving, his enthusiasm and professionalism will have you returning to dive with us time and again.
Tamara has been a PADI instructor since 2002. Diving is her number one passion and she feels that there is nothing more exciting than to see the awe in a student’s face as the they experience the underwater world for the first time.
Scuba diving opened a whole new world for Tamara and through her teaching and hard work she has travelled the world on cruise ships both teaching and exploring the globe.
Having visited over 100 countries, participating in more than 2500 excursions around the world, she has gained invaluable experience and insights into working with different cultures. Making her our destination specialist… When it comes to travel and diving she is the one to ask.
Passionate about scuba diving and travel Tamara’s enthusiasm is contagious! Her high level of service generates a sense of excitement and expectation in both.
Tristan – Dive Master & Guesthouse Assistant Manager
Tristan has been diving since 2018 and he’s been hooked on scuba diving from a young age. Tristan has recently become a RAID Dive Master. Currently, he’s looking forward to becoming an instructor in the spring. He has done 200+ dives on Aliwal Shoal and has years’ experience in leading our baited shark diving.
Tristan is energetic and loves to talk to people that come from around the world and to hear about their traveling experiences. He’s a hard working person and thrives on giving clients the best possible experience on Aliwal shoal and to share his knowledge about Aliwal Shoal and the sharks we have here on the shoal.
Ernest – Boat Maintenance
Ernest started working at ScubaCo in December 2016 after coming from Sodwana where he also worked in the dive industry. He grew up in Empangeni with 5 sisters and 3 brothers and his mom. In 1995 he joined Pisces dive center, as an oil-filler. The owner took him under his wing and taught him the many skills he now uses today.
Ernie met Tam while he was working in Sodwana and he was helping clients at Coral Divers. 16 years later Ernie is now at ScubaCo , he’s an integral part of our daily operation, for our maintenance and upkeep of the dive center and the equipment as well as our cheerful attitude and high regard for safety!
Joe has been employed with ScubaCo since 2017, he is our compressor operator and maintenance go to guy. There is no job to big or small for “Joe-Joe”, he will gladly assist in any way possible with the biggest smile.
He loves working at ScubaCo as he feels he is part of a family and chatting to the divers after their dives is the highlight of his day.
Joe loves taking care of the scuba gear after dives, from washing and rinsing to fixing and helping guests kit up in the mornings.
Joe is an important link in the SucbaCo family and we love having his energy around us.
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What we do isn’t possible without the full staff, so make sure you keep scrolling to learn about our office mates that we really can’t replace!
Carcharhinus limbatus,Pictured here is Smiley – with that distinctive grin, she’s a hard one to miss. Smiley is known to come round with her colleagues for some sardine treats on our bated dives. A succinct example of how humans can impact sharks, and a lucky duck, (or shark…) to live the life she does!
Galeocerdo cuvier!These sleek beauties come around on baited dives during our summer months here in the southern hemisphere when the water warms to the mid 20’s. They command respect with their mass and elegance, though they are also known to be quite shy. To say the least, it’s a rush and a treat to share the water with these creatures.
Pseudanthias Squamipinnis, Pseudanthias Connelli, Pseudanthias Cooperi, or respectively Sea, Harlequin and Silverstreak Goldies.
These guys all start out as gals, and the males of the species are known for their colorful appearance once they’ve changed from females. Some, such as the Harlequin Goldies are endemic to the KZN waters, and thus far have only been found on deep wrecks such as the Produce.
Cleidopus gloriamarisA unique little fish with hard, pointed spines and a glowing mouth. The green or red glow is a result of bioluminescent bacteria that live symbiotically in organs next to the mouth of the fish. These little guys are quite shy and difficult to spot, but come try your luck with our talented divemasters.
Alostomus chinensisThis fella has a fascinating habit of turning vertical in the water column and changing colors when he’s hunting. This technique fools small fish and other prey by disguising him as a strange yellow splot rather than a hungry predator.
Various Nudibranchs come in all shapes, colors and sizes, but the one characteristic they share is that they’re all striking. A sea slug named for their exposed gas exchange organs (Naked gills), they have a habit of weaponizing their food. They are known to use stingers, venom and other chemicals from hydroids, jellies, sponges, and even their own species as defenses incorporated into their own anatomy. Their coloration makes for striking photographs if you’re lucky enough to find one!
Dermochelys coriacea, Eretmochelys imbricate, Chelonia mydas, Caretta caretta, and Lepidochelys olivacea, or Leather back, Hawksbill, Green Sea, Loggerhead and Olive Ridley turtles respectively. These charming, grandfather-ly sea creatures are all on the Vulnerable to Critically Endangered species list, yet the bustling shoal offers divers a chance to find them. While they’re in the neighborhood, they stop to munch on algae, crustaceans, insects, seagrass and worms among other tasty morsels.
Megaptera novaeangliae.These guys are strictly migratory out here on the shoal, but during the winter months divers may be fortunate to hear their song as they pass by. Events such as Sardine Run also offer opportunities to get in the water with them, so there’s no reason to rule out an encounter!
Rays, eels, feather stars, sea stars etc. – with the incredible biodiversity of marine life out here on the shoal, the list is never-ending. Come take the PADI Fish ID, Shark Aware, or Fish Aware specialty to earn a deeper understanding of the characters mentioned above! Join us as ambassadors of the sea in promoting conservation and appreciation of the critters that make our ocean colorful, put food on our tables, and fill our hearts with joy.
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Changing lives one dive at a time!
Live the Dream and have your dream dive centre, spend most of your days underwater admiring the wonders of the ocean. The perfect life, but is it? Of course it is and we would not change it in any way. There is however so much that goes into everyday life here in Umkomaas.
Without these things, some of which you will never know, your experience with us would just not be the same. Spend some time on our social media platforms enjoying everything that ScubaCo has to offer, from the hot showers to the friendly smiles and warm faces in the mornings. Why would you choose anyone else to have fun with!
After all “Diving is FUN!” and every day in every little way we aspire to make this a reality for our divers.
Hope to see you diving with us soon….
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