Billy's Serendipity Dive School
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SCUBA diving may just be the catalyst to create your new, bold, adventure-filled life!  So, please only contact Serendipity's Diving Courses in Pretoria if you can brave a Life Revolution...

With us you'll receive training to plan, organise and lead your own dives right from your first entry course. Our training provides you with confidence, skills, knowledge and ability to dive independently with your buddy anywhere in the world. We concentrate on small groups (1-4 students) to give you maximum attention. Smaller groups mean that the course is flexible and can be adapted to fit into students' hectic schedules.

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NAUI courses are not "cookie-cutter", nor do they follow a rigid academic or skills outline.

They are tailored, innovative, entertaining and fun.

The theory part of the course is usually done at a student's home (we often have a small group of friends decide to do the course together) and occasionally at Billy's home.

The practical part/s of the course are done at the following places depending on the course level:

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SCUBA Diver Course


  • The minimum age by the water phase is 15 years (Junior certification for ages 10-14 is allowed).
  • You must be able to swim at least 200m, do a survival swim for 10 minutes and swim underwater for 15m with one breath.

The course is broken down into theory, pool practical and Open water practical. All open water dives will be conducted during the day and to a maximum of 18m.

Theory Subjects covered include but are not limited to: Diving equipment, Diving skills, Diving Science, Decompression, Dive tables and computer diving, Dive planning and recording, Problem solving, Diving environment and Diving activities.

Practical skills in the pool include, but are not limited to: Don and adjust gear, Propel oneself at the surface and underwater, Equalising pressure in the body and equipment, breath from scuba underwater, breath from scuba underwater without a mask, regain a lost regulator from behind the shoulder, remove and replace a mask underwater, use of the BC, underwater communication, monitor air supply.

Practical skills in the open water include, but are not limited to: Perform entry and exits, effectively dive with a buddy or in a supervised group, Identify plant and animal life encountered.

Advanced Scuba Diver


  • Minimum age is 15 years by the water phase (Junior certification 10-14 years allowed).
  • You need to have a certification as NAUI Scuba Diver or the equivalent.

This course is designed for certified divers who would want to continue supervised experience designed to introduce divers to a variety of diving activities. This course has theory and open water sessions. The theory will be a minimum of 6 hours and the practical will be a minimum of 6 open water dives. The maximum depth will be 40m.

The academics will cover, but are not limited to the following: Participating in dive planning, Fitness,stress and individual limitations, Rough water, Limited visibility, weight use, Dive planning - each student to assume a leadership role at least one dive, Communication, Instrument use, Navigation, Environment aspects, rescues and assist (self and buddy).

Open water activities require 3 compulsory dives: Navigation, Night & deep(40m). The other 3 dives are electives and can include the following: Search & recovery, Boat diving, Light salvage, Exploration & mapping, Non-penetration wreck diving, Altitude diving, Underwater photography.

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Rescue Scuba Diver


  • Minimum age of 15 by the water phase.
  • NAUI Scuba diver or equivalent.

This course trains divers in the knowledge and skills needed to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies.

Current Firstaid/CPR certification is required for the certification (NOTE: First aid and CPR certification are not offered as part of this course).

The academic side covers causes & prevention of diving accidents, diving rescue and accident management.

The open water skills will cover but are not limited to Emergence/Rescue/Problem solving and includes problems at the surface and underwater, assistance when alone and assistance with the aid of 1 assistant.

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Master Scuba Diver


  • Minimum age of 15.
  • Certification in NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver or the equivalent is required.

With this course the emphasis is on students to participate with practical application of knowledge in open water after discussions in the classroom. This course is the first step towards NAUI leadership roles.

Academic requirement will be, but is not limited to: General discussions, Projects, Applied science, Diving equipment, Diving safety, diving environment, Navigation, Night and limited visibility diving, Search and recovery, deep and simulated decompression dives (max 40m).

The required openwater skills will be, but is not limited to Scuba diving (open water) including emergency procedures, deep simulated decompression dives, limited visibility/night diving, underwater navigation, search and recovery, skin diving, review scuba skills and air consumption.

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Running a dive school was a dream for Billy since his first dive course in 1986.

Billy started with SAUU, then did an Instructor course with PADI in 2000.

In 2010 Billy started as a NAUI Instructor.

Serendipity Dive School was started in 2016 and is devoted to thorough education at all training levels, leaving you with skill & confidence for a life-time of fun, excitement & adventure.

As with NAUI (motto: Dive Safety Through Education), Serendipity's training is rooted in the question: "Would I allow this person to teach or dive with someone I love?".

Our training is designed around the safety of your loved one.

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Contact: Billy Engelbrecht
Address: Kameeldrift, Pretoria
Cell: 060 994 3612
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