About Us

Sodwana Bay Lodge Scuba Centre, known to its friends as Scuba Centre, is a PADI Five Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre. To achieve this rating means that we meet PADI’s stringent requirements. However, our purpose is to exceed your expectations.

Our business is twofold, taking divers diving and educating new divers and old divers to be better and more capable. We excel at both. Our teaching team has in excess of 50 years experience and our dive leaders have between them over 20 000 dives in Sodwana. Our skippers are the most experienced in Southern Africa. We operate 364 days a year, every year and have done so for 19 years. Our experience shines.

What sets us aside from other operators in this country is our use of local Zulu staff, trained from scratch by us to become the most experienced dive staff in the country. Our commitment to the local community runs through our business.

When, in 1998 Sodwana Dive Retreat (SDR) moved premises onto the lodge we became Sodwana Bay Lodge Scuba Centre. We have serviced the lodge’s divers, on and off site since 1993.
We encompass the Sodwana School of Diving, which started as a NAUI facility in 1993 and evolved into a PADI Dive Centre 1996. We grew and improved further until, in 1999 we became the first PADI 5 star IDC Centre in Sodwana.
As of 2015, we bring to you, twenty two years experience in Sodwana.

Greg de Valle is the General Manager and has been since 1999. An experienced instructor, skipper and dive leader, Greg is renowned for his underwater photography.
He can be contacted on +27 (0)83 229 0318 or greg@sodwanadiving.co.za

Elphas Nxumalo is the Head Skipper and the most experienced skipper in Sodwana he’s driven boats here for over 47 000 divers.