The SA Navy Divers offers young men and women excellent
diving training opportunities which are both physically and
Navy Divers serve onboard ships. They are also functional to
provide assistance in rescue operations and humanitarian missions
nationally and to neighbouring countries.
After completion of basic training at SAS SALDANHA, all MSD
candidates wanting to qualify as Divers in the South African Navy
must first complete the rigorous pre-selection phase which includes
swimming and general fitness training.
Successful candidates can then commence with the strenuous Diving
training to qualify as a Part 1 Diver and to operate to a depth of
The Diving training consists of a four month Part 1 Divers
learning opportunity at the Navy Diving School in Simon’s Town.
Swimming, running, upper body strength exercises and general PT all
form part of the daily programme. The majority of the exercises take
place in the water.
After completion of the Part 1 Divers Course, Divers later
undergo further substantial training to prepare them for the
Clearance Diving Part 1 learning opportunity.
This course includes Boat Coxswains Part 1, for small boat
handling, a certificated course done in conjunction with the South
African Maritime Standards Authority (SAMSA) and Diving First Aid,
which focuses on the safety aspects of Diving.
A fully qualified Clearance Diver is qualified to do Diving
Supervision, Deep Diving Training and the disposal of Underwater
Explosives. The qualified Diver is responsible for Underwater Damage
Control, Basic Underwater Ship Repair Tasks, Submarine Rescue,
Underwater Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Underwater Sabotage Device
Disposal as well as Air/Sea Rescue.
Divers also assist the South African Police, Disaster Management,
Marine and Coastal Management and other Government organisations.
Divers even render assistance to distressed marine mammals.
It takes guts, determination and teamwork to qualify as a Diver
and the satisfaction of belonging to this elite family and doing
your country proud is worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears.