SA Navy Divers interact with Port Elizabeth
Article by Cdr Pratten
Photo’s CPO Maytham
Station Port Elizabeth held a Navy Diver career
demonstration for approximately 150 learners in Grade 10
and 11 from the Masiphatisane, Loyiso and Khwezi Lomso
secondary schools on Monday, 16 October. This career
information session formed part of the annual SA Navy
diving exercise- DIVEX 17, where over 60 navy clearance
divers are conducting training for a period of two weeks
from 9-18 October.
Clearance diver being hoisted into a SA Air force BK117
were treated to a daring Air Sea Rescue demonstration in
the Port Elizabeth harbour where navy divers jumped from
a SA Air Force BK117 helicopter into the water and
hoisted again. Learners could see the use of a
decompression chamber and could observe divers in the 3
meter dive training tank (where emergency procedures are
rehearsed). This tank was brought from Simon’s Town and
will remain at Naval Station PE for training purposes.
Learners also had an opportunity to view the underwater
damage control equipment used to repair vessels and
clear underwater obstructions.
of a Navy diving career, such as the opportunity to
travel and protect South Africa’s maritime domain was
emphasised but most importantly, the necessity for Maths
and Physical Science as an entry requirement.
information about DIVEX 17 and career opportunities in
the South African Navy, visit