Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa. It is a non coastal city but the diving schools here offer diving courses and after your certification you have the possibility to go to coastal areas like Sodwana Bay or Aliwal Shoal to dive. Diving centers arrange trips to dive sites nearby in KwaZulu-Natal province, which are famous for their different sharks. In Johannesburg you get some diving practice by visiting inland dive sites like Miracle Waters and Bass Lake. There also a chance to do wreck and night dive trainings for all levels of expertise at these diving spots.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: From 19°C to 29 °C (66 °F to 84 °F).
Average visibility: 19 to 32 feet (6 to 10 meters)
Bass Lake is one of the inland dive sites that you can easily reach while visiting Johannesburg, it is only minutes away. It is an artificial lake with a depth ranging from 39 to 91 feet (12 to 28 meters). The low visibility at Bass Lake makes a great environment to practice night dives and limited visibility conditions. You also can do some wreck diving in here; there is a bus, a mine truck, a hang-glider and a helicopter lying on its ground. The site is ideal for all levels of experience.
Miracle Waters is a great dive site at a depth ranging from 39 to 105 feet (12 to 32 meters). Some black bass and various species of kurper inhabit its water. It is good place to start your diving trainings before visiting dive sites in the Indian Ocean.
Diving centers in this area offer trips to costal areas and cities in KwaZulu-Natal province which have some great reefs to visit.
The Aliwal Shoal is a beautiful sandy reef about 5km off shore. Its dive sites are famous for having plenty of aqua life. All kinds of sharks visit Aliwal Shoal all year round including ragged-tooth sharks, blacktips and hammerheads.
Sodwana Bay, another dive spot regularly visited by divers from Johannesburg is not far and is considered one of the main tourist attractions in the region. It is a well protected area with beautiful reefs that run parallel to the shore line. Its dive sites are home to a variety of underwater creatures like ragged-tooth sharks, moray eels, blue spotted ribbon tail rays, trigger fish, potato bass, ghost pipe fish and dolphins and schoals of pelagic fish as well as hawksbill, loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles.
Learn to scuba dive in Johannesburg diving centers and diving schools. These schools offer dive training with certification for various levels going from beginner to professional diving. If you're looking for a commercial center, you will find quite a number of stores that provide a wide choice of scuba diving equipment from different brands. So if you have done your Open Water course you can easily get fully equipped or if you simply want to get new gear, check out the stores.