CEO Program

Semester 01

SSI Certified International Courses:


Open Water Diver

As an Open Water Diver you need to complete a minimum of 4 sea dives with an emphasis on skills training. Theoretical training is provided through an online portal and practical application of the skills will be taught in confined water. Upon completion of this course you will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 18m

Semester 02

During the second semester the students will complete the SSI theory modules. These modules will be completed online and the students will not be required to be present at the training hub during this semester.

SSI Theory Modules:

  • Advanced Adventurer
  • Perfect Buoyancy
  • Navigation
  • Night and Limited Visibility
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Deep Diving
  • Diver Stress and Rescue
  • React Right

CEO in Training Program:

  • Risk Management
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Marketing
  • CV Planning and Job Search
  • Dive Travel and Planning
  • Information Technology
  • Meet the Industry Leaders
  • Introduction to SSI
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Equipment Techniques

The SSI Equipment Techniques teaches you how to choose, maintain and store your Total Diving System.

This ensures performance and increases the longevity of your equipment. You will earn the SSI Equipment Techniques Specialty certification.


Science of Diving

Science of Diving provides an in-depth as well as a detailed study of physics and physics laws, the human physiology, an understanding of the decompression theory, and also DCS and decompression sickness related topics – the theory that an scuba instructor needs to know.

Semester 03

The third semester of the CEO in Training Program focuses on the practical aspects of the course and the students get to fine tune their diving skills. The student’s presence will be required at the Training Hub six days per week during this semester.

SSI Practical and Certification:

  • Perfect Buoyancy
  • Navigation
  • Night and Limited Visibility
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Deep Diving
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CEO in Training Program:

  • Equipment Techniques
  • Compressor Operation
  • Point of Sale Techniques
  • Practical training in the dive shop
  • DEMP
  • SCC Rebreather
  • SSI Extended Range
  • Financial Planning
  • Visit Equipment Suppliers


  • Wine Appreciation
  • Coffee Appreciation
  • Culinary Skills
  • Western Cape Dive Tour
  • Eastern Cape Dive Tour

Advanced Adventurer

As an Advance Adventurer you need to complete a minimum of 6 sea dives with the emphasis on skills training. Theoretical training is provided through an online portal and practical application of the skills will be taught through night diving, boat diving and deep diving (not exceeding 30m)


Diver Stress & Rescue

This is where you start taking responsibility for other divers as well as yourself. At this point you will find yourself ready to become your own future professional in scuba diving. The course consists of confined water practice skills. You will learn how to do CPR. How to apply O2 and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to CPR as well as a DAN Training course.


Master Scuba Diver

Achieving Master level is equivalent to reaching your black belt status! You will have completed at least 5 different specialities and will have completed 50 logged dives. At this point you will be a confident diver, ready to become a professional.


Dive Guide

Dive Guide gives you the skills and experience to safely lead groups of certified divers. This is the first step towards an exciting career as an SSI Dive Professional without requiring you to complete an instructor program. Professional Dive Guides can work for SSI Dive Centers, guiding dives in a variety of environments and conditions. You will earn the SSI Dive Guide certification after completing this program


Dive Master

Dive Master is the first professional qualification where you can start your career as a scuba diver. Once qualified you will be able to take out already qualified divers on a guided dive. At this stage of your career you will have logged at least 100 dives.


The STCW Basic Training Course is internationally recognized and meets all international standards prescribed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The STCW 2010 course, formerly STCW 95, is made up of 4 modules with each certificate valid for a period of 5 years.

STCW Super Crew:

  • Marine Fire Fighting
  • Elementary First Aid
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility
  • Personal Safety Techniques

Semester 04

SA Dive Industry Tour

These days a major component of the dive industry is dive travel. When you get involved in diving one day you will either plan or organize a dive trip for yourself or a client.

You will be one of the first in South Africa to be able to say “I have seen all the dive sites South Africa has to offer”. You will have a firsthand experience diving all these WOW sights.

The trip will involve you researching the South African diving coastline, identifying a list of the most diverse diving locations, planning a tour to visit these locations, meeting the industry leaders based in each of the major diving centres of South Africa as well as gaining experience of diving in all the different salt and fresh water conditions of South Africa.

During the tour you will identify an aspect of the diving industry which appeals to your interest and our professionals will help guide you to find the best suited career opportunity and thereby advising where you could do your internship.

During the tour there will also be a focus on the industry of diving including site visits to:

  • The major equipment manufactures in South Africa
  • The major importers of equipment in South Africa
  • The major international dive travel agents based in South Africa
  • The inland dive industry

Internship Program

During the dive tour you will identify one business in the industry where you would like to develop a better understanding and experience. Assisted by the Academy you can apply at the business or organisation to conduct your internship at the facility.

The Academy will provide both you and the host with a task list which must be completed in order for you to progress to the next semester. You and your industry host will be appraised and this will form part of your overall evaluation at the end of the program.


Century 100 Diver

Century 100 Diver is the acknowledgement of achieving 100 logged dives!

You deserve to reward yourself as you reach new milestones in your diving adventures. It’s an opportunity to commemorate your hard-won accomplishments and show the world you are one of diving’s elite, it symbolize excellence, commitment and loyalty in diving. The more dives you complete, the higher levels of recognition you will earn.

Continued Education

With the knowledge and experience gained over the previous 3 semesters you will reach the pinnacle point of the program where you will choose your career path and select your continued education program. Continued education could lead to becoming a professional dive instructor, professional under water photographer, super yacht crew trainee, swimming instructor to name a few.

Program Structure:

The CEO in Training program is broken down into three different knowledge transfer categories:


Alpha Dive Academy defines a “course” as an Internationally Recognised and Accredited certification. All the SSI courses that the students successfully complete are internationally recognised and accredited. The service provider for the STCW10 course is also internationally recognised and the student will receive an accredited certificate on completion of the course.


The “programs” that the students attend are prepared and presented by Industry Specialists. The lectures are prepared to be relevant to the students attending this program and the subject matter will add value to the students understanding of being a leader in the dive industry. These programs are not recognised and the student will not receive an accreditation for attending and participating in them.

Exposures and Experiences

The students will participate in several “experiences” during the completion of the CEO in Training course. This is also referred to as an “Exposure”. These experiences are neither courses nor programs. Alpha Dive Academy defines an experience as an activity that the student physically participates in (for example a chamber dive or wine appreciation evening). The purpose of the experience is to develop and enhance the students overall understanding of the industry. These experiences are not recognised nor accredited and there is no certification accompanying participation.

ADA is NOT a HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION and accordingly you shall NOT obtain a qualification that meets the definition of “higher education” as defined in the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997 (as amended).  For avoidance of doubt, it is emphasised that at the completion of your program you will NOT obtain a certificate, diploma, degree or any other qualification associated with tertiary education.