Meet The Team

Ettienne Raal

Ettienne started his diving career in Mossel Bay where he did his Open Water Course in 1990.

Four years later he achieved his NAUI instructors certification and has never looked back.

Alpha Dive Centre opened it’s doors in 1994 in Main Road, Strand, opposite the Strand railway station and can still be located there.

In 1999 he achieved NAUI course director status and Alpha Dive Centre became a hub for instructor trainer courses.

Ettienne’s passion for diving, dive training and dive travel can still be seen in the dive centre today.  With the following achievements under his belt, Alpha Dive Academy was a natural follow on to greater heights –

2016 / 17 / 18 Achieved top 5 ranking for training centres in Africa

2018 / 19 Achieved top 3 ranking for training centres in Africa

Kevin Gibb

Kevin is a qualified Metallurgical Engineer based in Cape Town and consults on various engineering projects around the world. Kevin learnt to Dive in Port Elizabeth 25 years ago and is a certified Open Water Instructor. His passion is dive travel and diving has taken him to all corners of the globe but his favourite dive site is still his home town of Rooi Els.

Paul Brits

Paul is an admitted attorney in the High Court of South Africa, with an established legal practice in Somerset West and Bloemfontein. His true passion,  however, is to be found in diving where, since his very first dive, he has been enthralled by the adrenalin filled world found below the surf.

As a certified Master Diver, he has spent many an hour enjoying the sense of calm that diving has brought to his life. He is passionate about sharing the sense of wonder which the scuba world has to offer.