Why dive in Jeffreys Bay and St. Francis Bay?
Jeffreys Bay and St. Francis has incredible underwater beauty and diversity that is mostly undiscovered. It's not uncommon for divers to discover new species while diving on our reefs, so keep you eyes peeled. We know the area very well, and have many established dive sites for you to explore.
Why would you want to dive with us?
- We are the local specialists that have put in the time, money and effort to be able to do it. After spending more than a decade in and around the ocean of Jeffreys Bay and St. Francis Bay on a near daily basis, you can rest assured that you are in good hands and will find yourself in the right company.
- We believe in excellence and integrity, and in giving our absolute best service to our clients
- We believe in mutually rewarding long term relationships.
- When our clients are happy, we are also happy.
What services do we offer?
J-Bay Scuba offers SCUBA Training, equipment rental, air fills, equipment sales, group dive charters, ocean safaris, spear fishing as well as a tailored charter packages to individuals who would like to book the boat with a skipper and guide. (See Rates for more info.)
Meet the team:
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We all LOVE the ocean and everything around it, and our lives are pretty much structured around the ocean. We are all self employed entrepreneurs with flexible work hours, allowing us to hit the water whenever the conditions are good or if somebody wants to go for a dive during the week. We mostly do surf launches out of Jeffreys Bay and both our skippers are highly experienced rescue coxswains who trains and operates from the same beach you will launch for your dive.
Paul van Jaarsveld - Owner
After visiting Jeffreys Bay many times, I eventually moved here with my family back in 2006. I only started diving in 2009 with African Waters Scuba, not knowing that one day I would become the local dive operator.
Despite challenges and from humble beginnings, J-Bay Scuba has grown from strength to strength over the last years.
My personal qualifications and sea going experience range from being an NSRI Coxswain and volunteer at the local Sea Rescue Station, as well as owning a small yacht and doing around 5000nm of sailing around the South African coast line since 2015. I also enjoy surfing, spearfishing, swimming and running.
My "day job" involves software engineering and a bit of web development.
Ruth Ekermans - Instructor
Born and bred in Jeffreys Bay, Ruth persued a career as SCUBA instructor in Sodwana Bay after high-school till early 2020 when she moved back to Jeffreys Bay. It was by a chance meeting and some mutual connections that she got introduced to J-Bay SCUBA, and she soon started working with us, training and certifying many students since 2020. Ruth now does all our training and certification and is a RAID and PADI certified instructor. She is a comfortable and pleasant person to work with, and she has a gift to relate and work with the whole array of age groups and personalities we encounter in our industry.
We look forward to meet you, and show you a good time!
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