SA Navy Divers interact with Port Elizabeth Learners

Article by Cdr Pratten
Photo’s CPO Maytham

Naval 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

The learners 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.

Diver executing high speed jump from RHIB

Divers demonstrating "underwater" cutting

The benefits 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.

Learners marvel at the Diving Tank

Diver executing high speed jump from RHIB

More information about DIVEX 17 and career opportunities in the South African Navy, visit