Port Elizabeth’s oldest dive school, Ocean Divers International, is being reinvented


I started my diving career in 1987 at Ocean Divers International (ODI), then as now, situated in Albert Road, Walmer.  Back then, diving was not as popular as it is today, but as more people became aware of the fun factor, the more popular the sport has become.

Not many businesses last as long as ODI, especially those that are in such an ever changing business environment and so dependent the state of the natural environment. It is to ODI’s credit that this brand has remained at the forefront of the local diving industry.

Under new ownership and with a newly appointed General Manager, ODI can be expected to flourish for the next 30 years. 

Peter Deyzel, the new General Manager, is one of the most experienced sea farers, both above and below, the surface, in the region. Peter has a great vision for ODI.

“We are investing new equipment, venturing into new areas and providing more and better services. We have a new team of instructors that come with a huge amount of experience,” he says.

ODI already has a wealth of equipment and facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool where new divers can be introduced to the sport in comfort.  Many Port Elizabethans will be familiar with the packed ODI “game viewing” truck and boat that travels between their Albert Street facilities and the harbour whenever the diving conditions are good.

Peter says that some of the activities on the cards include water skiing, wake boarding, sand boarding, canoe trips and boat cruises. He says that they will be opening a backpackers at their venue in the near future to accommodate the wealth of trainees that make use of ODI from other parts of the country.

For those people that already have numerous diving qualifications they may wish to add to these as Peter brings a new set of skills. Under his personal facilitation and examination divers can now become qualified as skippers and VHF radio operators.

For fishing charters, dive charters, boat cruises and all levels of dive training, look no further than ODI.

For more information, contact Peter on 061 076 4113 or the dive centre on 041 581 5121. You can also visit www.odipe.co.za or call on their offices at 10 Albert Road, Walmer.