Southern Mozambique Scuba Course - 5 Days

(Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver)
For the person that wants to learn how to scuba dive or take their diving to the next level. It requires 5 days to complete either PADI Open Water course or the PADI Advanced Course.

It is an intensive course and most of the day is spent either diving or studying the theory.

Back to Basics works with hand chosen instructors from around the world that shares the same passion for diving as the owners Jenny and Rupert. This means Back to Basics often have families and smaller groups looking for an exclusive experience learning how to dive.


Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, which forms the first marine Transfrontier Conservation Area in Africa with Kosi Bay in South Africa, is well known for its rich biodiversity.

It is the home to 500 species of reef fish, 400 species of sea slugs and 19 species of sharks, not to mention that Southern Mozambique is home to 80% of all loggerhead and leatherback turtle nesting sites in Mozambique, the Humpback whales also passes on their annual migration in July-August. Ponta do Ouro is a marine biodiversity hotspot.

Ponta do Ouro offers over 40 different dive sites which varies from 10-40m in depth and 1km to 12km in distance from launch site.

The dive boat is a 7.5m rubber duck that is fully equipped to take up to 14 divers. The dive boat launches from the beach thru the surf, all divers are required to help push in the boat. All dives are drift dives being in the open ocean. Entry is done thru a backward roll. Safety is the main priority and there is radio and telephone communication to shore. Emergency oxygen is standard equipment and all staff is trained in emergency first response.

The Diving in Mozambique is exceptional but it requires a certain level of fitness.

We use SCUBAPRO equipment which is regularly serviced by qualified staff. All divers must present their qualification cards upon arrival.

Nitrox is available on request at a extra cost.

If there is a bad ocean day, we can arrange a day to visit to the Maputo Special Reserve. This pristine 1040-sq km wilderness area, formerly known as the Maputo Elephant Reserve, is at the centre of efforts by the Peace Parks Foundation to protect the wildlife and ecosystems of the surrounding Maputaland area, and to form links between marine, coastal and inland areas.

The reserve’s elephant population is currently estimated at about 450, other species include hippos, giraffes, zebras and impalas.


Day 1
Day 1

(Receiving Study Material)
You will be welcomed at the Kosi Bay border at 15.00 and taken to your accommodation in Ponta do Ouro.

Here you will have some time to settle in before meeting the dive crew at Back to Basics for a course introduction and handing out studying material.

Please note that your accommodation is self-catered, food can be purchased at the local supermarket or the many restaurants offer a lovely variety of options.

Day 2
Day 2

(Pool Sessions)
You will be meeting the dive crew between 6am and 8am as arranged the previous afternoon.

Today you will be having theory and pool sessions. It is a full and intensive day. Depending on the individual this part of the course will be 7.00-14.00.

The rest of the day is free for some relaxation. Optional activities that can be arranged by your crew include surfing and kite surfing lessons, snorkeling in the bay at low tide or a nice long walk or run down the beach.

Meals again will be either self catered or at the many restaurants of choice.

Day 3
Day 3

(Open Water Dive 1-2)
Today you will meet the crew again early for 2 morning dives. This is your first two ocean dives.

After your dives you will have the midday to do some self studies on the theory part.

At 16:00 you will join up with the crew for a cool afternoon at Lake Malongane. Here we visit Sunset Shack for a lovely early dinner snack!

You will be back in town between 18:00 and 19:00 if anyone still want to enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants.

Day 4
Day 4

(Open Water Dive 3-4)
Today we meet again for our final 2 ocean dives.

After the dives your theory needs to be finished up and prepare for the final theory exam the following day.

Day 5
Day 5

(Exam plus Qualification)
This morning we meet at the center to write the final exam and qualifying process.

After this you will head back to your accommodation to check out before departing for your next adventure.

Cost Includes

  • 4 Nights Accommodation,
  • Padi Open Water Course,
  • Theory,
  • Pool sessions,
  • 4 Ocean dives,
  • All gear,
  • Sunset trip to Malongane.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals and drinks,
  • Park Entrance fees,
  • Mozambique visa. (International guests)

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Southern Mozambique Scuba Course