Reef Swim School

Start on top to reach the bottom!


Welcome to Reef Swim School!

Want to learn how to swim? Take a look at the Swim School Course!


Are you comfortable  in the water and want to take your water skills to the next level? Take a look at our Stroke School Course!


Do you: 

  •  love teaching? 
  • have a passion for developing lifetime aquatic skills? 
  • have a passion for water safety and saving lives?  

Become a PADI® Swim School Instructor

Reef Divers is the oldest PADI Dive Centre in South Africa. We have been teaching scuba diving since 1987 and have become a Pretoria institution!  We have always strived to keep professionalism and teaching of Scuba courses at the highest possible standard. PADI has the highest training standards in the Scuba Industry and is backed up by worldwide consistency and a quality assurance program that is unique in Scuba. At Reef Divers we teach courses from student level diver all the way to Scuba Instructor and beyond.

Our continued success with Scuba, our strong, 20 year relationship with PADI and our huge customer base has prompted us to expand with PADI into the ever growing swim training market.   PADI recently affiliated with the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) on a worldwide basis to create PADI Swim Schools and offer swimming instruction to their existing PADI centres. SAI started in 1990 and through experience, trial and error, have created a new and effective way to reduce drowning and save lives by integrating experiential learning theory with aquatics. The primary difference between SAI and other nationally and internationally recognized training certification agencies is the wider breadth of content and higher level of service. They are well-positioned for the future and have experienced significant worldwide growth each year.

Reef Swim School is a division of Reef Divers and was founded by Lenize Oeschger (SAI Instructor Trainer) and Peter Herbst (PADI Instructor Trainer and owner of Reef Divers). At Reef Swim School we teach age 3 to Adult, using experiential learning activities allowing students to explore the water in a creative and comfortable environment. The instructors at Reef Swim School are all qualified swimming instructors trained to follow the PADI Swim School standard of teaching.

We also offer Pool and Scuba diving parties for kids. Swimming parties, either at our facility or at your home, are attended by our Instructors to ensure your kids complete safety. Instructors are neatly dressed and ready to enter the water at all times. All Instructors are trained in First Aid and carries appropriate rescue equipment. We can also supply mask, snorkels and fins for pool parties.

Scuba Parties are done to strict PADI standards with no more than 4 kids on scuba at any time per instructor. A  Bubblemaker party pack can be included to enhance the experience.

You may also enhance your kids Scuba/swim party by adding our jumping castle, pop corn machine, hot dog machine, balloons, party hats, cupcakes, party platters and much more!! For more information on kids parties click here.