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Freediving Courses Now Offered at Ocean Tribe

PADI Freediver

Ocean Tribe is delighted to announce that we are now offering PADI Freediving courses in Kenya from 30th September 2021. This is a fantastic opportunity for underwater enthusiasts to learn the discipline of freediving and immersion without scuba tanks.

What is Freediving?

Do you freediving is similar to snorkeling (although at a much deeper level)? You’re mistaken. Freediving is a completely new method to explore the underwater environment. PADI Freediving courses will enable you to go deeper, stay down longer, and feel like you’re a part of the ocean.

Freediving is a sport that can be competitive. Divers from all over the world spend years training to break world records in static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion, and constant weight freediving.

Reconnect With Nature

Freedivers integrate with the underwater environment silently. They have spectacular encounters with timid marine creatures and can hear all of the ocean’s sounds, including fish chewing on coral, the tide pulsing at the rocks, and even dolphin and whale cries!

Freediving is an excellent approach to reconnect with the sea while also exploring the ocean’s depths with minimal impact. Some people freedive for the challenge, but for many others, the underlying appeal of freediving is the silence and calm it gives to their otherwise chaotic lives.

Do I Need Freediving Courses?

Despite the fact that freediving looks to be a simple sport, you can learn a lot about safety and physiology. A non-trained freediver runs the risk of ear, sinus, and lung problems, as well as blackouts and drowning. An insured, competent freediving instructor can help you improve your skills while avoiding major dangers.

If you’ve done any freediving before, the new skills taught by PADI Freediving instructors will help you not only increase your depth and time underwater, but also improve your personal and buddy safety skills.

For more information please visit the Freediving section of this site or contact us to get started today!

Diving Jobs- PADI Scuba Dive & Freediver Instructor Position in Kenya

Ocean Tribe Rash Guards

For those dive professionals out there seeking diving jobs, Ocean Tribe in Diani Beach, Kenya are seeking a scuba and freediving instructor to join our team in East Africa.

Ocean Tribe is a growing PADI 5 Star IDC Center based in Diani Beach, 30km to the south of Mombasa in Kenya. We are looking to grow our business in the time following the lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A majority of our diving is done on the local dive sites in Diani Beach and Kisite Marine Park off Shimoni. 

The successful PADI Instructor is responsible for teaching to agency and Ocean Tribe standards, dive guiding daily dives and deck handing for a great underwater experience, safety, and customer service.

Dive Instructor Job Applicant Requirements

  • Be certified and renewed as a PADI OWSI or higher and willing to teach more specialties.
  • Be certified as a PADI Freediver Instructor
  • Currently certified in First Aid & CPR, AED and Oxygen provider. 
  • Certified as an EFR Instructor
  • Be fluent in English and ideally one or more other languages 
  • Must be in good standing (no recorded ethics violations or quality assurance issues) with any certifying dive agency
  • Hold current professional liability insurance
  • Own their own equipment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Must be willing and able to work in a collaborative setting with a diverse group of coworkers and guests.
  • Be able to provide references from previous diving jobs and PADI Course Directors

Desirable Skills

  • Underwater Photography
  • Equipment servicing and maintenance
  • Freediving or Sidemount Instructor

We Provide 

  • Basic Salary
  • Self-catering accommodation
  • Commissions on sales.
  • Trade rate on diving equipment purchases
  • Instructor continuing education
  • Ocean Tribe uniform

Diving Instructor Job Position Duties

Instructors are Expected to Work 5 ½ Days a Week based on a rolling roster. 

The diving season in Kenya normally lasts between October and April and we are looking to make this a long-term position, although we have no objections for instructors who would like to work in seasonal positions during our low season between May and July

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the start date of the position is not yet confirmed but we are hoping for October/November. Only shortlisted applications will receive a reply.

Please forward cover letter, CV and photo to our PADI CD Mark Slingo Emailhr@oceantribe.co .

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email to arrange initial interviews, which will be held over Zoom. Other communication methods will include WhatsApp.

Ocean Tribe is a fun company to work for and a family-like atmosphere. Unfortunately the pandemic has stretched us financially so at first a basic living salary and accommodation is the package for instructors. Commissions are also offered on every sale made for the company.

  • Disclaimer: This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described, and may be amended at anytime at the sole discretion of the Employer.

Win Prizes-Tribe On Tour #oceantribeontour

Ocean Tribe T-shirt competition- win prizes

Ocean Tribe are offering our divers a chance to win prizes. We are starting an annual competition with the chance to win dive trips, PADI courses, diving equipment, hotel stays and more.

So what do you have to do?

Well for the past year Ocean Tribe has been including Tribe t-shirts with every dive trip or course. All we ask for you to do for a chance to win, is to have a photograph of you wearing your Ocean Tribe T-shirt in places around the world. We want to see how far our t-shirts will travel!

Location Location Location- Win Big Prizes

So how will it be judged? Well the staff of Ocean Tribe will take into account a few factors. 

  • Where the photo was taken
  • The photo setup
  • How many likes and comments and shares are initiated
  • How far you are from Ocean Tribe in Diani

How do you submit an entry for the chance to win prizes?

  1. Pose for your photo wearing your Ocean Tribe T-Shirt
  2. Upload the photo to Instagram
  3. Tag @oceantribekenya in the photo
  4. Write a description with your name and where the photo is being taken. Add the hashtag #oceantribeontour
  5. Upload it and get your friends to share and comment

We look forward to seeing just how far the Ocean Tribe message will spread and we will also have extra competitions when they are seen at dive shows around the world and photographed with Ocean Tribe staff. 

Ocean Tribe t shirt competition. win prizes

Photos will be judged at the end of the year. If you miss the end of year date, you can enter the following year’s competition as this will be an ongoing promotion.

Dive and Stay onsite at Alliance Safari Beach Hotel

Dive and Stay Alliance Safari Beach Hotel Diani

Alliance Safari Beach Hotel Logo

Ocean Tribe are delighted to announce another dive and stay option in Diani for our divers. When you book to dive, you can now book accommodation at the Alliance Safari Beach Hotel. From the rooms it is a short walk down to the dive centre which is located by the beach in the hotel.

Alliance Safari Beach hotel is located in the centre of Diani with arguably the best section of beach. The hotel borders the powder white sands and amongst its other facilities has a great swimming pool, restaurant, bar, gym, tennis courts and of course super water sports, being home to Ocean Tribe and the Diani Fishing Club

From the Alliance Safari Beach Hotel you can easily reach any of Diani’s attractions including the supermarkets, restaurants, golf club and nightlife. 

The hotel is a really cool place to chill out and relax after diving. You can enjoy a drink louging by the pool, or on the sun loungers overlooking the azure seas of the Indian Ocean.

Rooms at the hotel when booked alongside diving are available on a bed & breakfast, half board or full board basis.

To book a room alongside your diving, you will need to go to the online reservations centre of Ocean Tribe. Select the dive package you would like to purchase and you will be able to select your chosen accommodation option as an add-on. Select the number of nights and we will then contact you once the booking is made with confirmation.

Alternatively you can call us/ WhatsApp/ Telegram/ Signal on +254700934854 and we can arrange your hotel and dive booking. You can even include the stay as part of one of our dive and safari packages.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Alliance Safari Beach Resort and Ocean Tribe for your scuba diving holiday and PADI scuba diving courses.

Ocean Tribe Dive Club Launched

Ocean Tribe Dive Club Kenya

Ocean Tribe are delighted to announce a new dive club for our local residents and repeat divers who wish to dive multiple times a year and take advantage of member benefits.

We fully believe, that it is not just about doing an entry level dive course but you should continue your PADI education and get as much diving in a possible. Obviously this can get quite expensive so we would like to offer a way for local divers in Kenya to be able to reduce the cost of doing this and be able to dive regularly in Diani.

As such we would like to give our loyal divers the chance to become more experienced at a reasonable price so the Ocean Tribe Dive Club membership benefits include the chance to dive as many times as you want over the course of a year (subject to terms and conditions) and get that dive count up and your skills well-practised.

Other membership benefits include substantial savings on PADI courses for both members and their family members so they can get further up the PADI diver ladder and towards recognition ratings such as PADI Master Scuba Diver and the PADI Professional Levels such as PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

We recognise that as regular divers Ocean Tribe Dive Club members are more likely to want their own personalised custom set of scuba diving equipment so we have included a discount rate for equipment purchases made by Dive Club members. This will enable members to get Aqualung, Scubapro, XS Scuba, Cressi, Apeks, Trident, Fourth Element, Sharkskin and other top equipment brands at a reduced prices.

Interested? Sign up today for the Ocean Tribe Dive Club or click here to find out fully membership benefits and conditions.

Cheap Accommodation in Diani- Dive & Stay New Packages for Divers

Pool and House Flamboyant Bed & Breakfast Diani Beach

Cheap accommodation in Diani for Divers. Ocean Tribe is excited to announce we have partnered with two local businesses to offer great rates at places to stay in Diani Beach for divers coming here to do dive courses and trips.

Flamboyant Bed and Breakfast and Stilts Treehouses are located just 5 minutes down the road or a 20-minute walk down the beach from the Ocean Tribe base at the Alliance Safari Beach Hotel. The hotels offer simple accommodation. They are in proximity to the local restaurants, shops, and bars as well as being really close to the world-famous Diani Beach.

Stilts Treehouses

Stilts Treehouses is built in some of the last native jungle on the Kenya South Coast. Guests can have the opportunity to see many species of birds and animals in and around the facility.

The cheap accommodation option in Diani at Stilts offers a range of options depending on your budget including treehouses and tents with shared bathrooms and cottages with en-suite bathrooms.

There is also an excellent bar and kitchen serving delicious meals at Stilts for after diving and kicking back and relaxing. The savings you make staying at Stilts on a dive and stay package will leave you enough money to enjoy the diving and other amenities that Diani Beach has to offer. 

Flamboyant Bed & Breakfast

Located right on the beach-front, Flamboyant offers excellent value as cheap accommodation in Diani. It is located very near some excellent local restaurants. This includes the world-famous Ali Barbours Cave Restaurant, which is located on the same complex.

The boutique facility offers a very intimate and personal atmosphere with only 10 guest rooms. Rooms can have an ocean, pool, or courtyard view.

Each morning they will serve guests a delicious vegetarian breakfast.

The custom-built pool is 4 m deep and boast fun features such as a tile slide and a pool bar area. There is also a great onside bar serving signature cocktails and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The Patio restaurant offers fusion dishes.

How Do I Book?

When you book your Diani scuba dive trip or course online with Ocean Tribe, you will be given the option to add accommodation to your package. Select the accommodation offer you prefer including the number of nights you wish to stay. It will be added in your final package. Once booked Ocean Tribe will contact you with confirmation, and you can get set on getting ready for your dive trip or PADI course.

New PADI Instructors- 100% Pass Rate for Ocean Tribe IDC Candidates at the March PADI IE


The PADI IE has just been completed here in Diani Beach, Kenya and we are delighted to announce that we have 5 new PADI Instructors. Congratulations to Mathilda, Lorraine, Joe, Alisha and Xander, who all completed the PADI IDC with Award-Winning Ocean Tribe PADI Course Director Mark Slingo.

We are so proud of the way the guys performed at the IE which was overseen by PADI Instructor Examiner Bruce Phillips and wish them the very best of success in their exciting new careers as dive instructors.

PADI IDC grading slate

For those of you out there who would like to pursue the goal of becoming a dive instructor, we have another PADI IDC starting in a matter of weeks at Ocean Tribe from 5-17 April for the PADI IE on 18-19 April 2020.

New PADI Instructors

In this COVID-ravaged climate we would like to note that Kenya is fully open for business and international visitors and we will be running the following PADI IDC Special offers for the April program to enable hopeful instructors to get maximum value for money and super qualified from the package.

PADI IDC Super Package Special Offer- $2599


  • IDC Preparation Course
  • IDC Course
  • EFR Instructor Course
  • IDC & EFRI Crewpacks
  • PADI Fees & IE
  • EANX Instructor Course
  • Adaptive Techniques Instructor Course
  • As many extra PADI Specialty Instructor courses as you want (PADI fees excluded)
  • Candidate Pack
  • Unlimited Air
  • Workshops- CV Preparation, Website Design, Social Media Promotion

PADI IDC 2 for One Offer (If Made With the Same Booking) – $2375/ Person or $4750/Couple


  • 2x IDC Preparation Course
  • 2x IDC Course
  • 2x EFR Instructor Course
  • 2x IDC & EFRI Crewpacks
  • 2x PADI Fees & IE
  • 2x EANX Instructor Course
  • 2x Adaptive Techniques Instructor Course
  • As many extra PADI Specialty Instructor courses as you want (PADI fees excluded)
  • 2x Candidate Pack
  • 2x Unlimited Air
  • 2x Workshops- CV Preparation, Website Design, Social Media Promotion

Self catering accommodation for the duration of the IDC can also be arranged from $250-$400 depending on requirements

For full information on the IDC and our Go Pro Internships please download the attached PDF or visit the IDC Information page.

Special Offers on March PADI IDC in Kenya

price of diving

We are delighted to announce an number of special offers on the upcoming PADI IDC in Kenya with Ocean Tribe.

Offers include extra specialty instructor courses included on top of the standard PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses, to make you able to offer more programs as an instructor and put you on the way towards the PADI Master Diver Trainer rating. PADI fees and materials (including the PADI Instructor Examination) are included in all special offers.

PADI IDC Super Package Special Offer- $2599


  • IDC Preparation Course
  • IDC Course
  • EFR Instructor Course
  • IDC & EFRI Crewpacks
  • PADI Fees & IE
  • EANX Instructor Course
  • Adaptive Techniques Instructor Course
  • Candidate Pack
  • Unlimited Air
  • Workshops- CV Preparation, Website Design, Social Media Promotion

PADI IDC 2 for One Offer (If Made With the Same Booking) – $2375/ Person or $4750/Couple


  • 2x IDC Preparation Course
  • 2x IDC Course
  • 2x EFR Instructor Course
  • 2x IDC & EFRI Crewpacks
  • 2x PADI Fees & IE
  • 2x EANX Instructor Course
  • 2x Adaptive Techniques Instructor Course
  • 2x Candidate Pack
  • 2x Unlimited Air
  • 2x Workshops- CV Preparation, Website Design, Social Media Promotion

PADI IDC Plus MSDT Prep – $2799


  • IDC Preparation Course
  • IDC Course
  • EFR Instructor Course
  • IDC & EFRI Crewpacks
  • PADI Fees & IE
  • EANX Instructor Course
  • Adaptive Techniques Instructor Course
  • 3 X PADI Specialty Instructor Courses
  • Candidate Pack
  • Unlimited Air
  • Workshops- CV Preparation, Website Design, Social Media Promotion

Self catering accommodation for the duration of the IDC can also be arranged from $250-$400 depending on requirements

For full information on the IDC and our Go Pro Internships please download the attached PDF

Go Pro PADI Dive Courses Kenya

Prepare For Your PADI IDC. What is the Best Way to Get Ready?

prepare for your PADI IDC

The question of how to prepare for your PADI IDC is of vital importance to getting off to a good start on the PADI Instructor Development Course. The IDC can be a fun or fulfilling learning experience or it can be stressful as you struggle to keep up with everything. Being well prepared can make the difference as to which of the experiences you have.

This article is aimed at those of you who are signing up to the full IDC program of the Assistant Instructor (AI) and Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) courses and has a few steps to make sure you have the ideal preparation.

PADI IDC eLearning

A compulsory item to prepare for your PADI IDC is now the PADI IDC eLearning which should be completed prior to the start of the IDC. This introduces you to the following sections and has quizzes and knowledge reviews to complete to ensure you are taking in the information.

1 – Getting Started

2 – Dive Theory for Dive Leaders

3 – PADI System Overview

4 – Learning, Instruction and the PADI System

5 – Discover Scuba Diving and Experience Programs

6 – The PADI Open Water Diver Course

7 – Risk Management and Legal Considerations 8 – Managing Risk

9 – PADI Quality Management and Licensing

10 – Introduction to Teaching Presentations

11 – Conducting and Evaluating Knowledge Development

12 – Confined Water Training

13 – Open Water Training

14 – Continuing Education and Leadership Courses

15 – The Business of Diving

16 – How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) – required for crossover candidates; optional for PADI Members

Completing this ensures that you are well prepared for the IDC classes and workshops and is monitored online by your PADI Course Director.

PADI IDC Crewpack 2020

Dive Theory

The dive theory is something that you studied on you PADI Divemaster Course and will be tested on both the PADI IDC and the PADI IE. A lot of people when they skip up on the PADI Instructor exam do so on the dive theory and this is something that can be avoided by making sure you are familiar with the dive theory.

You can do this by studying your PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving and Diving Knowledge Workbook that were in your PADI Divemaster Crewpack. Alternatively you can purchase access to the PADI Dive Theory Online eLearning and study and practice dive theory questions via your PADI eLearning portal.

Sections to be addressed are:



Decompression Theory and the Recreational Diver Planner

Dive Skills & The Environment


Dive theory is not taught on the IDC as the IDC is concentrating on developing your instructional skills os being well prepared on dive theory is of utmost importance to having an easier IDC. A key point is to do as many practice quizzes as possible.

“Every battle is won before it is ever fought.”- Sun Tzu

Dive Skills

The 24 skill circuit you did on the PADI Divemaster course is repeated on the PADI IDC. You will need to be able to demonstrate the 24 basic scuba skills to a quality that a person who has never seen them before can easily imitate what you have done.

The 24 skills can be found listed in the PADI Divemaster section of the PADI Instructor Manual.

Practice each skill in the pool and mentally before the PADI IDC. The key is to break down each skill into a number of steps with pauses in between each step so they are easy to see and you can exaggerate them ti make the skill look easy.

Try and practice the skills circuit in the 4 weeks running up to the IDC if at all possible.

PADI Instructor Manual Familiarisation

Your PADI Instructor Manual will be your most important reference tool as a PADI Instructor and knowing how to quickly navigate it and find a standard is very important to prepare for your PADI IDC.

There is a guide at the beginning of the Instructor Manual on how to use it. Get familiar with this right now and begin to look through the Manual and learn the structure. Get familiar with the layout of each program as the structure is identical throughout making it easy to quickly navigate to a section.

General Standards and Procedures covers the standards pertaining to all PADI courses, while specific course standards can be found in the individual course guides. You should make sure you know where to find specific standards for a course (such as Ratios, Minimum Age, Dives) quickly in the manual.

The more you are acquainted with the PADI Instructor Manual will assist you in saving time on Standards exams and finding standards quickly when you need to reference them throughout your diver career.

Go Through the PADI Guide to Teaching

The PADI Guide to Teaching is included in your PADI IDC eLearning and give teaching tips and guidelines for preparing to teach PADI courses. It should be read prior to the start of the IDC and will be referred to during the program.

Know the PADI System and Your PADI Courses

You have done remarkably well so far to get to being ready to start a PADI IDC. You have completed at least the Open Water Diver Course, Advanced Open Water Diver Course, Rescue Diver and Divemaster. Well Done!

Being a PADI Instructor requires knowing how the PADI system works intrinsically and you should refer back to your previous diver course materials to jog your memory about them.

The best thing you can do to assist this is also to assist a PADI Instructor when they are teaching a PADI Open Water Diver Course, PADI Advanced Open Water Course and PADI Rescue Diver course. The more familiar you are with how experienced instructors set up and conduct their PADI courses and training the easier you will find the IDC.

Get Your Medical Sorted and Additional Documentation

To avoid frustrating administrative problems on the IDC/IE you should get all the required documents for your IDC ready. You are required to have a dive medical signed and stamped by a physician, stating that you are fit for diving. You should download this and get it filled out by your physician prior to the start of the PADI IDC (The medical goes to PADI as required paperwork).

You will need all of your PADI certifications and certification numbers. These can all be found in your eCards in the PADI app or on your physical dive cards. If you did some of your previous certifications with another training organisation then you will need a copy of the certification to submit with your Instructor Application.

If you follow these practices to prepare for your PADI IDC, it will make so much difference to your experience. If you have any questions about any of the preparation points then please contact us and we will be delighted to assist you in getting properly prepared for the PADI IDC and the beginning of your PADI Instructor journey.

Tribe CD Mark to Run PADI IDC in Zanzibar- November 2020

PADI Instructor

CD Mark to run PADI IDC in Zanzibar – November 2020

Is it time for your PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC)

As a great new initiative following the COVID pandemic, Ocean Tribe is running a joint IDC with PADI CDC Buccaneer Diving in Paje, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The PADI IDC which is being taught to the classic IDC curriculum is with Award-Winning PADI Course Director Mark Slingo. When it comes to scuba diving coral reefs, is up there with the best of them.

The Ocean Tribe PADI Instructor Development Course incorporates the Assistant Instructor Course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course. The whole program takes place over 7-10 days, followed by a 2-day instructor exam, conducted by an incoming PADI Instructor Examiner.

During the PADI IDC, you will take part in a number of workshops to learn the art of teaching students and setting up your teaching scenarios for safety and accomplishing the skills. You will take part in presentations from our PADI Course Director Mark and PADI IDC Staff Instructors, about the skills of teaching, marketing and working in the scuba diving industry. There will be a number of pool sessions in which you will take part in graded presentations when you are put in the scenario of an instructor teaching a skill to a number of students. You will also give short academic presentations on set questions to your PADI Course Director. Finally, there are a couple of days in the ocean when you focus on being graded on teaching the open water segments of

diver courses.

There is also the option to complete the Emergency First Response First Aid and CPR Instructor program during the course which is necessary to be able to teach the Rescue course when you are a certified instructor. Following on from the course we can look at getting you some PADI Specialty Instructor ratings to move you up the PADI Instructional ladder.

Check out the attached PDF for full details of the IDC or contact idc@oceantribe.co for more info.

PADI IDC in Zanzibar

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