About Us

Maties Underwater Club has been around for decades. We have established ourselves as one of the largest Underwater Clubs in South Africa. Our main focus areas are Underwater Hockey, Scuba Diving, Spearfishing and Freediving. Underwater Hockey boasts that we have a coach in Jack van Blerk - an u19 World Championship winning coach. Spearo and Freediving has grown immensely the past few years and we often compete at national and international tournaments. Our Scuba Diving division is envied by even some of the biggest dive centres in the country and we boast a PADI 5 Star IDC rating. We are a University affiliated club, but you do not have to be a student to enjoy the benefits of being a member. We have a great atmosphere at the club which is inviting to students and non-students alike.

From 2016 we have decided that we will be taking a one-club, one-fee approach, therefore you only need to pay your annual membership fee to enjoy all the sports and benefits we have to offer. To find out more you can drop by the club, we are open on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6pm.



The Facilities

We pride ourselves in having world class facilities, thanks to being part of Stellenbosch University. Situated on the University grounds near coetzenberg stadium and the cricket club, we have our own clubhouse. Over the years this has played home to many a braai and party because we believe in building a community of members all with a passion for water. We keep a fully stocked bar all year round for any members that wish to pop in for a quick "one". We have all our own gear which recently got upgraded, a brand new compressor (one of the largest in the Western Cape) dubbed "The Yellow Submarine" and the club has also undergone several renovations in the past few years. There are several items for sale in the club, from masks and fins to club related, and unrelated t-shirts and jackets. Coetzenberg swimming pool is used for all our training sessions - Underwater Hockey, Scuba and Free diving. Long Beach in Simonstown is our local training ground for Open Water dives, but if conditions allow we may dive in at another site such as Windmill or A-Frame. We have a great relationship with some of the local dive centres with whom we often use for boat dives and if need be equipment or facility hire.

Associations

PADI: Professional Association of Diving Instructors®

"PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. With more than 6200 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, and more than 136,000 individual PADI Professionals who have issued more than 23 million certifications around the world, you’ll find PADI diver courses and scuba diving services nearly everywhere. The PADI System of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces skills, safety-related information and local environmental knowledge to student divers in stages. PADI courses are student-centered and provide maximum practice and realistic application. PADI Professionals make underwater exploration and scuba diving adventures possible while maintaining the highest standards for diver training, safety and customer service."


DAN: Divers Alert Network

"The largest association of recreational scuba divers in the world, DAN is supported by membership dues and donations. DAN's mission is to help divers in need of medical emergency assistance and to promote dive safety through research,education, products and diving services. The benefits of DAN membership include emergency medical evacuation assistance through DAN TravelAssist, a subscription to Alert Diver magazine and access to DAN's insurance services."


Project Aware

"Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time.Over the past two decades of underwater conservation we’ve learned that divers are true leaders in ocean protection. We’re ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. We believe together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean. We’re focusing in on two major ocean issues –Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, or trash in our ocean. Truly, there are many conservation issues converging on our ocean planet at once, but we’re concentrating on these serious problems where scuba divers are uniquely positioned to directly and positively affect real, long-term change in these two areas."


EFR : Emergency First Response

"Emergency First Response is one of the fastest-growing international CPR, AED and first aid training organizations. With more than 56,000 instructors worldwide, Emergency First Response is backed by 48 years of experience in the development and delivery of instructional courses, training materials and educational curricula. Emergency First Response courses have widespread international acceptance. Every day, in more than 175 countries around the world, Emergency First Response Instructors help communities prepare for disaster by training community members to respond to medical emergencies when emergency services are delayed or unavailable."

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