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Our Story

It all started back in 2018, when Derick, Laetitia and Maria were diving the coast of Umkomaas and they were visited by a friendly and inquisitive Blacktip Shark!

It was at this moment Derick had the vision to start Blacktip in order to share his passion and experience it with as many people as possible! Since then, we have travelled far and wide, and we have built some amazing relationships with fellow divers as well as service providers. 

Our Values

  • Respect and adoration for the ocean, and all her creatures;

  • Caring for, and contributing to, the diving community;

  • To belong is essential. Blacktips belong together. We’re friendly, we’re family, we help where we can;

  • Happiness is a choice. Choose and Chase it! Add joy and kindness and you have our core values. We’re kind to everybody: to each other, the DMs, skippers, staff at dive centres, other dive clubs, … everybody, no matter their race, religion, gender, preference, affiliation, PADI, NAUI, RAID, TDI, SAUU or whatever.  So, you guessed it … rude isn’t cool, kindness always wins.


Our Mission

Our mission is to:

  • Create and maintain a like-minded group of advanced (or soon-to-be advanced) divers for amazing dive trips;

  • Embrace their families and friends into our Blacktip clan;

  • Have fun in creating an awesomely stylish, yet tongue-in-cheek lifestyle brand for trendy scuba divers and their people;

  • Not to provide scuba training or gear sales, but rather to refer interested parties to our endorsed instructors, scuba schools, charters and preferred suppliers.

Our Vision

Our vision is to:

  • Be THE social club for scuba divers, their friends and families;

  • Provide awesome dive opportunities to our members;

  • Promote knowledge about, and appreciation for, the Ocean and all her creatures;

  • Make non-divers (or those who don’t dive yet) feel welcome;

  • Include quality family time and activities during family orientated dive trips;

  • Be a recognized and sought-after lifestyle brand.

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