Bonita van der Berg
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Which of the following are you?
A Working Diver
Dive school you went to or are attending?
Professional Diving Centre, Grant Jameson, Durban
Are you an inland diver, offshore diver or both?
Wherever there's work
What do you like to do with your down time / onshore time?
Keep fit, reading, diving for diamonds on a freelance basis inbetween jobs.
What's your deepest dive? (in feet)

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At 6:26pm on August 10, 2014, Jasmine Chan said…

Hello Bonita, do you do freelance? i am looking for a DMT certified dive doctor for a probable job next year. Do let me know if it interest you.


At 5:17pm on August 28, 2009, Anthony Cramer II said…
.At 3:37pm on August 28, 2009, Ethan Darkly Dreaming said…Hi Anthony. I didnt realize I was so halarious, but it makes me feel better knowing I brought a smile to your otherwise forgettable and unremarkable face. As for the comment about me just talking about death, well, unfortunately doing more than talking about it finally caught up to me. But an aquittal is a beautiful thing. Im not bragging though. I give all the credit to the shoddy investigavive skills of the Seattle Police Special Crimes unit for failing to put the pieces together. Safe diving Anthony. WATCH OUT FOR THIS GUY!!!
At 6:17am on August 13, 2009, scott zellie said…
Hi Bonita, How are you? Can you recommend any course to do when i'm done at the school?
At 12:00pm on August 10, 2009, Toby Dodd said…
first off, thanks so much for all that info. the pay rates are a little less over there than in the gom. i work for cal dive and as a breakout diver i'm at $21 an hour plus depth pay. i get 12 hours a day with the 1st 8 at normal rate and the last 4 at time and a half. anything over 40 hours in a 7 day period is time and a half too. depth pay is:
0-100ft: $1 a foot
100-150ft: $2 a foot
150-200ft: $3 a foot
200-250ft: $4 a foot
250-300ft: $5 a foot

and we get paid for double dips, not that it happens alot, but it does happen. i've mainly worked on construction jobs but have done a little inspection. i still want to work in the gom but want to travel and work in other parts of the world to say i've done it and have the experience of it all. do you have a house and all that in SA where you're from? or do you just find a place each time you come back? how does all that work for you?
At 10:20am on August 9, 2009, Toby Dodd said…
sounds like you've done quite a bit over there. i never would have thought there would be that much comm diving happening in places like that. how would someone get into the scene you're in over there? i assume you'd need the imca cert. is it easy to get hired on?
At 12:10pm on August 8, 2009, Toby Dodd said…
have you worked in s. africa the wh*** time?
At 8:15am on July 16, 2009, scott zellie said…
Heya Bonita, I hope I can get work after the course as i know how hard it is at the moment. I hate to be out of work any work will do as long as i can prove myself and to keep busy. Sounds like you are having a great time?
At 10:09am on July 15, 2009, scott zellie said…
Hi Bonita, I have a question for you. When you finished your course did you do inshore work or did you go offshore?
At 9:26am on July 15, 2009, scott zellie said…
Thank you again for that Bonita. I'm so looking forward to the course, I'm planning on going cage diving with great whites when i'm in Cape Town that will be awesome can't wait. Thanks for all thar info on the diamond diving i'll stay clear of that. Be safe
At 9:12am on July 14, 2009, scott zellie said…
Thank you for that very interesting reply. I was just wondering as I was born in South Africa but now live in Ireland, and was looking for maybe some freelance work when I get out of dive school. I really don't mind hard work just my maths is a bit s***e. HA HA do you get paid in Rand or Dollars? It will be abit s***e if it's in rand and it's not alot as the exchange rate at the moment is about €100/R1000. But thank you for your reply and I hope you stay safe, Cheers Scott

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