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Deep Blue was established in 2018 by Marius van Jaarsveld and Joanne Dilnot, a young couple living in Sodwana.


After a trip to Seychelles to work on the yachts they realised they missed the real island lifestyle and the incredible reefs in Sodwana. Both having experience in the diving industry and Marine Conservation volunteering, they set out on a mission to create their dream project. They wanted more people to experience this paradise they called home and create a passion for the ocean they love so much.

With so many volunteer travel companies taking advantage of volunteers as free, paying labour and people complaining about not getting what they paid for, Marius and Joanne wanted to revolutionise the volunteer world! They developed the perfect programs that gave volunteers and interns more for their money, an adventure travel vacation and the experience of a lifetime. The Deep Blue prices are built from cost price for everything that's included and so much more!


Meet the professional beach bums taking you on your diving adventure in South Africa's tropical paradise.

Marius van Jaarsveld

Marius was a plumber in Bloemfontein, but was tired of the city life. He took a career break and came to Sodwana to become a CMAS Divemaster. After those few months he decided to change careers and become a PADI Dive Instructor. He has now been living and working in Sodwana Bay for 2 years. 

Marius teaches all the Deep Blue PADI courses and organises all things diving related.

Joanne Dilnot

Joanne graduated from the University of Pretoria with a BSc in Zoology. She decided to take a gap year after her studies to discover her passion. She began a Marine Conservation Divemaster Internship program in Sodwana Bay. After these few months Joanne decided to make Sodwana her home and diving her career.

Joanne leads dives, assists on courses with Marius, handles all things admin and research related.