About Offshore Africa Port St. Johns

About Offshore Africa Port St. Johns

About Offshore Africa Port St. Johns


Rob Nettleton

Rob is an experienced PADI Divemaster and commercial skipper, having operated consistently in the field for more then 20 years.

Rob is an avid spear fisherman, originally from the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, where he started his diving career along the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Transkei coastline and has been enthusiastically diving and fishing the famous sardine run since the age of 16. He passionately loves to share his wealth of knowledge, experiences and fascination for this amazing phenomenon with all.

He has a deep passion for the Wild Coast and has spent many years exploring, diving and fishing this dramatically spectacular stretch of coastline.
Of all the places he has spent time this is the place closest to his heart.

Rob has worked up and down the South African coastline both in the dive industry as well as the deep sea fishing industry and spent 8 years of his life pioneering potential scuba locations in Mozambique, after which he helped establish a fully functional recreational dive operation & deep sea game fishing charter facility in Pomene Bay, Inhambane district.

In the early 90’s, Rob spent 4 years on Chizumulu Island , Lake Malawi, setting up a combined backpacker lodge and professional scuba charter facility which to date still offers an amazing island experience for those looking for great fresh water diving opportunities in a true African setting.

During all the years Rob always found a way to partake in the spectacular annual sardine run, in one capacity or another, and today focuses his passion on marine mammals and sharks and loves to share his knowledge and experience in what he does.

Debbie Smith

Debbie is an experienced PADI MSDT instructor, Shark Instructor, SRI (shark research institute) international field agent and in 2007, became the first woman in Africa to be nominated, selected and inducted into the international Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) for her contributions and achievements as a woman in diving.

Born and bred on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, Debbie started her diving career in 1986. Since then, her adventurous spirit, love of nature, the outdoors and the ocean have led to, amongst other exciting things, her pioneering and setting up various dive centre’s during this time, one of these being North Island, Seychelles, which was voted and awarded the “Best of the Best” in 2006 by international Conde Naste travelers.She has spent many years pioneering and working in Mozambique, Maputaland (northern KwaZulu-Natal), Seychelles and the greater Aliwal Shoal area and has a great love for sharks in particular, having been involved in the setting up of numerous research projects involving sharks. Debbie teaches a variety of shark course distinctive specialties.Over the many years of being a sardine run specialist guide and spending time in the Transkei area, she developed an enormous love for this area, it’s people, it’s dramatic scenery and above all, in being close to nature in true African style. Debbie is a passionate ambassador for the ocean and all of its’ inhabitants. She is highly enthusiastic in sharing her knowledge of the ocean and her love of sharks with anyone that cares to listen and make a difference, no matter how small.

Aside from the marine aspect, she is passionate about animals and is an avid horse enthusiast, having ridden for many years. It is Africa in all its’ glory, its’ wild places and extraordinary ocean life that have led to her choice of career, which is one that she is deeply passionate about.

Debbie is also the owner of an eco tourism company “Diving with Sharks”.




  • “Offshore 1” is a 7.5 m Feral RIB powered by two 85 p Yamaha outboards, carrying up to 12 passengers comfortably.
  • Fitted wit hi tech fish finding and navigational equipment as well as all relevant safety equipment, trauma kit and oxygen set.
  • Air fills, cylinders, weight belts and a full range of dive /snorkelling gear for rental.
  • Competent and highly experienced skipper, divemasters /instructor and onshore guides.
  • Accommodation available to suit all tastes.
  • Transfer arrangements to and from King Shaka international airport in Durban, Mthatha airport or Port St Johns airstrip.


Whether you are after memorable photos or specialized itineraries & packages , the team of Offshore Africa Port St John’s will ensure that you enjoy safe and exciting opportunities to get that special shot that you are after, above or under the water.

Specializing in up close and personal encounters with some of the east coast of Africa’s larger marine creatures i.e. various Shark species, Whales, Dolphins, Whale Sharks, Mantas and a large variety of oceanic bird species amongst other fascinating big marine game.

We offer a variety of ocean related excursions to suit your needs and scuba diving when conditions allow.