German management. Individual, highly professional and with total commitment to the environment.
The SeaUrchin Diving Center was founded in 2006 by Katharina Dohmann and is among the most experienced Diving Schools in Mauritius. “Under German management”, our professional Diving Team prides themselves on their level of empathy toward the needs of our customers.
We dedicated ourselves to raising awareness about the importance of the underwater world and its fragility has always been one of our main concerns. Diving is not only a sport but it’s also an essential tool for the study of this world from which we can learn a lot. We believe that we have to realize the impact of mankind on this fragile environment and have to work together for its preservation.
The Dive Center is affiliated with SSI – Scuba Schools International and CMAS (IDA for Germany and MSDA for Mauritius), thus we are the only Diving School in Mauritius that offers three different diving formations with SSI, PADI, and CMAS courses. Our multi-national team allows us to teach courses in English, French, German, and Danish. Thus we guarantee a theoretical and practical training accessible to everyone.
Further to this the SeaUrchin Diving Center is the only Diving School in Mauritius to have with Katharina, an SSI Instructor Trainer. She is authorized to form and train any diver to a professional level. We have SSI & CMAS Instructor Courses at least twice per year.
We always endeavor to offer courses in small groups, never exceeding six people to a group. Any dive you enjoy with us will, of course, be guided by one of our team, not only for your safety and well-being but also to ensure that you get the most from your time spent with us.
Of course, we want you to feel at home after your diving session, so you are welcomed back to the Center to indulge in a selection of complimentary hot drinks and the chance to have a shower.
Meet our Team
- SSI Instructor Trainer # 57975
- SSI Specialty and Nitrox Instructor
- SSI React Right Instructor Trainer
- CMAS/ IDA Instructor 2* # D1475,
- CMAS/ VDST Instructor 2* # GER F00 M2 16 439222,
- CMAS/ MSDA Instructor 2* # MRI F00 16 000002,
- CMAS/ MSDA Secourisme Instructor # MRI F00 MS 15 004
Established herself in Mauritius in the year 2006 and at the same time founded the SeaUrchin Diving Centre. After acquiring her qualification and accreditation by CMAS and PADI, she stepped up to SSI in 2011 and thus became an expert on all major diving educational systems. In May 2015, she completed a course for SSI Instructor Trainer and is the only teacher in Mauritius authorized to train any SSI and CMAS Instructors.
Katharina is passionate about encouraging and guiding women and children who have an interest in diving. Being the only Diving School on the whole island to be owned and managed by women, Katharina has been determined to support women in the Diving Industry. SeaUrchin is the only Diving School in Mauritius to have the highest proportion of female employees.
“With our high proportion of female workers, we wish to demonstrate to other women that the diving industry should no longer be dominated activity. Women can definitely do the job just as well, if not better.”
- SSI DiveMaster (not activated)
Khaleah is the youngest of the two daughters of Katharina, making her the second generation at SeaUrchin. She basically grew up in the DiveCenter and at the Ocean. Said so, she’s a natural mermaid and learned to dive in a very very young age. There is nothing she can’t spot underwater even if she sometimes loses the DiveSite, it’s always inspiring to dive with her. Khaleah became an SSI DiveGuide and DiveMaster at age 15.
happen to be the daily sunshine of our Diving School with her natural cheerfulness. She is our beloved hostess and secretary. Being responsible for the booking, Alex also provides her help, advice, and assistance to any inquiries or practical help the divers may require at the Diving Centre.
- our ginger head Arielle,
- PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor # 642274
- PADI Specialty Instructor and EFR Instructor
- SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor #
Being of French/Swiss descent, raised in Alsace, Perrine speaks fluent French, English, Creole, and German. She has been living in Mauritius since 2007 and joined Katharina at SeaUrchin in August 2008, thus forming a comprehensive and professional team. Perrine is responsible for the PADI training and is also a passionate Shipwreck diver. She, as with all at SeaUrchin, is highly concerned about the preservation of our underwater world. She finished her Instructor Crossover with Katharina in 2017 and is teaching SSI as well since then.
- SSI DiveMaster #
- CMAS 2star Diver
Adrien is the nephue of Perrine and is “helping out” at the DiveCenter since he was 16. He became SSI DiveMaster with 18 and is preparing for the Instructor Course. He is part of the new generation at SeaUrchin.
Radjesh a.k.a Plastic, is native Mauritian and speaks Creole, French, and English. He is responsible for the good maintenance of the boat and for our safety at sea. Born in Flic en Flac, Radjesh is an experienced skipper who has a sound knowledge of the sea. Having your safety as his main concern, he will judge and estimate on the weather conditions before navigating us out of the reef to the different diving sites. For safety procedure, while the dive will be proceeding, our boat will remain with the divers at all time and pick them up safely in the end.
Meet the Interns
SSI DiveMaster # 86256
Timo is a German diver who joined us on his way to become an Open Water Instructor after finishing his divemaster training with us. He originally joined us as a guest during his research for his Master Thesis investigating the effects of nutrients on our coral reefs. After finishing his Master in Tropical Marine Ecology in Germany he joined our team to pursue his professional dive education. When he’s not busy helping out on dives and in the shop he helps writing the Blog post about the Marine Life in Mauritius.
Vicky & James
Asst. Instr. # 80998
Are two British divers who are studying here to be Open Water Instructors After following a traditional work path, having their own business for 25 years, they now finally have time to pursue their passion for diving and teaching. They started their professional diving journey in Greece where they live for half of the year. They are very excited to further their experience and learning here in Mauritius.