For the adventure seekers, a little excitement and thrill is always on the cards when planning their activities on their vacation.
If your vacation is in South Africa, then shark cage diving might be on your list of holiday activities.
Shark cage diving with great white sharks is becoming a growing trend in Cape Town. Tourists and locals simply enjoy getting close to the hunters of the sea.
If you’re thinking about going shark cage diving, there are a few safety tips you’ll need to know before making the big dive.
Shark Cage Diving Safety Tips
- For first time divers the entry into the cage can be a bit overwhelming but it must be done carefully to avoid injury.
- The safest entry technique is to make a controlled seated entry using both your hands to guide yourself into the cage.
- Be aware of your equipment and hands at all times as it could get crushed between the cage and the boat.
- Hold onto the cage with at least one hand at all times.
- Never extend your body out of the cage!
- Consider fellow divers in the cage with you and try to avoid collisions with them by remaining calm.
Shark cage diving is a tricky activity to plan as it remains dependent on the water and weather conditions of the day. Always be prepared as sometimes weather conditions become unsafe while out at sea and dives can often be cancelled at a moment’s notice.
The South African winter season from June to August is the best time to witness the breaching process but the rough sea conditions play an integral role in a successful dive. Breaching is a hunting technique of the great white shark. You can see them propel out of the ocean in pursuit of their prey. You’ll get to see one of the world’s most feared sea creature up close.
A prime location to witness for shark spotting is Dyer Island near Gansbaai. There are several tours heading from Cape Town to Gansbaai for the day, otherwise you can also book accommodation in Gansbaai to stay overnight.
Travel tip shared by Anthea Adams