We understand that shark cage diving isn’t an everyday experience. In fact, part of what makes it so memorable is the fact that many people will only have the opportunity once or twice in their lifetime. In light of this, it’s normal to have questions and need more information before you decide to embark on this exciting adventure. After all, the extraordinary still requires some planning. That’s why we’re answering some of the most frequently asked questions we get about this. And if you don’t find your answer here, we’re also available to talk you through anything else you need to know. Simply contact us for more information.
What do I need?
We recommend that you have at least a swimming costume, sunscreen, a towel and a hat to protect you from the sun. You’ll also need something warm for just incase and a change of clothes for after your cage dive. It is advised that you also bring a camera to document your experience, as it’s going to be one to remember.
Do I need my own diving equipment and outfit?
No, you are provided with the outfit and equipment you need for the dive, as part of your package.
When can I see the sharks?
The best months for shark viewing, in our region (particularly in False Bay), are between February and October although they can be spotted outside of those months.
Does the cage sink right under water?
No, the cage floats at the surface of the water and some of it is above water at all times.
Do I have to be an experienced diver to do it?
No. These encounters use the breath holding method so you can go in and out of the water as you feel comfortable. We don’t use scuba gear as it can be noisy and we are trying to minimise any impact on the environment.
Will I get seasick?
The likelihood of you getting seasick will depend on your past experiences on a moving boat. You can take motion sickness tablets which can be procured from a local pharmacy if you are prone to feeling nauseous or headachy on boats.
Does my experience negatively affect the sharks?
The operators that we partner with carry permits and have made a commitment to marine conservation. For more information on this see “Shark Cage Diving: Myths and Truths ”.
What do you mean by chumming?
Chumming is a technique whereby sharks are attracted through smell. The chum usually consists of fish oil and fish bits that create that scent underwater but actually feeding the sharks would have a harmful impact.
I still have more questions, what do I do?
Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to give you all the information you need to start planning your once-in-a-lifetime encounter.