Safety and cage information to put your mind at ease before your trip
Shark cage diving is one of the most popular activities in the Western Cape. Adventure seekers, conservationists and animal-lovers alike, come out to hit the water and encounter the incredible Great White and Apex predators – in their natural habitat. However, some are understandably worried about their safety, as the thrill of meeting a shark in person is often linked to the attacks that are widely publicised in the media, as well as these creatures’ predatory nature. While the danger of encountering a shark has been grossly overblown by international media, it is fair to feel uncomfortable in a new situation.
What you might not know is that shark cage diving is a fun activity and your safety is prioritised at all times.
What is the cage like?
The cage you’ll go into is not a typical cage in the sense that it isn’t closed. You are able to go into the cage and get out of it at any point. It sits alongside the boat and is attached to the vessel, ensuring that you are never separated from it. The bars are wide enough for you to enjoy a good view, whilst keeping you protected from any stray bites. This allows you to get the most intimate encounter possible, whilst enjoying the security of being behind the bars.
Can the sharks get into the cage?
A recent incident in Mexico went viral online, where a shark got into a cage with a diver. These cages are not the same as the ones we use in South Africa and had larger holes for a biological diving expedition. This was done to make room for camera equipment, as that was the primary purpose of the expedition. Our equipment is specifically for novices and everyday people.
Additional safety measures
Approximately 80,000 people go shark cage diving a year and there are practically no incidents for concern in South Africa. Plus, there are additional safety measures in place to help ensure that you enjoy your trip – incident free. A few of these include (but are not limited to):
- Experienced guides: Your shark cage diving expedition is facilitated by official guides, who are highly qualified to look out for your wellbeing and guide you through the process.
- Safety information: Your guides will take you through a pre-trip safety briefing to put your mind at ease and equip you with any information you may need.
- Safety equipment: The boats typically contain a life-raft, medical kits and oxygen as added safety measurements.
For more information on how you can book your encounter or any other questions you may have, Contact Us.