Shark cage diving with Graeme

Graeme Grant, shark cage diving crew member

I want to introduce myself. I am Graeme Grant, the newest member of the African Shark Eco Charters crew.

Having worked in marine tourism for over 15 years, variously as a dive guide and skipper on the Garden Route as well as in the shark diving industry in KwaZulu Natal, I’ve been lucky enough to have spent hundreds of hours underwater with Zambezi (bull) sharks – my first shark love  – and tiger sharks among several other species of those sub-tropical waters.  My encounters with great white sharks have been few however and I’m so excited to have this opportunity to work with the ultimate-animal of the ocean, the great white shark. I am keen to study them and start to understand more about their nature and behaviour.

I look forward to sharing more about the great white sharks and our shark cage diving trips soon.

 

Here is some info about our trips for you to read.

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Simon’s Town is just 40min from Cape Town and the base from where our boat departs early in the morning. A short 20 minute will take you into False Bay, famous for the great white “Flying Sharks”, a term used for their highly athletic breaching and hunting behavior.

NO QUALIFICATIONS for shark cage diving are necessary! The cage floats just under the surface of the water, and it is situated alongside the boat. Only two enter the cage at a time, all scuba equipment stays on board and only the scuba hose enters the cage, allowing you to enjoy a great dive without cumbersome, heavy tanks and gear.

The average dive time is 20 minutes depending on the shark activity. Once everyone has had a go, then a second dive is allowed for those interested in diving again. The crew is highly trained and safety is of utmost importance.

The Great White is a very curious animal and will often circle and come up to the cage, as if to get a “personal” look at the diver, while you are having a personal look at it.

Transfers: Optional: Return transfers from designated pickup points in Cape Town

Duration:Approx 5.5 hours. The trip departs from Simon’s town at 7am sharp and returns at 12h30.

How many guests on the boat? 12. We don’t want you just to be a number, which is why, unlike many other operators we choose to take out only small groups, making it a more personal experience, as well as then being able to spend enough time sharing our love and knowledge of the great white shark with you.

How many divers in the cage? 2 maximum. Not 5-8  like a lot of other operators.

Do you offer scuba? Yes All diving equipment is supplied. No diving experience is necessary.

Does using scuba affect the sharks coming to the boat? No.  In our experience working in False Bay since 1996, we have found that the bubbles or scuba noise have no effect on the great white sharks.

Do you use shark liver to attract sharks? No

Do: Come along even if just surface-viewing.

What to do: Our guides try to chat with all the guests but its very hard if you are not open to talk “shark”. So, please ask questions! Engage with the guides. They love to share their knowledge and its much easier if you are open, talkative and show interest in the sharks. This is what shark cage diving is all about.

Shark Cage Diving Itinerary

05.45 – 06.00: Pick up in Cape Town (Optional)

06.45: Meet at the Simons Town Pier for briefing  (overview of day). Do not be late.

07.00:  Departure to Seal Island. Do not be late. The boat will not wait for you.

Tour around island, do an inspection lap. Choosing the best spot to anchor up with regard to wind and swell direction and start diving.The cage is lowered into the water to free up the working area on the deck.  A bait line is put in the water as well as the carpet seal decoy. Every precaution is taken not to injure the shark. We do not feed sharks, nor touch sharks. We are NOT an adrenalin outfit. You will still have excellent views of the Great White Shark should you chose not to dive.

12.30. Return to Simons Town.

13.00  Transfer Back in Cape Town (Optional)

IMPORTANT- Please Note: We have a very high success rate, but we are working with wild animals. Please be aware of this, so you do not arrive with unrealistic expectations. Shark sightings and activity are never guaranteed and even during peak season there may be days when the sightings are lower than expected.  No refunds will be made for non-sightings. We will however offer you a voucher  for another trip.