Shark Diving Safety
Firstly shark diving is designed to accommodate both divers and non-divers alike. Secondly our highly qualified crew are trained by SAMSA whose safety policies and training procedures are Internationally recognized. Thirdly White Shark Projects has 500milion USD insurance policy cover with Lloyds of London. You can relax and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience knowing your safety is our first priority.
Our team will be waiting for you at our Luxury Headquarters in Kleinbaai. Your day starts with a tasty continental breakfast and a safety briefing on arrival. We will also discuss current sightings and our biologist or trained guides will go through a detailed description of what to expect out at sea. Those people who would like to change into their swimming costumes before they go out on the boat are welcome to also.
When everyone is ready we will take you down to the harbor approximately a 1 minute walk. Our crew will then welcome you on board our custom built 36ft, 4 tone catamaran, “Shark Team”. She has a passenger capacity of 30 people but we limit passenger numbers to 20 people. This enables us to offer a more intimate experience and provides greater comfort with increased viewing capability. You will be accompanied by our intrepid skippers, a Dive Master and support crew throughout your entire trip.
Once we’ve reached our diving location our skipper will drop the anchor. Dependent on season our dive site can change but regardless its around a 20min boat road from when we launch to where we anchor. We go to the exact area where the most sharks have been recently spotted and are congregating. Currently we find the area known as Joubert’s dam to be a popular area where our varied shark life frequent. Our crew will create a scent trail known as chumming. We will all patiently await the electrifying first glimpse of the iconic fin breaking the water’s surface. No dive is ever the same. We can never predict what will happen once we are on site nor how many sharks we will see.
Shark Cage Diving
We will get our first 6 divers into their wetsuits complete with hoods, boots and masks. As soon as the sharks have arrived we will hand out weight belts and get our first set of divers into the cage. The Dive Master will show you exactly how you entre the cage safely and where to put your feet and hands. Each diver will have approximately 20-30mins inside the cage. We will rotate divers and every diver will have the option to dive twice if they wish. Non divers can also change their minds once they are out there and see how safe it is. We always have enough dry wetsuits to go around.
Great Whites are incredibly nomadic and if you consider that there are less than 5000 of them left on our planet you can count yourself very fortunate to see one. Bronze Whaler sharks can usually be observed all year around but numbers may be affected by the salmon run. In 2023 we have had many more sightings of the Seven Gill Cow Shark which are a prehistoric pleasure to dive with. Our experienced crew will explain which sharks are present and our volunteers will capture each sharks details onto our data collection sheets.
On the Deck
Back on deck you will be able to observe shark activity which occurs close to the waters surface. If you decided not to dive then this will give you the opportunity to take pictures and enjoy the view. All none divers still enjoy observing the sharks from the boat and find joy in watching other divers inside the cage. A variety of snacks will be on hand for you to enjoy at leisure, while you bask under South Africa’s legendary sunny skies.
After about 3 hours out at sea, you will be ready to return to shore where comforting soup and hot toasted sandwiches awaits you. You can take full advantage of our luxury shower and changing facilities. Guests can dry their hair and use the powders rooms. Clean towels are provided along with shampoo, conditioners and shower gel from the Healing Ocean range. You will have a chance to regroup and share the day’s experiences. Our videographer and photographer will show you the professional movies made whilst out at sea. We will give you a debrief session which will enable you to ask any questions you may have. Once everyone is ready we will return everyone back to their pick up location where they can enjoy the scenic drive back. Hopefully you will have memories to last you a lifetime.