Shark cage diving is extremely safe and African Shark Eco-Charters aims to ensure that divers enjoy an unforgettable experience, while following all the necessary safety procedures and regulations. Have a look at our post which focuses on the safety aspect of shark cage diving.
It is important to note that shark cage diving is always subject to the water conditions on the day, which can only be established when we reach the dive site at Seal Island, False Bay. Your safety is our main concern and this decision is made by our Dive Master. There are very few days that shark cage diving is not possible as we do not go to sea if the weather conditions are unfavourable and unsafe. It can happen occasionally that weather conditions change whilst we are at sea.
Even though shark cage diving is very safe, it does not come without inherent risks. Here are a few safety tips adapted from the Field Guide to the Great White Shark for entering the shark cage:
- Getting in and out of a shark cage is awkward and must be done carefully to avoid injury. Our cage is strapped securely to the side of the boat at all times to help with easy entrance and exit from the cage. The safest entry technique is to make a controlled seated entry using both your hands to guide yourself easily into the cage. Take care that neither your hands nor equipment is crushed between the cage and the boat.
- Do not take your camera(s) with you during your initial entry into the cage. Once you have entered the cage successfully, have someone pass any photographic equipment to you in the cage.
- Hold onto the cage with at least one hand at all times. Water movements are greater near the surface and can slam you around in the cage. Use the inner hand rails and built-in foot-holds inside the cage to help keep yourself steady. Be prepared for jostles due to the swells or accidental contact on the cage from the Great White Sharks.
- Do not extend your arms or any part of your body outside the cage!
- Be courteous towards your cage mates. Avoid collisions and stay out of their photo or video shots unless invited. Pick a spot inside the cage and stay put; unnecessary movements may result in injuries.
- When exiting the cage, be extra careful.Pass up your camera first before exiting the cage.