Great White Shark Cage Diving… Is it Safe?
When it comes to the safety aspect of shark cage diving this is never overlooked. All the crew of African Shark Eco-Charters are very professional and seek to ensure that divers enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Shark cage diving safety is naturally extremely important and divers can be certain that African Shark Eco-Charters follows all the necessary safety procedures and regulations. The cage itself is designed and built to be both safe and comfortable for the divers. Our crew consists of a qualified skipper, a dive master, level 3 medic and a tour guide who are trained to handle any emergency situation that may arise whilst out at sea. African Shark Eco-Charters complies with a strict set of safety regulations required by SAMSA. The boat, cage and diving equipment are inspected and surveyed by SAMSA, and by our crew on an ongoing basis.
The cage is secured to the side of the boat and floats on the surface. The crew will assist you to climb into opening on top of the cage. The cage top is then closed and you can enjoy your shark dive. Because the diver is underwater they are expected be able to swim, however no previous diving experience is required.
But despite the safety precautions we take, cages divers must remember that sharks are wild animals deserving respect. No amount of safety procedures can protect the diver who foolishly exposes him or herself to danger i.e. putting their hand out of the shark cage to touch a shark.
Safety of the great white sharks are vital too! We use a line with a piece of bait, normally a tuna head, as an attractant, but the aim is never to purposely or co-incidentally feed the sharks. We have an experienced “bait handler” who’s job it is to make sure the shark does not eat the bait. He also makes sure that the bait line never goes over the cage, nor is pulled so hard that the shark bashed itself into the cage. BE AWARE. Some operators do this to elicit “thrills” from their guests.
Our crew is highly experienced as to be of the utmost assistance. The captain will not allow a dive to proceed if the weather conditions are adverse.
Divers can rest assured that shark cage diving is completely safe.