It is heart breaking as a shark trip operator when we have to cancel trips due to unfavourable weather conditions, but as we believe in Safety First, there are times we simply have no other option. What makes it even more upsetting, is when the guest is unable to reschedule because they are leaving in a day or two.
As a result, I have put together a couple tips, for both booking and taking a shark trip.
- Always book a shark trip at the beginning of your holiday – actually any weather dependant trip or tour, so you are able to reschedule if you have to, especially if you have centred your entire vacation around your trip
- Weather is unpredictable, but as far as possible, try to book in the better weather months, if the trips are offered
- Do your homework around the operator – check reviews and write ups, find out how long they have been in operation etc.
- Make your booking at least 6 months in advance if at all possible, if you are keen on the experience, it is safe to say that others will be too
- Credit card details should only be used to secure the booking, payment should only be made once you have gone on the trip
- Read the special conditions and important information carefully. Make sure you know and understand the cancellation policy
Going On The Trip:
- Dress like an onion – layer up, so that you are able to add or subtract as the weather and sun and chill factor change – remember to have your bathing suit on under your clothing, so when changing into the scuba gear you are modestly covered up
- Always take a neck covering peak cap, or other like cap / hat
- Always take sun block – even when it doesn’t look like there is much sun out, the South African sun is harsh and can burn even through the clouds
- Take your camera or purchase a camera, ‘cos cell phones are great but they are not the same
- Take liquids, if it’s very warm you are going to need to hydrate
- Take the operators contact details – you should have at least 2 number
- Make sure your time and directions or transfer details are correct the day before
- Prevent against sea sickness by taking the necessary over the counter medication – also don’t over indulge the day before the trip and have an early night
- Take with you, cautious expectations
I hope this will be of some assistance to some of you who are thinking of booking a trip with us.
Until we meet again, keep that toothy grin!
By Nadine Bentley