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Shark Cage Diving: 21 listings
Shark Cage Diving KZN - Landers Dive Centre
South Coast, KZN
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White Shark Africa
Garden Route, WC
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Scuba Shack
Cape Peninsula, WC
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Sharklady Adventures
Overberg, WC
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Simons Town Boat Company
Cape Peninsula, WC
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Reef Divers
Pretoria, GAU
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African Shark Eco-Charters
Cape Peninsula, WC
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Great White Shark Tours
Overberg, WC
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Marine Dynamics
Overberg, WC
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Apex Shark Expeditions
Cape Peninsula, WC
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African Shark Eco Charters
Cape Peninsula, WC
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Unrealdive Expeditions
Helderberg, WC
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Table Bay Cage Diving
Cape Town, WC
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uShaka Marine World
Durban, KZN
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Cape Xtreme
Cape Town, WC
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Cape Sea Safaris
Cape Peninsula, WC
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White Shark Projects
Overberg, WC
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White Shark Diving Co.
Overberg, WC
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Cango Wildlife Ranch
Klein Karoo, WC
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Waterfront Boat Company
Cape Town, WC
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Shark Zone
Overberg, WC
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: Close up and personal.
Cage Diving 1:
Close up and personal.
The growing popularity of shark cage diving is testimony to our growing desire for the adrenalin fix that comes with getting close to these magnificent but deadly sea creatures.

Diving inside a cage whilst sharks are swimming just the other side of the bars is not for the feint hearted and, while no previous diving experience is needed, it is definitely not for those looking for something only mildly different to do today. This adventure sport is one of those extreme adventures that is a must for those dedicated to getting the adrenalin pumping at the highest rate possible.

The excursion heads out from port to the pre-determined location and, once in position the tour operator starts “chumming”. This is where a liquid mix of fish ingredients; designed to attract but not feed the sharks, is scattered in the water around the boat.

Once the sharks have gathered and are active around the boat the cage is lowered into the water with the participant inside. The cage floats and is secured right alongside to the boat and can be withdrawn at any time, should the need arise.

The thrill of being down in the water alongside these graceful creatures is unmatched and as images of Jaws and media coverage of shark attacks come into mind the heart starts to race.

But the anxiety is matched with respect and without doubt those that have completed with wonderful activity have secured it in their memory bank as one of the most memorable of days.

A recent variation of the Cage Diving them has a uniquely South African Feel - you can now jump into a cage and go Croc Cage Diving. This experience is not widely available at the moment, but watch this spot, as we understand there are quite a few operators who will be offering this activity soon.
A word on Shark Cage Diving:
  "I can only think of one experience which might exceed in interest a few hours spent under water, and that would be a journey to Mars." - William Beebe.  


Equipment:

The professional extreme adventure tour operator will have a safe and sea worthy boat, be an experienced skipper and have well maintained scuba and cage equipment.

In addition to apply coating oneself with sunblock, affixing a hat and wearing sun glasses, it is also recommended that warn clothes and a wind breaker are packed for the outing.

Don’t forget to also pack the camera and/or video camera to capture the before/during and after shots, which will be proudly shared with any interested family or friend in the months ahead.

: An impressive creature!
Cage Diving 2:
An impressive creature!


Safety:

Ensure all your equipment has been properly maintained and checked before departing the shore.

Your skipper is definitely in charge in this outdoor adventure from the time you step onto the boat so ensure you listen up and follow instructions, your life depends on it!

Don't dangle your toes in the water...

Interesting Facts:

South Africa is the best destination worldwide for the extreme adventure of experiencing great white sharks at close quarters.

Our large population of sharks is unprecedented and the locations are so accessible that you are guaranteed to witness large numbers feeding.

The best time to view sharks in South Africa is between April and October when these stealthy hunters are primarily focused on feeding on the seals and fish.

Sharks migrate through False Bay (Western Cape) between June and August with the ragged-tooth sharks moving into the Durban (KZN) area from October through to January.
: Sheer Power...
Cage Diving 3:
Sheer Power...


History:

A short History on Cageless Shark Diving:

In January 1992, during the filming of a documentary film "Blue Wilderness", during surface testing of the prototype "Shark Pod" (now Shark Shield) among several large great white sharks feeding around the boat, four divers: Ron and Valerie Taylor (notable Australian pioneers of underwater exploration and film-makers), George Askew (a South African diver and photographer), and Piet van der Walt spent an hour diving amongst these potentially dangerous sharks at Dyer Island, South Africa without a safety cage. The Taylors and Askew, recognised as experienced shark divers, were testing their hypothesis, based on many years of experiences with sharks, that these animals had a much fiercer reputation than they deserved in South African waters. The Australian equivilent is thought to have a slightly different disposition.

Askew had proposed, in an article entitled "Myth or Maneater?", published in the UK magazine Underwater World in 1979, that great whites did not deserve the horrific image and reputation that Jaws author Peter Benchley had imprinted in peoples minds. He postulated that if the great white knew you were aware of its presence you had a pretty good chance of not being attacked, as they rely on stealth and surprise when attacking. He wrote two more articles on the same thread in 1983 and 1989 - and then went on to prove that point with the historic dive.

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