Scuba and Shark Cage Diving!
What a thrill to swim with life under water and all of its inhabitants, join us for the master experience.
Imagine the convenience of being able to walk from your hotel or securely park your car, before enjoying all that the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has to offer here in the Heart of Cape Town. Besides being able to shop till you drop, take in a movie, debate over which restaurant to eat at or go on a champagne cruise, you will find a gateway to a host of adventure sports. Quay 5 Table Bay Diving overlooks Quay 5 with the picturesque Table Mountain as a backdrop, but that’s not all we have to offer. Our experienced team can help you discover the thrill of Scuba Diving or take you on a guided tour of the best dive sites in the area. Perhaps you would like to continue your diving education and sign up for the next level in Padi training. There is a whole range of services we cater to including Helicopter Tours, Shark Cage Diving, Boat Trips, Sand Boarding, Nature Hikes, Abseiling and Wineland Tours. Big Ok Being centrally located and well-established means we have a wealth of local information and if we can’t help you we sure will know who can. Most of our affiliates offer a shuttle service to and from the V & A Waterfront as a standard business practice. We are committed to customer satisfaction and guarantee a smile on your face after dealing with our friendly staff, not to mention the after sales service.
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Recreational Scuba Diving
If you are a certified diver that craves the thrill of exploring the depths of the Western Cape seas, look no further. Table Bay Diving has daily scheduled dives either with shore entry or from a semi-rigid boat.
Diving destinations vary on a daily basis, depending on wind and suitable visibility. One day you may be diving in the warm Indian Ocean, the next day in the cold Atlantic. The varying water temperatures provide an interesting variety of fish life, soft corals, nudibranchs, anemones, crayfish and other small fish present.
The boat is launched either from Hout Bay (Atlantic) or Millers Point (False Bay). These two slipways give easy access to all the dive sites.
Shore entries can make pretty exciting diving. A warning to the faint – hearted though, the shore entry is not the easiest of dives. Steep walkways lead down to most of the dive sites.
Our professional team of Padi certified instructors and dive masters will see to it that you get the most out of this unique diving experience. They are knowledgeable about the local conditions and dive sites, making them excellent guides with good diving habits that ensure safety and the maximum amount of fun.
A small additional fee for transportation will be charged merely to cover the cost of fuel. Should it be needed we also offer full or part equipment rental by the day?
Cape Town has a large active diving community along with a Naval Base in Simon’s Town. Emergency services are equipped to deal with diving related incidents.
Shark Cage Diving
There are daily shark diving and viewing tours off Gaansbaai, just a 2 hr drive from Cape Town. The tour includes a door to door shuttle service from Cape Town, light breakfast, 3.5 hrs at sea and a restaurant lunch. Be prepared for an early start though as collection could be as early as 5 am. A short 20 min boat ride brings you to “Shark Alley” a shallow channel between Dyer Island and Geyser rock, one of the worlds most recognized areas for great white shark viewing.
A multi-skilled crew consisting of 3 commercially licensed skippers, 2 Satour registered Tour Guides, 2 Dive Masters, 2 Level 3 Medics and 2 PDP licensed divers ensures that you are in the safest hands possible.
Getting into the cage with the sharks around is truly the most breath-taking experience you will ever live to remember. When feeding actively around the boat, the sharks may occasionally brush their tail against the cage, but NEVER attack the cage. They are very curious though and often come close-up to the cage, taking a closer look at the diver. A personal, eye-to-eye encounter with this awesome animal, is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going!
White shark diving up close and personal
Once ready to take the dive, the diver would step onto the diving platform of the boat and slide through the opening at the top of the cage. The lid at the top is now securely closed. Once in position, the diver’s head is only approx. half a meter below the surface. A freeboard of approx. 30cm allows the diver to rise to the surface and communicate with the Dive Master on the boat, while the hatch remains securely closed.
Diving takes place on a rotational basis, with two divers down at a time. Time spent in the cage depends on weather/water conditions, shark activity and eagerness of each diver, but could be up to half an hour at a time. There are rarely more than 6 divers on board at a time, ensuring maximum diving time. An average of 3.5 hrs is spent at sea, it is possible to do more than one dive per day, on a good diving day. All qualification needed is previous snorkeling experience or Discover Scuba Diving.
The Discover Scuba Course qualifies you to make open water dives up-to 12 meters. This course will be valid for 1 year and accepted worldwide. Courses have to be taken at least the day prior to your shark dive. This is the minimum qualification required to scuba dive in the cage. Should you already have a scuba diving certification of any sort, this would be acceptable to scuba in the cage. Inexperienced divers will be allowed to snorkel in the cage, under the supervision of the Dive Master.
To enjoy this tour, you DO NOT have to dive.
Viewing from the boat is equally spectacular, as the sharks come very close to the side of the vessel.
White shark diving up close and personal
Sharks are surface feeders by nature, ensuring spectacular surface action which often takes place “too close for comfort”! Surface viewers, therefore, take the pound seat on our specially designed observation platform, with camera’s close at hand.
From the safety of the boat, you are able to photograph your friend/s in the cage and at the same time follow the sharks as they move around the boat and cage. Be careful not to miss out on good photographs. Breaching often takes place in the high season and if you are not 100% ready, you may miss out on a good picture.