Should you be concerned about sharks?
Sharks are a natural occurrence at the seal colony during the winter, as sharks and other predators follow and feed on the sardines. The pups born 6months prior to winter need to start hunting sardines actively. As they are inexperienced, they present the sharks with an opportunity to feed on them. They learn incredibly quickly how to avoid being attacked. Thus, the sharks are only there for a short period: June and 1st two weeks of July.
As operators, we halt swimming during the danger time. June and July. During the months of May, August and September we use spotters on the mountain to alert the boats of shark presence. From October we return to normal operations. We are always extremely vigilant.
Keep in mind that seal behaviour can be a good indication of shark presence. We also keep a boat close by to keep a sharp lookout for any dangers.
We operate at 10h00 12h00 and 14h00 so that the sun is out, and we can see better in the water. But it’s the open ocean and sharks do move around. We have been trading for 12 years and have a fantastic safety record.
What if the weather is bad?
Not to worry. We can go out in most weather conditions, even if it rains, the only time we will cancel is if there is an strong east wind or east swell. We will inform booked clients in advance and if we are unable to reschedule, we offer a full refund.
When do you operate?
We operate all year round, 7 days a week.
10h00, 12h00 and 14h00 daily, number and weather dependent.
In season we offer a 08h00 and 16h00 trip as well.
Special arrangements can be made for big groups.
I can’t swim or isn’t a strong swimmer…
That is ok, you can still swim with the seals, we provide wet suits, that keep you buoyend. We have floatation aids available on request.
The guide is present with you in the water at all time.
We don’t swim long distances, we mostly just float around the seals
I am disabled, can I still swim with the seals?
Yes. Give us a call to let us know what your disability is and we will work around it. Nothing gives us more pleasure to allow everyone to have an amazing experience swimming with the seals.
If I don’t want to swim can I still come on the boat?
Yes. Provided there is space available, you can book a seal viewing trip, which will be on the same boat at the swimmers and you can watch everyone else get wet
Does size matter?
No. We have wetsuits in all sizes, catering for kids from 4 years to XXXL.
Do children pay the same as adults?
Yes.Children still need all the equipment required and full a boat seat according SAMSA standards.And they often need more attention during the excursion, which we are more happy to give.
I don’t have an underwater camera. What about pictures?
Available. The guide on every trip takes pictures, which will be available afterwards to view and then purchase on a USB stick on cool animated USB for R250 or we can e-mail you the link at R200.