Seal And Sevengill Shark Package

Kelp Forest Dive

One of our more popular kelp forest sites is at Pyramid Rock where we have a good possibility of encountering the Sevengill shark, which is also called the Cow shark or Broadnose sevengill. The maximum depth is only 12 metres making it ideal for beginner and junior divers to join. The shallow depths and picturesque environment makes this is the ideal environment for photographers aiming to capture these sharks in their natural habitat.

The Cowsharks aggregate in the shallow channel between Pyramid Rock and the shore. If the sharks are present, there can be up to 30 sharks in the aggregation. Their curious and inquisitive nature means there is no baiting involved and we rely solely on a specific area where these animals are known to aggregate. Aside from the main attraction, the kelp forest is a beautiful environment to explore. There is an abundance of life in the kelp forest understorey.

We do have times when the sharks are not present in the area – please enquire about recent sightings when booking to have realistic expectations.

If the Cowsharks are not evident, then look out for the Spotted Gully sharks, which attain 1.7 metres in length. This is a timid shark more easily approached by freedivers than SCUBA divers. Then there are several species of catshark: the Pyjama catshark, Puffadder Shyshark, Leopard shyshark and Dark shyshark. These smaller sharks are between 50cm and 1.2 metres in length. The huge Short-tailed rays can occasionally be spotted. These rays grow up to 2 metres across the disk.

Cape Fur Seal Dive

The Cape Fur Seal dive is a super fun and interactive dive and one of the signature dives that Cape Town has offered for more than two decades. The seals are very playful and love to show their acrobatic skills to divers.

These seals are used to divers and are not shy at all, they will often jump in the water in large numbers to come and investigate and play with divers.

We dive at Partridge Point, an exposed haul-out spot for seals. There are times when the water can be rough at the site due to waves or currents. We will make a careful assessment before entering the water and reserve the right to divert the divers to a more protected site if conditions warrant it.

A shallow section of the reef, known as the amphitheatre, is the best spot to interact with the Seals. The deeper sections of the reef offer beautiful marine life, swim-throughs and large sea fans.

Itinerary

Meet at Pisces Divers at 09h00
Collect equipment, sign indemnities and load the boat
Briefing for first dive
Boat is launched and collects divers from beach opposite the dive centre
Proceed to first dive site (20 minute trip) and dive
Exit water and surface interval
Briefing for second dive site
Proceed to second dive site
Exit water and head back to Simonstown
Return to dive centre by 14h00 for hot shower, coffee,lunch and debrief


What's included

This package includes:
Two guided dives
Marine Protected Area permit for diving in protected waters.
Full equipment rental
Coffee / tea and lunch at Pisces Divers
Briefings
Water and chocolates on boat
Lockers for personal effects at dive centre


What's excluded

Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
Camera


Fitness level

* Must be fit to scuba dive.


Skill level

* Participants must have a PADI Open Water Diver license or equivalent.
* Dived within the past 6-months and be comfortable in the water though no requirement that diver must have had cold water experience.
* We offer a quick pre-boat dives pool refresher for those who feel that they need it for R400. This would be completed in the morning before the boat launches.
Please email info@piscesdivers.co.za to book this refresher before your dive.

What to bring

Dive Certification Card (Open Water or Advanced)
Towel
Warm Jacket
Bathing suit / Swimming costume
Sunblock
Camera
Own dive equipment if preferred


What to wear

* Sunscreen


Departure point

Pisces Divers shop: Goods Shed, 1 Main Road, Simon's Town


Return point

Pisces Divers shop: Goods Shed, 1 Main Road, Simon's Town

Cancellation policy

Trips by booking only. Full refund if we cancel or change the event due to poor ocean conditions. Cancellation within 48 hours of departure, 50% fee. Cancellation within 24 hours of departure and no-shows, no refund. All cancellations prior to 48 hours will be refunded in full. All trips have a minimum required number to be feasible.


Conditions

Booking agents are liable for full payment of bookings made with us should the guest not arrive. Booking agents are requested to take payment in full, or specifically make other arrangements with us. All bookings confirmed only when payment has been received in full. Payments can be made by credit card.

Credit cards details will not be processed until the day of the booked event or in the event of cancellation. Divers will be held responsible for lost or damaged rental equipment.

Due to the nature of diving in the Cape Peninsula where strong winds are common, we reserve the right to change the dive site to preserve the safety and enjoyment of the divers. As we dive with wild animals, sightings are not guaranteed.






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