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SharkSafe Barrier – Bottom up movement

The SharkSafe BarrierTM (SSB) was conceptualized in 2012, by merging in one single technology two efficient shark deterrents: large ceramic magnets and the visual appearance of a thick forest of kelp.

Since 2012 the results of the tests conducted on sharks with the SSB were published on peer review scientific journal. Through all the experiments, what soon became clear is that sharks do not like to cross the SSB, not even when attracted through it with the smell of their favorite fishes.

Despite the shark research results were positive, the

route to commercialization was still long, and the power of the South African waters made the progresses on the engineering tests painfully slow and expensive. Fortunately, the SSB proved to resist the notoriously strong waves of the South African coast, and makes it well suited for being deployed behind surfers in similarly wavy environments.

This year we successfully completed the very first oversea installation in Reunion Island in January (in collaboration with CRA, Shark Risk Management Centre, Réunion), we cannot wait to stop shark-culling for good.

shark safe barrier surface

So, after seven years of work on this eco-friendly alternative to protect people from sharks (and vice versa), it is time to expand our team.

We realized that local governments are very reluctant to invest public funds on new technologies, no matter how tested they are, so we decided to make our mission everyone’s mission

We realized that this is no longer a work that can be achieved by a handful of passionate scientists and conservationists, and it must become a global plea to stop the unjustifiable cull of marine life by shark nets and drumlines. 

shark caught in net

There are thousands of likely minded people in the world that realize the importance of saving sharks and all the other marine creatures currently being killed by drumlines and shark nets. Thousands of people asked for the removal of the nets and raised awareness in the past, but their efforts were time and again stopped by the official excuse of lack of alternatives. 

This official excuse is no longer valid. 

It is our hope that when enough people will stand with us and support the use of the SSB to protect surfers without harming the marine environment, we will get a step closer to really make this happen.

 

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Alarming drop in Great White shark numbers

Where to start with Diving

Are you new to diving or do you want to further your dive education?
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Guided Dives & Packages

Fun
Dives

Join us for guided fun dives around False Bay. We offer boat dives and shore dives in Gordon’s Bay, Rooi Els as well as at Simon’s Town.
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Explore False Bay

Ocean
Safaris

Tours can be accompanied by a marine biologist, who will provide valuable insight into the biodiversity and history of False Bay.
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If you’ve always wanted to scuba dive, this is where it starts.
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Development

Career

This program offers a young person the opportunity to develop their Scuba Diving career, doing various courses and gaining practical work experience.
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Courses

Shark
Life

Understanding shark behaviour and biology is the first step towards conserving them.
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Dive Tours

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vel

Experience the best Africa has to offer on our tailor-made dive trips. Africa boasts some of the world's best dive spots and amazing diversity.
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The Team

The Team

We have a young, dynamic team that is excited to help you start your scuba adventure. We are a family-orientated business creating lasting memories together.

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Liveaboard Trip - Red Sea Northern Wrecks & Reefs on M/Y Glory

This itinerary combines the famous wrecks in the Northern Red Sea with stunning walls & hard coral garden reef diving.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ#1

What is the age limits?

In most regions, the minimum age is 10 years old, however in some areas, local law may require a higher minimum age limit. Young participants need the approval and support of their parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit. To dive, you must be in good overall health, particularly your respiratory and circulatory systems. Mentally, you need a mature attitude, good judgement and the self-discipline to follow diving guidelines.
FAQ#26

What about my ears?

Your ears will not be a problem, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing on your eardrums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust to pressure changes in our surroundings – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure when flying, you'll most likely experience no problems learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.
FAQ#24

I'm not a great swimmer?

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water, but you do not have to be a great or even good swimmer. Your PADI Instructor will assess this.
FAQ#2

Is diving risky?

Diving does present some inherent risks. You can reduce your chances of having problems while diving by following basic safety rules and learning simple skills. Your dive professional takes precautions, uses experience and exercises good judgement to help keep you as safe as possible. People dive safely every day. However, any time people are in the water and are breathing compressed gas underwater, there is the potential for problems to occur.

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5 Star PADI Dive Center

Our 5 Star PADI Dive Center is located in Gordon's Bay, a lovely coastal town 40km from Cape Town CBD, we mainly explore the beautiful marine life of False Bay.
We focus on training confident and conservation-conscious divers. This is achieved through personal attention, incorporating life skills in our courses, and our persuasive love and respect for the ocean.

5 Star PADI Dive Center

We have an on-site swimming pool and luxurious 4-star hotel accommodation at the Krystal Beach Hotel. Enjoy meals at the restaurant with beautiful views of the ocean and mountains in Gordon's Bay.

Krystal Beach Hotel

Visit our Dive Shop for all your Scuba Dive soft gear and hard gear needs as well as great dive accessories and beachwear.

We stock Scubapro, Cressi, Bright Weights, Reef, Saekodive, Breazies, Ocean Tide, Salteez, and more.

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Covid - 19 Risk Management

1. Risk Assessment & Standard Operating Procedures implemented - Safety Talks Certificates of Compliance
2. PADI Risk Management Training Certificates 1 to 3
3. DAN Employee Awareness Training Certificates

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Contact

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082 598 1884
Address
Shop 2, Krystal Beach Hotel
9 Breakwater Lane
Gordon's Bay
Western Cape
South Africa

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