We provide you with thick double 5mm wetsuits, booties, gloves, and a hood to keep you nice and warm. Getting into cold water is a lot easier with all of the exposure protection to keep you warm!
Yes. Even though you float with the wetsuits on, it is important that you are able to swim, as this increases safety and will leave you a lot more comfortable in the water.
The seals are not inherently aggressive to divers and snorkelers, but they are wild animals, and should be treated as such. Snorkelers should not attempt to touch or feed them, and it is best to keep your hands close to your body. Seals are more aggressive when there are babies around. The seals might come and “feel you out” a bit – they have no hands, so they do this with their mouths. There have been a few little “pinches” through the wetsuits over the years, but never anything serious.
We have never spotted any Great White Sharks at the colonies we visit for the seal snorkeling. We do not snorkel at “the” seal island in False Bay where the world famous breaching occurs. That said, the ocean is a wild place, without any fences – meaning we cannot guarantee that there will never be a shark. We ourselves have been snorkeling and diving in this area for years, and sharks are the last thing that come to mind when we go here.
You should bring:
Yes. The rain or outside temperatures are not much of a concern, but storms that create big waves in the sea are a problem for snorkeling safely. These storms are not always visible in Cape Town – it could be a storm that happens out in the deep sea that creates the waves. We always monitor the wave size, and will always cancel the trip if the ocean is unsafe. In such an event, you will get the option to reschedule, or get a full refund.
The boat allows you to snorkel in the water for up to an hour.