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TOWN - V&A WATERFRONT
Road * Victoria & Alfred Waterfront * Cape
Town * South Africa
close up and intimate. Swim
freely alongside ragged-tooth sharks,
spotted gullies, turtles and rays. Come
face to face with a multitude of
fishes. See the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa,
a fish eye view.
Aquarium offers a unique and exciting opportunity to all qualified scuba
dive in the Aquarium’s two main exhibits, the I&J Predator
Exhibit and the Kelp Forest.
I&J Predator Exhibit, containing two million litres of water, is the
largest in the Aquarium and is home to five ragged tooth sharks; a variety
of rays; a loggerhead turtle; shoals of yellowtail, garrick (leervis)
and other fishes.
divers are able to enter the display without the hindrance of a ‘cage’
and experience thrilling close encounters with the animals as they glide
past. Diving in the Predator
Exhibit is an adventure which one is not likely to forget in a hurry.
“The adrenaline starts flowing before you even enter the water.
What makes this so incomparable with diving in the open sea is that you
know the sharks are there and that you are going to see them and get close
to them,” says one of the Aquarium divers. “You can actually see that
they are scrutinizing your every move.”
those who are fearful of sharks, there is an equally thrilling dive
opportunity in the Kelp Forest Exhibit. This display is the second largest
and contains 800,000 litres of water.
It is one of the best kelp forests on display in the world and is
typical of the west coast of South Africa.
Whilst divers will definitely see kelp off the coastline, they may
not be so lucky to dive through shoals of fishes such as maasbankers and
pilchards. The Kelp Forest Exhibit is home to these fishes as well as red
roman, red stumpnose, galjoen (the national fish of South Africa) and
white stumpnose amongst others. Qualified Advanced divers can feed the
fishes in the Kelp Forest Exhibit.
The feed is extremely exciting as the fishes swarm around the
diver, clamouring for food. In
October 2001 the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa became the
first aquarium in the world to offer qualified recreational scuba divers
the opportunity to experience a copper helmet dive.
Wearing an Imperial Navy Diving suit which comprises a copper
helmet (weighing 18 kg), a bulky canvas suit, lead-weighted boots (which
weigh 9 kg each) and weight-belt, qualified divers now have the
opportunity to experience a moment in the history of diving in the I&J
Predator Exhibit in the Aquarium. The
divers are lowered via a diving stage into the Exhibit where they
‘stroll’ amongst the five ragged tooth sharks, turtles, rays and
shoals of fishes. Air is supplied from the surface via a rubber
‘umbilical’ cable and the divers are able to communicate with the
response to the adventure diving initiative in the Two Oceans Aquarium has
been phenomenal with thousands of divers from all over the world having
taken the plunge. Booking
Helmet Diving is for Open Water 1 divers only. The diver will wear an
Imperial Navy Diving suit which consists of a copper helmet (18kg), lead
boots (9kg each), a canvas suit, and other lead weights. The total weight
of the equipment is 60kg. Air is supplied from the surface through an
umbilical cable. The
diver will be able to talk to the supervisor on the surface. The
diver will be lowered into the I&J Predator Exhibit on a platform.
Bookings must be made at least two days in advance and are subject to
non-refundable deposit of R450.00 is required to secure the booking. This
will not be refunded upon cancellation. Dive
10h30, 12h30 and 14h30 daily (dives last approx. 20 minutes) (Divers must
arrive 1 hour prior to their dive time). In
the line with recognized diving practices, dives may not occur if divers
are to fly less than 12 hours after dive time.
Diving is for
Advanced divers only - feed the multitude of fish in the Kelp Forest
A maximum of 2 divers per dive. Bookings
Dives are available at 10h00, 12h00 and 14h00 daily.
Helmet Diving - R650.00
Diving - R300.00 : Divers Supplies own dive equipment. R375.00 -
Aquarium Supplies Dive Equipment. R350.00 - Student uses Aquarium
Equipment. R275.00 - Student uses own equipment.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME. PLEASE ENQUIRE WHEN