With the beaches being open again after lockdown, there’s a new love in the air for all things coastal. These last weeks of summer have us hankering for our own little ‘Octopus Teacher’ experience. Whether it’s surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, freediving or shark-cage diving, we took a look at some of the best ways to enjoy all that our amazing coastline has to offer.
Inspired to get into the water and experience the amazing marine life that Cape Town has to offer? Into The Blue is the place to go. No matter the level of experience or appetite for adventure, this team offers something for everyone.
Into the Blue leads explorations of reefs and wrecks, interactions with seals and even takes people to dive with great white sharks. If diving doesn’t appeal, or you don’t have your diving certificate yet, the wonders and wildlife of the ocean can still be enjoyed by snorkel.
Or for full immersion, book an Ocean Safari holiday following the Sardine Run as gazillions of these fish migrate up the wild coast of South Africa.
Whether you’re a total beginner, need a refresher or are looking to advance your diving skills, Into The Blue have a PADI certified open water or pool option to suit your needs.
Want to learn to surf or improve your skills? Here’s a chance to do so with Blouberg’s iconic view of Table Mountain as your backdrop.
Surf Big Bay – based in a newly developed beachfront promenade – offers professional coaches with over 15 years of experience in helping its students to ride their first wave or improve their carve.
And for anyone wanting to take their skills to the next level, they even offer a 5-day surf trip, exploring and surfing some of the most beautiful Garden Route beaches between Cape Town and Jeffrey’s Bay with all travel and accommodation included.
Surf Big Bay offers private or group lessons for all levels of experience, including quality equipment and wetsuits. Whether it’s individual instruction, or a party, or a family outing, you are sure to have fun.
Since 1993 Orca Industries has helped thousands of people to take their firsts steps into a lifetime of underwater adventures and memories.
Orca Industries offers beginner courses, including all gear, to teach the basics and build confidence in those venturing out into the sea for the first time. For the more experienced, there are also a number of speciality courses including wreck diving, night diving and drift diving.
The range of PADI certified courses are recognised internationally so Orca Industries’ graduates can keep diving and exploring all along South Africa’s coast, and – once we have beaten this pandemic – all over the world.
Its outdoor adventure shop also offers diving equipment and gear repair as well as apparatus for hiking, climbing and camping for all adventure needs.
For the ultimate Octopus Teacher adventure, learn to freedive with Cape Town Freedivers and experience the magical world below the waves of Cape Town’s beautiful oceans. Developed and refined right here in Cape Town, its freediving course is a chance to reconnect with nature and discover the ocean depths… one breath at a time.
A simple snorkelling lesson is often a good place to start. Then the beginner course in freediving teaches the theory and techniques of the form, and also offers guided practice in exploring the beautiful kelp forests and marine fauna and flora with confidence and panache.
For those wanting to push themselves a little further (or fans of The Big Blue!) sports courses are available in competitive freediving. Regardless of the skills level of their students, Cape Town Freedivers has both the equipment and the professional abilities to make something daunting into a skill that will bring you joy for life.
Travellers from all over the world make their way to Cape Town with the promise of Shark cage diving. Whether for the adrenaline rush, or just to be in the same space as the magnificent sharks of the False Bay coast, African Shark Eco-Charters is the go-to company. Voted the best shark-cage diving company by the Global Travelers awards, and being a Hall of Famer for the past 8 years with TripAdvisor, its mission is to change perceptions and instil in others a love and respect for these magnificent creatures and their importance to the world eco-system.
The approach of African Shark Eco-Charters is very much safety first and ‘shark forward’, managing the environmental impact and aiming to provide as natural an encounter as possible with the sharks. With scuba equipment and compressed air provided to ensure a comfortable observation of the sharks, their social interactions and predatory behaviours. Besides Great Whites, the Western Cape is also privileged to have the very inter-active Sevengill Broadnose cow sharks and Blue and Mako sharks in our waters to discover.
Choose an exciting ocean adventure and walk away with a positive appreciation of sharks and the whole marine eco-system!
Where: Shop WC13 Quayside Centre, Boardwalk Building, Wharf Road, Simonstown
Atlantic Surf Co, started in Table View by Anton Fourie in 1995, is a surf shop in Cape Town specialising in a wide offering from holiday clubs, team building and surf parties to SUP lessons, offering specific lessons for kids, women and groups.
With their SUP lessons for beginners, an emphasis is placed on understanding the basics of standing and handling a SUP board. Lessons cover balance, paddling and controlling the direction of a SUP journey.
For those with more experience, attention is shifted to a focus on the more technical and niche aspects that are to be taken into account when going out to SUP. Lessons include turning the SUP board, different stroke techniques and learning to start catching waves.
SUP lessons in Cape Town range between 1.5 and 2 hours. Lessons are ocean and weather permitting.
Aside from their SUP lessons, Atlantic Surf also offer a variety of boards, wetsuits and surf equipment for rental. They offer short and long term rentals, for the customers’ own convenience.
Where: Surf lessons in Table View, Muizenberg and Hout Bay | SUP lessons in Table View, Clifton and Muizenberg