I have always been hesitant to write a blog post about sharks and surfing in South Africa due to how controversial the issue has become of late. However, in light of the recent shark attack in Muizenberg (the first attack there in 11 years), which took place on Friday 1st August 2014, I feel compelled to put some thoughts and facts on ‘paper’.
The international media has in my opinion, instilled an irrational fear of sharks into the minds of many visitors to South Africa. Read this article on the Shark Savers website for similar sentiments. We are often faced with the question ‘so what about sharks?’ when we get enquiries for surf lessons. There seems to be this misconception that by putting your big toe into the ocean in South Africa, a shark is going to come and hunt you down (Jaws theme music and visions of a Great White mouth wide open come into play).
The TRUTH is: there ARE sharks in the waters of South Africa. The FACT is: they are NOT prowling the ocean in search of humans. It has been said that shark attacks on humans are generally mistaken identity. If we had to consider the sheer number of ocean users on any given day vs. the number of shark-human interactions the statistics are considerably low when compared to your chances of being crushed by a vending machine, or even having a coconut fall on your head. See the info graphic below below:
Cape Town has several beaches with a shark spotting programme. This programme was started to further minimize the very small risk of a shark attack. It also aims to make a difference to shark conservation and alter public perception on how sharks and humans can co-exist. The beaches where you will find shark spotters on duty are: Noordehoek, Muizenberg, Koel Bay and Fish Hoek. The spotters have a flag system to communicate with the public that is as follows:
SURF LESSONS - GROUP & PRIVATE
In the need for some Vitamin D, a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea after being locked down for so long? Bring your Lockdown Lover, your sister, your brother, your Houseparty Mates or your Zoom Date and experience the 'stoke' of surfing with us.
A 1.5 hour lesson includes the use of all equipment and instruction from a qualified surf coach. Our surf school is mobile getting you to the beach with the best conditions on the day. Typically, during winter we operate at Muizenberg and during summer we operate in Big Bay. If you form your own private group of family and friends (recommended at this time), you may let us know your beach preference at the time of booking. For our regular group lessons, we will join you up with others we have surfing that day (we require a minimum of 4 persons to operate a group lesson). Once beaches are open and we are able to operate again, lessons will take place with a strict COVID-19 safety plan in place to ensure the safety of participants and staff.
- 1.5 hours of coaching from an SSA qualified surf coach with current First Aid and CPR certification
- use of a clean, sanitized wetsuit
- use of a sanitized surfboard and leash
- 100% guaranteed 'STOKE'
GROUP LESSONS R350pp
For this option, we will group you with others we have booked-min of 4 pax required to run a group lesson
Form your own group of family and friends and share the STOKE with those closest to you.
2 Person Private: R450pp
3 Person Private: R400pp
4-6 Person Private: R350pp