Important Notes/ Additional Information
The action can be incredibly fast paced and chaotic at times, and a certain level of fitness is required to thoroughly enjoy each and every encounter. Any in water activity must be undertaken by those reasonably comfortable in the water.
Due to our typical African surf launch and beaching of our boats, along with the possibility of uncomfortable and choppy sea conditions at times, we do not advise that those with limited mobility or frailty take part in boat activities of this nature.
Please note that on a Sardine Run Expedition most of the “diving” (approx 80%) is on snorkel as the shoals move fast and there is not enough time to don scuba gear to follow the action. Only if it is a “static bait ball” there may be time to don on scuba gear. Most of the action takes place on the surface up to a depth of 10 meters. This is a Marine Ocean Safari as most of the action can be viewed from the boat, and on snorkel.
If it is a slow day and all clients agree, a reef dive can be a nice diversion and a chance to blow bubbles.
What to bring on the boat each day:
- Sun protection i.e. hat, sunglasses & sun block
- Warm and waterproof jacket
- Waterproof bag for your towel and anything you wish to bring onto the boat (space is limited so please choose something relatively small)
- Camera, video equipment, binoculars (in a waterproof bag)
- Sea sick tablets (If necessary)
Our boats are 8.5m Superduck semi-rigids powered by 2 x 100hp 4 stroke Yamaha outboards.
Each vessel is licensed to carry 12 passengers including skipper and guide, however to ensure your comfort we limit our carrying capacity to a maximum of 8 clients.
Our boats are certified by SAMSA and carry all required safety equipment including oxygen, trauma kits and communication devices.
Our team has the experience and knowledge to make sure your Sardine run safari is an incredible unforgettable experience. We have highly experienced skippers and dive guides with many years of experience with the Run. We want to ensure your safety and to make your trip as informative and enjoyable as possible.
Timm Blue Ocean Safaris collaborates with Twobar Scuba and Triton Dive Lodge for the sardine run ocean safari. Both companies have been operating scuba dive concessions on the east coast of Southern Africa and have more than 20 years in the industry.
Weather and Sea Conditions
The best weather and sea conditions on the Wild coast happen to be during the South African winter months. A little rain and overcast conditions can be expected on some days, though normally good weather prevails.
Sea conditions can change from calm to rough. We put safety first and our crew decisions at sea are based on your safety at all times.
The air temperature ranges between 14 to 25 ºC (58 to 76 ºF) and it is often colder at night.
Water temperature ranges between 15 to 22ºC (59 to 71 ºF)
Visibility ranges from 2 to 30m. As a safety precaution, in water activities are only conducted in conditions with visibility of more than 5m.
Notes for divers
Divers will be asked to produce their certification cards as well as logbooks and sign indemnities on arrival at Port St Johns and prior to taking part in any ocean activity.
Checkout dives will be done on the first day and prior to any sightings taking place. This is for your own safety and comfort, also to enable you to tweak your equipment and to familiarize yourself with local conditions ahead of all the action. When we join the action there is little or no time to tweak your gear.
All gear has to be pre-booked. We encourage you to bring your own wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins, BCD and regulators. We however do have a full range of equipment for rental.
Rental: Per item @ R 65.00 per item and for full equipment @ R 325.00 per day. Dive gear rental must be pre-booked as we may have limited stock.
Cylinders and weight belts will be supplied. We make use of 10 & 12ltr steel dive cylinders.
With water temperatures between 14 – 22 ºC, a wetsuit thickness of 5 – 7 mm with hood, booties and gloves are recommended for this time of year.
It is advisable to bring your own SMB (surface marker buoy) to keep inside your BCD pocket.
Rinsing and drying facilities will be available on site.