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Cape RADD

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Cape Town, South Africa
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About Cape RADD
Cape RADD (Research & Diver Development) is a marine research field station based in Simons Town, South Africa. The field station is run by a small team of dedicated scientists. Cape RADD offer Citizen Science experiences to the public which introduces a new way to experience the ocean environment. Join our scientists on a snorkel or scuba dive and help collect valuable data while enjoying the beautiful underwater ecosystem of Cape Town. Swim through lush kelp forests, with playful seals, or alongside the prehistoric sevengill cow shark. After the experience you can show off your sightings to your friends on our FishMap. Stop counting your dives and make your dives count!
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Paul Bennett wrote a review Mar 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4 contributions2 helpful votes
We did a Citizen Science SCUBA dive with Cape RADD off Simon's Town that was superb. Our focus was to spot, identify, and count benthic shysharks, of which there are four species: pyjama shark, puff adder shark, dark shyshark, and the leopard shy shark. There were four of us, including my two teenage daughters who are studying marine biology, guided by Cape RADD founder and marine scientist, Mike. We did two shore dives just south of Simon's Town on a beautiful late summer day. On the first dive we didn't see any sharks—just two wonderful octopuses. But, on the second we spotted all four species, which was epic, and added that to the database Mike keeps for scientists far and wide. Mike is a great teacher. He kicked things off with a super informative presentation about the marine environment and various species we might see, which gave us a solid context for the dive. We are all advanced divers, but Mike still went through all the safety checks. And we never went any deeper than 10m (30ft)—so totally suitable for open water certified divers. The best part of the day was swimming through the kelp forests in False Bay, which is otherworldly and one of the most stunning environments on the planet. We love the film My Octopus Teacher, which was made a short distance away. This experience was like diving into that film. Highly recommend for anyone who loves the sea.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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SLD wrote a review Mar 2021
Cape Town25 contributions25 helpful votes
Had a great time with Cape RADD. Being able to take part in marine research and learn more about what you’re actually seeing underwater makes all the difference when choosing an experience or dive operator. We loved the friendly and down to earth attitude of the guide and the group as a whole. First time seeing an octopus underwater too.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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André wrote a review Feb 2021
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The citizen science snorkeling trip is a must do experience for residents and tourists of Cape Town alike. The Cape RADD team are extremely helpful, friendly and informative and the snorkeling is amazing. You will get a chance to experience the beautiful marine biodiversity of Simons Town whilst doing so in a safe and educational manner. After this trip you will definitely want to keep on going back and contribute in a positive way to the marine environment!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Ryan wrote a review Nov 2020
Vertou, France14 contributions15 helpful votes
Absolutely brilliant experience that hits the sweetspot between education and sheer fun. Better than any big game safari in my books and the fact that my 12 year old gave it “20 out of 10” tells you all you need to know. If you are starting out then sea conditions can be tricky by the guys at CapeRadd always seem to have a plan that makes the most of what’s available. We look forward to coming back - often!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Passenger246886 wrote a review Nov 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
As a first time snorkeling we had a real blast. The organization was excellent and very informative.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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