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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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Christo Strauss wrote a review Feb 2022
Somerset West, South Africa6 contributions1 helpful vote
Me and my son went on the guided snorkeling experience and it was WONDERFUL! we had an amazing time! And it was also extremely informative - not just a snorkel trip. So cool to have a marine biologist with you to answer all the questions!! I can strongly recommend this!
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Phillip Kent wrote a review May 2021
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Insightful, informative experience. Friendly, knowledgable and passionate guides. I was lucky enough to have a perfect day, on my own, with a huge variety of sightings: four types of shark and endless jellyfish. Absolutely breathtaking.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from MikeB8869, Owner at Cape RADD
Responded 31 May 2021
Thank you very much for joining us and for your lovely review. It was the perfect day!
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Annemarie S wrote a review May 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
What an amazing experience!!! My son and I enjoyed it immensely! Visibility was awesome, we saw loads of little sharks, wish I had an underwater camera to capture the beautiful scenery. Our guide, Gaz, was wonderful and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend doing this, we can't wait to bring the rest of the family and DO IT AGAIN!!!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from MikeB8869, Owner at Cape RADD
Responded 31 May 2021
Thank you very much for the review and for joining us and supporting our shark research initiative. We hope we do see you out with us one day soon again!
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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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Response from MikeB8869, Owner at Cape RADD
Responded 31 May 2021
Wow, what a fantastic review. Thank you for your time in writing this and for joining us for our shark research initiative. We really do appreciate the support and spreading the word of our word. Until next time! Mike
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SLD wrote a review Mar 2021
Cape Town22 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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