Every now and again, when the time allows, we are able to fit in a fully exclusive cage-diving trip for our hard-working volunteers. It is usually very early in the morning, which adds to all the excitement. Wetsuits, booties and towels were all prepared the night before and the passenger list for the boat was compiled in readiness for the next day. Early the next morning a group of yawning, sleepy faces all piled into the minibus and headed down to the harbour for a beautiful sunrise and a fun time out on the water!
Our volunteers have coordinators with them from early morning until night-time, so we usually make sure that they all go aboard together. It is an amazing experience for everyone! Instead of their usual task of educating and taking care of ecotourism clients, the crew and volunteers get to just relaaaax and fully enjoy the cage-diving experience.
There is a lot of fun, laughter and joking around, and a really good vibe on board Slashfin, the Marine Dynamics’ vessel. Our volunteers all get rewarded with some well-deserved time off doing exactly what they are deeply passionate about!
This time around they were really lucky and got some fantastic great white shark sightings and were able to spend a long time in the cage. They said that they enjoyed the fact that they knew everyone diving in the cage alongside them, so they felt comfortable and could chat and joke with one another at will.
Ettiene Roets, one of our volunteer coordinators, said that exclusive volunteer dives are “a nice bonding experience for both coordinators and volunteers alike…the exclusives are uniquely fun trips, almost like playing at work”.
Meredith Thornton: IMV Manager