How much diving is done on a Sardine Run excursion?
The actual amount of diving can vary from day to day and all depends on the action. It all depends on the size of the bait ball and how fast it moves as to whether we use scuba or snorkel. Your skipper will be your guide and advise you what to use. Majority of the excursion is experienced through snorkeling due to the boat moving along quickly to keep up and get the best action. Once we spot a large enough static bait ball, divers can scuba and be in close proximity to the feeding frenzy, where they can encounter dolphins, sharks, whales and other marine species.
Whether you are a snorkeler or a diver you can still partake in the action. It is mandatory to have a diving qualification to use scuba, where for snorkeling no experience is needed. On your first day, if the conditions allow, we will be doing a check dive to make sure that you are comfortable with your equipment, have proper buoyancy control and to familiarize yourself with the conditions.
When it comes to the Sardine Run, it is good to always be ready – it is easier to get on and off the boat quickly with snorkeling gear as the skipper needs to keep moving to stay with the action. The crew will do their best to maneuver the boat and anticipate the marine animal activity and it is therefore essential to be ready to jump into the water at a moment’s notice. If luck is on your side, you will get to experience the run at its peak. It is also beneficial to have some free diving skills.
Thank you to Steve Woods Underwater Photography & Tiffany Ny Photography for the images.