The Grants' African adventure

The Great Dive

When we were in Cape Town me and my cousin Lance went Great White Shark Diving. We had to get up at like 5:00 in the morning and wake Dad up so he could drive us to a petrol station where we got picked up by a Shark Diving Unlimited van. We were the only people in the van apart from a awesome Swedish guy who worked all over the World and was in Cape Town at the moment. We drove like 2 hours and while we were waiting we watched a documentary about a guy who swam with Great Whites for 30 hours straight to prove that Great Whites can tell the difference between seals and humans. When we got there they gave us some breakfast and took us to the boats. We had the Barracuda the best boat there and they didn’t waste any time telling boring safety rules.

Then we started moving out into the Indian ocean to find the sharks. I discovered that our captain was the guy in the documentary that we watched in the van and that he was like a minor celebrity.
When we got out far enough they started putting the cage in the water and chucking fish stuff out to attract the sharks. The way the cage worked was it could fit 7 people and they would lean on a bar and when the crew told us to go down we go under and watch the sharks come right up close to you.

Me and Lance didn’t go with the first seven cause there’s more sharks at the end and you can get better spots in the cage. So we waited to go together and we got in after these people who lasted like 2 minutes cause the cold and we put our wetsuits and goggles on and got the best spots in the cage. Lance had a underwater camera so we took videos and photos underwater and it was awesome I was the only person where a shark came like 30 centimeters away and the guy throwing the fish out threw it right in front me so all these sharks came and ripped food apart meters away from me. My hands and knees slipped out of the cage a few times which wasn’t good but me and Lance managed to last 30 mins so we were like Veterans. When I got out it was like the coldest I’ve ever been in my life. I couldn’t tie up my shoes or put my feet in them and I couldn’t zip up my jumper.

Then we started to head back and we stopped by a island in the middle of nowhere called Seal Island it had like 50 to 60 000 thousand seals on it and that’s why the sharks hang around. When we got back they gave us really nice soup and showed us a movie they took of us which we have now. Then we talked to a awesome guy who works in the mines. Then we started to get driven back with the Swedish guy and the awesome busdriver who drove us past whales and then he drove us home


Fish (not shark bait).

6 responses

  1. Sheila Grant

    Gee, Timmy, I can see you will one day be writing adventure stories….This was so good, and what an experience! Lucky you, but you can keep that cold, cold Cape water!!!!! Well done, and what fun Lance is. eh? Tell him Granny says thank you ….

    July 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

  2. Good one Joseph…don’t know why Granny thought it was Timmy who wrote it. Sounds like you had quite an adventure and I’m so glad the GWS didn’t take a chomp at your hands or knees. Scary stuff!! I don’t think my old body would take the cold and my ticker certainly would have been working over-time with all that excitement.

    July 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  3. Ben Cann

    Fish, this sounds amazing! Thanks for writing about your adventures, great to get out and do things you’ve never done before. (maybe never have the chance again).

    July 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

  4. Jenny Humphrey

    Hey Joseph (not Fish Bait!!!_ I love it!!) You are an excellent writer! And as interesting and exciting as it obviously was for you and Lance I’m with your Grandpa on this one!!! I loved reading about your adventure but that is as brave as I am! Please write some more! Love Mrs H (Jenny) x

    July 8, 2012 at 3:08 am

  5. Hi Fish! What a great adventure and I bet you were cold – 30 mins underwater – though the adreneline would have kicked in! You must write this all down so you can show your grandchildren what you did!? Love from Nanny XXX

    July 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm

  6. The Inalds

    Wow Fish I am so impressed! 30 mins is a long time in cold water and with sharks around. It sounds like the most awesome day and you will remember it like, forever!!! Love Fi

    July 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

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