Wilfred Chivell can be described in many ways – charismatic, dynamic, naturalist, visionary, rough diamond, entrepreneur and shrewd business man . . . and they all fit him like a glove. But beneath a tough outer veneer is a softie who gets all mushy and poetic about a petite little bird and who will not hesitate to put his life at risk to rescue an endangered animal.
General Manager and Skipper Hennie Otto regards his vast responsibilities as captain of the crew as "a full-time paid holiday and a way of life" rather than a job. A versatile all-rounder who also boasts in-depth knowledge of seabirds (both vagrants and residents) and a fundi with cameras, Hennie is the guy to help you set your camera for those once in a lifetime shots.
Skipper Jan du Toit was born and raised in Gansbaai. He truly loves the sea and was once a commercial diamond diver, involved in the commercial fishing industry, and then joined the shark cage diving world in 2010.
Pieter du Toit, skipper on Slashfin, has quickly mastered the art of identifying the various sharks that frequent the area between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock and even "befriended" several by name! Pieter also enjoys handling the sharks when on board. He knows exactly how, when and where to cast the bait and when to deftly pull it back to ensure the divers get some really close encounters.
Inspired from a young age by her late father’s ambition to dive with White Sharks, Alison graduated from UK’S Bangor university in 2006 with a BSc Honours in Marine biology.
Guiding Biologist - BSc Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia