Great White Shark Tours' Brian MacFarlane
Owner and founder Brian McFarlane is a professional diver and skipper who has always made a living from the sea. He started diving for perlemoen (abalone) at a young age, then moved on to become a commercial fisherman for 6 years and spent another 6 years diving in search of wrecks along the southern coast of Africa. This was followed by the diving for diamonds from the sea bed for the next 20 years.
Brian has become a local legend with his fascinating tales about the sea and his underwater experiences. During the time when Great White Shark fishing was still allowed, Brian caught Great White Sharks, some weighing more than 1 ton. Today, he dearly regrets this and now spends his time and efforts in finding the great beasts to be observed and photographed at close range.
Brian has worked with the Great White Sharks for 18 to 20 years years, and has only had 6 non-sighting days in the last 10 years. This is unequalled in the industry. Because of this uncanny knack to attract sharks, Brian is the ONLY operator to offer a FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE and not a voucher for a replacement dive. However, during January 2016 the sharks disappeared completely and we were forced to stop operating for 21 days..
The owner and founder of Great White Shark Tours believes that....
- Every tourist who dives is entitled to have a great white shark swim past him or her an acceptable number of times, even though this means that the average trip length may be longer than other operators where in many cases only single trips are done in a day.
- Although not going to sea every day Brian will be personally involved in the shark cage diving operation. The waters around Shark Alley is Brian McFarlane’s territory and having dived there numerous times, he knows it well.
This in turn gives rise to his vision statement of:
MEET OUR CREW & STAFF
Great White Shark Tours has an outstanding reputation for providing excellent friendly and helpful service. This is thanks to the quality of the people they employ. We work as one unit with staff in different areas. We have a land and sea crew as well as office staff.
The crew on sea have all received the necessary qualifications and certifications in safety and procedures to make your time at sea safe and memorable.
Brian McFarlane (founder and skipper) often skippers Apex Predator, but should he not be available, you will be left in the capable hands of Skipper Bryan Jnr or one of the two other qualified skippers. Bryan has worked in the shark diving industry for many years and is the son of Brian McFarlane. Our second skipper is Anthony and he is already 7 years in the business.
You will also be able to learn a lot from Gert an experienced commercial fisherman who is our master bait man who knows how to attract the sharks. He is also a keen fisherman and has a lot of stories to tell about his experiences on sea. He has been with Great White Shark tours for 13 years.
Eric has been with the company for 13 years and when it comes to safety in dive operations, you will not find a better person. He is our qualified dive master and can teach you a couple of things about diving.
Someone has to get the sharks closer to the boat and this is Dira our master chummer who learnt his trade from his brother Happy who is our safety officer on board. Sharks keep a safe distance from the boat and the cage.
Albert joined Great White Shark tours a couple of years ago and will be responsible for your comfort and getting you the correct wetsuits. In addition he is our qualified Marine Eco Guide on the boat and will answer all your questions on sharks, birds and whales in the area.
On land we have Lee who ensures that the boat is kept in a tip top clean condition. He joined the company in 2003 and loves his work. Always doing 110% with a smile. He is in charge of keeping the wetsuits, life jackets, rain coats etc., clean and dry. He also takes care of the vehicles and the grounds.
In the office we have Letitia as our office manager for the past 9 years and ensures that the business runs smoothly. She is the mother- hen who organises everything.
Chrissie joined the company as a PRO at the same time as Letitia and have formed a great working partnership. She is responsible for the bookings and making sure the clients are satisfied with their experiences.
Amelia is the newest addition to the team as a PRO and uses her selling skills to great advantage. Annie is in charge of keeping everything clean and tidy and is always very friendly. She excels in preparing a fresh and healthy breakfasts and the lunches for our clients on a daily basis.
Kabier has been our trustworthy professional driver for the past 8 years and makes sure he gives excellent service while transporting our clients. He will most likely be the first person you meet from our company as he will be collecting you from Cape Town if you make use of the transport.
All the staff and crew will be responsible for your time at the project. You will get to know them and be a part of this wonderful team.
View the boat fitted with four 200 HP eco- friendly engines on the "Boat" page