Great White Shark Tours' Brian McFarlane
Owner and founder Brian McFarlane was a professional diver and skipper and 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, 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.
Brian McFarlane, owner and founder of the shark cage diving company, 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 .
- 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,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 haveboth a land and sea crew and office staff.
The crew is all in possession of 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. Our second skipper is Anthony who has been with us for the past 7 years.
You will also be able to learn a lot from Gert an experienced commercial fisherman who is our master bait operator 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, is a competent dive master and will ensure you are properly briefed rpior to entering the cage.
Someone has to get the sharks closer to the boat and this is Dira our master chummer who attracts the sharks by the smell of the bait and ensures a constant flow of chum. He has learnt his skill from his brother Happy who is our safety officer on board.
Albert joined Great White Shark tours a couple of years ago and will be responsible for your comfort and getting you the correct size wetsuits. In addition he is our qualified Marine Eco Guide and will answer all your questions about sharks, birds and whales in the area.
On land we have Lee who ensures that the boat is kept spotlessly clean condition. He joined the company in 2003 and loves his work,always giving 110% with a smile. He is in charge of keeping the wetsuits, life jackets, rain coats etc., clean and dry.
The on shore office is run by Letitia who was has been with us for the past 9 years and is the mother hen who ensures that everything and everybody performs at 100% levels.
Chrissie (9 years’ service) and Amelia (previously our marketing consultant) are our front of house Public Relations Officers who are responsible for bookings and liaison with clients
Annie is a recent addition to our team (3 years’ service) and is responsible for preparing the healthy meals enjoyed by client both before and after each trip.
Sales and marketing is undertaken by Karin who calls our Hotels and Guesthouses in and around Cape Town.
Kabier conveying our clients in a luxury coach. He may be the first staff member you meet when collecting you from Cape Town or Hermanus should you elect to make use of our personalized collection and delivery service.
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