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Islander's Innovation At Work

When it comes to Great White Shark cage diving, onboard equipment is one of the most important elements to a safe and successful trip. The only thing coming between you and massive Great White Sharks is the hardware. For this reason Islander Charters has gone to great lengths to ensure our equipment is second to none. Fortunately for shark divers, equipment design and fabrication is Islander Charters strong suite.

Guadalupe Islands Safest Great White Shark Cages:

Islander Charters commitment to safety is of the utmost importance because it is the foundation of our business. Our 100% safety record with zero cage incidents is virtually unique at the Island. This perfect safety record is a direct reflection of our attention to detail, expertise in handling Great White Sharks and quality of our operation.

Travis Thomas welds our drop down cage Islander’s custom shark cages are specifically designed for cage diving at Guadalupe Island. Our shark cages are of our own original design and meticulously welded with superior materials and techniques. All fabrication has been done by Travis Thomas, senior welder for the Marine Science Development Center at Scripps Institute of Oceanography here in San Diego. Our shark cages are constructed of 6061 T6 aluminum alloy. They are the only cages at Guadalupe Island that are hand TIG welded, not to be confused with the weaker, faster technique of MIG welding. Simply put, Islander Charters has the strongest, safest Great White Shark cages at Guadalupe Island.

Every aspect of our equipment has been designed with shark diver safety and comfort in mind. The wrap-around handrails surround entry/ exit hatches and ensure safe and easy water entry. In addition to the large entry hatches, we have proactively planned for worst-case scenarios by building alternate exits on the outboard sides of the shark cages. These exits are designed not to jam shut even during the worst collision with a Great White Shark. We have also put careful consideration into the window height by positioning viewing windows at the optimal height for photographers to have knees bent for stability and still have camera housings at eye level to get that shot of a lifetime. Photographers will also appreciate viewing windows that are one step ahead with padded bars so as not to damage expensive and fragile camera housings. We invite you to see the innovative and efficient designs put to work by Islander Charters.

Lowering a shark cage intothe water

Air System:

Over 25 years of diving have provided us with a clear vision of the ideal air system, its components and how to implement them onboard Islander. Our air system is custom designed with two things in mind; safety and reliability. Twin Bauer compressors provide the redundant reliability necessary for any liveaboard operating in remote locations such as Guadalupe Island. Our high volume compressors are matched with a huge air banks allowing shark divers to safely cage dive Guadalupe Island all day on stored air without having to run noisy compressors during the day.

As most divers know, properly filtered and dried air is fundamental to diving. Onboard Islander, you will find state-of –the-art driers and filters which remove compressor oil and rust- producing moisture from the air before the reaching the divers in cages below. This is a critical element to any dive operation! In doing your trip research, ask about the air you will be breathing. If the operator can't speak knowledgably about their dive compressors and fitration system, think twice!