Keeping You Safe

Staying Safe when Swimming with whale Sharks

Ningaloo Whaleshark Swim is an experienced, expert marine tour operator.  We have a 100% Safety Record for a reason, and that is because we take the time and make the effort to make this happen.  Through a combination of the right staff, the right gear and the right processes, we focus on safety as the first requirement to running whale shark tours.  

All our staff meet and exceed minimum training guidelines for working with guests in a marine environment. Most are Divemasters, Dive Instructors and Accredited Snorkel Guides, or in training to become one of these.  They all have their Advanced First Aid, CPR, and most have Oxygen training as well.  (We run with an Oxygen cylinder onboard at all times.)

We use wetsuits, lifejackets, noodles, floats and our crew to ensure each and every one of our passengers is safe in the water, and to maximise each person’s ability to swim with a whale shark. 

We have developed comprehensive safety briefings that we use through the day to make sure everyone onboard knows what is going to happen, what could happen, and what to do if it does happen.

So you can honestly relax and let us take care of you.  We are onto it, good at it, and committed to keep getting better at it too!

Jellyfish Concerns

Whilst some people have concerns about jellyfish, we do everything we can to absolutely minimise any need to be concerned.  Many seasons there are no serious jellyfish stings off the Ningaloo Reef whatsoever.  However stings by jellyfish do pose an ongoing risk to swimmers in the water in most of Northern Australia. Like all risks its relative - compared to the Great Barrier Reef the risk of jelly fish stings on the Ningaloo Reef is much, much lower. So whilst the risk is real, if its properly managed it can be minimised.

Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim goes out of its way to very carefully manage jelly-fish risk to customers and crew.  Our staff are fully briefed and trained on relevant symptoms and how best to treat them, with all necessary gear on-board.  We have well-established processes for dealing with all levels of stings.  As soon as a risk of jellyfish stings (including irukandji) arises, we issue our passengers with full length stinger suits to cover their bodies from head to toe - full face masks may also be available if a customer has experience with these.  We work very closely with Department of Parks and Wildlife, the emergency response services in town and other whale shark tour and tourism operators so that if an emergency ever does arise, it is dealt with rapidly, effectively and professionally.