The idea of diving with sharks can bring a mix of feelings, a little fear but also excitement to get up close and personal with these fascinating underwater creatures. There’s nothing more memorable than going beneath the surface and experiencing the beauty in which sharks resemble right in front of you.
But when it comes to Blue Planet’s shark dives, what should you expect?
Whether it’s your first shark dive as a brave junior or thrill-seeking adult, diving with huge sharks, stingrays and hundreds of stunning tropical fish can give you some of the best feelings. Here’s every thought you’ll have on your shark diving experience…
In the lead up to your dive, your tummy might be filled with butterflies. It’s perfectly normal to experience a few nerves before diving with sharks, especially on your trip to the aquarium.
But don’t be put off, our highly qualified dive team will guide you through the whole experience, and are always on hand to make you feel at ease. Whether you’re taking on the junior encounter or adult experience, try to embrace the nerves and you’ll feel an even bigger sense of achievement once you’ve finished your dive.
You won’t just turn up and get chucked in the deep end of the tank. Now, that wouldn’t be fun for anyone! Instead, getting yourself comfortable in the water is something you’ll definitely experience before swimming with the sharks. Before you venture into the big tank, you’ll get to test out our more manageable training pool. It’s perfect for getting used to the water, and easing yourself into the feeling of being beneath the surface.
Whilst you try out our training pool, you’ll also get the chance to learn some new skills. Sounds good, right? As you get used to the water, you’ll receive full training on how to use the scuba equipment safely.
Our experienced divers will teach you how to fit your scuba masks correctly, as well as the technique of mastering how to breathe using the equipment. We’ve got the gear to cater for all ages, from juniors to adults – so don’t worry, small heads are definitely welcome.
You’ll also get plenty of time to practice and have the opportunity to quiz our divers on anything you like – from how the specialised equipment works, to how many times they’ve dived with sharks in their lifetime!
It’s time to take on the big tank. Holding 3.8 million litres of water and full to the brim with sharks from a range of species, now’s the time to get excited. Guided by our expert divers, you’ll slowly enter the tank and submerge yourself under the water. Now, this isn’t a shark cage diving encounter, you’ll be in the tank without any barriers, so prepare yourself, taking in your new underwater surroundings is a pretty special experience.
Going along as a spectator? You’ll be able to witness this incredible moment from our underwater tunnel, and wave hello to your kids, family, or friends from the other side of the shark tank!
Once you’re fully underwater, more than a dozen species of sharks will glide around you, each one incredibly unique in its own way. Look out for the real giants of the deep… sand tiger sharks which can be as large as 4 metres long, and lemon sharks, up to 3.4 metres in length.
You’ll also be able to spot blacktip reef sharks and the bizarre-looking zebra sharks! But that’s not all, there will be rays swimming above your heads and smiling down at you, and hundreds of stunning tropical fish showing off all kinds of shimmery colours.
We wish you could swim in the tank forever too, but unfortunately, our sharks might have something to say about that! So after your designated time underwater, it’s time to go back to the dryer side of the tank. Although your Blue Planet shark dive might be over, it’ll definitely be an experience you’ll never forget.
Ready to take the plunge and dive with Blue Planet’s sharks? Find out more about our Junior and Adult Shark Encounters here.