It might be your first time diving with sharks, or you could be a seasoned pro — but here are a collection of helpful tips to make sure you make the most out of your next shark diving opportunity.
If the operation uses a system with regularly appearing sharks that expect divers to be positioned a certain way, do it. Breaking protocol disrupts the sharks’ learned behavior, which could agitate them.
Shark diving isn’t the time for a workout: Don’t swim after them. the animals will circle back to the food, so stay still and be patient. “Chasing doesn’t just annoy other divers — it annoys the sharks,” says Jillian Morris Brake, a marine biologist/videographer.
Talk with the guide so he’ll know your experience level. “Be honest,” advises Brake. “Express your concerns and make a plan in case you panic or want to get out of the water.”
Don’t task load: Even if you’ve been diving for years, swimming with sharks might be a new experience. Build a comfort level before you add a camera to the equation.
Avoid white, light blue and other colors that sharks might mistake for fish.
Research the behavior of species you’ll encounter. the goal is to learn to recognize a shark’s body language.
“Don’t feel like you have something to prove,” says Brake. “Sharks attract a lot of cowboys, so stay within your limits.”
With time, you will grow comfortable around sharks. Remember that they are wild animals that demand respect.