Want to dive with Sharks?
Diving with Sharks is a heart-pounding adventure, no matter the species. We know!
Under Pressure Divers can offer a range of dive holidays where you stand an excellent chance of seeing sharks – but only if you want to!
Encounters with whale sharks and hammerheads quite close to our base in Dahab is not that unusual. On our boat trips a whole range of species in the Red Sea can be seen.
“The Liveaboard experiences we offer can virtually guarantee a close encounter. Our shark diving adventure holidays can take you to locations at the heart of the adventure.”
If you are lucky enough to have encountered sharks on a dive you know it represents one of the pinnacles of the diving experience. These iconic, evolutionary perfect, and beautiful creatures inspire a range of emotions in us that few other animals can. Not a lot else can compare to a shark encounter for many people.
The shark population is being devastated right now by the ravages of an out of control shark finning industry. Thousands are slaughtered everyday. We believe once you have seen these incredible animals in their natural environment you will begin to, at least emotionally, understand why this is such a tragedy. And environmental disaster. (see below).
Despite their desperately vulnerable status, sharks are still encountered throughout our seas and have adapted to an incredible range of different habitats, each species perfectly adapted to it’s own niche. And each providing divers with some truly exceptional experiences.
Want to experience this unique thrill?
Under Pressure Divers can take you there.
Contact us today to begin planning the dive holiday of a lifetime.
Warning: For that rare combination of calm, experienced diver and adrenaline junky only!
Some Under Pressure Divers guidelines to diving with sharks
- Any sharks you meet on coral reefs during the day are usually not dangerous.
Unless provoked of course. remember you are a guest here! Be respectful.
- Continually scan in all directions, for sharks.
You may find that sharks make initial close approaches, usually simply out of curiosity. Do not panic. If they do appear, don’t thrash around.Stay calm and smooth.
- Some species are historically more aggressive than others, such as Tiger Sharks and Oceanic Whitetip Sharks.
You would be actually be very lucky to encounter these around reefs but they will normally simply ignore divers. Your Under Pressure Dive guide will know about the different sharks you may come across. That way you’ll be more aware of any potential danger.
- When diving where there maybe sharks, head purposefully down to the reef.
Don’t mess about on the surface. You’re doing a good impression of food!
- Take extra care diving at sunrise or sunset and at esp. at night.
Normally very passive species can become much more aggressive at these times as they think about feeding.
- You should never feed sharks. It’ simply bad practice – in every sense.
Keep in mind that sharks that have been hand-fed – as stupidly happens at some sites in the Caribbean, will get quite close as they will be expecting food and can become aggressive if disappointed.
- In more open water, out in the blue and on the current-swept areas of the reef you are more likely to encounter sharks.
Be extra aware in swimming in these areas and make sure you can easily return to the reef. Remember also reef sharks you meet beyond the reef can also become extra aggressive. Bigger and potentially more dangerous species, such as Oceanic Whitetips, Tiger and Silky Sharks, can appear out of nowhere very quickly!
- Never ever swim after or chase any shark!
They may attack attack if they feel threatened.
- We recommend dull-coloured gear when diving with sharks as it is thought brightly coloured dive gear maybe of interest to sharks.
- Observe the behaviour of marine life around you.
eg: if seals or all the fish suddenly depart. They know much more than you and may provide an early warning to the presence of a large shark. You may wish to leave too!
- If you think a shark is swimming in an unusual way such as when they hunch their back and point their pectoral fins downwards, take great care!
Such exaggerated movements, stiff and hunched swimming postures are signalling aggression and can lead to big problems for you and nearby divers.
- Finally, remember that there’s potential risk swimming with dolphins and other marine mammals.
Their excited reactions could attract potentially dangerous sharks such as Tiger, Bull, Oceanic Whitetip, Galapagos, Silky, Dusky, Shortfin Makos and White Sharks depending on your location.
Fins from up to 73 million sharks are used in shark fin soup every year
Sharks Don’t Kill People. People Who Kill Sharks Kill People.
Commentary by Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson
Massive Spanish shark-finning operation uncovered in São Tomé and Príncipe
São Toméan authorities pursue legal action after finding a Spanish long-liner in its waters that had been predominantly fishing for sharks instead of tuna, as permitted.
Here are some useful links to give you more info and show how you can help to stop this awful trade.