A once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and greet real sharks in total safety
Learn the basics of SCUBA diving at one of the UK's best-loved aquariums
Get up close and personal with several shark species and plenty of fish
Includes a souvenir photo pack and two tickets to the aquarium
How many people can say they've SCUBA dived with sharks and come out of the water safe and smiling? Not many - but you can be one of them with this breathtaking underwater adventure for one! Total beginners are welcome as PADI-certified instructors will prepare you beforehand with a practise session in diving techniques. You'll meet all kinds of marine life, from shimmering shoals of fish to softly waving flauna and, of course, real live sharks. Get up close and personal with sand tiger, lemon and nurse sharks and learn that they're not the evil monsters they're made out to be on TV. When it's time to come up for air, you can also walk around the aquarium and see all the other animals who share the seas with these incredible beasts.
Dive sessions available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Bookings can be made a maximum of six weeks in advance.
Minimum age is 16. Must be comfortable in water and in good health. If you suffer from claustrophobia, asthma, respiratory/heart problems, certain other medical conditions, or are pregnant, you can't take part. If in doubt, seek medical advice.
Expect to be on-site for five hours. Training takes two hours and the dive itself lasts for half an hour. Please note that there may be a delay of up to an hour and a half between the training and your dive. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
Numbers on the Day
Briefings and scuba training will be carried out in a group of up to six people. After the briefing, dive two at a time with a ratio of three dive leaders to two participants.
Guests receive a tour of the aquarium while participants train. Admission for one spectator is included.
Bring swimwear and a towel. All other equipment, including air tanks, mask, wetsuit, boots and gloves are provided. Glasses must be removed when diving but you can wear contact lenses.
A medical questionnaire must be completed and produced on the day. Disabled participants can directly discuss in advance any appropriate arrangements for their needs with Blue Planet Aquarium. It's not possible to fly for 24 hours after diving.