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Diving with sharks is certainly nerve-wracking but is sure to be an amazing experience to remember for years to come. Start with some scuba training, which takes two hours and take in a full briefing on scuba equipment and techniques, followed by a practice session in a swimming pool with a fully qualified PADI instructor. Then it's time for a half hour dive in the aquarium's Caribbean Reef exhibit which is home to a whole host of shark species. Species may vary between venues, but swim with sharks such as sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks, angel sharks or nurse sharks. Play with the smaller fish and wave through the glass at visitors to the aquarium as the sharks swim around.
Dive sessions available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Bookings can be made a maximum of six weeks in advance.
Minimum age is 16. You 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.
Training takes two hours and the dive lasts for approximately 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 at least 15 minutes before your start time.
Briefings and scuba training are carried out in small groups. Following the briefing, dive as a pair accompanied at all times by an instructor.
Guests receive a tour of the aquarium while participants train. Admission for two spectators is included. Additional spectators pay £17 for adults, £15 concessions (i.e. students, over 60's etc) and £12.25 for juniors up to 12 years old.
Bring swimwear, a towel and a change of clothes. All other equipment, including air tanks, mask, wetsuit/dry suit, 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.
I was greeted warmly by the staff and booking in and dive briefings were simple and straightforward. All the kit provided was top quality and effectively explained and set-up. All the spectators who accompanied were looked after and enjoyed their day as well. There was a lot of education about the exhibits and I learnt a lot. All the staff in and out of the water were really helpful. Definitely a memorable trip and I even took a shark tooth home with me! Great day day out on a cold and miserable November afternoon. Highly recommended.
Having travelled from guernsey to manchester on my own to take part in the shark dive. I arrived early and wandered around the aquarium, the staff were great, realised I was on my own and took me on an inside tour as they wanted to make it a bit more special . They couldn't do enough to help and the shark experience was spectacular especially being presented with a sharks tooth while diving. Very professional at all times
Would tell anyone to do the dive amazing,staff where brilliant friendly and professional thank you to them all
A great day out
This experience was given to my 21yr old grandson and he can't wait to do it again. Four members of our family went to the sea life centre near Edinburgh and while my grandson was enjoying his training session the other three of us were treated to a guided tour of the centre and then shown the best place to stand to see my grandson swimming with the sharks. We took loads of videos and have wonderful memories of the day.
A dive with the sharks is an incredible experience and the staff at Blue Planet are so helpful and knowledgeable. Certainly something for your bucket list.
Great few hours at the blue planet, Julie our dive Instructor was BRILL! So was the rest of her team. Also the two safety divers did a top job keeping us in one piece much to the wife's disapointment.
I bought this as a Birthday gift. Although my fiancee was a little anxious initially, he really enjoyed himself. The staff and divers were professional and very friendly and helped him feel at ease. After training in a pool he got to dive with a variety of sharks and other fish, stingray etc. What a wonderful experience! How many people can say I dived with sharks!!
Wow, what can i say, did the scuba diving with sharks experience through Red Letter Days and have to say as experiences go this is easily the most enthralling and exciting thing i have done......the staff at Blue planet really looked after me and were very professional in the training given......for something a little different this comes highly recommended.....thanks to staff at Red Letter Days too for handling my questions about this experience in a very proffesional manner
It was such an awesome, surreal and unforgettable experience!!
If you have always fancy doing something out of this world I would do this. You will never for get it the rest of you life.
Absolutely amazing. Great few hours, good instruction on dive techniques prior to going in with the sharks. Staff very helpful, knowledgable and pleasant. This was on my list to do and if you can't do it in the wild this is the next best thing, the sharks are big and get close enough to touch. Highly recommended.
This was an experience i will never forget. It was totally relaxing and mindblowing to be in such a tranquil habitat. I am not mad but truly felt peaceful and trouble free for that 30 mins. I would love to do it every day. Just stick some fins on me.
My swimming with sharks experience was a Red Letter Day present from my family for my 50th birthday, i was looked after throughout the day by the Aquarium staff. The training was profressional. A really good day out. Thanks.
Staff were patient and supportive. Fantastic for both diver and for supporters.
I had a great time swimming with sharks at the Blue Planet Aquarium. The staff were friendly, accommodating and above all patient! I was particularly impressed (and delighted!) when I was told that a member of staff would be happy to take pictures for me because I didn't have any spectators. It was very thoughtful and kind and I now have some fabulous photos to show everyone! A great experience, would recommend.
The staff were brilliant, well informed and very helpful, I would recomend this to anybody who has an intrest in under water life.
I got this for my Husband's 50th birthday at his request. He says it is something he has always wanted to do, and now he's done it he wished he had done it years ago because it was fantastic, and he will be taking more scuba diving training at our nearset diving centre. He would recommend this to anyone that likes swimming and enjoys being under the water.
A fantastic experience - getting so close to one of natures most feared predators was truly incredible!
The dive was awesome, the trainers wonderfully patient and good at putting us at ease since we were all a little nervous! The sharks and other fish were beautiful and putting my hand against the glass in the tank 3m down while my 5yr old son put his on the other side in the walkway will stay with me forever!
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