Swimming With The Sharks – Is It Safe?


Swimming With The Sharks - Is It Safe?

Sharks scare even the most ocean-loving people. Especially when it comes to swimming amongst them. It is easy to misunderstand them. There are two ways of looking at diving with sharks. The first is the feeling that you are no longer in control of your surroundings is so rare. You are now in the element of the sharks and this is unsettling and yet an incredibly humbling feeling. The other way to look at it the experience is that it is just so peaceful and awesome. When you are diving underwater with sharks, you have to follow some basic rules. So here are something you should know to keep your safety and have an experience of a lifetime.

Swimming With The Sharks - Is It Safe?
Swimming With The Sharks – Is It Safe?

Respect Their Habitat While Swimming With The Sharks

The first thing you have to realize that you are in their home and not the other way around. They have been swimming the ocean for over 40 million years and have perfected it. Most sharks do not come into contact with a human all their lives and so they do not consider you as food. Fish are their primary food and they look for it. Unless you invade their privacy and get too close to them and create some kind of harm, sharks generally ignore your presence around.

Know Your Sharks

When you go diving, do a little homework in terms of the sharks that you expect to see in that area. Prepare well in advance on the precautions that you need to take to stay safe. More common sharks like the sand bar sharks and sand tiger sharks are relatively laid back and most often ignore you. This is even more true if you are doing this in a popular tourist destination as the sharks are more likely to have humans around and are quite used to them.

Follow The Safety Protocols

Always get into the water with the help of an expert. Follow the instructions that the tour guide gives you and stick to it. It is always advisable to have the guard guide in your experience as they are more knowledgeable about handling any difficult situations. They use a tool called the ‘bump stick’ that acts as a zone defense that prevents you from entering into the personal space of the shark. They also look out for other animals that can come too close to the diving group. Following instructions of the guide and the guard will keep you safe and sound. Also, make sure you have the right protective gear to keep you safe on a personal level.

Swimming With The Sharks - Is It Safe?
Swimming With The Sharks – Is It Safe?

In a world where the overall population of sharks is fast reducing, swimming with the sharks is a great experience one should have in their lifetime. It is a very peaceful, humbling and yet out of your comfort zone experience. With an experienced instructor and guide, your experience is one of a kind and you will memories of it to tell your grandchildren about. Make sure you have this in your bucket list of things to do come what may.

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