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What an experience! ! This is your chance to come face to face with some of natures most feared, but beautiful creatures.
Having pre-booked five months in advance, there were no problems upon arrival at Sea World on the day of our dive. We arrived fifteen minutes prior to our two hour long experience and were greeted in typical friendly and welcoming fashion by our expert.
From the main reception desk we were taken “behind the scenes” of the park via golf buggy, to a small building where we would be briefed about the dive and also to learn more about the sharks and fish we would be encountering. Our expert delivered a fascinating insight into the world of sharks and also showed us examples of rare sharks teeth and scales, which were dated over three million years old.
After approximately thirty minutes of learning and discovering facts about sharks and their environment, we were taken to don our wetsuits. As you can imagine we all look super in a wetsuit! !
Once kitted up you are taken to the enclosure, again behind the scenes and are informed of all different tanks, which support the great Shamu Stadium and Sea lion shows. The Shark encounter is towards the back of Sea World and upon arrival we were taken inside and briefed by our crew. A photographer is present and takes numerous photos from a walkway beneath your feet whilst underwater. Any friends and family can go there too and take photos of you! !
Then it came to the exciting part! ! The total duration of the underwater experience is approximately thirty to forty minutes and a bubble style helmet (which is pressurised to keep water level constant) is placed over your head, then it’s a matter of jumping down into the cage. Once both of you are in the cage it is possible to talk to each other via microphones installed in the helmet. The cage itself moves from left to right underwater with a stop in the middle for 5 minutes so that you can observe and appreciate the sharks. It all seems to end too quickly when you arrive back at the end of the tank and have to get out.
Wow! ! After it is all over you are then taken back to change and shower and are also given a t-shirt and an informative book about sharks before being released back into the main park!
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