Many people are curious about what a day with us will actually look like. Shark diving can be an intimidating experience, and we thought this might be able to help you decide if it will be the right experience for you, and ensure you feel comfortable at every step of the process.
Welcome to Cabo Shark Dive
When you arrive at our stand, you will meet a member of our crew who will help you fill out a waiver and get on board our boat.
We will provide all the equipment you need for the day, plus snacks and water to help keep you feeling comfortable and relaxed throughout the day. This means you are responsible for things like dry clothes, sunscreen, and getting yourself to our stand on time (I know it can sometimes be hard in the morning).
Once we have made sure everyone has properly fitting wetsuits, fins and masks we will introduce you to our captain before heading out to sea. Our boat captain Edu Frias is a real sea-wolf. He comes from generations of fishermen and is even an ex-fisherman himself. Seeing his expertise, we were able to hire him and he is now able to work in the Eco-tourism industry, helping to protect marine life every day. He is he is a profound connoisseur of the area and can manage a boat in all kinds of sea conditions. His experience is the reason we hired him, as we are certain he will be able to keep us, and you, safe.
On the Cabo waters
The boat ride is usually about 25 minutes outside the marina, on the open ocean. This means that depending on ocean conditions; we may experience a bit of chop, so we suggest that if you are prone to motion sickness, you take a dose of Dramamine half an hour before leaving. This means that the perfect time to take this medication is when you first arrive at our stand; because once you feel unwell it is too late!
This boat ride provides some of the best views of Cabo. Not only will we pass the Cabo Arch and the Sea Lion colony on our way out, but you will also have a panoramic view of the white cliffs and the city of Cabo San Lucas.
Once we arrive at the shark interaction area the captain will turn off the engine and let the boat drift. You may be surprised by how close we are to shore. From the surface, it looks like any other spot on the water but we have selected this location based on extensive research and experimentation to get you the best results. Our location is the best to see sharks because there is a deep canyon below the water that sharks love to frequent.
The next thing to happen is that your shark behavioural expert and safety diver will start briefing you on what to expect during your shark encounter. They will give you some information about the sharks you may see, and some information about shark behaviour. The thing to keep in mind here is that it is their job to keep you safe, and to know what to look for from the shark. Our staff has been highly trained and has never had any shark-diving accidents, showing we know how to keep you safe, even while you are in the water with an apex predator.
As we are involved with a number of research organizations, you will notice some of the crew taking measurements of things like the weather conditions and water temperatures to help in their research. They are always happy to explain what they are doing and what they are hoping to learn!
How to know when a shark is in the water
When a shark first appears at the boat it is normal to feel excited or a bit nervous. I still remember the butterflies in my stomach the first time I saw a Hammerhead fin appear beside the boat.
Once the shark arrives your safety diver will enter the water. Their job is to evaluate the behaviour of the shark and make sure that the animal is calm. The safety diver will be conveying some information to the researchers on board. They will look for things like size, gender and whether the shark has been tagged in the past. Once your safety diver waves you in you will try to slip quietly into the water. Remember, the shark is more afraid of you than you are of it. There will be a line attached to the boat with a safety buoy attached to it. Your job is simply to swim over to the drift line, hang on and float. If you can’t swim or are afraid of
In the water with an apex predator
Once you are in the water, the show begins. The shark will likely come over and take a look at you. They are quite curious and interested in what kind of sea creature you may be! This is totally normal and not a sign of aggression, in
Our safety divers are also amazing photographers and have some of the best underwater photography gear available. They will be swimming around pretending to be paparazzi, if you remember, give them a wave. They will be sure to get lots of images of your dive. They are also photographing the shark in detail. Some of the things they may take pictures of include any defining marks or scars on the shark. These images will be compared against our database of over 20,000 shark photographs to try and determine if the sharks we see in Cabo are transitory or if they are returning year after year.
When the safety diver decides that it is time to return to the boat, the crew will assist you back aboard and you will return to the marina. This is a great time to ask our marine biologists any questions you have about the type of shark you interacted with or any behaviours you observed. Your observations help us collect the information we need to help ensure their survival.
Hopefully, you will have had a wonderful day and a chance to learn a bit more about these magnificent creatures. In a few days you will receive some amazing photos of your day. We highly encourage you to share them online and with family and friends and use this as a chance to educate people about the importance of ocean conservation and protecting sharks. Do your part to protect the ocean.