Shark diving has become a popular activity. Sharks are fascinating animals, and swimming among them is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, there are some misconceptions about the level of danger involved in shark diving. It’s far safer than you think to dive with sharks. Here’s what you need to know about the safety of shark diving.
It’s an Extreme Water Sport
Shark diving is a great way to pump your adrenaline. It’s an extreme water sport that feels much riskier than it actually is. It’s a great way to get your fix of excitement in a safe, secure environment. According to Petpedia, the odds that a shark will bite you are about one out of 3.7 million. You have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting bit by a shark when diving with them. You get the adrenaline rush from the perceived danger, but it’s not actually dangerous.
You Don’t Need to Be Scuba Certified
There are many opportunities to swim with sharks that don’t require that you’re scuba certified. In many cases, the boat or tour will provide you with basic scuba gear. Most of these tour experiences don’t take you out into the middle of the ocean, they’ll take you into relatively shallow water where snorkeling gear is all you need.
You Can Do Your Part to Stay Safe
If you’re shark diving as part of a tour, the tour guide will provide instructions and you should follow them closely. Let the sharks come to you. Don’t chase them. Stay calm, and don’t make sudden threatening movements. Follow the tour guide’s directions to ensure you have the best experience.
Swimming With Sharks Is Important for Conservation
Some sharks are on the endangered species list. Swimming with sharks is a way to introduce humans to sharks in a controlled environment to help humans understand that sharks are far less of a threat than they believe. Sharks are quite timid animals that have no interest in humans.
On average, there are about 80 shark attacks worldwide. The number is so low that when considering the worldwide population, the percentage of shark attacks is less than 0.00001%. Shark diving is far safer than driving a car. Book your experience with us at Ocean Outfitters Hawaii today with confidence.