Shark cage diving is an ever-popular choice for divers looking to fulfil their shark diving dreams, with great white shark diving top of the wish list for many people. Shark cage diving is also a great experience for divers who are not yet confident around sharks and want to learn more, and for divers who are inexperienced with open ocean diving.
Cage diving with sharks is different to other types of scuba diving and there are some extra considerations to take for safe and comfortable cage dives. One of the more important ones is choosing the right exposure suit. Cage diving is relatively inactive and divers can get cold quickly in the cage. Choosing the right thickness suit for the water temperature is crucial, whilst using a hood and gloves helps retain warmth for longer cage dives and more time with the sharks.
Taking extra clothing for warmth and quick removal when sharks arrive is also helpful. Divers can wait on the boat for sharks to appear, with a woolly hat and windproof jacket over their wetsuit. Both can be removed quickly when it’s time to dive.
Another important consideration is choosing the right air source and dive type for the cage dive. Depending on experience level, divers may wish to choose a surface-based dive using a snorkel, or perhaps a deep cage dive with open circuit scuba. There are different options available for divers and non-divers.
More information about cage safety procedures, how to encourage cautious sharks to come closer, and the best place to learn about shark behaviour can be found within Top Tips for Cage Diving with Sharks.
This article was written by divers and writers of Liveaboard.com