The beauty of the beast

Cage diving with sharks is at the top of the wish list for many divers. It is offered at world-class diving destinations around the globe. This form of diving is straight-forward and has a low risk of injury, but there are extra considerations to take for a comfortable and safe experience.

Cage diving with sharks is an incredible experience offered at destinations around the globe. One of the premier places for great white shark cage diving is Guadalupe, where divers can experience these sharks in warm, crystal clear water. Guadalupe is known for its large female great white sharks, up to 18 feet length, that congregate at the island each September. Scuba diving experience is not required for cage diving at Guadalupe, making it accessible for all.

Whilst the risk of injury or accident during cage diving with sharks is very low, there are some extra considerations divers can take to ensure a comfortable and safe cage dive.

Choosing the right equipment

Exposure protection, breathing apparatus, and cage depth are all important to get the most out of time in the water. The right choices allow divers to focus on enjoying the sharks and incredible underwater photography opportunities, rather than correcting misplaced equipment and shortening the dive due to being cold. check our 10 Essential Accessories For Every Scuba Diver.

Learning about shark behavior and what to do with sharks who are cautious about passing the cage can also help divers get the images they’re looking for.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT EXPOSURE SUIT FOR CAGE DIVING

Cage diving is less active than regular scuba diving and involves being mostly still within a cage, and for an extended time. As such, divers can expect to get colder, and more quickly, than during a regular dive. It is important for divers to consider the water temperature at their chosen destination.

As an example, Guadalupe’s water temperature is 19 to 22 degrees Celsius. And is best dived during August to October whilst wearing a 5mm to 7mm wetsuit. By comparison, scuba diving in O’ahu Hawaii is warmer, with water temperatures of 23 to 26 degrees Celsius. Cage diving with Galapagos and sandbar sharks are available from O’ahu.

Choosing the right exposure suit for the destination ensures a comfortable experience. And maximum time in the water with the sharks. Divers may also wish to consider using a hood and gloves for extra warmth in the cage.

TAKE EXTRA CLOTHING FOR WARMTH AND QUICK REMOVAL WHEN SHARKS ARRIVE

Taking the right clothing for in-between dives is always important. Useful kit additions for cage diving on colder days are a woolly hat and wind-proof jacket. The arrival and departure of sharks near the cage can never be guaranteed. It is useful to always be ready to get into the cage at short notice. Wind-proof jackets over a wetsuit and woolly hats can provide warmth whilst waiting for sharks to arrive and they can be quickly removed when it’s time to dive.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT AIR SOURCE AND DEPTH FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Cage diving can be conducted at the surface or at depth, and so is suitable for divers and non-divers alike. Cage diving operators will provide snorkels, hookah dive systems. Or open circuit setups, depending on whether the cage dive is at the surface or at depth. It is important to choose a destination with the right type of equipment and dive style for the diver’s needs and experience level.

For those divers new to shark diving or open-ocean diving, a surface cage dive using a snorkel is a good introduction. It makes experiencing the sharks easier as there is no consideration needed for scuba gear and being at depth. Surface dives are also good for divers who are fearful of sharks. They can return to the boat easily if they want to.

More information about these, and other, top cage diving tips, can be enjoyed within the Liveaboard.com website. Original full article here.

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