1. It's in Your Head
I would highly recommend mentally preparing yourself. Odds are, these animals aren't going to attack you. If you prepare yourself to be calm and collected, it’s highly likely nothing will go wrong!
2. Know Your Equipment
It’s basic diving 101, but it's worth repeating: Know your equipment well! While I attempt these crazy adventures around the world , one thing I get to know best--my equipment. If an emergency occurs, you shouldn't have to think about your equipment. You should be intimately acquainted and know instinctively what to do at any moment. Remain calm. Control your breathing.
3. Dive with Someone You Trust
You probably know, but it’s worth repeating: Dive with someone you know and keep that person close. Sharks are less likely to attack a group. If an animal gets too close for comfort, together with your friend and/or guide, slowly make your way out of the water. Don't thrash; this will only cause unwanted attention.
4. Avoid Diving at Dawn or Dusk
Unless you are with a trained guide, I recommend you avoid diving at dusk and dawn. Why? That's when most sharks like to eat!
5. Swim to the Reef, Not the Surface
The only time you should be at the surface of the water is when you're entering or exiting. In open waters, it is highly recommended to swim purposefully to the reef. The reason: Would you rather be anchored to the ocean floor or bobbing like a duck waiting for a shark to come by?
6. Don't Thrash, Stay Calm
If you get swept away from the reef, first make it to the surface and notify the boat captain. If sharks start circling, don't thrash in the open waters; it will bring more attention. If a shark bumps you, calmly kick or thump it.
7. Photography at a Glance
On any new adventure, the first thing I dois grab my camera. I enjoy taking home those once-in-a-lifetime moments I can cherish with friends, family and followers of my blog. When it comes to photography while diving, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Never reach at arm’s length to take a picture. A shark may take this as a feeding invitation. Also, never use flash photography around a shark who is swimming in an unusual way. Also, never follow a shark. This may prompt it to go into self-defense mode.
8. Trust Your Instincts
Keep an eye on the marine life and trust your instincts. If the animals start acting sporadically, watch for large sharks. If your gut tells you something is wrong, trust that and calmly swim toward the boat.
9. Study the Animals You Plan to Swim With
A big part of every experience I've had traveling is knowing what I'm getting into, which involves studying. Whether it be weather patterns, wildlife, or marine life, learn about the animals you could be seeing. This will give you the upper hand in a predicament. You know what they say: Knowledge is power!
10. Have Fun!
The most important tip: Have Fun! Diving with sharks is a unique opportunity If you go with good intentions, the odds of something bad happening are close to zero. Just remember to study up, know your equipment, take lots of pictures, and have a great time!
About this Thrill Seeker
Since founding his blog Active Planet Travels in 2011, Ronald Robbins has been traveling non-stop around the world and has found most of his professional interests in being a travel blogger, television host, and bizarre food enthusiast.