Dive with sharks

Dive with sharks

Time to jump in at the deep end and experience the once-in-a-lifetime experience of diving with Europe’s largest collection of sharks. Ours is the only aquarium in Scotland that offers this jawsome diving experience, bringing you up close to these fascinating underwater giants. You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in a whole new world of underwater discovery.

Don’t worry if you’ve never been diving before. We offer shark dives for both qualified and unqualified divers, and there are dives available for adults and juniors. Even better, this aquatic adventure is available all year round. Take a look at the experiences you can choose from:

Dive Experiences

Type of DivePrice 
Shark Encounter
(for anyone aged 16 years +)
£185.00 plus two free spectators
Junior Shark Encounter
(for anyone aged 8-15 years)
£95.00 plus one free spectator
Dive Nights
(for qualified divers only)
£99.00
Shark Awareness
(PADI speciality course)
£200.00

Book your dive experiences now!

PLEASE NOTE: Once a voucher has been purchased, you must then book a dive slot. To do so, please call the aquarium on 01383 411880 and pick your dive time. We recommend booking at least eight weeks in advance. If you have purchased a gift voucher online you will receive a PDF version of the Shark Dive voucher as an email attachment.

What do I get from the experiences?

Adult Shark Encounters
£185.00

Ready to take the plunge? Dive into this PADI-recognised Discover SCUBA session and swim in awe as you come face-to-fin with a huge selection of sharks, stingrays, tope, and shoals of beautiful fish.

You’ll receive a full briefing and instructions from our specialist diving team, so you’ll be prepared with all the aquatic knowledge you need before entering the water. Instructors will accompany you at all times and join you in exploring our fascinating underwater safari displays, while assisting you in swimming alongside 10ft sand tiger sharks – even experienced divers rarely get this close to sharks!

What you need to know:

– You must be over 16 years of age and meet the medical requirements found on the medical requirement form
– Please view the terms and conditions
– This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other dive offer
– Shark encounters run every weekend at three different time slots: 11am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm (these may be subject to change)
– You must pre-book your dive by calling 01383 411880
– The encounter lasts approximately two hours – this includes training, briefing, and your dive
– Free entry for two accompanying spectators – you can have additional spectators at a reduced rate
– Spectators can watch your dive from the viewing tunnel
– All equipment is provided (please check with our team regarding maximum height and weight restrictions)
– No cameras are allowed in the tank – photo packages are available, please see below

Group session can be arranged upon request.

Junior Shark Encounters (Bubblemaker)
£95

The perfect underwater adventure for children aged 8-15. The Bubblemaker sessions gives the little ones the chance to swim on a journey of underwater discovery in the main shark tank. Children will receive full training and briefing instructions on diving underwater and how to use the diving equipment. When ready to jump in, they’ll take part in fun underwater coordination games with our specially trained divers.

During this truly life-changing experience, children will stand on a 1.2m deep platform to allow them to feel safe and secure during the dive. There is no cage, just the platform – but there will be a secure railing between them and the sharks, so there’s no need to worry about them getting too close! Once they have completed their dive, children will receive a “I dived with sharks” certificate, which we’re sure they’ll want to show off to all their friends.

What you need to know:

– Available for ages 8-15 years and those who meet the medical requirements found on the medical requirements form
– Runs from March to October on selected Saturday mornings at 9am – please call us on 01383 411880 to book now and to find out about the specific dates available
– During school holidays the following session times are available: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm (these may be subject to change)
– This session can last up to two hours with approximately 20-25 minutes inside the shark tank
– Includes free entry for one accompanying adult
– No cameras allowed, photo packages are available (see info below)
– All equipment is provided
– If purchased as a gift voucher, the voucher is valid for six months from the date of purchase

This encounter is extremely busy at peak seasons, therefore we recommend making a booking with plenty of notice.

Dive Nights (only for qualified divers)
£99.00

If you’re already a qualified diver, then Deep Sea World is the only place for you dive into. Get as close as you want to fascinating 10ft sand tiger sharks with our magnificent evening diving experiences.

What you need to know:

– Only open to divers with a minimum qualification of PADI Open Water or equivalent
– Divers must have logged a dive within the six months prior to their booked dive date
– Proof of current qualification level and log book will be required
– Children aged 10-12 years old must dive with a parent or guardian
– Divers under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the day
– All divers have to meet the medical requirements found on the medical requirements form and read the terms and conditions
– A PADI liability release must be complete
– Shark dive nights run once a month on a Friday evening. The next dives are 21st September and 19th October 2018. Please call us for future dates on 01383 411880
– Sessions start at 6pm and last approximately 30-40 minutes
– Cameras can be taken into the tank only if pre-arranged with our dive team – there is a cost of £25 to do so
– This dive counts as a logged dive, so bring your log book and we will stamp it for you
– We can cater for up to eight divers, or up to 16 if booked as a group

Equipment:

You are welcome to use your own equipment, however, your equipment must be rinsed before you enter the water and must be checked by our instructors prior to diving. We provide cylinders and weights – rebreathers are NOT permitted in the shark tank.

Alternatively, you can hire full equipment for a fee of £30 per person. Please be aware that our hire equipment is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

If purchased as a voucher, the voucher is valid for up to twelve months from the date of purchase.

Depending on the number of divers on the night, there may be a slight wait for your dive.

PADI Shark Awareness Speciality Course
£200.00

This is one for the shark-lovers. Not only will you be diving with these incredible creatures, but you’ll also have the chance to learn all about shark biology and conservation as you spend a whole day with our dedicated shark dive team. You’ll have the jawsome chance to dive with Europe’s largest collections of sharks and get up close to 10ft sand tiger sharks! It’s your chance to polish up your knowledge on these underwater giants before meeting them in the tank – this course also counts towards the PADI Master SCUBA Diver Certificate!

What you need to know:

– Open only to divers with a minimum qualification of PADI Open Water or equivalent and divers must have logged a dive within six months prior to their dive date
– A PADI liability release must be complete
– All divers have to meet the medical requirements found on the medical requirements form and read the terms and conditions
– Please call 0138 411880 for available dates
– This is a full-day course and starts at 10am
– You can use your own equipment or hire ours (£30 per person)
– Cameras can be taken into the tank only if pre-arranged with our dive team – there is a cost of £25 to do so
– You will receive lunch, a PADI certificate, full safety briefing and dive training

If purchased as a voucher, the voucher is valid for up to twelve months from the date of purchase.

Photo Packages

Take your underwater memories home with you and show off what a jawsome time you had with everyone. Below are the different photo packages available when you book online:

Bronze: 4 x printed photos – £30

Silver: 10 x printed photos – £50

Gold: Disc with all photos plus 2 printed photos – £60

FOR DIVERS: You must check the medical requirements on the medical questionnaire. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, you will require a letter from your doctor giving permission to take part in the the dive. Refunds are available only on a medical basis.

Please give us a call on 01383 411880 or email us on [email protected] to check the shark encounters availability and book your space!

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