Shark Encounters

Shark Encounters

Shark Encounters at Deep Sea World promise to be an experience you’ll never forget!

Get your Shark Encounter for £195.00 

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.

A truly unique opportunity to encounter our awesome 3 metre long Sand Tiger Sharks! Descending into 4.5 million litres of sea water fresh from the Firth of Forth, you will also encounter in teaming abundance up to 20 different species of sharks, rays and fish from native Scottish waters. Even qualified SCUBA divers rarely meet sharks in such close proximity and close encounters are guaranteed.

Amazingly no experience is necessary as our PADI Dive Instructors will train you in the skills you require to enter the tank and escort you to meet the sharks and the marine animals in our temperate seas exhibit. What is more, the diver’s friends and family can also follow the entire adventure from the UK’s longest underwater acrylic tunnel.

This is the most memorable experience or gift – ever!

Christmas 2020: There may be some of customers worried about the ability to find a booking if Covid-19 restrictions continue next year so we will be more than happy to extend vouchers disrupted by Covid-19 free of charge so your Christmas gift won’t go to waste!  We have been performing safe diving experiences every weekend since we reopened 16th July 2020!

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Shark Encounter –  £195.00 

This includes free admission for two spectators. Your voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. Please note that we usually expect 6-8 weeks advanced notice for the date you wish to book.

Give us a call on 01383441880 to check availability, then purchase your voucher here

Click on the image below to view a video of the whole experience.

Please note: the diver must complete a PADI medical form in order to dive – please click the link.

What you can expect…

You’ll never forget your first time in our tank.  Family and friends can watch – and take photographs to prove your fearlessness.

Group sessions can also be arranged upon request.

Buy vouchers online now and then call us on 01383 411880 to book your session.  Terms and Conditions apply.

Upcoming Shark Encounter Sessions

Our Shark Encounters are run on Saturdays and Sundays only, at 3 different time slots – 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.  Please call  01383 411880 to check availability.

We recommend booking your dive at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Shark Encounters: FAQs

What are the general requirements?
You need to be over 16 years of age and you need to meet the medical requirements on the medical questionnaire.  Please note:  If you answer ‘YES’ to any of the questions on the medical form, you will require a doctors permission to dive.  If all of your answers are ‘NO’, please just come along – you will fill out a form when you get to the aquarium on the day of your dive.

Is it safe?
Our tank is a safe environment to dive in and our team are fully qualified PADI dive instructors.

Can I feed the sharks?
No, members of the public cannot feed our sharks.  Our sharks are fed by our divers on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Can I fly after I dive?
PADI recommends that you wait 12 hours after your dive before you fly.

How do I get there?
Deep Sea World is located 20 minutes from Edinburgh over the Forth Road Bridge just off Junction 1 of the M90.  There is free on-site parking.  By public transport, there are regular train services from Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations to North Queensferry on the Fife Circle Line.  Our location is clearly signposted and just a short walk from North Queensferry station.

Am I in a cage?
No, you are not in a cage.  You are in amongst the fish and sharks accompanied by our dive instructors.

When can I dive?
Our Shark Encounters are run every weekend at 3 different time slots – 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.  You must pre-book your dive by calling 01383 411880.  Dive sessions are subject to availability.

How long does the course last?
The course is approximately 2 hours in length.  This includes training, briefing and a 15 – 20 minute dive.

What do I need to wear?
At Deep Sea World we dive in dry suits and SCUBA gear.  Please bring a change of warm clothes with you on the day of your dive to wear under your dry suit.  Tracksuit bottoms, long sleeved t-shirts and warm socks are perfect.

Can my friends watch me dive?
Yes, included in the price are 2 spectators.  You can also have additional spectators at a reduced rate.  Your spectators can watch your dive from the viewing tunnel.

Can I take a camera into the tank?
No sorry, you cannot take a camera into the tank.