Experience the Out to Sea Shark Dive
Published October 8, 2018
By: Cole, Megan, & the Shark Dive Team
“SeaTREK is an amazing underwater experience…” is a phrase you may hear as you walk down Shark Alley. The Out to Sea Shark Dive, our SeaTREK helmet diving program, allows guests to come face-to-fin with sharks, groupers, and a barracuda – oh my! – while comfortably standing or kneeling in our cage. If you can stand and breathe, you can join us in the cage with some of your favorite underwater animals. We have already welcomed a diverse group of guests to enjoy our undersea adventure since we opened in June.
Novice to more experienced divers alike have had the same response, “That was incredible.”
If you’re considering a trek in our shark cage, book a spot through the website or with one of our charming guest service staff. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your dive time.
You’ll be greeted at the Out to Sea Shark Dive counter in the Wonders of Wildlife lobby by one of our friendly shark divers. Once everyone has arrived and has completed check-in paperwork, guests are escorted straight to the Out to Sea exhibit to begin their shark dive experience. Our experienced staff will size you for a wetsuit and you can change in one of our guest locker rooms. Wonders of Wildlife has all sizes of wetsuits and water boots to fit everyone’s needs and keep you comfortably warm. Inside, all of your personal items can be stored in a locker. Once dressed for the water, you’ll watch a short briefing video and learn how to operate the GoPro camera you’ll use down in the cage. Then, it’s time to enter the water!
As you enter our 76-degree exhibit, a weighted SeaTREK helmet is placed onto your shoulders; it feels like a gallon of milk on each shoulder when underwater. SeaTREK helmets provide three (3) times more air than you need. You’ll hear air being fed into the helmet, similar to rolling your windows down in the car. Your head will stay dry and the lens shouldn’t fog. Glasses or contacts can be worn comfortably inside the helmet, and all hair above your shoulders will stay dry.
Two staff members will help you step down into the cage. A third member of our dive staff, the safety diver, will be inside the cage waiting for you. Remember to capture your memories with the GoPro camera, but don’t forget to look with your own eyes as well. You’ll love seeing our sand tiger sharks come close to the cage and our sandbar sharks zip around the tank. Don’t be surprised if a small fish weaves between cage bars! When the dive is over, the safety diver will give the signal to return to the surface. One of our professional photographers will take your picture to commemorate conquering the shark tank and give you your very own “I Survived” t-shirt.
Towels and a shower are located in the locker room for a quick refresh. Then, we’ll head back down to the main lobby to pick up your 6×8 printed photo and a souvenir flash drive of all the pictures you took while in the cage.
From a recent review on Trip Advisor, “Easy for the non-experienced diver, safe for the timid…A definite must-see and check off on your bucket list!!!”
Spots to dive with the sharks book up quickly so be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time – especially for the popular Feeding Frenzy! Don’t forget, Wonders of Wildlife members receive a discounted rate on the Out to Sea Shark Dive experience. Visit wondersofwildlife.org/sharkdive to make your reservation.
We can’t wait to see you in our shark cage!