One of the things on my bucket list is to swim in a cage in the sea… surrounded by sharks!
Last week I got pretty close as we took a trip to Busan’s aquarium to take part in their shark dive program, where you are hooked up to scuba gear and let loose inside the main aquarium surrounded by fish, grouper fish, stingrays and sharks.
It was not the easiest thing to book as I was turned away first time round due to my asthma, which meant Andy and I did it on separate weekends and also involved a trip to the hospital for x-rays, blood tests, pulmonary function tests and a doctors exam however I was finally declared fit for diving!
Word of warning if you do this… any medical conditions you may have make sure you get a doctor’s note or you will be turned away!
We had an hours lesson in the classroom followed by training in the tank of the aquarium. I thought it would be much harder than it was however once you have got the hang of breathing and clearing your mask it was actually very simple.
We headed into the tank and suddenly we were the most interesting thing in the tank! Everyone was taking pictures and waving to us however we were told to keep waving to a minimum as the sharks are hand fed and an out stretched arm looks like they are being fed…. I didn’t fancy losing my hand!!!
We were told that you might even come face to face with a shark in which case you were not to move and let the shark decide where it wanted to go…. easier said than done when you are faced with a massive shark that is so close to you, you are able to count its teeth!!
We were even able to pick up shark teeth from the aquarium floor! (My school kids LOVED this!!) Between Andy and myself we now have 4 shark teeth… and they are BIG and SHARP!!!
It was an amazing experience and has definitely got my interest peaked in scuba diving!! If you get the chance this is a must, without a doubt it is one of the best experiences I have ever had!
Place Busan Aquarium
Cost 110,000 w non divers, 90,000 w PADI divers ($110/$90)