Come meet the big majestic Tiger Shark ladies of Tiger Beach Bahamas! They will astound you!
With 6 or 7 Lemon sharks swimming around the surface and more below, the anticipation and excitements builds as you get ready to jump in for your first Tiger shark dive! You jump in and as the bubbles clear you start to really notice the amount of life around you! Hundreds of Jacks, Snapper, Grouper and reef fish plus 40 or more sharks swimming around! You descend and look down to notice some thing a lot bigger down below, could this be what you came here to see? You approached the bottom and yes it is! a Tiger sharks is swimming around, what you came here for, to dive with Tiger Sharks. As you look around you realize that there are a few Tiger Sharks around and one is swimmingly right toward you! You remember your training, stay calm, maintain eye contact and don't swim away! Everything in your body is telling you to run away! especial when the Tiger Sharks is now almost close enough to touch! You realize just how big one of these 12 feet plus shark are as it slowly swims by looking you up and down and maybe even winking at you!
You surface from your dive and like so many other experienced divers your remarks are "best dive in my whole life"!
Come join us for shark diving of a lifetime!
Most of the Tiger Sharks at Tiger Beach are female, regulars, have been given names, and to certain extent they seem to understand the routine and recognize the bait crates. We have seen some of them for years, although they do travel and sometimes disappear for a while before returning. Some we have named unfortunately we no longer see, it makes us wonder what happened to them. They are all individual with different personalities, with some of the newer or smaller individuals being bolder.
Tiger sharks are big sharks, 3 to 5 meters long. On average about three individuals show up on every dive but we have counted upwards of 10 on a dive.
These Tiger shark scuba dives are without a cage and start by putting crates of bait (fish. chunks, blood, etc.) in the water. Most dives the Dolphin Dream Team diver will take a crate of fish down specifically to feed the Tiger and Hammerhead sharks. We usually do four dives per day depending on weather and current conditions. We do limited night dives due to the sharks and their natural nocturnal nature.
Participants will be responsible for their own safety during these dives. The sharks are attracted by baiting with dead fish and there is a risk of injury or death while diving with these big sharks. Participants need to be adults, experienced divers and accept the risk associated with shark diving and shark feeding and diving.
Most of the participants return from shark diving with smiles and comments like, wow, amazing, terrific, thrilling and more.
Water temperature averages around 76F with highs up to 80F and lows down to 72F. Air temperature ranges from highs up to 82F and lows occasionally down to 60F. Coolest months are January, February and March. Most diver wear 5 mm full suits.
When you dive with Tiger Sharks you'll be amazed at how cautious, slow moving, docile, tactial and smart these sharks are... But Tiger Sharks can be dangerous and are known as one of the man-eaters. Please do not ever forget what they are, a large predatory fish with a large mouth, sharp teeth and a small brain. They naturally feed on the surface on birds, carcasses and trash, in the shallow water they feed on turtles, rays and lobster. The Tiger sharks and the Great Hammerheads are the only sharks we actually feed.
Tigers know where your eyes are and do sneak up from behind people, you need to maintain eye contact with them and do not back up or swim away. Be prepared to turn around to keep constant eye contact with the Tigers. Be prepared to keep your position and maybe even push them away. Do not lay on the bottom, always maintain a vertical stance either kneeling or standing. Every person can change the risk associated with shark diving by being aware of the sharks and the situation. The closer you are to the bait the more dangerous it is, the more you look at your cameras the more dangerous it is, the less you are aware of the sharks the more dangerous it is, etc. If you feel uncomfortable or that it is too dangerous then remove your self from the situation, calmly and slowly return to the boat, but never swim away from a Tiger in close proximity. Tigers are attracted to anything on the surface, limit your surface swims and always be looking down and behind you, turn around and face a Tiger to back them away.
Shark Diving suggestions:
1. Wear mostly dark colored equipment and suits. Wear full wet suits with hoods and gloves, cover most skin.
2. Always keep your eyes on the sharks particularly the Tiger Sharks. Help others by keeping your eyes on your buddy and the rest of the group. Pay attention to the sharks not your cameras. Tiger Sharks like to approached from behind and do recognize eye contact.
3. Have a large camera or carry a stick with you to push off any sharks that get too close.
4. The closer you are to any bait the higher your risk goes up. Do not handle any of the bait.
5. If the sharks get too excited or you feel uncomfortable return to the boat, if you can not surface tuck up under the boat.
6. Do not swim on the surface. When you jump in go down as soon as possible. When returning to the boat, swim close to the bottom till at the back of the boat. Look up before surfacing, if there are too many sharks wait till they dissipate before surfacing.
7. Beware of the current and do not drift too far away from the boat.
8. Follow all other standard safe diving procedures. Most important; do not run out of air.
9. Understand the risk and accept the risk as your own responsibility.
10. Be experienced and comfortable divers and have dive insurance.
11. Be aware of the sharks, surroundings and situations and pay attention.
12. Do not lay flat on the bottom, even when kneeling try to stay in a vertical position.
The Dream Team, Inc. is limited in liability and all passengers will be required to sign a liability release. PLEASE NOTE THAT The Dream Team's release contains provisions releasing the Dream Team and its related parties from the consequences of its own negligence.
Please read our release form here: Standard Release and Shark Diving Release.
The Dream Team, Inc., its owners and employees, reserve the right at our sole discretion to refuse service to anyone at any time for any reason.
Minimum age for Shark diving is 18 year old. Sorry no kids on shark diving trips.
Divers must be advanced open water certified and experienced divers. These shark diving trips are not for inexperienced or novice divers
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