Shark Expedition FAQ

+What is the required shark diving attire?

To ensure a safe and enjoyable dive experience, divers are required to wear a full-length wetsuit as well as a hood, gloves, and dive socks (to cover ankles). Dive equipment must be dark in color. Please do not bring any white or yellow dive gear, including: fins, mask, gloves, or wetsuits. Yellow second-stage hoses are permitted as this is often standard.

If you would like our staff to verify that your personal dive gear is acceptable prior to your arrival, you are more than welcome to email our reservations team with photos of your gear!

+Is bait used to attract sharks?

To ensure the best results, we will be using bait contained in secure vessels, to attract sharks. However, for the safety of our divers, we do not feed the sharks while divers are in the water.

+Are any dive certification prerequisites required for shark expeditions?

Shark diving can be a potentially dangerous sport and so divers should be fairly experienced. The depths at which we anchor in are between 10 and 100 feet (3 – 33 meters) and strong currents are possible. For this reason, we ask that all divers be Advanced Open Water certified (or equivalent), have deep and drift diving experience, or have the basic Open Water certification with a logbook showing the necessary experience. We will screen or question each potential guest as to their experience level.

+Is it guaranteed we will see a specific shark species?

Sharks and other sea life are wild creatures affected by ocean conditions, seasonal changes, feeding trends and other uncontrollable factors. While our knowledgeable and experienced staff make all reasonable efforts to find specific ocean dwellers, no guarantees are made for their presence.

+Are trips ever cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions?

While our charters are not frequently affected by hazardous weather conditions, weather is an uncontrollable force and so we do recommend divers purchase travel insurance. During seasons where we more frequently encounter inclement weather, we may have to limit one-half day or one full day of diving while we wait for conditions to clear. However, the Bahamas have much to offer and we are typically able to reroute to dive locations sheltered from the wind. If the charter must be cancelled due to weather, credit on another charter will be issued for one full year. Additionally, we cannot offer refunds due to weather conditions.

+What is the cancellation policy for shark expeditions?

All charters require a minimum of 6 participants. Please confirm with our reservation specialists before making flight arrangements. Reservations canceled with at least 120 days notice may be rescheduled or refunded. Reservations canceled with 119 to 90 days notice may be rescheduled or refunded 50% of the charter rate. Reservations canceled with 89 to 60 days notice may be rescheduled or refunded 25% of the charter rate. Reservations canceled with less than 60 days notice may not be rescheduled and are non-refundable.

+Are DIN tanks available?

Yes, DIN tanks are available on-board!

+Will Wi-Fi or cellular service be accessible while in the Bahamas?

While we do have Wi-Fi available for guests at our office on the day of check-in, once we depart Lake Park, FL, on the first evening of the expedition, Wi-Fi or cellular service will not be accessible until we return to Florida at the end of the trip. When we check into the West End, Bahamas, customs port on the morning of the second day you may be able to access some Wi-Fi or cellular service, but it is not always reliable. We have a satellite phone device on-board that can be used for communications in emergency situations. 

+Do you carry any spare gear on the vessel - such as masks, fins, regulators, or BCDs?

We do carry spare gear for when it is needed, however, divers bringing their own gear are responsible for ensuring it is in proper working condition. 

+Do you have any tools on the vessel for gear maintenance or repair?

We do carry an assortment of tools, allowing us to handle any unexpected situations that may occur with our divers’ gear.

+Is your boat equipped with a life-line radio transmitter/receiver?

For emergencies, we have on-board radios and a Coast Guard approved Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, or EPIRB, used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. It does this by transmitting a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency via satellite and earth stations to the nearest rescue co-ordination center. 

+What type of AC power outlets are installed on the boat?

We have the standard 120V system and charging ports in several locations on board for any dive or camera equipment you may have.

 

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+Is your vessel equipped to receive signals from a Nautilus Lifeline System (or other similar rescue transmission devices)?

Yes, Nautilus Lifeline Systems, or other personal rescue transmission devices, can be detected by the radios we have on-board the Shearwater.

+What water temperatures should I prepare for?

Water temperatures in the Bahamas range from 72-85° F (23-29° C), with the cooler temperatures occurring during the winter months (November-April). A 3mm – 5mm wetsuit is recommended. Our rental wetsuits are 3mm. 

+How many passengers does your vessel hold?

We carry a maximum number of ten passengers per expedition. We limit this number to ensure that the passengers on each expedition have the best possible experience! Small group sizes allow for better photo opportunities, more personalized service, and most importantly… no set dive schedule! Unlike other operators, once anchored at a dive site, our divers are welcome to hop in water whenever they would like. All day long, we have a dive master waiting below the surface to greet divers. 

+Is Nitrox available? If so, what is the cost?

Nitrox is available for an additional flat-rate charge of $100.00 per diver. This cost includes unlimited Nitrox fills for the full length of the expedition. Divers must present their Nitrox certification card upon arrival.

+What are the departure and arrival times on the first and last day of the expedition?

All expeditions will leave at approximately 8:00pm on the date of departure (boarding is at 5:00pm). We will return back to our dock in Lake Park, FL, between 9:00am-12:00 noon on the day of arrival. Please allow for delays when making your flight reservations. 

+Which airports are nearest to your location?

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is our nearest airport and is roughly 20 minutes away by car. Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) is about 50 minutes to the south and Miami International Airport (MIA) about 1.5 hours south.

For all other questions, you can reach our reservations team via email, or give the shop a call and talk to one of us in person. Whichever way, we look forward to hearing from you!

Ph: (561) 842-6356

E: shearwater@scuba-adventures.com