Diving with sharks, big or small, is an incredible experience, as to see and photograph a shark in the open ocean these days is becoming more and more rare. Some shark tour and dive operators I have worked with openly say that there are only 2 ways that a scuba diver will be able to interact with a shark, it'll either be a DEAD SHARK or baited shark/ attracted to the shark diver by some false means. In this day and age I'd rather be seeing live sharks so have sought to understand and assess as many shark diving places and shark diving methods as I can to engage with these hunted apex predators of the sea. I have been lucky enough to swim with a great white shark outside of a cage in the open ocean three times. This has happened on normal dives round the coastline of South Africa, and in all cases the great white shark appeared did one pass at varying distances from me, and carried on their way. I have also swum and photographed, Tiger sharks, Mako sharks, Blue Sharks, Ragged tooth or Sand Tiger Sharks, Dusky shark, Silvertip shark and Blacktip sharks.
Diving outside of a shark cage with large sharks such as a great white shark or tiger shark can be potentially dangerous. It is not advised for nervous or novice scuba divers to engage in this extreme activity. It is suggested to only use accreditied shark diving operators.