Hoping to come to Fiji next year and interested in doing the shark dive. I am PADI open Water qualified with currently about 15 dives under my belt. My partner is not yet qualified.
We want to dive in Fiji, so we are heading to Sharm El Sheik in June so that my partner can get his Open Water Qualification. I will be completing my Advanced Open Water while I'm there. So we will both be qualified divers, but neither of us particularly experienced and my partner will be quite new to it all.
Looks like some of the shark dives go down to 30m, so my partner wouldn't be qualified unless he did his Advanced Open Water on arrival in Fiji. However I have seen some shark dives which are 18m, so presumably Open Water divers can do those? Is there much of a difference in the experience between the two depths?
BAD says that want qualified dives down to 30m, around 30-40 dives with at least 5 deep dives. Neither of us will be able to meet that criteria. However, i have read reviews where people have done their Open Water qualification in Fiji then nipped off on a shark dive! So I am very confused.
What qualifications do you need for the shark dive? Are there some 'lesser' dives on offer at shallower depths for the less experienced diver? And if so, are these worth while? Do bull sharks and tiger sharks come up to 17/18m? or do you really need to go to 30m for the full experience? Is it safe for novice divers?
Any help appreciated :)