Frequently Asked Questions

Cristina wants you to have all the information requirer to take your next step; however, please understand that she receives a lot inquiries so kindly check out her FAQ section before emailing. If you have different or further questions about sharks, caves, diving and courses, please send her a message. Despite her busy schedule she does her best to personally respond in a timely manner.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas

Freeport, the airport code is FPO

You would need to take an additional flight. Nassau is on New Providence,  Freeport in on Grand Bahama Island.

The most convenient media is by plane. Bahamas Air has daily flights between the two islands. There is no ferry boat service.

There is the Baleria fast ferry from Ft. Lauderdale. Their schedule changes, please check directly with them.

I do not have a favorite one as I constantly change provider depending on the final destination, any of the ones coming on your search engines will work fine.

There are two hotels walking distance from everywhere you need to be during your stay, including the dive operation, the beach, the restaurants, and bars.

Pelican Bay Hotel http://www.pelicanbayhotel.com/

Grand Lucayan Hotel http://www.grandlucayan.com/

I recommend some Airbnb based on previous guests’ feedback but also their practical location in reference to the diving, beach, the area where to find restaurants, bars, and small shops.

Walking distance from the beach, Port Lucaya, restaurants and everything else, only five minutes bus ride from the food store

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2477122

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/20181559?location=Grand%20Bahama%2C%20Bahamas&guests=1&s=rt-C2J0h

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4948353?location=Grand%20Bahama%2C%20Bahamas&guests=1&search_id=1b26891d-904b-457b-b569-a44d63392f64&federated_search_id=7e5dcd08-619e-4fe4-96ba-cfa707379e03

Diving is conducted year-round, with cooler air and water temperatures between November and March and warmer water and air temperatures between April and October. Hurricane season is indicated as June 1st through November 30th, but the most critical time is usually in September. Make sure to check the average temperature charts for each month to decide which are the most conducive for your trip and for those traveling with you.

All courses, with the exception of the Open Water Course, are designed for certified divers. Please note that different courses require different prerequisites. Contact Cristina for details depending on your interest.

Shark Awareness is taught to a maximum of 8 divers in a group.

The Shark Handling Experience is taught one on one.

The Shark Handling Course is taught one on one. Two divers can take part in the Course when two additional days are added to the course. No more than two divers per course.

Technical and Cave diving courses are taught to a maximum of two divers.

Professional courses are taught to a maximum of four divers.

Open Water level is sufficient. It is not about the level of certification, it’s about the comfort level you have in the water. You need to make sure you are comfortable with flooded mask, with removal and replacement of the regulator and mostly with your buoyancy.

What should you expect in general? Well you can expect to be in the middle of a school of sharks, you can expect to either love it or hate it, or you can expect to enjoy it a little and end up loving it the most, you can expect to feel at home or to feel uncomfortable, you can expect to feel that this is the right place for you or not, that you want to feed or not, that you want to touch or not. it is a personal experience and you can expect to be extremely happy at the end of the day or simply satisfied. My suggestion is to come without expectations and with an open mind, ready to simply enjoy an experience that will remain yours for the rest of your life.

What results should we expect? Well, that is all depended on you. I will, with all my 20 years experience teaching over 300 students and over 50 professionals this kind of course, give you information, suggestions, tricks and tools to understand and work with the sharks in the best of ways. I will brief, debrief, explain, counsel and correct before, during and after the dive. I will assess and manage your inner feelings, motivations, blocks and fears (if any) and try to transform them in learning and positive energy, in a wonderful experience, in a growing and connecting moment. What should I expect from you? Your willingness to let go and listen, absorb what I say, trust my judgment, suggestions and sometime accept the No that I may say to you.

The shark handling course in a way is about you, and in a way it’s about the sharks. They will not sit in the classroom with us, nor on the boat while I talk to you, they will be down there being sharks. If you are willing to learn about them and let go of your barriers and you are not worrying about being the one who gets it, but simply being the one enjoying their presences, personalities and capabilities, then you are ready to take this course.

One last thing: be honest to yourself, no need to share with me, but be sure to be comfortable with your mask off your face, your regulator out of your mouth, salt water in your eyes and to have good control of your basic buoyancy. I will not test, but the sharks can make some situations uncomfortable if you are not at total ease in the water with small gear issues.

You can dive with the Caribbean Reef Sharks at any time of the year. If you are trying to plan a trip to dive with different species of sharks, it is recommended that you check on each species’ season to combine the travel dates of your trip.

Grand Bahama Island for Tiger Beach, Tiger sharks, Lemon sharks, Caribbean Reef, occasional Hammerhead

Bimini Island for Great Hammerhead sharks

Cat Island for Oceanic White Tip sharks

Please review my “Is there a season for shark diving” question in reference of the seasons for these sharks

Please contact Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center or Epic Diving for diving with sharks other than Caribbean Reef Sharks.

http://www.biminiscubacenter.com/

http://www.epicdiving.com/

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