Sharks are natural ocean predators. So upon seeing a shark nearby, our first whim would be to back away immediately (especially after seeing Jaws). But what if you actually had the chance to face your fear and swim with some sharks in a safe–er, relatively safe–environment?
Believe it or not, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, Ontario is now offering a new activity that’ll make you defy every human instinct telling you to run. You can finally swim with the sharks. Real life, huge freaking sharks (not just those tiny ones they let kids pet with the horseshoe crabs).
For just $250, you could take a 30-minute ‘Discovery Dive‘ tour of a 12-foot deep shark tank–imagine how empowering it’d feel to check that off your bucket list. There are also sawfish, turtles and other fish included on the tour, so you won’t have to fend for your life the entire time. Although, seeing the sharks is what makes the experience memorable.
The tour runs every Wednesday at 3 p.m. and includes a swag bag with some photos from your tour (at least, if you make it out alive). There’s just one catch: you have to be SCUBA certified and have past diving experience to swim with your sharks. So you might have to take a few scuba diving classes before trying your luck at swimming with sharks. And let’s be honest, this isn’t the kind of tour a person should take to get comfortable with scuba diving. You’ll need to be an expert in case you need to swim away really fast.
Divers have to be at least 16, and those who are under 18 need a legal guardian to sign a waver. But don’t let that scare you away; not when you could finally get to see how sharks are such misunderstood creatures. Some say they’re even cute.
Whether you have a fascination with sharks or not, this could be the ultimate way to step out of your comfort zone. Well, it wouldn’t hurt to try! Or maybe it would?
WATCH: Check out this video of a diver swimming with a massive lemon shark in Bora Bora.