Sharks, weddings and the Deep Sea – more than diving
For fifteen years of amateur diving in Russia, scuba diving has long ceased to be an exclusive sport. Favorite by the easily accessible beauty of the Red Sea, Egypt became known as “Red Sea”, the resort of Hurghada – “Hurghadovo”, and Russian divers go to Dahab as if they were going home knowing the names of the owners of hotels, restaurants and shops. And even the delivery to the place of immersion on a camel is no surprise. In search of new experiences and “something such”, divers began to climb into more and more distant corners of the planet. It’s not just diving without lyrics – it’s more than diving.
This option of diving is very popular among “extreme divers” who are not averse to tickling your nerves. There are several places in the world where specialized shark feeding dives are held. As a rule, the main “breadwinner” is a local dive guide, and divers, sitting at the bottom a few meters, watch the process. The most courageous can even risk to try to stretch a piece of tuna to several rows of sharp teeth.
One of the most daring shows is being staged in Cuba, on the beach of Santa Lucia: 3.5-meter high-necked sharks (or buffalo, as divers call them) periodically chasing each other, the guide feeds straight from the hand, without any protection, patting predators on the back or stroking the fins. A shark or swims alongside, along a number of observers, fading from admiration, on the move, picking up a piece of fish from the guide’s hand, or, like a pet, swims to the guide, freezes in centimeters from his hand and takes away the treat. In the Bahamas, the guides are more cautious: they feed sharks either from a long metal wand or from their hands too, but they are surely dressed in real mail. On Yap Island in Micronesia, fish bait is tied to a long rope to the bottom, and divers watch from behind a reef projection, like gray reef, black fin, and occasionally white fin sharks compete for prey. In Fiji, shark silhouettes are sometimes difficult to discern due to the abundance of scurrying fish of all colors and stripes. The feeding method depends more on the guide: someone simply ties the tuna carcass to the reef, someone provides the shark to crawl in the fish box, and someone carefully feeds predators from his hand, inviting everyone to stretch a piece of tuna with lemon, bluff-eaten, tiger-like shark, unexpectedly big shark nanny or good-natured two-meter perch. More small black-necked sharks are tuna-fed in Tahiti and Sudan.
An unforgettable spectacle can be seen for several months in South Africa: during the migration of sardines, hang-gliders track down huge schools of fish from the air and transfer coordinates to boats so that divers have a chance to see how the hunters — sharks or dolphins — drive the joint into a dense, shimmering silver ball and scurry through it, snatching prey.
Holidays under water
The most advanced tourists (and divers, of course, belong to their number) holidays have long ceased to be associated with “Olivier” and “blue lights”. So it is quite possible to invite them to look at their conduct from a completely different angle. No matter what event awaits customers: wedding, new year, anniversary or birthday. Any holiday under water is unforgettable!
On the eve of the New Year, Christmas trees carefully dressed by divers appear at the bottom of many Russian swimming pools, and divers themselves, wearing Christmas hats and traditional champagne, wave the flippers of the New Year’s dance and even sing songs.
Increasingly, there are news about marriages under water. Lazily fluttering veils and bridesmaid dresses, arches in the form of giant shells twined with flowers, guests in formal attire, a priest, rings, champagne, fresco paintings on the festive (as divers call a sign on which you can write under water with a special pencil) kisses and dances – all this in the gentle rays of the underwater sun. When can you still feel like a real Little Mermaid and Ihtiandr? Such ceremonies can now be held in almost any seaside resort, one such took place even in the Crimea. “Diving newlyweds” say that the sea purifies, and water holds the bonds together.
If none of the invited guests is familiar with the basics of scuba diving – it does not matter: they will instruct them in the dive center before diving, they will let them get under water. And during the holiday no special efforts are required: unless it is a little harder to clap your hands under water than on land.