Charity seeks adrenalin junkies for charity shark dive

Charity seeks adrenalin junkies for charity shark dive
Charity seeks adrenalin junkies for charity shark dive

Charity seeks adrenalin junkies for charity shark dive

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is looking for adrenalin junkies to join them on a charity shark dive at the Blue Planet Aquarium, in Elsmere Port, on Saturday 20th June, 2020.

The dive, which will take place in in Blue Planet’s Caribbean reef tank, will bring participants face-to-fin with a collection of fearsome looking, 10-feet long, sand tiger sharks.

This year’s dive is part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.

Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.

The 30-minute cage free shark dive, which is open to novices, is preceded by two hours of training with Blue Planet’s highly experienced team of PADI diving instructors.

“Before the dive you will learn basic diving techniques from professional instructors,” said Kate Sherwin, from Caudwell Children. “So even absolute beginners can overcome their fears to take part in the shark dive.”

Blue Planets sand tiger sharks, usually found in the waters of Japan, Australia, South Africa, the Mediterranean and the east coasts of North and South America, are the largest collection of sharks in Europe. Although they look intimidating on first sight they are relatively placid and slow moving fish.

Ashley Mould, 30, from Chesterton, in Staffordshire, recently completed a shark dive for Caudwell Children, and is encouraging people to take the plunge. As he explained: “It was a frightening but exhilarating experience and one that I will never forget.

“Sharks are one of my worst fears but I’d been briefed beforehand on animal behaviour and what to look out for, so that calmed me down a little.

“I must admit that being so close to such fierce looking fish was absolutely fantastic.

“However, much more important than my experience was the fact that I raised vital cash to support disabled children.”

Kate said she initially feared for Ashley. As she exclaimed: “When I first caught sight of the distinct dorsal fin cutting its way through the water I was worried for him.

“He was extremely nervous, which was understandable given the fact that he’d just been told that one of the sharks had over 250 teeth!

“Diving with sharks is one of the most amazing experiences that you’re ever likely to have. But it’s made even more fulfilling when you complete it as part of a Caudwell Children challenge as it helps us to provide funding for in-home and in-hospital visits, specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs, buggies, tricycles and car seats, and a number of therapies and treatments.”     

Participants will have full use of Blue Planet’s scuba equipment on the day and on completion of the dive they will receive an ‘I Dived with the Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium’ certificate.

“The dive also includes free entry for two spectators,” said Kate. “They’ll be able to capture your jawesome experience for posterity on camera and video.

“Additional spectators are more than welcome to come and cheer you on, simply enquire for details.”

Registration for the dive costs £50 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £400.

For more information and to register for the dive call Kate Sherwin on 01782 433756 or email: kate.sherwin@caudwellchildren.com

For more information visit the web page here. 

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