[–] PimpinPoptart 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I went for the first time when I was 14. My dad and I were on vacation, saw a flyer and went for it.

We woke up early in the morning, around 5 AM, ate breakfast and went out to the harbor. Now we had talked to the tour guide on the phone but had yet to actually see him in person, and let me tell you it was not the sort of sight that inspires confidence. He was very short, dressed very poorly (like a dirty fisherman would be I suppose), and smelled of cigarettes. His boat was almost as bad. It was about 20 ft long, in very poor shape, and was barely large enough to hold the cage we would be swimming in. Blinded by excitement, my father and I stepped on to the boat. After some small talk, we wrote him his check and before we knew it we were on our way out to sea.

After about half an hour of cruising and occasionally dropping some disgusting looking chum in the water, the man stops the boat, lifts a trapdoor near the front of the boat and grabs us our wetsuits. Holy hell I wish we had asked to see these before hand. There were about 4 different sizes all of which were in terrible looking shape, smelled strongly of mold, and had a few holes ripped in them. My dad tried his on first only to find that the biggest size the man had was way too small for him. I was lucky enough to fit pretty well into the smallest size suit he had. the man then gets us fitted with our oxygen tanks and starts to give us the talk about safely interact with the shark, how to use the oxygen, how best to climb up into the boat afterwards etc, however he neglects to say anything about the cage. After the talk, the man walks over to the back of the boat and says something along the lines of, "Are you ready to hop in?"

After a moment my dad awkwardly asks the man, "Shouldn't you put the cage in first?"

To which the tour guide responded, "Sir, you didn't pay to use the cage,"

Stunned, my dad replied, "How much extra will I need to pay to use the cage?"

The man turned to my dad and said, "I'm gonna need about tree-fiddy"

Well it's about damn time I realize that the man was no man at all, but an 8 stories tall crustacean from the paleozoic era! That Loch Ness Monstah had gotten me again! I said, "God dammit Loch Ness monstah! I aint given you no tree fiddy!"

TL;DR: Almost went shark cage diving but couldn't because we didn't pay to use the cage