Bahamas - Liveaboard, Tigershark Beach
The name says it all: Tiger sharks. A magnificent species that requires full attention. Not just its mere size is imposing but likewise the amount of erroneous information about this shark. This species has been more than just abused in the past by commercial operators, similar to the white and bull sharks, describing these sharks as the ultimate kick, rush or something to that extent, willingly portraying them in a wrongful manner. SharkSchool™ stands for showing sharks the way they truly are. Tiger sharks, like any other shark species, possess an impressive body language, only understandable through ADORE-SANE, the world’s first and only shark-human interaction concept. To comprehend ADORE-SANE is a must for every dedicated diver who wants to get away from mainstream “shark diving” and experience the feeling of a shark’s signaling and communicating.
The Dolphin Dream
Shark-School™ works with the experienced crew of the Dolphin Dream under the leadership of captain Scott Smith who looks back to 25 years of experience with this company. People knowing Scott knows he goes the extra mile when it comes down to diving, sharks and his boat. The Dolphin Dream is perfect for this type of workshop, not just because the original harbor of this remodeled shrimp trawler was Pensacola, the now headquarter of Shark-School™ but any commercial vessel built in this area is known to be sturdy, made for rough seas as well. Participants like to know that the boat only accepts 12 divers giving them enough space for all their equipment, creating a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere helping Erich to work with every participant individually.
The boat’s dimensions are 26m by 8m. The salon and the 6 cabins are positioned “aft of the centerline”, the most comfortable area of any boat. The recreational area has a TV, DVD / VCR, and video library. The dive deck has enough space for all gear, including video and photo equipment. The Dolphin Dream has an upper deck for sun bathing, or to observe divers during their night adventures, possible through the boat’s large floodlights.
“… the understanding of body language [of sharks] is like the story of an ancient adventure written in an old and mostly forgotten language. It will never be told again until a scholar of this language puts the story into common words creating the urge in every listener not just hear the end of it but to be part of this adventure …”
Erich Ritter, 2009
The theoretical part of the workshop revolves around the sharks and diving with them but will always be held before dinner or the night dives since experience has it that once divers had dinner they can’ hardly absorb the amount of information given by Erich. Despite that the course is tailored to the local species (yes, you will see other species than just tiger sharks) Erich’s goal is to give as much information as possible about other species as well to get you the most knowledge possible within the time together.
How to get there
The trip starts either in West Palm Beach, Florida, for people who just take the tiger shark workshop or in ‘West End’, Grand Bahama - where the Dolphin Dream has to clear customs to be allowed diving in Bahamian waters - for participants who have taken the workshop in Grand Cay the week before. The trip ends in West Palm Beach.