My Cage Diving Adventure with Islander Charters Begins

Cage Diving with Islander Charters

Tomorrow, I will embark on a cage diving adventure with Islander Charters. I’ve always been adventurous but marine life has been my greatest fear. Even small, harmless fish have made me nervous about being in the water. I’ve come a long way since my days of running from minnows. I’ve had encounters with dolphins, beluga whales, whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, manta rays, sting rays, seals, and reef sharks but nothing has compared to this. I’m about to face my fears head on. 

Great white shark in Mexico with Islander Charters

For the next week, I will be living on the Islander. It was designed specifically to carry passengers off the Southern Califorina and Baja coast and has been safely delivering shark divers to Guadalupe Island since 2004.

We’ll arrive at Guadalupe Island where we’ll spend three days in the water with great white sharks. Islander Charters has had a 100% safety record with no cage breaches, accidents or incidents but I’m still petrified. I wonder if I’ll be too nervous to breathe the first time in the cage? I wonder if I’ll be too nervous to get into the cage? It’s all a mystery for now.

I won’t have Internet or phone access until I return so you’ll have to wait a few days for photos and feedback. Stay tuned…. or thanks for reading all these years 😉

25 thoughts on “My Cage Diving Adventure with Islander Charters Begins

  1. Lesley,
    I Love you facing your fears head on…. this is something I would like to do, in exactly the place I would like to do it, so I am really looking forward to your posts and photos and exactly how you felt before, during and after the experience.
    Feeling petrified is something I can relate too!!!!
    My husband scuba dived with Bull Sharks and he said, once down there, he just felt calm. So it will be interesting to hear about your adventure!
    Take care, good luck and have fun!!!


  2. I am so looking forward to reading about your experience! Even though the thought of it definitely scares me a bit, doing the cage dive off of Guadelupe is high on my bucket list 🙂


  3. Started to attend a scuba class once while I was at San Diego, CA., but did not have time to finish before I was shipped out. Would be nice to be able to do it again and experience what you are doing on this post. Be careful and good luck.


  4. Fear isn’t always rational, but in this instance, I’d be pretty frightened. And I’ve always felt pretty comfy in the water and around sea-creatures! I hope you find the experience frightening in a good way; there’s nothing like facing and overcoming a fear to make you feel empowered! Go get’em!


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