The aquarium experts started out by describing what types of fish we would be seeing in the coral reef tank. They told us there was one nurse shark and two tiger sharks in the tank, but the main thing to watch out for was the turtle! Apparently, the turtle, Flip, controls the tank and you need to keep your distance or he will come at you. We also learned that divers go in the tank multiple times a day, so the sharks are very used to people. This calmed my nerves a bit!
Next, we were introduced to our dive masters (we each got our own) and they took copies of our dive cards to prove we were actually divers. We were then taken to our lockers. Both of us started to feel like royalty when we saw that each locker had our name on it and perfectly sized wetsuits and diving booties inside. We even got shirts that said we were certified shark divers and a certificate of completion!
Once we were suited up, they escorted us down and into the actual aquarium where the visitors come in. The doors hadn’t opened quite yet so no one was there and we were able to look in and see the sharks and fish we would soon be swimming with!