SWIM WITH THE SHARKS
JOIN A PELAGIC SNORKEL
Join us on our most popular dive (snorkel), and swim with an array of shark species! You will learn about the biology, physiology and behavior of sharks and how to safely interact with them. While on board you will also learn about our current research efforts to help save these misunderstood animals.
GoPro and Professional Photography Packages available! Text 1-808-649-0018
Mahalo (Thank you) for helping support shark and marine research and conservation and our 501c3 Non profit: One Ocean Conservation via Save The Sea Turtles International
What is One Ocean Diving?
A foundation and support platform for collaborative pelagic research, conservation, education and you in the water with these amazing animals. We focus our efforts on studying the behavior, physiology, biology and human interaction/effects on sharks, sea turtles and whales. We are passionate about helping people better understand these animals and the negative misconceptions that can go along with them- ESPECIALLY SHARKS! Click on the tabs below to learn more about how we carry out each component of what makes One Ocean Diving so unique! So come join us on one of our dives and experience for yourself how incredible each species is! You will walk away with a new understanding and appreciation for these animals and hopefully will help spread the word to help save our pelagic animals!
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Founded for a collaborative research program gathering data for over four different current shark research studies, the One Ocean Diving Pelagic Program was adapted by internationally recognized shark and marine biologist, Ocean Ramsey to serve as a major conservation effort and to help assist with funding for ongoing studies of sharks.
What started with sharks has now grown to encompass the Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle) and Humpback whales!
Click on the tab below to learn more about our research efforts for theses three specific species.
Our hope is to spread the word about the importance of protecting marine animals, and to encourage people globally to take action and use their voice to stand up for all these amazing species!
We seek to educate people through multiple platforms: personally through our dives, social media, giving school presentations, and working with individuals and groups internationally too support their research and conservation efforts through @oneoceanglobal
Facilitating and inspiring the connection of human beings to protect the animals within our oceans and the marine ecosystems and environment through first-hand experience. During our dives you learn about shark, sea turtle and whale biology and how it plays into their behavior, body language and human impacts on the survival of these marine species.
Check out our conservation page by clicking the "LEARN MORE" button below to get involved in local conservation efforts and learn about the threats facing sharks, sea turtles and whales, and how you can help get involved!
One Ocean Diving would not be possible without all of you! We believe experiencing these animals first-hand helps steward a respectful relationship. It is our hope that after learning about these animals and the threats facing them you can use your voice to help spread the word! You as an individual can make a huge difference in changing the perspectives of people and helping them better understand the importance of protecting what lies beneath the ocean's surface.
#HELPSAVESHARKS #SAVETHEOCEAN #STOPSHARKFINNING
Swim With Sharks
The first and only cage-less shark research and diving program in Hawaii.
Experience of a Lifetime!
The "Pelagic Shark Program" also known as the "Pelagic Animal Research and Interaction Program" or what some people simply refer to as: "The snorkel with sharks without a cage program," is an extensively developed program based on shark behavioral research and data collection integrating educational informational and adapted for the general public to utilize in order to reduce or avoid adverse shark interactions.
ONE OCEAN DIVING STAFF AND FOUNDERS HAVE A 100% PERFECT SAFETY RECORD
The #PelagicProgram is an interactive research based program now open to the public. Hailed as "one of the best programs for inspiring shark and marine conservation." Founded as a research program, One Ocean Diving opened to the public in an effort to help educate people about the reality of sharks and facilitate and empower people with first hand experience.
Learn about the latest shark research, shark biology, physiology, behavior and specific body language from a marine biologist/shark specialist. Learn from the experts in the safest, most respectful way to interact with and enjoy sharing the water with these incredible animals.
Join us in the water and snorkel or freedive with sharks without a cage. Take the unique guided opportunity to see for yourself just how incredible these animals are. Highly educational program, great for all ages. (MUST BE 4ft. tall to get in the water. Basic snorkeling experience recommended).
ADVANCED ONE OCEAN DIVE AND TIGER SEARCH PROGRAM
** Must call to book**
We are excited to announce our new One Ocean Advanced Shark Diving & Tiger search program which is designed for people who have been diving with sharks for a while and want to learn about at a more in depth level. The program is lead by lead shark biologist Ocean Ramsey and 20 year shark expert and professional photographer Juan Sharks better known as @JuanSharks. Click the button below to learn more about the program and set up your charter!
FOR CAGE TOURS WE RECOMMEND HALEIWA SHARK TOURS #HALEIWASHARKTOURS
We support the Hawaii Ecotourism Associationʻs principles of sustainable tourism, which addresses operating principles in the following content areas:
- Environmental Management
- Staff Management
- Interpretation Management
- Consumer Evaluation Management
- Marketing Management
For more information please visit: http://www.hawaiiecotourism.org/Review
What to Expect
Pelagic Shark, Whale and Honu Program
Our Pelagic Programs start when you board one of One Ocean Divingʻs research and dive vessels. Pono Kai, Mano Kai or Koa Kai all have large white or blue block letters saying "ONE OCEAN DIVING" on the side. Mano Kai is a silver vessel with a blue canopy; Pono Kai is a blue and white vessel with a blue canopy and Koa Kai is a white catamaran. Our boats will dock at the commercial loading zone of Haleiwa Harbor (closest to Haleiwa Joe's Restaurant) near the white scaffolding/fish scale. Our trips are 2 hours long and consists of a highly educational presentation on your way out to the natural aggregation site where you will learn about shark biology, behavior, research and how to safely interact with sharks! You will then get in the water with your safety diver where you will experience first hand how beautiful and amazing these animals really are. We believe you will walk away with a new found respect for sharks and will want to #speakupforsharks to help save them!
Take a look at our map below or go to our "Find the Boat" page to find specifics on where to meet us!
How To Be Prepared
PARKING: Please park by the little brown restroom building near the harbor entrance on the back side (west) of Haleiwa Joe's Restaurant.
WHEN: General tour times vary by season and can be seen on our online booking system with live availability (WEATHER PERMITTING.)
Book the early morning trips as they generally have the least wind and the calmest conditions. Early morning trips are advised, especially for those prone to sea sickness.
WHAT TO BRING:
TOWELS (2 TOWELS ARE ADVISED FOR COMFORT )
CAMERA (SMALL HAND-HELD CAMERAS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE WATER)
CHANGE OF CLOTHES ARE RECOMMENDED
BIODEGRADABLE SUNSCREEN (PLEASE NO AERSOL SPRAY SUNSCREEN-WE HAVE EXTRA SUNSCREEN ONBOARD.)
WE PROVIDE MASKS, SNORKELS, & FINS & RASH GUARDS, HOWEVER YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING YOUR OWN.
RASHGUARDS & WETSUITS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR JELLY FISH PROTECTION BUT NOT REQUIRED (WE CAN GET COMB JELLY FISH FLOATING BY IRREGULARLY.) WE HAVE JELLY FISH SPRAY AND NO-ITCH GELL ON BOARD IF YOU DO GET STUNG.
WE DO HAVE UV XCEL RASH GUARDS ON BOARD FOR YOU TO BORROW DURING YOUR PROGRAM, JUST ASK THE CAPTAIN WHEN YOU BOARD.
WE DO NOT PROVIDE WETSUITS
IF YOU ARE KNOWINGLY DIABETIC OR ALLERGIC TO BEE STINGS OR JELLY FISH PLEASE LET US KNOW AS SOON AS YOU BOARD THE BOAT AND BE SURE TO BRING YOUR MEDICATIONS ONBOARD WITH YOU.
PLEASE INFORM CREW OF ANY SPECIAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS & MEDICATIONS. SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY. TEXT THE OFFICE AT +1-808-649-0018 AHEAD OF TIME AND ALSO LET YOUR CAPTAIN KNOW AS SOON AS YOU BOARD. YOU SHOULD BE PHYSICALLY FIT AND ABLE TO SWIM AND SNORKEL WITH EASE IN WAVES AND AGAINST STRONG CURRENT.
IF YOU ARE PRONE TO SEASICKNESS MAKE SURE TO TAKE DRAMAMINE THE NIGHT BEFORE AND 1 HOUR BEFORE BOARDING THE BOAT TO PREVENT IT. IF YOU FEEL SEASICK WHILE ON BOARD LOOK AT THE HORIZON. YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING ANY GINGER LOZENGES OR SNACKS (LIKE CRACKERS) TO HELP WITH NAUSEA.
THERE IS A DRY STORAGE ON BOARD FOR BAGS/BACKPACKS, WE JUST ASK YOU TO LIMIT YOUR ITEMS TO ONE BAG PER PERSON.
THERE IS NO RESTROOM ON BOARD, THERE ARE RESTROOM FACILITIES AT THE HARBOR TO USE RIGHT BEFORE DEPARTURE.
PERSONS UNDER 18 NEED TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN OR HAVE THEM SIGN THE RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK WAIVER PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.
ALL AGES ARE WELCOME ON BOARD ***Due to risks associated with an open water environment infants are not allowed on board. Ride alongs must be at least 3 years old, have a snug fitting life jacket for all ages under 7, at least 4ft tall to get in the water and bring their own fins (preferably all black or blue) to ensure a snug fit. Must have properly fitting fins to enter the water, otherwise watching from the boat is still a fun and educational experience***
We highly recommend against coming on the boat if you are more than four months pregnant due to the fact that a wet boat is a slippery unstable platform with many tripping hazards and hard surfaces.
Please be advised that the in-water portion of this activity is recommended for healthy, physically fit, and active people only and it is possible you could fall and slip or be hit by the boat in the water if you're not paying attention. You always have the option to get back on board the vessel and you always have the option not to go in the water. The program is still extremely educational and exciting from on top of the boat.
THERE IS A 4FT HEIGHT MINIMUM TO GET IN THE WATER WITH SHARKS
DUE TO SAFETY REGULATIONS THERE IS A WEIGHT RESTRICTION OF 260 LBS PER PERSON, FOR PERSONS OVER 255LBS PLEASE BOOK TWO SPOTS UNDER THE SAME NAME AND NOTIFY OUR OFFICE (1-808-649-0018 SO THEY CAN SCHEDULE A 2ND SAFETY CREW.) THIS IS FOR SAFETY AND COMFORT. WE RETAIN THE RIGHT TO DENY BOARDING AND/OR PERMISSION TO GO IN THE WATER if THERE are NOT SUFFICIENT SAFETY CREWS SCHEDULEd. Each crew member on board is certified to lift up to 125lbs for a total of 250 and in the unlikely event of an emergency we would be considered negligent if we didn’t have the physical ability to assist.***PLEASE MAKE SURE TO NOTIFY THE OFFICE +1-808-649-0018 OR EMAIL ONEOCEANDIVING@GMAIL.COM IN ADVANCE.***THIS IS FOR YOUR SAFETY AND COMFORT AS WELL AS THE CREWS SAFETY AND LIABILITY.
SWIMMING & SNORKELING ABILITY: BASIC SWIMMING ABILITY REQUIRED. BASIC PRIOR SNORKELING EXPERIENCE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
IMPORTANT: Each person coming on the boat must sign a Release of Liability Waiver before coming aboard and participating in our Pelagic Shark Snorkel program. **If you are UNDER 18 years of age, and your parents or legal guardian won’t be present at the boat harbor to sign the waiver on your behalf, please email our office at email@example.com. We can send the waiver ahead of time for your parent/legal guardian to print out and sign prior to your charter with us (and for you to bring with you to the harbor).** Mahalo.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU ONBOARD SOON.
ALL THIS INFORMATION WILL BE INCLUDED IN YOUR EMAIL CONFIRMATION AFTER BOOKING ONLINE.
The Pelagic shark snorkel starts when you board on of the One Ocean Diving & Research vessels. Your guides will welcome you onboard and you will be asked for your shoe size so the crew can get you fitted with a pair of fins and given a mask and snorkel. You will be asked to store any items not going in the water in the vessels cab for dry storage. Your Captain will give you a safety briefing and very important information about the vessel and emergency protocol in case of the very unlikely event of an accident/injury (rest assured we have 100% safety record). Keep in mind you are several hundred thousand times more likely to be injured on the drive to the harbor than during your experience and time in the open ocean, so drive carefully ;)
Specific survey sites identified as natural aggregation areas are used to approximate local shark populations and movements by surveying the number of sharks present in specified areas and depth profiles during specific times of the day and year. Seasonal movements of shark species divided by gender and weather patters are recorded to identify differences in behavior. Lack or abundance of mesopredators are looked at during the trips for correlation studies.
Participants can contribute to the digital shark ID program by submitting photos from their snorkel if they attain clear identifiable images of the left profile, right profile, and top side of any "easily identifiable" shark. If the shark is not already listed in the digital ID the submitting photographer is asked to name the shark and updates on the sharks site fidelity are shared.
After the safety briefing, the vessel will leave the harbor and begin the 15 minute trip out to the survey/snorkel site. On the ride out, your marine biologist and safety diver/divemaster will educate you about shark behavior, biology, physiology, our current research, and how to safely interact with sharks. Below is list of some of the information we will cover:
What types of marine animals you will potentially see both near and offshore
What species of pelagic fish, sharks, sea turtles and whales to look for and how to tell the difference between species.
How to determine gender and the differences in behavior
What specific behavior/body language to look for
How the animals biology and physiology effects their behavior
How your behavior effects their behavior
How to deter or entice a shark or pelagic animal
How weather and seasons effect the animal's behavior and how it can effect your specific trip
The significance of MANO (sharks) in Hawaiian and Polynesian culture.
How to contribute to or support the ID program for the Hawaii Shark Count.
Very important information about how to safely and respectfully swim with sharks as well as what to do in the unlikely event of an adverse approach or presence of agonistic body language. The "Safety Rules and Guidelines" will be shared within the last five minutes prior to getting into the water so it is fresh in your mind.
On The Water
Once arriving at the aggregate zone, the marine biologist/divemaster will enter the water first to survey the pelagic species, ID specific individuals present, determine the most dominant individuals, and the number of pelagics present for the research data set.
After the initial information is shared with the captain on board, the first three individuals will don their snorkel gear and walk down the swim ladder and into the water to float on the surface while the sharks and other marine pelagic species swim around the boat. The marine biologist will constantly monitor the sharks and other pelagics, and public program participants for changes in behavior and social dynamics. Your in-water guide will periodically relay information to the captain or one of the research interns on board for the research data set. After the initial 20min, the first three people will exit the water and the second group of three will enter (sometimes it is possible to rotate in water based on current conditions and animal behavior). Depending on the animal’s behavior, current, water conditions and individual persons comfort and snorkeling abilities it is sometimes possible to allow more than three persons in the water at a time. After the first rotation both groups will switch and have an additional 30 min each in the water (depending on weather conditions, animal behavior, commuting to and from site and groups showing up and leaving on time, donning and adjusting gear/getting in and out of the water, the average person spends 45-60 minutes in the water).
Once you come back on board you will likely have a completely different view of sharks, a realistic and most likely a calmness and excitement about just how incredible they are. You will get to see for yourself that they do not look at humans as a natural prey item and you’ll get to see just how beautiful they are for yourself.
While on board between rotations you will be able to talk about your interactions, what specific behavior you observed, which specific individual sharks or pelagic fish, dolphins, or whales were present. The rotations also give you a great opportunity to be able to adjust dive gear, camera settings, and to talk to the captain about what you experienced, the current plight of sharks and conservation efforts and needed around the world. This is a major highlight of the program, to be able to talk to the experts in their field and help get involved with the change we hope this program inspires.
The surface time is also a great opportunity to look for whales and dolphins *Whales are seasonal in Hawaii November to May/during the winter months. Dolphins are seen year round but not as frequently on the north shore as the west side of Oahu.
After everyone has at least two rotations we will make our way back in towards the harbor keeping an eye out for other pelagic life like dolphins, flying fish, seabirds, whales, and we can even stop by a Honu (turtle) cleaning station where you can sometimes see up to 15 turtles getting cleaned by small fish. Your marine biologist/safety diver will talk with you about which species of pelagics you saw and specific behavior you encountered on your adventure. The marine biologist will share information about the current research, population trends, plight or threats to sharks, sea turtles and humpback whales globally!
Before arriving back at the dock you will be given a hot peppermint and tea tree oil face towel to freshen up with and cards with great information about how you can #HelpSaveSharks and protect marine life.
We hope you will come out and experience this one of a kind, life-changing experience with us very soon. Mahalo Nui loa (thank you so much) for supporting shark and marine research and conservation. Aloha
One Ocean Diving
Where to board the vessel:
66-105 Haleiwa Beach Road
Haleiwa HI 96712 USA
Phone: +1-808-649-0018 (Please Text) Office hours: 9am-5pm HST
Meet the boat at the ramp 10 minutes before departure time.
Please check in at the BLUE KIOSK prior to boarding the boat!
Wait for the boat to arrive if you do not see it in front of the fish scale.
****MAKE SURE TO ARRIVE EARLY OR ON TIME AS WE DEPART ON SCHEDULE.***
If INTERNATIONAL please provide an EMAIL ADDRESS that you regularly check when booking!
**CANCELATION POLICY: FULL REFUND ONLY IF YOU CALL AND DIRECTLY TALK TO US TO CANCEL AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TIME***If you Notify us via text and email more than 24 hours prior to departure***.
All trips are subject to change due to weather! You will be 100% refunded if we need to reschedule due to weather or we will gladly rebook you to another day. Money back guarantee you will see sharks on the Pelagic Shark Snorkel and sea turtles on the Honu snorkel/Little Ocean Tours.
If you are NOT contacted about a cancellation expect your charter to run and please arrive on time!
Boat will dock in between shark shack and white fish scale (scaffolding)
How to Find the Boat(s)
ONE OCEAN DIVINGʻs boats launch at Haleiwa Harbor on the North Shore of the island of Oahu.
Pono Kai (Good-Sea) is our white dive boat with a blue canopy and white block letters saying "ONE OCEAN DIVING" along the side.
Mano Kai (Shark-Water) is our largest silver vessel with a blue canopy and blue trim with large white block letters saying "ONE OCEAN DIVING" on the side.
Koa Kai (Strong/Courageous Sea) is our Power Cat "Shark Cat" twin Hull. It is all white with a nice cab and One Ocean Diving large along the side and a large silver ladder.
PHOTOGRPAHY OPTIONS DURING YOUR DIVE
GoPro Package of your Dive
Purchase for $50
Included in Little Ocean Tours
For purchase up to 2 people. If group greater than two people please inquire.
During your dive the safety diver will film the entire dive for our ongoing research studies. He or she will film shark behavior and of you with the sharks. It is a blend of short unedited clips from the entire time in the water!
Select this option when you book online
**Footage is subject to weather, conditions and number of sharks**
Professional Photography & GoPro Footage
Available for Pelagic Shark Research Program & Little Ocean Tours
Purchase for $250
For purchase up to 2 people. If group greater than two people please inquire.
This package includes the GoPro package (as seen above) and professional photography. The photographer on board will take a blend of photos of you with the sharks and the sharks themselves. These photos are shot with a Cannon DSLR and are high resolution. This package will definitely capture your unique experience out on the water!
Please email, text or call (+1.808-649-0018) about scheduling a photographer for your dive!
**Footage is subject to weather, conditions and number of sharks. If the photography package is split between two people, we cannot guarantee that there will be an equal amount of photos of the two individuals. However, we do try our best!**
For examples of our photographer's work please check out their INSTAGRAMS!
Bring your own Camera/GoPro
Free of Charge
YES! We encourage you to bring your own equipment. If it is a small camera it needs to be mounted on a pole. We have go pro poles on board if you donʻt own one and can borrow it for free.
Want to be part of the team?
MISSION STATEMENT: CONSERVATION THROUGH GLOBAL CONNECTION.
Email us at: TeamOneOcean@Gmail.com
Aloha! Here at One Ocean Global we are aiming to provide the foundation for a worldwide effort in helping protect the planet. While we have a lot of focus on marine life and conservation, this world works all together and we are striving to assist and benefit all conservation efforts. We want to give aspiring conservationists around the globe the materials they need to start making a change locally and hope to inspire enough individuals to make this a worldwide project! With combined determination we can make a bigger and stronger impact to providing the planet with better care and a greater cause. We strive to inspire our communities in taking action for the planet and the creatures within it. A healthier ocean means a healthier planet and a healthier life for all of us. Join our team and network as a #OneOceanAmbassador #OneOceanGlobalTeam #GlobalConservation
How to Join:
Please fill out the application below and email us a completed application along with a CV/Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
In this application you will determine how you want to get involved within your local community to help spread awareness on conservation efforts. This can be things such as public talks, school presentations, social media campaigns, cleanups, or any idea you might have that would set a good example while educating other to join in on the movement! We want to support and highlight your efforts as a global ambassador and ask that you do the same for all of our ambassadors and in exchange we will provide materials and support to make your efforts more impactful!
Check out our other global and youth ambassadors on our MEET OUR TEAM page, or click the link below!
We are always looking for the best of the best. We want the most passionate and committed individuals to join our team. If you're interested in the shark researcher/Safety Diver position you must have a B.S. degree and be a certified PADI Divemaster or Instructor to apply. Please email your resume to email@example.com and CC our lead research team at firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSISTANT FIELD RESEARCH VOLUNTEER INTERN POSITIONS:
BY APPLICATION ONLY
Applicants will be responsible for assisting in research and creating projects to further OneOceanDiving's conservation message. The program will help you develop field work experience, further your skills in research, and increase your ability to organize and initiate projects on your own. You will also gain in-water experience with sharks. Interns positions also available for our Sea turtle program.
Must be enrolled in a biological science, zoology, conservation, or related degree or media degree.
CPR/First Aid Certified
Exceptional ocean swimming ability
**Priority given to applicants in a masters program, post grad, or undergrads in their 3rd or 4th year with desire to work with pelagics.
Please fill out the attached application (click image below to download application) and send it in along with your resume/cv/educational or work experience record to email@example.com by the below due dates:
FALL TERM (SEPT - DEC): AUGUST 10TH
SPRING TERM (JAN - MAY): DECEMBER 1ST
SUMMER TERM (MAY - AUG): MARCH 20TH
Mahalo nui loa, we hope to work with you soon!
The research vessel is also open and free to researchers in related fields of study. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Research Team with your post grad research proposals.
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