Things to Do Beforehand
Reserve your spot with – and pay your deposit to – Great White Adventures.
Get a passport if you don't already have one.
Book your flight.
Book your hotel.
Purchase trip insurance through DAN.
Make plans for any extra time you'll be spending in San Diego and make reservations or buy tickets as necessary. Remember to book a rental car if you'll be needing one.
Consider getting TSA Precheck to drastically reduce the time you spend in airport security.
The boat ride and cage diving are exhausting. Spend the weeks and months prior to your trip getting into (or staying in) shape.
Consider getting your scuba certification before the trip. Not only will it allow you to use the submersible cage on the boat, it will open up a world of adventure to you. Use the PADI Dive Shop Locator to find where you can be certified.
Even if you're planning on renting scuba gear in San Diego for the trip, we definitely recommend purchasing a dive mask beforehand. Since they come in many shapes and sizes, it's best to get fitted for one at your local dive shop. Also, get a neoprene mask strap cover – they're only a few dollars, and your hair will thank you.
Since we're focusing (pun intended) on making sure you get great photos during your dives, make sure you're equipped with the right equipment. Check out our Camera Gear page to see what you should have and suggestions for what to get.
Things to Bring
Your passport (seriously, do NOT forget this)
A copy of your passport (carried separately)
PDF or printed instruction manual(s)/book(s) for your camera gear (we want to help you get the most out of your photo gear on this trip!)
Your trip insurance policy (purchasable through DAN)
Cash (see cost page for recommended amounts)
2-3 bathing suits (so you don’t have to rewear a wet one)
A light coverup
2 pairs of shorts
2 pairs of pants (sweats, comfortable leggings, jeans)
1 long-sleeve shirt
Hoodie/sweatshirt/sweater (to wear in the evenings)
Light windproof jacket (for the ocean crossing)
Flip-flops or water shoes
Basic toiletries (soap, shampoo, and conditioner are provided on the boat)
Medications (including seasickness medication)
A garbage bag and/or large ziplock bag (for transporting wet items)
Towels are provided for you on the boat, so no need to bring any.
Underwater camera (check the Camera Gear page for help)
GoPro or other video camera
SD cards for your cameras
Laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop loaded (recommended for getting the most out of our evening photography classes)
Portable hard drive (optional)
Full wetsuit – 7mm recommended (can be rented through Great White Adventures)