It seemed like such a good idea at the time. After all this wasn't a new experience for us. A couple of years ago Mohamed Hamid, Steve Kehoe and I had pitted ourselves against a silky shark and lived to tell the tale, so how much harder could it be with an oceanic white-tip? Ok it's true, back then we'd had the added benefit of an anchor line to strategically position ourselves behind when the silky had come a little bit too close for comfort (a 2.5" diameter rope provides plenty of psychological protection against a 2.5m shark). This time we would just be depending on our cameras and a whole lot of misplaced bravado.
It turned out to be a holiday of 'firsts' for Simon Berry with his first trip to Sharm and the first guest to complete the BSAC Ocean Diver course. Simon's partner, Amelia Charles is a BSAC instructor and gave Emperor BSAC Instructor, Steve Kehoe, some valuable assistance. Steve was very impressed with Simon's enthusiasm during the course, "Every time we did a sheltered lesson or open water session Simon improved and his confidence grew enormously."