What Does Swimming with Sharks & Cancer Have in Common?

What Does Swimming with Sharks & Cancer Have in Common?

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Image credit: ayerst / 123RF Stock Photo Lemon Shark in Bahamas

One of Alan’s very favorite things to do was to scuba dive.  He loved marine life.  In Tahiti, he swam next to with an 11 foot lemon shark and LOVED it.  So needless to say when I heard about Fin Forward, I got pretty excited.

What is Fin Forward? Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…

Fin Forward specializes in shark dives and marine encounters for cancer survivors.  I call this “Adventure Therapy’.  Fin Forward partners with local dive groups to give cancer survivors a therapeutic adventure- although shark dives are their primary focus, they will also arrange dives with:

  • whales
  • dolphins
  • sting rays
  • other marine life

S.C.U.B.A. certification is not required for most trips, and Fin Forward can accommodate most levels of physical fitness, aquatic experience and comfort with sharks.


In addition to being one of the most common “bucket list” items, the folks from Fin Forward believe that shark diving can have therapeutic benefits and act as a catalyst for change.  They hope these dives will create milestone moments that fundamentally change individuals and illustrate the powers of personal perseverance and the human spirit.


BTW, I was just watching The Big C, one of my very favorite shows, and in this episode, Cathy, a stage 4 melanoma survivor, went scuba diving.  Is that a coincidence or kismet????


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