We were out about 15 feet from the shore, in 8 feet of water. We were real close to them most of the time, they are gentle and will let you swim with the pack, but no touching outside of Seaworld. There is just the most amazing diving here in Jupiter Florida, all real close to land. No need for a boat, a $15 snorkel pack from WalMart and you are ready to for "brochure quality diving", as much as you want, even in winter. No wet suits, nothing....And if you have an aquarium, it is like walking into the largest petstore you have ever seen, with everything for free! Wow, that is fun.