December 11, 2015
Written by: Sophie Gaze
Dive Immersion Senior Divemaster
What do my two best friends from high school, my parents, my aunt and uncle, my boyfriend’s little brother, my college roommates and my brother all have in common? Well, nothing really, except that they have all participated in Georgia Aquarium’s Journey with Gentle Giants! Gifting a dive or swim in Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot is the ULTIMATE present!
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and it can be difficult to find a creative, awesome present. Some people are just so hard to shop for! I know I am biased because it’s what I do every day, but I promise that swimming or diving at Georgia Aquarium is an experience you will never forget!
The two-hour program includes a 30-minute SCUBA dive or surface swim in the Ocean Voyager exhibit. Georgia Aquarium is the only place in the world where you are guaranteed to get in the water with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark! In addition to housing these gentle giants, Ocean Voyager is also one of the most diverse habitats of its kind, with fish from three different oceans: the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian. You will get to see manta rays doing backflips, sandbar sharks cruising, eagle rays soaring and you might even spot a wobbegong shark hiding in the rocks! It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The experience is offered 365 days a year with a 3:00 p.m. dive and a 4:30 p.m. swim. An additional dive is available on weekend mornings. This is an opportunity to explore the habitat from the other side of the window, and a portion of the proceeds supports conservation initiatives at the Aquarium and around the world. The experience is open to participants ages 12 and up, although a participating adult must accompany guests under the age of 18.
I have purchased this experience for such a diverse range of friends and family because I know there is something in it for everyone. From my wild family from England who rarely go swimming, to my best friends from University of Hawaii who are avid divers, everyone was able to take away a special memory from the experience. There is something magical about submerging into a totally different environment and experiencing the world from a fish’s point of view!
If you are interested in purchasing the dive or the swim, please visit our website for more information. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and be sure to come visit us at Georgia Aquarium for more fun during our Festival of the SEAson celebration!