SeaWorld Shark Deep Dive Interaction Orlando!
Shark Encounter at SeaWorld is one of the most fascinating attractions at the park. From the other interesting creatures that make Shark Encounter their home to the sharks themselves, it is an exhibit full of surprises. One of these surprises comes in the form of an amazing shark encounter experience called the Shark Deep Dive. Shark Deep Dive puts two guests at a time into a large steel cage inside the giant aquarium filled with sharks, rays, and other large fish. The experience starts off with a reservation. Once the reservation is made, guests must check in at the Guest Services Center just past the entrance of the park on the date of the reservation. Here you will pick up medical information and release forms to fill out for the adventure. Guests then make way to Wild Arctic where a member of park staff will greet the divers, usually five minutes prior to the appointment.
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$94 for ages 10+, $144 during peak season
Attraction closes May 15th!
Once everything is situated, it is off to the prep center which houses a full locker room facility, and a �mud room� where the guest wetsuits, boots, and gloves are waiting. Here guests can use the restrooms, suit up, and become debriefed on the equipment that will be utilized on the dive. Equipment includes newly designed helmets from Sea Trek, which weigh 75lbs out of water and approximately 15lbs in water, which have a communication system including a microphone and an earpiece. These helmets resemble the diving bells of the past that use free-flowing oxygen to keep an air bubble inside which keeps the diver�s head completely dry. Other equipment includes a wetsuit, boots, and gloves. These items help keep divers comfortable in the 660,000 gallon shark tank which usually stays at around 72 degrees F. Once guests become acquainted with the equipment used during the dive, what you can and cannot do in the cage, and how many and what species of creatures you will find in the tank, it�s off to a golf cart and a �back lot� tour of sorts to the Shark Encounter exhibit where the dive actually takes place.
On the way to the Shark Deep Dive, guests will see the huge units used to filter and cool the waters of Wild Arctic, the filtration systems for Shamu Stadium, which filter 7 million gallons of water in approximately four hours, and SeaWorld�s amazing recycling center which helps in keeping the environment a lot cleaner. Once guests arrive at the Shark Encounter building, they make their way to the top of the giant shark tank, where they are first introduced to the sharks from above the water. Here you will also greet the spotter, who is usually an expert in sharks and can provide a lot of valuable information on the species within the tank. The spotter also makes sure everything in the cage is safe during the encounter underwater. Your spotter is connected to the divers via a headset and can also answer questions while in the tank. Once everything has been explained by the shark professional and spotter, guests are led into a �med pool� where they first become acclimated to the water in the tank. As you take a knee at the entrance to the cage, which sits at a constant depth secured by a buoy on either side of it, the Sea Trek helmet is lowered to your shoulders via a pulley system. It is connected to free flowing oxygen and you are ready to sink into the tank. At this point, you and your co-diver are standing 10 feet underwater, weighed down by the helmet. At this point, the cage starts moving slowly across the back wall of the Shark Encounter exhibit for a duration of 30 minutes.
In this tank, you will find over 5 species of sharks including white and black tip sharks, sandbar sharks, nurse sharks, and saw fish. A giant manta ray makes its home here along with some other large bodied fish that all live together with these sharks. You can sit, stand, and move about the cage while communicating back and forth with the other diver and the spotter above. As you move across the tank, you see the people passing underneath in the acrylic tunnel admiring the sharks from below and the people in Shark�s Bar and Grill, SeaWorld�s sit and dine restaurant with a full liquor bar. Here family of the divers can take pictures and capture video of the encounter while you meet and greet with the sharks, which are very curious to make your acquaintance. As a new addition to their habitat, the sharks poke and prod the outside of the cage to see what you are all about. They are mostly within inches of touch, but it is highly recommended that you do not place fingers outside of the cage, for sharks explore the world with their mouths, at usually injuring consequences. The entire experience is breathtaking, exhilarating, and eye opening. You have never been this close to a shark in mid-yawn, protruding its large toothy jaw out of its mouth as it does. As the cage reaches its destination back to the gate, divers are helped out of the cage and the helmet is removed.
The event of interacting with the spotter, getting into the helmet and then into the cage is documented by a professional photographer and the photos placed on a free CD that can be picked up at any time at the Guest Services Desk. Once guests are returned to the locker rooms, they may strip out of the suits, wash up, and return back to their original clothing where they then receive an informative book on sharks and a T-shirt exclusive to the program. This is probably one of the most breathtaking experiences located in the park and should be tried at least once to appreciate the beauty of the underwater world and the agility and grace of these mostly feared creatures.
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