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Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager Dive - Atlanta GA


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Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager Dive is a shore accessible salt water dive site, located at 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313. This dive site has an average rating of 4.86 out of 5 from 14 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 26-30ft/8-9m. The average visibility is 91-100ft/28-30m. This dive site provides bathrooms and airfills.

The program is an exploration of the Ocean Voyager exhibit and introduction to the Georgia Aquarium conservation and whale shark research program. Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where you are guaranteed to swim or SCUBA dive with the largest fish in the world, the whale shark.

The exhibit contains 6.3 million gallons of water and ranges in depth from 20 to 33 feet deep. This exhibit houses thousands of fish including whale sharks, zebra sharks, sawfish, leopard whiprays, bowmouth guitarfish, humphead wrasses and schools of tarpon, pompano and cownose rays. That’s just to name a few.

The Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager Dive is an awesome experience and a must do for all divers. The staff at the Georia Aquarium go all out to make you feel special and apart of the team during your visit. While the initial cost of the experience may seem a little shocking, you will understand the value that you have received at the end of the day!
You dive begins with a briefing in a classroom type setting and your dive master will go over the types of marine life you will encounter and your dive profile. He will also take the time to show you the gear that you will use. You are allowed to bring your own mask but be advised that no other personal gear may be used ( this includes cameras of any sort - yes I asked ). You go to the locker room after that and change into your wetsuit, booties and gloves. Next you come out and get final instruction from your dive master and proceed to their floating dock and don your gear ( with the help of the staff ).
Once in the water you will meet your dive master at the bottom, pair up with your dive buddy, take a quick video of everyone all together and begin your guided tour of the exhibit.
Just a special note: they slightly overweight everyone on purpose to keep you toward the bottom. They explain this before the dive. There are three staff members with you during your dive, Your divemaster who is your guide, a safety dive who keeps an eye on you and the marine life around you, and a videographer who is also a second safety diver so to speak. You get to ( and are encouraged to) interact with the aquarium visitors looking into the tank from the outside. If you have friends or family with you that are not diving, the Georgia Aquarium provides them with a private guide to take them around to places where they can see you, take videos and pics of you, and interact with you.
My family loved that part BTW.
During the dive you get to kneel a few times and take it all in. The views underwater are simple breathtaking. You will see huge Manta Rays (one of the rays named Trixie follows the divers), Groupers, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Sandbar Sharks, Jacks, Southern Sting Rays, and of course the Whale Sharks ( that constantly pass over you). The worst part of the dive is getting out of the water ( you hate to leave ). BTW the water is warm 72 - 75 degrees.
After the dive you take off your gear ( again with the help of the staff ), go shower in the locker room ( yes they have hot showers lol ), and join your friends and family back in the classroom to view a video of your dive ( which of course you can purchase ) and get your free goodies which include a T-shirt, group photo, G Dive sticker, and a dive log sticker which was a cool idea. Your dive master will be more than happy to sign your log book.
I have already told myself that this will be an annual ( if i can...semi annual ) dive for me. If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting me. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. DO THIS - YOU WONT REGRET IT!
Fritz Moore

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Nitediver - 6/13/2017 10:07 AM
I went scuba diving here on 6/10/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Great dive. Great staff. Whale Shark Distinctive Speciality completed. Up close and personal with Mantas Whale Sharks, and a Goliath Grouper. Fun dive
JonnieU - 7/17/2017 11:20 AM
That IS someplace I want to dive again.
wgr21 - 1/16/2017 2:51 PM
Wonderful experience, great dive and friendly staff. I chose to to the whale shark specialty which I think was worth it. The dive ended up being 45 minutes long and we got so close to the whale sharks they could tell you my eye color if they could talk. Even though it is a guided tour, they do allow you to explore along the way as the dive master went at a slow pace to give you the opportunity to look around some. Along with your mask they do allow you to bring your own dive computer as long as it’s a wrist computer. I very much so want to do this again. If you have any interest in this, quit thinking about it and sign up.
ram04769 - 1/16/2017 3:12 PM
This sounds like an awesome diving experience, Ryan! I will have to plan a trip out that way sometime and try it out. I did the Epcot DiveQuest in Florida last March and thoroughly enjoyed that.
wgr21 - 1/14/2017 8:50 PM
I went scuba diving here on 1/14/2017. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
JonnieU - 8/03/2016 6:11 PM
Rating Added: 5
Absolutely worth the cash. Great experience!
SpacemanCraig - 6/05/2016 8:25 PM
Rating Added: 5
Awesome Dive! A must do if you find yourself in Atlanta.
KYH2ODiver - 7/02/2015 10:39 AM
Rating Added: 5
The experience is nothing short of amazing. Not having seen whale sharks in the wild, this is the thrill of a lifetime for me so far. The staff was very engaged and excited to share the experience. Overall, It couldn’t have been better.
lindy - 1/13/2015 3:55 PM
Rating Added: 5
waaaay cool to dive with whale sharks, giant manta rays, hammerheads, etc!!
DanTheDiver - 3/18/2014 6:33 AM
I went scuba diving here on 3/9/2014. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Karissa20 - 7/29/2013 9:30 AM
Rating Added: 5
Loved this. Would definitely recommend. Very up close and personal.
FritzMoore - 7/16/2013 5:09 AM
Rating Added: 5
Awesome dive and well worth the money! I plan to do an annual trip here! If you want a complete rundown look up my review under " The Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager ". This is an awesome dive!
Joylynne - 8/16/2012 5:37 PM
Rating Added: 5
I have only snorkeled the pool-but 3 times! I also volunteer there at least once a week. Now that I am certified (last week) I plan to dive with a few of my new dive buddies!! Look forward to the view from the bottom!!! I will no longer have diver envy.
tardmaster - 6/16/2012 4:52 PM
You can reserve a spot online. The cost is $325 for a non-member. Agojo is right about the logistics, however in epcot you do not get to swim with 4 whales sharks over 20 ft long, 4 mantas with the largest being 15 feet wide. I may sound biased but that is because i’m on their volunteer dive staff. We escort divers and do not allow "exploring" of the tank because we are concerned with peoples safety. the tank is way to big (about the size of a football field) for each guest to have an escort. Judging by the hundreds of divers we have had in the tank, we need to keep escorting our guests. There have been too many divers in the water with us that had their c-cards, but from what i observed, they should have them taken away from them. THAT’S why we escot them. WELL worth the money if you ask me. If you have any more questions about the dive feel free to shoot me a personal message.
scuba31 - 6/19/2012 7:48 AM
I will have to agree. I have not done a dive at the Epcot, but I have done 2 dives at the Georgia Aquarium and being that close to whale sharks, hammerheads and mantas is the most awesome experience. I am hoping to be back down there soon. :)
Agojo - 6/16/2012 6:07 AM
Rating Added: 3
Dive was good but for the same amount of money you can dive Disney Epcot twice. Georgia dive is lead by divemasters and you have no time to explore except a few minutes at the glass if you have family outside the tank. At Epcot the dive is lead for the first 15-20 minutes to tour the tank and have your picture taken in an underwater diving bell then you are free to roam the tank at will.
Bestshooter - 6/14/2012 8:31 PM
How do you go about doing this dive? What is the cost?
tardmaster - 1/07/2012 5:27 PM
I went scuba diving here on 1/7/2012. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
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