Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Accessible dive location for a life changing experience

Let's go diving!

The Georgia Aquarium Inc. Dive Immersion Program began operation in 2008 and the facilities were planned to accommodate Divers and Swimmers of all abilities and meet ADA requirements. The very first guests were wounded warriors from Eisenhower Medical Center. To date more than 12,000 guests have participated in the Dive Immersion programs which included many guests with disabilities. Working with Warriors in Transition at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, the Dive Immersion Program has been part of their Wounded Warrior rehabilitation process. The Dive Immersion program was awarded the Eisenhower Medical Center’s metal of excellence for this activity. Wounded warriors from Fort Bragg, South Carolina and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA have also used the Dive Immersion Program as part of the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord and other injuries.

The Dive Immersion Program is conducted in the Georgia Aquarium’s 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit with a minimum of 16 events per week. Many of the guests have come from countries around the world for the opportunity to Dive or Swim with four Whale Sharks, four Manta Rays, Great Hammerhead Sharks, Sand Tiger Sharks, the largest collection of giant grouper and more than 55 species of fish with more than of 6,000 animals. The Georgia Aquarium’s Vision is “To be the World’s Most Engaging Aquarium Experience”. The Dive Immersion Program, Journey with the Gentle Giants meets this vision by conducting the Journey with the Gentle Giants in two formats, a Dive and a surface adventure. Guests with and without disabilities experience first-hand the amazing and undeniable connection we all have with our aquatic environment.


  1. As a volunteer in the Dive Immersion Program, I have had the pleasure of meeting hundred of divers and swimmers that have participated in the program. When I started as a volunteer I was not dive certified, but in August of 2010, my wife and I became Open Water certified. I recently completed my 26th dive since then, 2 of which have been at the aquarium, and in 2012 I am hoping to submit an application to become a volunteer diver at the aquarium. The guidance, knowledge and professionalism of the DIP staff is second to none. You all rock!!

  2. It is good to know that there are program like this. This is a great privilege for disable people. Great job.

  3. Are you like diving ?
    Are you know the largest marine park in indonesia ?
    are you know Salvador Dali Sponge ?
    Woow !! That is on Gorontalo

    Lets dive with us :)