There is an intriguing dive choice for licensed scuba divers that are vacationing in the Orlando area specifically with member of the family who are non-divers. The Living Seas at Disneyworld’s Epcot Facility is home to a marine container that determines over 200 feet in diameter as well as 25 feet extensive. This container contains an example of Caribbean marine life in a man-made seawater as well as coral reef setting. With the center’s Divequest excursion, accredited divers can take an unique 3 hr program that includes a forty minute dive in this marine tank.
The existing rate is $140 US with advancement bookings called for. Divers satisfy at the Guest Relations office simply outside the major Epcot gates. Epcot park admission is not needed or consisted of. Nevertheless, I was discharge in the main location of The Living Seas after the tour so I ended up seeing other components of Epcot free of cost anyway. Twice per day at 4:30 pm and also 5:30 pm, a maximum of twelve scuba divers per time slot are taken on a behind the scenes scenic tour of the centers at The Living Seas. All diving tools is offered. In fact, scuba divers are not permitted to bring their very own tools for the anxiety of contaminating the marine container. Even jewelry must be gotten rid of prior to the dive. Scuba wetsuits (shorties), BCs, regulators, fins, booties and also masks are given. Scuba divers are permitted to bring and use their own masks as well as swimwear yet these are the only exceptions to the guideline.
After the center trip, wetsuits as well as towels for every scuba diver are already waiting secretive stalls that include personal showers in the modification rooms. The configuration is well organized however a little bit strange since after becoming wetsuits, the scuba divers are flaunted via the general public locations where the various other Epcot guests are prior to entering into the main degree of the marine container. When at the marine tank, divemasters are waiting with storage tanks and BCs already set up for each scuba diver. The BCs are weight integrated with even more weight than needed and also the only scale attached is an air pressure gauge. There isn’t even a deepness gauge or octopus 2nd phase as they are not considered needed for this shallow dive. After the dive instruction, the divemasters assist the scuba divers with their equipment on and also everybody relocates to a descent line at the middle of the container.
The dive itself is generally past many divers’ expectations. There is a lot of marine life in this storage tank including sharks, rays, turtles as well as lots of Caribbean fish of all dimensions. Actually, the team declares that divers will certainly see even more variety of Caribbean aquatic life during this one dive than lots of dives combined out in the open sea. One of the neat points that divers can do on this dive that they can not do in other places is communicate with the public Epcot guests. There are sixty observation windows all around the marine storage tank consisting of sights from the main restaurant. The divers become part of the destinations at The Living Seas as the general public behind the home windows wave and also snap images. Some scuba divers made setups with relative to be beyond of the windows while a marked divemaster videos the entire scene. Even though I was unconvinced at first, I need to admit that I had a good time interacting with the public behind the glass. I had actually forgotten that the substantial bulk of individuals out there are not licensed scuba divers and we are somewhat of an inquisitiveness for them.
For scuba divers who dive generally to see aquatic life, the Divequest at Epcot will not let down. It’s a possibility to swim via a couple of huge colleges of fish and also see some creatures like the sharks as well as turtles up close which as most divers understand, is a genuine trial and error exposed water. It is also a really unique chance for non-diving family members and pals to see scuba divers in the undersea setting. Divequest is certainly a special dive that is worth doing at least when.