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Georgia Aquarium dive, worth it?

Discussion in 'Deep Dixie Divers' started by melfox26, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. 3D diver

    3D diver Solo Diver

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    Back in the 80's, I dove in the shark cage at the old Marineland in Palos Verdes CA. It was fun being able to reach out and touch the sharks...but you don't really see anything different than the folks looking in the windows.

    I'd do it again...but it was torn down ages ago...

    Also, they only charged $25 for 25 minutes...
     
  2. DMDavid

    DMDavid Divemaster

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    Interesting, I wonder if the Marineland in Palos Verdes was owned by the Marineland in St Augustine or visa versa. I dove at Marineland in St Augustine years ago and it was a unique dive but nothing to write home about.
     
  3. 3D diver

    3D diver Solo Diver

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  4. ReefGuy

    ReefGuy Instructor, Scuba

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    old post
     
  5. 3D diver

    3D diver Solo Diver

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    D'oh! Didn't notice that, LOL.
     
  6. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

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    Not from Atlanta.
     
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  7. krukster86

    krukster86 Barracuda

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    Well I am on a field assignment for work for a year in Augusta, and Atlanta is just 2 hours away. Booked an aquarium dive for late August. I figure its a bucket list type dive and I am willing to spend the $330 to do it (thank you per diem living allowance!).
     
  8. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Per diem? For having to spend a year in Augusta, they ought to give you hardship pay.
     
  9. krukster86

    krukster86 Barracuda

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    :rofl3:

    Augusta isn't that bad...oh wait...yeah it kinda is...
     
  10. krukster86

    krukster86 Barracuda

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    So I just got back from the experience, and honestly I have mixed feelings. It was really freakin' cool to "enable a cheat code" to see wildlife that I would not be able to see together in one place up close. Seeing whale sharks right in front of you, mantas doing loops around you, and the giant groupers "barking" so loud that you feel the vibrations in your chest was awesome. However, the dive was short, and it kinda felt "discover scuba"-ish. The dive itself was about 30 minutes in total. We spent a lot of time kneeling down in the sand at different points during the dive and being silly for the camera/crowd behind the glass. Actual time spent swimming around with the wildlife seemed really short, and honestly felt like more time was spent for getting good shots for the video to sell to the participants. That being said, I totally understand why the dive is structured this way: to protect the well being of the animals in the exhibit.
     
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