Swim with Fishes and Dive with Sharks at Tampa Aquarium

By: Lauren Tjaden


I’ve always wanted to share what SCUBA diving is like with –well, everyone. I want everyone to have the chance to wonder at the fish, in all their vivid glory and shapes and sizes. I want them to see odd plants that are really animals swaying in their secrets rhythms. I want them to be transported by the experience, as I am transported, to what is literally another world.

But learning to dive takes time. It isn’t cheap, either– even if you just do a ‘Discovery Dive.’  Further, all kinds of restrictions exist, including age restrictions (which make very good sense).

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa has solved all that with their 'Swim with the Fishes' adventure. This in-water reef adventure gives guests six and older the opportunity to encounter one of the Florida Keys' most beautiful coral reef dive sites without being a certified SCUBA diver. You wear a small SCUBA tank, a regulator and floatation device to keep you on the surface. This allows you to experience the thrill of SCUBA diving from the surface. And this will tickle your fins – it’s only $75, which includes Aquarium admission.

Other Aquarium fun you can experience:

  • Go on a real dive with real-live sharks
  • Stroke and feed stingrays
  • Get up-close and personal with a penguin
  • Behind the scenes tour
  • Explore a shore
  • And much more

Smells like fun to me!

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